Throughout the fall academic term, Queen’s has worked closely with government and public health experts to keep the university community healthy and safe, while delivering on our academic mission of teaching, learning, and research.
The emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the Kingston region, including a number of suspected cases within the Queen’s community, requires the university to adjust our campus operations. The new variant is highly contagious. To help keep people safe as we head towards the winter break, the university is proactively implementing a series of enhanced health and safety measures on campus.
These health and safety measures are effective immediately.
On-campus COVID-19 testing for students
Students who are symptomatic or have been identified as a close contact by KFL&A Public Health can be tested on-campus. Student Wellness Services is opening a clinic in the Rose Commons in Mitchell Hall starting Dec. 10. The assessment centre will be open weekdays from 9 am – 4 pm, by appointment. Students can call 613-533-2506 to book. For additional details, including more local testing locations, students can go to the SWS website. All other members of the campus community—which includes faculty and staff—should visit local KFL&A Public Health testing locations.
In-person exams will remain as currently scheduled with enhanced precautions in place to ensure that students can progress in their studies and meet the academic requirements of their program. The precautions for in-person exams include the mandatory completion of the SeQure app screening tool, physical distancing while waiting in line to enter the exam venue, as well as wearing a mask at all times. More details around exam protocols are available on the Office of the University Registrar website.
Students are reminded not to come to campus for any in-person exam if they feel at all unwell. Known contacts of positive cases should follow public health guidance. Timely academic consideration will be granted in these instances. Details on the protocols can be obtained by contacting the relevant faculty or school.
Although most fall term classes are completed, where possible, all faculties and schools will be moving any remaining Fall 2021 in-person classes to a remote learning option as soon as possible. Students will be notified by their respective faculty/school directly with information.
On-campus study spaces, including in Queen’s University Library system, remain open to support students throughout the exam period. Students choosing to access a study space must wear a mask at all times. No food or drink can be consumed in study spaces or libraries.
The university is focused on ensuring that students can continue to progress in their studies and meet the academic requirements of their programs. Employee events, and student events that are not required for academic progression, such as end-of-term or holiday gatherings, must be postponed or hosted remotely.
Athletics & Recreation and varsity sports
The Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) will remain open with some enhanced health and safety measures. This includes the requirement to wear at a mask at all times, including during exercise.
As an added precaution, following this week’s declaration of an outbreak that has impacted varsity sports, training for all varsity sports is being suspended until further notice.
Students living in residence have been providing the provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Status Declaration Confirmation to enter dining halls. They will now also be required to show their daily status as green – “approved to be on campus” on the SeQure screening app.
Retail food locations
Campus retail foodservice locations will be takeout only. All associated seating areas will be closed, including dedicated eating areas established across various campus buildings.
These enhanced measures follow a successful fall term with moderate COVID-19 cases amongst the University community and we would like to thank everyone for their efforts so far in following the many health and safety protocols in place, including mandatory vaccination, mask wearing, daily health screening, and staying home and being tested if feeling unwell.