COVID-related updates from the university

Updated November 25, 2020

Saint Mary’s University remains committed to our community’s health and safety during these extraordinary circumstances. Public health is guiding our response through direction and advice. We continue to do our part in the provincial, national, and international efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

As more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate and update this site.

Update on New COVID-19 Restrictions

The province has set new protocols for everyone living in Nova Scotia and additional restrictions have been announced related to living and travelling into the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) that take effect on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

Learn more about the key actions the university is taking and the expectations for ALL members of the Saint Mary’s community.

Plans for Winter 2021

Saint Mary’s University will deliver a mix of online and in-person classes for the winter term beginning in January 2021.


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The Nova Scotia provincial government has recently updated measures for self-isolation and testing for students. With the fall term underway, the requirement for COVID-19 testing is winding down. Please visit the virtual university page for updates including the required travel form, self-isolation and testing protocols.

We encourage you to use the university and government supports available during these challenging times.  Please to the financial aid and support page for information on government programs, university bursaries and student accounts.

Temporary Scale-Back of Return to Research activities (November 25, 2020):

With the recent changes to Nova Scotia restrictions, the following Temporary Scale-Back of Return to Research activities will be in place: 

  • Beyond ensuring the gathering limit of five and following other public health protocols, all on-campus activities should be only a minimal number of people required to keep the research activity functioning. Scheduling should ensure that personnel overlap is done only needed.
  • Beyond ensuring the gathering limit of five and following other public health protocols, off-campus field research activities that require field-site travel should only occur if research must continue to avoid data loss as HRM restricts travel to "essential" only.
  • Suspension of all face-to-face meetings with research
    participants or collaborators 
    should occur at this time, returning to virtual meetings.
  • Any research that can take place remotely is strongly encouraged.
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