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Messages from Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Deans of Student Affairs

October 2020 - Message to Queen's students

To all Queen’s students:

I hope you are settling in to a fall rhythm – although very different from past years.

As an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the Queen’s community are confirmed by local public health, it is critical that we all keep following all public health orders and guidelines, as well as on-campus requirements. Read the Provost’s message about steps to take that will support our community’s health and safety.

I want to thank you very much for your diligence in staying informed about all of the requirements and recommendations that are regularly changing in response to the evolution of the pandemic. I know it is difficult, but I want to assure you that we are going to get through this together.

You will have received details about the winter term from your faculty/school about the need for most courses to stay remote. We recognize the adjustment to the online learning environment can be challenging; there are many ways to get support and build the skills that will empower you to take charge and succeed.

Please reach out to your faculty/school and program academic advisors, as well as our dedicated staff across Student Affairs who are ready to help. You can do this!

Follow Student Affairs services on social media, and scan through our latest e-newsletter, The Pulse, for information about programs, workshops, and events to stay healthy, connected, and in-the-know. You can also follow me on Twitter (@VPDeanTierney)!

If you need assistance navigating university supports and resources, email We are here to help!


Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs


May 20, 2020 - Message to the Class of 2024

Congratulations on being admitted to the Queen’s University Class of 2024! We are excited to welcome you to the Queen’s community, and look forward to continuing to connect with you in the coming days and weeks as you prepare for university life! 

The global pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty for all of us; we want to reassure you that we are looking forward to you joining our incoming class and supporting you throughout your time at Queen’s.

We received over 45,000 applications to Queen’s this year and we know you have worked hard to gain admission. We are committed to working just as hard to provide you with the extraordinary academic and outstanding student experience for which Queen’s is renowned. We are busy planning for the fall term with your health, safety and well-being at the centre of every decision. 

To comply with public health requirements for physical distancing, most programs and courses will need to be delivered remotely for the fall term. To find out what this means for our undergraduate first-year programs, please visit the links at the end of this message.

Queen’s has been delivering exceptional online education for decades and we have the expertise to ensure the remote learning experience retains the highest quality of teaching, course content and community experience. Central to the quality of the Queen’s experience is the connection to community, and we have already engaged with alumni and student leaders to create innovative, exciting, and uniquely Queen’s virtual experiences in the fall that will create life-long connections to new friends and the Queen’s community.

As soon as it is safe to do so, the full in-person, in-class and on-campus student experience will resume. You will be a Queen’s student for the next four or five years, well beyond this first term, and we know that the unique start to your studies at Queen’s will bond the Class of 2024 like no other.

We are all very much looking forward to having all of our students back on campus as soon as possible. While we continue to explore options for on-campus activity, we know that adhering to provincial legislation and public health guidelines means these activities will be limited this fall.

Some of you will have questions about residence availability, occupancy, and safety. We are working closely with local public health officials to assess how physical distancing requirements can be implemented in our residences. Visit the Residence website for up-to-date information as decisions are made. The online application is open – the deadline to apply is June 8 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

We are getting ready to launch community-building, transition and academic support programming throughout the summer to connect you with peers and prepare you to start your studies with us. Queen’s has extensive student services to assist you. Even as many staff and faculty members work from home, we are interacting with students around the world every day, and providing excellent support in new ways, meeting you wherever you are! 

Over its 180-year history, the Queen's community has overcome many big challenges with determination, creativity and innovation, and we will come through this challenge stronger than ever. The Queen’s spirit always drives us forward, and it is you - our students - who will lead the way. 

Welcome to the Queen's community. 

Ann Tierney
Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

To learn more about what Fall 2020 will look like at Queen's for incoming students, please visit: 

Faculty of Arts and Science  

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Smith School of Business, Bachelor of Commerce

Faculty of Education 

School of Nursing 

Bachelor of Health Sciences 

Bader International Study Centre (BISC)


Student Awards

Queen’s University International Centre

Athletics and Recreation

May 4, 2020 - Message to Queen's students

Congratulations to all of our students who have completed the winter term under unprecedented circumstances.

COVID-19 continues to disrupt and dislocate so many of us around the world, and the uncertainties, stresses, and worries related to the pandemic’s impact on ourselves, our families, and friends will be part of our reality for some time.

Across the university, we are focused on the coming year and continue to be guided by public health authorities. Principal Patrick Deane has updated our community on planning for Fall 2020. Please read his message here.

Please know that Queen's extensive student services and supports remain available and accessible to you, wherever you are – please continue to reach out and let our dedicated staff know how we can help.

We will keep our websites up to date, and you can follow us on social media for the latest events and offerings. 

The value of a Queen’s education and degree is more relevant than ever during these uncertain times, and I want to assure you that we are working to maintain the tight-knit community and deliver the extraordinary academic and student experience we are renowned for throughout your studies with us. We are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Our priority in Student Affairs remains your health, well-being, and success.

We know you’ve got questions! We may not have all the answers yet, but more information will be provided as soon as decisions are made and plans are finalized. 

It is important that you take care of yourself and each other. We are a strong community and we will see this through together. 

Again, if there is anything you need, or if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via

Ann Tierney
Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

March 17, 2020 - Message to Queen's students

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a source of disruption, stress, and uncertainty. I know that you are worried about your family and friends, and that some of you are worried about your own health. Many of you are also concerned for those who are most  impacted by this uncertainty, particularly our international students, students far from home, those with accessibility needs, those in financial need, and those with mental or physical health issues.

As units within Student Affairs take steps to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our priorities remain the health, wellbeing, and success of our students. Many units remain operational and can be accessed remotely. Details on how to access our services can be found on our support services operations webpage. In line with guidance from Public Health officials, the university is encouraging staff, where possible, to work remotely.

I will share updates on Student Affairs activities to keep our community informed. I also urge you to consult the University’s COVID-19 website regularly as it is often updated throughout the day.

During this difficult time, it is important that we not forget to take care of each other. The Queen’s community is a wonderful group of students, staff, and faculty that always rallies around one another, and I know this will continue. There is a great deal of uncertainly, but we will get through this together.

If there is anything you need, or if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via

Ann Tierney
Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs