Queen’s Students,

As we approach the end of term, please continue to follow all health and safety precautions to protect yourselves and others. Wearing a mask while in public spaces, practicing good hand hygiene, staying up-to-date on your vaccinations, following the COVID-19- isolation protocols, and avoiding high-risk activities such as large social gatherings will help to ensure you stay healthy and can complete your exams on schedule.

This year, we have made some adjustments to help keep in-person exams safe, including:

  • Expanding exam locations so there are fewer people writing in the same space
  • Your seQure screening status will be checked before you enter
  • Floor decals will help keep you distanced from others
  • Extra proctors and volunteers will be managing the flow in and out of buildings and rooms
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located at the entrance of exam venues
  • Mandatory masking remains in place until the end of the winter 2022 term
  • Students who are ill, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate and cannot attend campus:
    • If you need to miss an exam or academic requirement due to COVID-19 symptoms, illness, or isolation requirement, academic consideration will be granted.
    • To receive academic consideration, please submit a request by following your Faculty’s/School’s established protocol for students with extenuating circumstances.
    • Rescheduling and/or supplemental options for deferred exams will vary by program.
    • Please contact your faculty/school for further information if you need to miss an exam or academic requirement.
  • In most cases, you will be able to enter your exam room up to 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled assessment to minimize line ups
  • Additional signs with COVID-19 and exam protocols will be posted throughout the exam locations
  • Exam seats will be distanced
  • Exam booklets will be handed out once everyone is seated
  • Desks and chairs will be sanitized between exams

I know the exam period can be stressful for many students. Please take advantage of the many resources available to support you, such as exam preparation workshops or one-on-one guidance available through Student Academic Success Services. Online resources are also available, including how to manage test and exam anxiety. Student Wellness Services will be offering daily tips and advice to promote health and wellbeing during the busy exam season.  You can also join a SWS therapist online every Wednesday this month to learn some Mindful Moment techniques, head outdoors with Interfaith Chaplain Erin Burns on Thursdays, or get active at the ARC.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and caution throughout the pandemic. All the best on your exams.

Sincerely,

Mark Green
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)