COVID-19

All Updates

The provincial government has set new rules for post-secondary students arriving in Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada. Part of the Public Health Act, the new health measures become law on August 21, 2020.

As of Monday, August 17, 2020, Acadia is ready to ramp up on-campus operations as part of Phase 3, which allows most employees to return to campus in preparation for student arrival and in-person programming.

As Acadia's plans for campus re-opening and fall term unfold, we continue to grapple with the financial implications of the pandemic. Today, I am announcing some further expense mitigation measures in addition to the COLA freeze announced last month.

As an added precaution in response to COVID-19, Acadia University has introduced a new mask policy. It requires anyone entering publicly accessible buildings on campus to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Exceptions will be made for those individuals for whom wearing a face-covering poses health concerns, or physical challenges.

On July 14, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced additional measures, including faster and easier study permit processing, to make it easier for international students to study online with a Canadian post-secondary institution this fall from abroad.

Acadia University is continuing a phased approach to reopening its campus, which began on July 6, starting with essential employees and research activities and clients of privately-run sports therapy and performance training businesses in the Athletics Complex.

Although most buildings remain closed, members of the general public are now permitted to walk across the campus providing they follow Acadia’s social distancing and mask protocols, and do not to gather in groups, linger, or hold any activities on the University grounds.

The plan is to eventually see full operations in September, although some employees will continue to work from home, and safety and health restrictions will be in place. Right now, those who work from home will continue to do so.

The past several months have challenged and changed us in ways we could never have imagined. We had to transition quickly to remote operations, move classes online, suspend lab research, and limit our presence on campus. At the same time, many of you have been engaged in vital discussions about racial injustice, diversity, and inclusion as society continues to grapple with the scourge of racism and discrimination. You are continuing to take concrete steps to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity at Acadia. Shortly, I will be making an important announcement about addressing racism at Acadia.

I am pleased to provide you with the update that Acadia’s course timetable now reflects the Fall/Winter 2020 course format delivery methods. Timetable changes have also been made to facilitate structured entry and exit practices and accommodate necessary cleaning protocols between classes. Please familiarize yourself with the changes to your courses and timetable to tailor your learning experience to your circumstance and needs.

Many of you were expecting course format details to be available online today. Unfortunately, we experienced a few delays as we make improvements to the course coding. We are working to ensure you have all the information you need as soon as possible. We should be able to share course-specific details with you early next week.

I hope you are keeping well and enjoying the first few weeks of summer.  The Acadia team continues to work diligently to plan for a safe and smooth return to your studies and campus this fall. As a result, I am pleased to encourage you to visit Acadia’s Student Life Page to review our Fall 2020 course formats and begin to familiarize yourself with what campus life could look like this fall.