Queen’s University is planning to resume in-person activity at the Kingston campus in September. Administrative and support staff will return to campus in greater numbers to support near full in-person, on-campus instruction in Fall 2021. Campus buildings will be open to members of the public in September.
This framework provides guidance for resuming on-campus operations in Kingston to complement the University’s previously released direction on resuming teaching and research activities. We are committed to the health and safety of our entire community. The advice of public health authorities will guide and inform the approach to returning to our campus.
Unit and client service needs between now and December 2021 will vary; some may require most of their team members on campus in the near term to prepare for incoming students, increased research and graduate student activity in the summer, while other units may elect (where operationally feasible) to have more staff remain in a remote working arrangement throughout the Fall.
It is anticipated the new normal of on-campus operations will be achieved by Winter 2022, with all staff who are returning to in-person work back on the Kingston campus by January 2022.
Our first priority lies in fulfilling our academic mission, while maintaining a safe environment for the campus community. To this end, priorities for our campus re-opening planning are:
- The return of students, faculty members, and teaching assistants to in-person teaching in early September;
- The return of staff-supporting students, faculty members and teaching assistants in the delivery of in-person teaching;
- Providing some in-person access for all other student support services; and
- Opening libraries with full access, subject to public health guidelines.
In-person events will be limited in Fall 2021:
- In-person, non-student led events will be limited in for Fall 2021 and will be planned in accordance with event planning guidance approved by the Senior Leadership Team.
- All in-person, student-led events planned for Fall 2021 must be reviewed and approved by the Co-Curricular Restart Advisory Group (CRAG).
Return-to-campus plans will be responsive as circumstances change, and flexible to support a gradual return where possible, balanced against supporting a positive student experience with increased in-person activity and operational needs. Plans will be approved by a unit’s Dean, Vice-Principal, or delegate.
- Employees will have advance notice of a return to in-person work to allow them time to plan for and adjust to being back on campus. We will be compassionate of individual circumstances and respond appropriately to accommodation needs.
- Remote meeting options or other inclusive arrangements will be available to support meeting participation by all employees.
- Formal Remote Work Arrangements can be made with employees any time; however, they must be in place by January 2022 for employees who are not returning to working on campus full time.
- During the transition period (September 2021 to December 2021), flexible working arrangements will be agreed upon between managers and employees based on operational requirements and exceptional circumstances.