COVID-19

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Whether it’s your first year in Nova Scotia or you are a returning student – welcome! Be sure to check out our full schedule of activities and sessions for Acadia's Fall 2020 Orientation. The Acadia Students' Union has events happening this week for first year students and there are sessions starting Monday for all students, new and returning.

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.

Fall Orientation is not just for first year students this year, but rather an opportunity to engage with the Acadia community and get prepared to join us in a new campus experience (in person or virtually).
 
There will be a full schedule of information sessions, helpful tips & tricks to managing the year ahead, social events and opportunities to connect with your fellow-students, professors and student support members.

The Acadia Athletics Complex is taking measured steps to ensures it aligns with Acadia's Return to Campus Safely planning as it takes measured steps to re-open.

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.

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.