Return to Campus

Below stated are our plans and schedule for the safe return of students and employees to campus. The Senior Leadership Team and our Health and Safety Offices have been working throughout the summer to make it a smooth process.

February 24, 2021

We would like to remind you of our COVID-19 protocols for being on campus.  We need to all take further precautions with the increase in positive cases in the community.


Before coming on campus:


  • Please check your emails from your faculty or UCQ for any updates.
  • Do not come to campus if you are sick or have flu-like symptoms or have any restrictions from the MOPH. Stay at home, call the Hotline 16000, and seek medical attention if you develop any symptoms similar to COVID-19.
  • For access on campus you are required to have a class, exam, or an appointment.
  • Please arrive maximum half an hour before your class or exam as you will not be allowed inside the buildings 30 minutes before the start.
  • Please inform your faculty and Dr. Mohamoud Adam:
    • if you are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms
    • if you have any restrictions or directions from the MOPH Qatar
    • if you are identified as a close contact with COVID positive patient or require self-isolations or quarantine
    •  if a family member is COVID-19 positive, do not come on campus and inform your instructor




While on campus property you must:


  • Everyone on campus follow all steps to protect themselves and others at all times, including proper use of face masks, social distancing, and hand hygiene.
  • EHTERAZ App will be checked at the main gate, only those with GREEN symbols will be allowed entrance.
  • Temperature will be taken, only those with acceptable temperatures will be allowed.
  • Must wear a face mask while entering the campus and all the time while you are inside the UCQ properties including during your Classes, Labs/Practicums, meetings, or exams.
  • Your mask must cover your mouth and nose, including while using your phone.
  • Maintain 2 meters distance from others at all times, this includes:
    • while entering and exiting buildings,
    • inside the classrooms, labs and clinical spaces
    • common areas, hallways, bathrooms and prayer rooms
    • meeting rooms, exam rooms, etc.  
  • Please proceed to the building directly from the parking area and vice versa. Do not congregate outside.
  • All seating will be placed at 2M distance, do not move your seat or relocate from their positions
  • Gatherings in the hallways are not allowed.
  • Maintain masks and physical distancing even when sitting outside.
  • Make your way directly to your destination on campus. Do not wander or loiter.
  • Do not go to individual instructor/staff offices unless you have an appointment.
  • If you feel sick while you are on campus please report to your instructor or campus security immediately at 4406-5269.
  • Avoid greeting other people with handshakes or hug.
  • Washrooms will be open with restricted number of people at one time. No other spaces will be available for use. Limit the number of people
  • If your schedule includes any prayer time on campus, please bring your own prayer mats with you.  
  • Avoid using elevators, use stairs as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizers placed in all common spaces on campus.
  • Follow the signage and occupancy limits posted on rooms and other spaces.
  • Do not share objects (e.g. lab, art, equipment, supplies, food), if an object required to be shared, for example in a lab, that should be disinfected before and after each use.




Failure to follow COVID-19 protocols:


  • Failure to follow the protocols will be investigated as Non-Academic Student Misconduct, and could have severe outcomes for students who are found in violation of the protocols, up to and including suspension from the university.




COVID-19 related questions or queries:


ANY AND ALL communications, requests, inquiries or reports related to COVID-19 MUST be directed to





During Exams:


Only the following will be allowed inside the exam room:

  • phones (for EHTERAZ) – required
  • Student ID - required
  • Pens, pencils and erasers – required – these will NOT be provided in the exam room
  • face masks
  • Clear water bottle- no label
  • Please make plans to leave purses, bags, backpacks, books and notepads at home or in your car on arrival. A small bag will be provided for your phone.

After Exam:

Once you complete your exam, drop off your exam paper in the front (instructions will be provided before exam). Kindly exit the building as per instructions.

Please note that special accommodations for vulnerable populations will be addressed by request in advance. Please contact your instructor if you require special accommodations.




There will be 3 phases to our return to campus:

 Phase 1: (September 1-30, 2020)

  • All classes will be online for September.
  • Students will be allowed in designated areas on campus by appointment only. Please note: some departments will only conduct meetings using Zoom or telephone at this time, so schedule an appointment before coming to campus.
  • Study spaces, the LC, and computer labs will remain closed.

 Phase 2: (beginning October 1, 2020)

  • Most classes will continue online. A small number of classes will transition to face-to-face on campus. You will be notified by email if you are registered in one of these classes.
  • Some parts of the campus will reopen for students. You will be notified by email which spaces have reopened.

Phase 3: (TBD)

  • All classes will be face-to-face on campus.
  • The campus will be fully open for students and visitors.

What guides our decisions for re-integration of students, staff and faculty back to campus?

  • Guidelines and directives provided by Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Interior and Ministry Of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.
  • Recommendations from World Health Organization and Centres for Disease Control (best practices).
  • Suggestions from sister organizations in Qatar (College of the North Atlantic - Qatar, Qatar University, Qatar Foundation).
  • Recommendations from University of Calgary.
  • Direction from UCQ Senior Leadership Team and Health and Safety Specialist.

 Who to connect with if you have a question:

  1. I have a concern with my schedule or registering for my classes -
  2. I need to borrow a book or some resources -
  3. I need to pay my fees -
  4. I want to speak with the student counsellor -
  5. I need help with D2L -
  6. I need help with my student login or password -
  7. I need writing help -
  8. I need to connect with a librarian -
  9. General inquiries -

January 27, 2021


Dear UCQ faculty and staff,

The likelihood of positive COVID-19 cases at UCQ has increased as more students are on campus. It is imperative that we all remain vigilant and adhere to the protocols.

The University is incorporating guidance from MOPH, other post-secondary institutions in Qatar, and UC main campus to ensure our policies and procedures align with the best evidence.

Key Points:


  1. Everyone on campus must follow essential safety protocols: wearing masks, Ehteraz, checking temperature, and social distancing
  2. Guidelines following a positive test or close contact with a COVID-positive person:
  • Scenario: a student or staff member tests positive.
  • Outcome: Follow MOPH guidelines and not return to campus until cleared by the MOPH.


  • Scenario: a close contact (student or staff) of a COVID-positive person tests negative
  • Outcome: Negative-tested person quarantines for 14 days.


  • Scenario: Staff member is unsure about anything COVID-related
  • Outcome: Call hotline (16000) to ask any questions.


  1. Effective contact tracing and recording requires that Tahir and Mohamoud are informed of any COVID-related situations, tests and positive cases. Please report the date, time, and location of a COVID-related incident or possible exposure on campus. Please complete the attached form for any COVID-related incidents.   


  1. Protection of privacy is paramount. Information sharing must be restricted to Tahir, Mohamoud and your direct supervisor.  We are all accountable for confidentiality. 


Please note that following any suspected COVID-related incident on campus, Facilities Management will be deployed to disinfect the areas in question.





There will be 3 phases to our return to campus:

 Phase 1: (September 1, 2020)

  • All staff will be able to work from their offices.
  • All classes will be online for September.
  • Students will only be allowed in certain areas on campus by appointment only.

 Phase 2: (October 1, 2020)

  • Some classes will transition to face to face.  Most classes will continue online.

Phase 3: (TBD)

  • All classes will be back to face to face.
  • The campus will be fully open for students and visitors.

What guides our decisions for re-integration of students and faculty back to campus?

  • Guidelines and directives provided by MOPH, MOEHE, MOI, and MADLSA.
  • Recommendations from WHO and CDC (best practices).
  • Suggestions from sister organizations in Qatar (CNAQ, QU, QF).
  • Recommendations from main campus.
  • Direction from SLT and Health and Safety Specialist.

What are additional considerations for our context?

  • We want to take a slow phased approach to ensure comfort and safety of our students and staff.
  • Ensure safety and well-being of vulnerable groups (as identified by the MOPH) such as elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions.
    • Directors need to identify these staff and students and make accommodations.
  • A flexible approach that allows for limiting contact.
  • Focus on regular communication to our UCQ community.
  • A focus on supporting the mental health of our students and staff.


UCalgary Main Campus COVID-19 Information

  • FAQ
  • Current Situation in Alberta
  • Travel Updates
  • Infection and Prevention Tips
  • News Archive


Qatar Ministry of Public Health

  • News Updates
  • Hotline Phone Number (16000)
  • Educational Materials
  • FAQ


World Health Organization

Outbreak update


Public Health Agency of Canada

Coronavirus FAQ