Health & Safety

Learn about all the ways we are preparing for our community’s return to campus, including information on vaccinations, COVID-19 screening and testing, and other public health information, as well as how we’re adapting our campus operations to ensure we can learn, work, and live on campus safely and effectively.

Public Health Information

Queen’s University will continue to work closely with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, as we have throughout the pandemic. For their most up to date, localized public health guidance and information, visit the KFL&A Public Health website.

Vaccinations

Governments in Canada and across the world have deemed COVID-19 vaccinations safe and effective and view them as the primary driver of our return to normal activities. Learn more about vaccine safety and efficacy.

Queen’s University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus to be fully vaccinated, or have plans in place to become fully vaccinated, prior to the beginning of the fall term. Learn more about our vaccination policy.

For those who have not yet benefitted from national, provincial, or international vaccination opportunities, we are planning to have an on-campus vaccine clinic for students at the start of the fall term. Until then, the Queen’s community is urged to schedule their vaccine appointments through the province’s booking system.

Health Screening

Before coming to campus, faculty and staff must download the university’s SeQure App and complete the daily COVID-19 assessment questionnaire. For those without a cell phone or tablet, a web version and a document version of the assessment are also available. The app will advise whether you can proceed with your visit. Students, contractors and service providers, visitors and volunteers should conduct a daily self-assessment before they attend university property. They are encouraged to download and complete the SeQure App self-assessment. Be sure to update to the latest version of the SeQure App. Alternatively, they can use the Ontario government self-assessment tool.

Mask wearing

With the return to in-person classes in the Fall 2021 term, COVID-19 health and safety guidelines have been updated for students, faculty, and staff attending Queen’s classrooms. Read our COVID-19 Masking Guidelines.

COVID-19 Testing

Campus community members who are partially vaccinated*, and those who have applied for or have received an accommodation from Queen’s vaccination requirement, are required to take part in the university’s rapid antigen screening program, read important information about at-home rapid antigen screening now.

All other campus community members who are seeking COVID-19 testing are encouraged to visit a KFL&A Public Health screening centre.

Anyone awaiting test results is not to attend campus until a negative test result is obtained.

*includes those individuals who only have one dose of an eligible vaccine and are awaiting their second, as well as individuals who have had a second dose but are still inside the 14-day window before immunity is achieved.

COVID-19 Case Tracker

Positive COVID-19 cases in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington region that have a confirmed link to the university community are shared on our COVID-19 Case Tracker.

Ventilation

Queen’s has enhanced ventilation protocols—many of which were put in place in early 2020. Facilities staff reviewed and optimized systems to meet public health requirements and recommendations. Learn more about our ventilation measures.

Enhanced cleaning protocols

Facilities staff implemented enhanced cleaning measures, which have been in use throughout the pandemic and will continue as we return to campus. Learn more about enhanced cleaning.

Queen’s Continuity of Education Plan (CEP)

The CEP outlines the protocols and practices in place that will guide the university’s response in the event of a COVID-19 case on campus, and to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning in the event of emergency. The plan was developed with input from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health. Read the CEP plan now.

Protocols for In-Person Classes

With the return to in-person classes in the Fall 2021 term, COVID-19 health and safety guidelines have been updated for students, faculty, and staff attending Queen’s classrooms. Read the Fall 2021 Protocols for In-Person Classes on the Kingston Campus.

Campus services

Dining & Food Services

All dining halls and available retail food locations on campus are set to operate safely this fall. Please be attentive and respectful of guidelines posted in these areas. Learn more about dining locations, hours, and safety guidelines.

Dining website

Athletics & Recreation

Our athletics and recreation facilities are prepared to be fully operational this fall, allowing the campus community access to indoor and outdoor amenities. Learn more about our Athletics & Recreation facilities and operations.

Athletics website

Libraries

Throughout the pandemic, Queen’s libraries have been adapting operations to provide the best possible service, including access to research materials, study spaces, and more. For information, visit the Library website.

Library website

Students

In preparation for your arrival on campus—whether as an undergraduate, graduate, or international student—find out more information specific to you on:

  • Residences
  • Off-campus living
  • Support services
  • Libraries and study spaces
  • And more.
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Faculty & Staff

Whether you’re returning to in-person work this fall or have remained on campus as an essential employee throughout the pandemic, we have resources to help you stay safe and healthy. Learn more about:

  • Human resources
  • Support services/accommodations
  • Research operations
  • IT support
  • And more.
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