COVID-19 Updates

Health and Safety

Safety and Cleaning Practices


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.

Protecting Your Health

  • Monitor your health.

    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.

  • Wear a mask.

    Wear a non-medical mask if you are entering a publicly accessible building, except for designated study spaces. Exceptions will be also made for those individuals for whom wearing a face-mask poses health concerns, or physical challenges. Masks are recommended in outdoor spaces on campus and required where physical distance cannot be maintained.

  • Stay informed.

    Read our campus orientation presentation and familiarize yourself with provincial resources.

Monitoring Campus

  • Cases on campus

    Acadia University will track positive cases of COVID-19 that involve members of our university community present on campus. Upon being notified by public health authorities, the University will post notices of positive COVID-19 cases on this page. There is currently no evidence of community spread on our campus.

  • Contact tracing

    To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections within our community, we are collecting physical and electronic data for contact tracing. Our efforts include 57 contact tracing terminals throughout campus that you should tap with your university ID card to show when you have entered a building. All contact tracing data will be kept confidential and will not be accessed for contact tracing purposes without the explicit request from Public Health.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if someone on campus contracts COVID-19?

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.

For more information, visit our Outbreak Plans page.

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.

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.

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please contact Acadia's Occupational Health COVID-19 Nurse, Caroliina Landry, at caroliina.landry@acadiau.ca or 902-698-9221.