Frequently Asked Questions
Are NIC campuses open?
Yes, all NIC campuses are open. All services and supports are available. Please visit the individual department pages for more information:
What are the safety protocols on campus?
NIC follows the BCCDC’s Post-Secondary Public Health Guidance on safety protocols on campus. If you have specific concerns, please review them with your supervisor or dean. You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are NIC classrooms and learning spaces ventilated?
NIC has upgraded HVAC filters to MERV 13 filters, which are changed regularly. Wherever possible, NIC has increased the amount of outside fresh air supplied to buildings so more internal air is vented to the outside. This enhances air circulation but can make it more challenging to heat and cool indoor spaces in the winter and summer. NIC’s HVAC systems can be augmented with portable air filtration units where they are needed.
Are masks required on campus?
No. Following guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, as of March 11, 2022 masks are no longer mandatory in all public indoor spaces, including campus buildings, classrooms and learning spaces. You may continue to voluntarily wear a mask.
Will students and employees have access to rapid testing?
Yes, NIC employees and students are eligible for one box of rapid tests (five tests per box). Test kits are available to be picked up at Student Services at your local campus, while supplies last.
What should I do if I don’t feel well and/or have COVID symptoms?
Anyone who is concerned they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should complete the daily self-assessment using bc.thrive.health for symptoms and follow the protocols laid out on the BC Centre for Disease Control website, which are updated as direction evolves.
Employees and students in practice placements may also face additional protocols or requirements. Please talk to your supervisor or instructor for additional guidance.
What do I do if I’ve been diagnosed with COVID or informed by Public Health that I’ve been exposed?
Follow the directions of Public Health, including self-isolation. Advise your instructor if you will miss class. Contact an educational advisor for support if you anticipate being away for an extended period of time.
How do I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
Everyone who would like a vaccine, and who is eligible to receive one, is now able to get vaccinated. Learn more about vaccination registration and eligibility.
Will vaccinations be required on campus?
Proof of vaccination will not be required to be on NIC campuses.
However, NIC fully supports recommendations by BC’s Provincial Health Officer and strongly encourages all eligible students to get their COVID-19 vaccination.
Learn More about COVID-19
A toll-free number has been established for Canadians 1-833-784-4397 to answer general questions about COVID-19.