From the President's Desk

President Peter Ricketts taps his ID card for contact tracing at Seminary House

As we approach the Labour Day weekend, I expect that, like me, you are experiencing mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation as the start of a fall term like no other draws near.

Today, August 31, 2020, Nova Scotia Public Health has advised the University that a member of the Acadia community has received an "indeterminate" test result for COVID-19. That means the test result was neither negative nor positive. Based on Public Health's assessment, the case is being treated as though it is a lab-confirmed positive to ensure all precautions are taken. The individual will be tested again before their 14-day self-isolation period is finished, as part of the testing strategy for post-secondary students.

Dr. Peter Ricketts shares information about important provincial initiatives and regulations to help further protect you and others from COVID-19 so we can re-open our campus and community safely.

On behalf of the Acadia University community, President Peter Ricketts is pleased to join the presidents of the nine other Nova Scotian universities as signatories to an Open Letter to all Nova Scotia Students, encouraging them to press on with their education plans and to attend one of our province’s wonderful universities.

On a topic of personal importance to me and picking up on my earlier messages to you on June 2 and in the June 19 campus e-newsletter, I am announcing today that I am establishing a President’s Anti-Racism Task Force (PART).