Getting Ready for Fall 2020

As we prepare to welcome as many of you back to campus as possible or have you join us virtually, our objective continues to be, to keep you safe, help you succeed academically and to give you the experience you deserve. We as the Acadia Community can achieve this, by working together to create a safe and meaningful student experience this fall.

To help us prepare for your arrival and know which of you require additional support in your transition back to campus, please complete the Fall 2020 Arrival Survey. Upon completion you'll be automatically entered to win 1 of 5 $50 Amazon gift cards.

To learn more about how the University is shifting their operations, please visit our COVID-19 Information website for more information.

Information below is current as of August 14, 2020. Changes and adjustments may be implemented based on Nova Scotia health directives.



  • Our Fall 2020 Academic approach is built on ensuring the health and safety of students and employees, while providing a range of flexible models for students who intend to join us on campus or cannot or choose not to attend in person. How a course is facilitated could depend on the size of the class, the content topics and the level of classroom participation.
  • Each course will be delivered in one of five formats.

Campus & Community Life

Off-Campus Living

Students already residing in Atlantic Canada do not need to self-isolate.

Navigating Campus

We are enhancing our operations, services, and cleaning practices to make sure that everyone in our campus community stays healthy. We will work together to ensure health and wellness and ask that you do your part to contribute to the success of all health practices.

  • You will be expected to wear a non-medical mask on campus when social distancing is not possible, whether indoors or outdoors, unless you are unable due to medical reasons. Learn more...
  • Whether you are inside or outside while on campus, please keep two metres (six feet) away from others. Classrooms, common rooms, meeting spaces, and other gathering places will feature signage to remind you and to suggest where to stand in line, etc.
  • Throughout campus, we will clean and disinfect more often. All common-area restrooms and spaces—including in residence halls—will be cleaned and disinfected regularly, with the addition of roving crews focused on disinfecting high-touch points throughout the day.
  • Every day, all students, faculty, and staff will be expected to complete a self-diagnosis questionnaire before coming to campus or leaving residence halls to inform them about whether they should remain at home/in their residence room rather than coming to or moving about campus.


The campus dining experience will change as we enhance our food safety and sanitation processes and follow the new provincial health guidelines.

  • Dining Hall will seat fewer students at any sitting and include scheduled mealtimes based on the class timetable. The Dining Hall experience will entail more controlled access, more frequent cleaning and sanitation efforts, and the elimination of self-serve and buffet-style options.
  • We anticipate food service locations will be open, with most locations providing a quick pick-up service. Utensils will be individually wrapped, as will grab-and-go items.

Being Social

  • In collaboration with the Acadia Students’ Union (ASU) we plan to offer as many social engagements as possible using physical distance practices and/or virtually.


Welcome back! We're adapting the residence experience with increased focus on health to ensure your wellness and safety.

    • Please review Arrival & Move-in details by visiting our Residence Life Page
    • If you’re arriving from outside of the Atlantic Canadian provinces, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Learn more...
  • We’ve developed a plan to quarantine and support students who have or may have been exposed to COVID-19. These students will use a separate washroom, and we will provide them with food delivery, supplies, and support during their isolation period. The quarantine process will be directed by Nova Scotia public health officials.

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