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Virtual University

To protect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Mary's has temporarily shifted to virtual operations.
Learn more about the transition to a virtual university.
Phase One and Two Campus Reopening

Starting June 16, some in-person services are opening up on campus

Starting on June 10, faculty and staff offices and labs are available for use; restrictions still apply to common areas. Any faculty and staff member who was permitted to be on campus prior to the April 28 – June 2 lockdown can return to campus, as long as this is consistent with your department’s current space plan. Learn more.

New Campus Mask Policy

Students, staff, faculty and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while inside university buildings, with some exceptions. Please visit the New COVID-19 Restrictions page for more information.

All Students 

All students arriving from outside Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador) must fill out the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In Form. You are encouraged to fill in the Nova Scotia Check-In form one week before travelling to ensure enough time to process your request. International students also need to complete the SMU Arrival Form at least two weeks prior to your travel in addition to other steps outlined on our Virtual University website.

Students Currently Residing in Canada

If you reside in Canada, you may or may not need to complete a quarantine period and testing upon arrival in Nova Scotia, depending on your vaccination status. Information on the provincial quarantine requirements can be found here. 

Students Arriving from International Destinations

As of July 6, 2021, students can apply for an exemption to the federal quarantine requirements if they are fully vaccinated and meet other conditions set out by the Government of Canada.
 Information on this exemption process can be found here.

International students arriving from outside of Canada who are not exempt from quarantine must first complete three days in a federal quarantine location. Following this, you may be eligible to complete your Nova Scotia quarantine period in a private accommodation such as a house or apartment if you meet certain requirements and agree to a daily in-person check-in process. More information on this approval process will be emailed directly to international students once details are finalized, hopefully later this month. Students who are not eligible to complete their quarantine period in a private accommodation will instead be required to quarantine in a university arranged accommodation (E.g. SMU-approved hotel).

For the most current informaiton, please visit the Nova Scotia Government COVID-19 page.


Our commitment to providing our students with access to quality education that is relevant, inter-disciplinary in its approach and connected to the community has not wavered during the COVID-19 disruption. We have transitioned to a virtual university to protect the continuity and the integrity of our students' education and degree requirements. Our student services and academic supports are being delivered every day, and we are adding new tools and resources to meet the needs, challenges and opportunity that this situation has presented.

Saint Mary's recognizes that it is essential that we continue to be flexible and nimble and that our processes and decisions will remain fair and transparent, responding to the needs of students and our larger community.