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UNB updates

While we continue to be grounded by our strength as one university with two campuses, the university experience will differ slightly for our various programs and campus communities.

Winter 2022

Since the onset of the pandemic, our top priority has been - and will always be - the health and safety of the UNB community. In an effort to reduce the spike of the Omicron variant, we are implementing the following changes on the UNB campuses and site.

  • Only courses that must be delivered in-person to meet course outcomes will resume in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 24.
  • All other courses will continue to be offered remotely and will transition to in-person instruction on Monday, Feb. 7.
  • Instructors will notify students when their courses are expected to begin in person.
  • There will be no changes to open entry courses offered through the College of Extended Learning.
  • We will continue to provide flexibility and accommodations for students unable to attend in-person if there is a documented concern such as travel bans and COVID related health conditions. See COVID Student Academic Accommodations for more information.

  • UNB campuses are open and operating in-person following strict Public Health guidelines.
  • Libraries will continue to operate with increased physical distancing.
  • Social events, athletics and gatherings on campus are suspended until further notice under Level 3 in the COVID Alert System.
  • We will regularly assess as the situation unfolds and will continue to follow Public Health and the Government of New Brunswick’s guidance.

  • Residences are open for all residence students. Before planning your return, please wait until you have received further communication from the residence offices.
  • Students are encouraged to get the COVID booster as soon as they are eligible and prior to arriving on campus, if possible.

Effective Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Government of Canada issued a travel advisory to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada. Temporary border restrictions and measures to address the COVID-19 Omicron variant are in effect. Omicron travel health notice.

We strongly encourage unvaccinated individuals to not travel outside of New Brunswick.

  • If you are required to self-isolate, you will miss in-person class instruction and course materials that are not offered remotely. Instructors are not expected to provide accommodations for unvaccinated students enrolled in our rapid testing program who are self-isolating as a result of choosing to travel outside of New Brunswick.
  • With limited dedicated isolation spaces, students are not able to self-isolate in residences.
  • Travel outside of New Brunswick should only occur in exceptional circumstances. Contact covidhelp@unb.ca for assistance.

We will continue to provide flexibility and accommodations for students unable to attend in-person if there is a documented concern such as travel bans and COVID related health conditions. See COVID Student Academic Accommodations for more information.


UNB requires regular COVID-19 testing for all students, staff and faculty engaging in in-person classes and on-campus activities. Individuals who demonstrate proof of full vaccination are exempt from rapid testing. Learn more about COVID-19 rapid testing program at UNB.


Proof of vaccination and government issued identification are required to access any services and businesses deemed non-essential. At this time, there are no changes to classroom management.

To access some spaces and events on campus, you must provide proof that you are fully vaccinated with an approved Health Canada vaccine. You are considered fully vaccinated fourteen (14) days after you receive your final dose of the approved vaccine.

You are NOT required to show proof of vaccination to attend or access:

  • Classes, lectures, and labs required for your course or program outcomes.
  • Students must follow the guidelines in effect at clinical and practicum placements.

You ARE required to show proof of participation in the UNB testing program, or proof of vaccination and government issued identification to access the following spaces and events on campus:

  • Some retail spaces and food vendors on campus.
  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events.
  • Indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs and bars, including The Cellar, Grad Club, Whitebone Pizzeria, meal halls and cafeterias on campus.
  • Indoor gyms, pools, and recreation and exercise facilities.
  • Indoor gatherings including guest lectures, town halls, and workshops, etc.
  • Indoor special events, grand openings and conferences.
  • Indoor organized group recreational sports, classes and activities.

Proof of vaccination may be provided by showing:

  • MyHealthNB record
  • Photo or copy of an immunization record
  • Proof of vaccination from another jurisdiction
  • Medical exemption certificate
  • Proof of vaccination status provided through the UNBSafe app for on campus events and activities. A photo will not be accepted.

Valid identification includes:

  • Driver's license
  • Birth certificate
  • Canadian military identification card
  • Government-issued identification card
  • Medicare or another provincial health card
  • Canadian permanent resident card
  • UNB-issued identification will be accepted for on campus events and activities.

If you are not fully vaccinated, access to spaces on campus will be limited without proof of vaccination. You may attend classes, lectures, and labs required for your course or program outcomes if you are enrolled in the COVID testing program.


To ensure the health and safety of UNB students, faculty and staff, you must show proof that you are a member of the UNB community to enter any library on campus and to access in-person library services. UNB Libraries are closed to members of the broader community until further notice.

Be prepared to show the following identification when entering the library:

or,

  • If your UCard or UCard Mobile ID is not yet activated, you can present your COVID testing or vaccination status through the UNBSafe app along with government-issued photo identification.