Health and Safety
Saint Mary's University continues our commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for our community. We want to assure students, faculty and staff that they can feel confident and comfortable when they step onto the campus.
Here are the steps the university has taken:
Sanitation and Cleaning
Hand sanitation dispensers are available at the main entrances to all buildings and near all elevators. Signage around campus serves as frequent reminders to wash hands as well as providing step-by-step instructions.
To learn more, please review the Hand Washing Guidelines.
We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting throughout the campus. All public spaces, including public area restrooms, will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily, with custodial employees disinfecting high-touch points throughout the day.
New Campus Mask Policy
Effective immediately, students, staff, faculty and visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside university buildings, with some exceptions (see below).
Masks will be required while working around others in offices, boardrooms, labs and other research spaces, even if physical distancing is able to be maintained. Students will be required to wear a mask while seated in a classroom during the Spring/Summer terms.
Exceptions to mask use on campus:
- Faculty members do not need to wear a mask when teaching as long as they maintain physical distance requirements (at least 6 feet from another person)
- Masks may be removed if working alone in a private office – they must be put on if another person is entering the office
- Masks may be briefly removed while eating (if seated and with appropriate physical distancing protocols respected) in one of the authorized areas on campus (e.g., Dockside Dining Hall, Tim Horton’s Seating Area)
- Masks are not required while residents are in their own room – they must be put on if staff or contractors have to enter their room or apartment
- Other individual exceptions authorized through recognized accommodation processes
For learning how to use a mask, please view this video.
To learn more about the policy, please read the Use of Face Masks.
Social Distancing Measures
Signs are located all around campus buildings and facilities, including the library, classrooms, and common areas reminding students, faculty, and staff to keep 2 metres or 6 feet apart from others.
All students, faculty, and staff receive frequent public health protocol updates through Saint's Mary's virtual university website, social media platforms, and email communications. Those messages include criteria for when people experience symptoms and should be tested for COVID-19.
Individuals are encouraged to perform a daily self-assessment and use the province's online assessment based on public health guidelines. When the individual completes the online assessment, they receive further instructions. In cases where the internet is not accessible, individuals can call 811 for a nurse assessment.
To learn more, please read the Safe Work Practice Guidelines for Working on Campus during COVID-19.
Accountability and Tracing
With activities increasing on campus, Saint Mary's University has implemented a Campus Check-In and Out procedure for students, faculty, and staff. Upon arrival on campus, ALL students, faculty, and staff who have the approval to enter a campus building must check-in and check-out using the electronic form.
Additionally, any faculty or staff returning to resume working on campus must complete a Return to Campus form, which outlines all the steps and precautions.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to look to government and other responsible organizations for guidance on how to best protect yourself, and for updated rules on how we should isolate ourselves, travel, shop etc.