The report was submitted on January 24 last year, but was not publicly released until last month when it appeared on the Institute’s website along with a formal response from PWIAS leadership, completed in November 2020.
A recently published report on systemic anti-Indigenous racism within BC’s health care system made several policy recommendations applicable to UBC’s faculty of medicine and School of Nursing.
The decision comes as Student Housing and Community Services (SHCS), which has a separate budget from UBC, is projecting a deficit of $80 to $90 million, or a 40 per cent loss of revenue, for the 2020/21 fiscal year as a result of COVID-19.
Currently, the closest testing site is downtown at the City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre. For students who are displaying symptoms, visiting the downtown testing site may be difficult.
This issue of mask accessibility is also visible at UBC and within the AMS, which both have mask-wearing mandates.
While the extent of this policy is unclear, it is not faculty wide.