Fall 2021 Return to Campus

The Faculty of Arts and Science anticipates a return to full in-person, on-campus instruction starting in the fall of 2021. This plan is supported by advice from KFL&A Public Health and other health professionals, who have indicated that a return to in-person instruction can be done safely this fall based on the progress of the vaccine roll-out and the expected lifting of restrictions.

A new normal of on-campus operations will be achieved by the start of the Winter term.

Queen's University centralized hub for campus reopening includes information on the planning processes for and information on lifting of restrictions, emergency response to an outbreak, etc. See the Queen's University Safe Return to Campus website.

As we approach campus reopening, it is important to understand the difference between COVID-19 myths and realities. Dr. Samantha Buttemer (Assistant Professor, Dept of Public Health Sciences, Public Health Advisor, Faculty of Health Sciences), and Dr. Gerald A. Evans (Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, Dept of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences) discuss these myths and what steps Queen's is taking in order to move forward.

Learn about the Roadmap to Reopen, the province’s three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators.

We will be updating this page regularly as information becomes available.

Flexibility and compassion will be essential as we re-introduce faculty to working on campus. Plans will balance providing a gradual return while meeting the operational needs of full on-campus academics and expanded research in the fall semester.

With this fluid situation visit the COVID-19 Outbreak and its Impact on Queen's University Research page for regular updates on the impacts to Queen’s research. This page aims to provide clarity and direction to support the continuation of the research mission.

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Flexibility and compassion will be essential as we re-introduce staff to working on campus. Plans will balance providing a gradual return while meeting the operational needs of full on-campus academics and expanded research in the fall semester.

Employees will be supported during the gradual return to campus, which will begin when the province enters Stage 3 of its reopening plan, which is scheduled for July 16, 2021. The return of each staff member will be planned and staff members will be given sufficient notice of the requirement to return and the process for requesting accommodation.

We must respect all public health guidelines ensuring the safety and well-being of all members of its community.

Learn more about remote work arrangements, employee wellness and support, resources for managers, and COVID-19 symptoms and response on the Queen's Human Resources Return to Campus webpage.

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Queen's is planning for a resumption of in-person academic activities in September. We are supported in this plan by advice from KFL&A Public Health and other health professionals, who have indicated that a return to in-person instruction can be done safely this fall based on the progress of the vaccine roll-out and the expected lifting of restrictions.

The Faculty of Arts and Science therefore expects that students studying in Kingston will return to campus for in-person study. We strongly encourage you to make the necessary travel and living arrangements.  

In certain cases travel may not be possible and it may be necessary for a small group of students to continue their studies remotely. Please note however that the range of courses available to you remotely will be very limited for Fall 2021 and even more limited in Winter 2022. 

If you need to study remotely in 2021-2022, we are committed to facilitating your continued progression through your degree plans to graduation; however, significant adaptations to your plan of study may be necessary. Those adaptations may include deferring core courses until 2022-23 or making substitutions or modifications to plan requirements. For seminar courses where there may be several offerings with different topics, limited options will be offered remotely. All modifications will be at the discretion of the Department. 

If you are debating remote learning because of housing concerns, please be aware that there is an Off-Campus Housing Advisor who is here to help you find living arrangements. Please email Adam King at scr@queensu.ca if you require help finding housing for September.

For information on international student arrival, please see the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) website. 

Students studying at the Bader International Study Centre in the UK will be contacted separately about their travel plans.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at asc.academic@queensu.ca.

We are here and ready to support you so that we all have a great start for Fall 2021. 

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