All Updates

Welcome to a new academic year at Acadia University! Although there is hardly a more beautiful campus than ours in the fall, some things will look and feel different as we implement public health guidelines to keep us safe.

This year more than ever, we are called upon to care for one other.

The onset of the global Coronavirus pandemic has challenged us to improvise and adapt to new ways of living our lives, conducting our business, and relating to one another. Our personal wellbeing, and the health and safety of our neighbours and loved ones has been in sharp focus over the past six months.

Earlier today, I was pleased to hear Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health report that he feels the re-opening of university and college campuses across the province is going well.

As of Monday, September 7, 2020, Acadia is in Phase 4 of its re-opening status, which sees a gradual return of students to residence.

As we approach the Labour Day weekend, I expect that, like me, you are experiencing mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation as the start of a fall term like no other draws near.

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.