Acadia’s world-class research facilities rival the largest institutions. With our unique location and small campus, Acadia fosters collaboration across disciplines and with industry, community, and sister institutions.
We need to work together to keep our campus community safe.
We have changed our operations, services, and cleaning practices to make sure that our campus stays healthy. However, this is truly a group effort. Students, staff, and faculty all have to take individual responsibility to follow precautions and protocols.
Keys to Wellness
Hand sanitation dispensers are available throughout all academic, research, and administrative buildings. We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting throughout the campus. All common-area restrooms—including those in residence halls—are cleaned and disinfected twice daily. All other common spaces will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily with roving crews disinfecting high-touch points throughout the day.
Wear a mask.
As an added precaution in response to COVID-19, Acadia University has introduced a new mask policy. It requires anyone entering publicly accessible buildings to wear a non-medical mask or face covering, except for designated study spaces. Exceptions will be also made for those individuals for whom wearing a face-covering poses health concerns, or physical challenges. Masks are recommended in outdoor spaces on campus and required where physical distance cannot be maintained.
Monitor your health.
Public Health provides criteria for when people should be tested for COVID-19. All students, faculty, and staff are asked to perform a daily self-assessment based on provincial guidelines. Complete the province's online assessment if you feel you have symptoms related to COVID-19, and follow the instructions you are given. If the internet is unavailable, you can still call 811 to be assessed by a nurse.
Be in the know.
Familiarize yourself with this website and complete the online Preparedness and Education course developed by our occupational health nurse to better understand the risks and mechanisms of COVID-19. For employee access, login to ACORN here and click "Enrol me".
Keep your distance.
Whether you are inside or outside, please keep two metres (six feet) away from others. Classrooms, common rooms, etc. feature signage to remind you and to suggest where to stand in line, etc.
The global coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to adopt new practices and to become more deliberate in their actions to protect ourselves and others from the spread of COVID-19.
Educational resources and materials created by the provincial government have been posted and shared with the Acadia community. Also, an online Preparedness and Education course developed by our occupational health nurse will help employees and students better understand the risks and mechanisms of COVID-19.
For employee access to the COVID-19 Preparedness and Education course, login to ACORN here and click on the "Enrol me" button.
If a student in residence is awaiting COVID-19 test results (typically available within 48 hours), they will be required to quarantine (self-isolate) within their assigned residence room and only leave to attend a designated washroom for their use only until cleared or recovered. Acadia staff will ensure the student is supported with wellness checks and food provisions. Public Health will work in collaboration with Safety and Security, Acadia’s Occupational Health Nurse, along with the Occupational Health and Safety Department to conduct contact.
Any faculty, staff, or students off-campus awaiting COVID-19 test results are also required to quarantine (self-isolate) away from campus until cleared or recovered. Safety and Security will notify Acadia’s Occupational Health and Safety Nurse of COVID-19 health issues in the campus community.
Will I know if I am exposed to COVID-19 on-campus?
In case of potential exposure to COVID-19 on campus, contact tracing staff will reach out to individuals who were potentially exposed. Without identifying the source of the potential exposure, nursing staff will inform individuals of the nature of the potential exposure and advise them on appropriate next steps, including staying at home/in their residence room, monitoring for symptoms, and seeking health care if necessary.
Individuals who may have been exposed will receive regular follow-up contact to check their health status and ensure that they have access to testing and any needed medical care. (Public health officials will conduct any contact tracing for individuals who are not Acadia students, faculty, or staff.)
Do I have to clean my own space?
The University will supply cleaning kit materials required to enable students, faculty, and staff to fulfill their responsibilities of keeping themselves and others protected throughout the spaces that they occupy, including personal spaces, desks, lecterns, classroom workspaces, shared copiers, etc.
Should I wear a mask or face-covering?
Yes. Nova Scotia Public Health advises that covering the face can help protect others and reduce the spread of COVID-19. As an added precaution in response to COVID-19, Acadia University has introduced a new mask policy. It requires anyone entering publicly accessible buildings to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Masks are also recommended in outdoor spaces on campus, where physical distance cannot be maintained.
Exceptions will be made for those individuals for whom wearing a face-covering poses health concerns, or physical challenges. Effective November 10, there is also a mask exemption for several indoor study spaces where physical distancing is possible.
Are there circumstances where I don't need to wear a mask?
Non-medical masks (NMM) are not required in a single-person office, private residence room, or one of the mask-exempt study spaces. However, face coverings must be worn when it is not possible or predictable to maintain two metres (six feet) of physical distance. Examples include hallways, elevators, classrooms, and restrooms. Masks are also recommended in outdoor spaces on campus, where physical distance cannot be maintained.
I need to quarantine (self-isolate) but live in a house with 2 other students who don’t – what do I do?
According to the provincial guidelines you are able to quarantine (self-isolate) within a shared home by following the Nova Scotia’s How to Self-Isolate directives, such as using a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible, keeping shared spaces clean and well ventilated, increased cleaning of high touch surfaces (light switches, door handles, etc), and physical distancing.
What if my COVID-19 test is negative and I still have symptoms?
Go directly home, and wear a mask and physically distance yourself from others. Do not come to campus: stay home or in your residence room. If you are in residence, stay in your room except to use the washroom.
I am a member of the Acadia University community and have questions regarding COVID-19 and my health and safety.