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You'll notice some big changes this year. All residences offer single rooms, and dining facilities feature self-checkout and new seating arrangements.
Though some things are different, our goal is to preserve as much of our campus experience as possible. Each of us will need to change our typical behaviour and rethink how we conduct our studies, our work, and our social lives. These plans can and will succeed because we are a community that cares greatly for each other and for this institution.
Residences have been reorganized.
We've changed the residence experience to promote safety and hygiene. There are only single rooms, and you will likely have an assigned washroom. Visitors are not allowed: only residence students and staff are permitted.
A plan has been developed to quarantine students who have or may have been exposed to COVID-19. They will use a separate washroom, and we will provide them with food delivery, supplies, and support during the isolation period.
Campus dining has changed.
We will adhere to all Nova Scotia and local health guidelines and enhance our food safety and sanitation processes. Utensils and grab-and-go items are individually wrapped. We anticipate food service locations will be open, with most locations providing a quick pick-up service.
Meal hall will seat fewer people at once, with scheduled meal times based on the class timetable. We are cleaning meal hall more frequently and we have eliminated self-serve and buffet-style options.
Civic and community engagement continues.
Students from across the University participate in volunteer community activities and service learning, working closely with local organizations. Protocols will be developed that allow these activities to continue and conform to University guidelines to ensure safety.
There are ways to stay active.
Though Varsity events, club sports, and some intramurals have been suspended for the Fall Term, the Acadia Athletics Complex will open in September, subject to new health and hygiene protocols and booking procedures. In addition, our Athletics staff are developing new fitness and recreational programming for students that meets NS Public Health and sport-specific guidelines and requirements. Competitive and recreational sport leagues will include basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, and spikeball.
As you are aware, yesterday we were informed of a COVID-19 exposure on campus. While the Valley region has done extremely well and has had very few cases, this serves as a reminder that, as Dr. Strang has said on several occasions, COVID is in every community and we must remain vigilant to minimize its spread.
Our International Student Advisor will work with you on your itinerary to ensure a safe and coordinated welcome to campus. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also review an updated list of all academic dates for the winter by visiting Acadia's Registrar’s Office.