University COVID-19 Protocols
Mask requirements for Fall term
These requirements apply to all faculty, staff and students regardless of their vaccination status.
Masks must be worn in:
- learning spaces including classrooms and labs
- common areas including Patrick Power Library, Atrium, study spaces, hallways and elevators
- Student Health Centre
- all residence/residence complex common areas including hallways, elevators, lounges
- athletic facilities including the Homburg and Dauphinee Centres
- large indoor gatherings
Masks may be removed:
- when seated to eat or drink
- in residence rooms and apartments
- when playing sports, working out at indoor or outdoor athletic facilities
Faculty are permitted to remove their masks when lecturing, provided two metres of social distancing can be maintained.
For more information on proper mask use, please visit the university’s Safe Work Practice—Use of Face Masks and the Government of Canada’s advice for COVID-19 mask use for the general public.
If you encounter someone who is not wearing a mask:
Anyone on campus can ask anyone, respectfully, discretely, to put on a mask, remembering that some individuals may have an accommodation to not wear a mask. Try to speak quietly, at a safe distance, so just the two of you can hear. Say things such as “The university is focused on keeping all of us safe and, right now, mask-wearing is an effective way of doing that. Would you be willing to put on your mask or pull it up over your nose?”
Vaccinations and boosters
There is currently no vaccine mandate for the Fall 2022 Term but we strongly encourage additional vaccinations and boosters as they become available. Our returning students, faculty and staff are already vaccinated due to the high rates of vaccination that our community achieved over the past two years. International students are required to be vaccinated to enter the country as per a federal government measure that remains in place.
If you are ill or test positive for COVID-19
Please stay home to recover and protect members of our community. We also encourage everyone to review Nova Scotia Health’s guidance on “Protecting Myself and Others” for more information on how to stay healthy, avoid infection from COVID-19 and what to do if you have symptoms or test positive.
We remain in close contact with Public Health therefore, we may update our protocols during the Fall 2022 Term regarding masking and vaccinations depending on the guidance we receive.