COVID-19 Updates

Health and Safety

Contact Tracing

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections within the Acadia University community, we are collecting physical and electronic data for contact tracing. While contact tracing is never 100% accurate, this mix of approaches will help us provide as with much assistance to health authorities as possible. All contact tracing data will be kept confidential and will not be accessed for contact tracing purposes without the explicit request from Public Health.


In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, Nova Scotia Public Health will interview the patient and build a baseline of their contacts and the places they visited over a determined period of time. With this baseline information, Public Health may request additional or supporting information from the University.

If the patient is not able to provide contact tracing information for any reason, Public Health would immediately request whatever contact information the University is able to provide. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to maintain a personal contact tracing log to be referenced if required.

Attendance Records

Class registration lists are available and accessible through the Registrar’s Office. In addition to the class registration lists, professors will take individual class attendance records at the beginning of their classes. Electronic or physical contact tracing log books can also be maintained at the departmental level and are available from Safety and Security on request.

Security Cameras

There are currently 110 security cameras on campus, each with the capacity of archiving up to 40 days of continuous feeds. Cameras are located in all residences, as well as in many academic and administration buildings. In addition to the interior cameras, there are four exterior cameras throughout campus. Data from these cameras can be immediately and confidentially accessed by Safety and Security staff at any time.


Students, staff, and faculty on campus are connected to the campus WiFi network. If requested, Technology Services can obtain WiFi information of those using the signal at any time. Access to the information is determinant on the availability of Technology Services staff and cannot be accessed by Safety and Security staff. WiFi information has limited use, cannot be relied upon as being particularly accurate, and should only be used in conjunction with one or more other contact tracing protocols.

Access Control Equipment

All residences, academic and administrative buildings on campus are equipped with electronic access control equipment. While some buildings can still be accessed using a key, the vast majority require swiping a card to enter. All residences require a student card swipe to enter and cannot be accessed with a key. Card swipe data is stored for at least a year and is accessible to Safety and Security staff at any time.

Dedicated Contact Tracing Terminals

Acadia University has developed our own Contact Tracing Terminals using proximity access readers. There are currently 57 proximity readers strategically placed throughout campus in areas with high traffic and volume. Terminals are installed at building entrances, as well as some exits and within common areas in order to capture the greatest amount of data possible. Signage is in place to instruct anyone passing the terminal to tap their university access card to record their presence.

These contact tracing terminals are activated by tapping a university-issued ID card, which then records the time and date of the tap. Card swipe data is stored for at least a year and is accessible to Safety and Security staff at any time.