COVID-19 guidelines ahead of Fall term start

COVID-19 guidelines ahead of Fall term start

August 23, 2022



In line with current provincial and public health guidance, the university’s suspension of mandatory masking continues across campus at this time, however members of the Queen’s community are still strongly encouraged to wear a medical grade mask in indoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Queen’s University is a mask-friendly campus, and we ask that our community be considerate and respectful of one another’s decisions regarding masking. Individuals who enter private offices or other confined spaces where face to face interaction is required may be asked to wear a mask as a condition of entry. Some activities and roles may have mandatory requirements for masking, such as those in health clinics, hospitals, some laboratories, and in some organizations where students complete their placements.

The status of the university’s mask mandate Is subject to change at any time based on Public Health guidance. Medical grade masks continue to be available across campus for those who need them.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirements

At this time, proof of vaccination is not required to attend most in-person university activities or to live in Queen’s residence. However, we continue to strongly encourage all Queen’s students, staff, and faculty to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

Students, faculty, and staff in the Faculty of Healthy Sciences accessing hospital or other external facilities are required to adhere to the guidelines, policies, and procedures of the institution which they are attending. As well, activities that involve any other third parties (such as health clinics, elementary and secondary schools, and other organizations where Queen’s students complete experiential learning placements) will continue to be subject to the COVID-19 safety requirements of those third parties, including any proof of vaccination requirements.  Students, staff, and faculty are advised to contact their respective Faculty for further details.

The university may reinstate its Policy Regarding Mandatory Vaccination Requirements for In-person University Activities, possibly on short notice, if the local public health environment changes, or, if government mandates or public health recommendations restore proof of vaccination requirements.

If the university does reinstate its policy, all students, faculty, staff, and others who cannot provide satisfactory proof of vaccination, based on the definition of “fully vaccinated” in place at that time, could find their in-person university activities restricted or discontinued. This could impede students’ ability to remain in their classes or in residence. It could also impact employment status for faculty and staff and the permitted activities of university contractors and visitors.

The university strongly recommends that every person intending to live, work or study on campus, or otherwise engage in in-person university activities, maintain up to date vaccinations and boosters to reduce the risk of an interruption to their studies, work or access to university facilities and resources.