Our plan for fall 2021

Forward. Focused: Fall 2021. Student looking at bulletin board.


Safely welcoming students, faculty and staff back to campus 

We’re proud of Nova Scotia’s strong commitment to public health and safety throughout this pandemic and we are confident in our plans for the fall, though we know that public health conditions can change, and some government decisions won’t be known until closer to September. We’re here to help you work through these and promise to keep you up to date on what you can expect as you prepare to join us this fall.

On this page you’ll find information about our top priorities this fall: your education and academic experiencethe student life experience, and everyone’s shared health and safety.

Your academic experience

We know how important it is to our students and professors alike to be able to return to the classroom this fall. We are preparing to welcome all students to campus this fall. Throughout the pandemic, university students have been allowed to travel to Nova Scotia to study.

  • Course delivery: You can expect most courses to be in person, with appropriate safety measures in place based on public health guidelines. A small number of courses will continue online.
  • Have concerns about courses and registration? Support is available to you if you have questions about the timetable, registering for classes, or how you can take online classes. The timetable will indicate whether courses are in person or online. Visit the courses and registration page.
  • Coming to Nova Scotia: Travel requirements to Halifax or Truro this fall will depend on current Public Health guidelines, but we promise to provide you with support, guidance, and timely updates via our Arriving or Returning to Nova Scotia page. We’re here to help.

Your student life

This fall, in accordance with public health guidelines, our plan includes the re-opening of in-person services and facilities on campus.

  • Campus Services: You can expect a return to on-campus events and programming, library service access, food services, study spaces, fitness facilities, and more. Our campus services is your source for the most up-to-date information.
  • Orientation: Our New to Dal orientation program will be for first- and second-year students this year, which will allow all our new-to-campus students the chance to discover everything student life has to offer with a mix of in-person and virtual activities.
  • Residences will be open this fall (single occupancy only with restrictions based on current public health guidelines), as will our residence dining halls. More information is available on our residence site.
  • New students: Sign up for Together@Dal and download the Dal Mobile app to meet other students and become connected to the university community before you arrive.

Our shared health and safety

Nova Scotia has gotten through this pandemic with strong public health measures that have helped keep our community safe. Our return to on-campus learning will be done the same way, with our plan fully aligned with provincial Public Health requirements and Dalhousie’s health and safety protocols.

  • Vaccination: Students who have not been vaccinated (partially or fully) prior to arriving at Dalhousie will be able to get vaccinated here in Nova Scotia. Further details will be shared once we have confirmation from the province.
  • Health-and-safety requirements: While we won’t have a full picture of requirements until closer to the fall, elements of our multi-level safety plan include:
    • physical distancing (at a reduced level) 
    • recommended continued mask-wearing in indoor common spaces
    • a COVID-19 self-assessment app where you will check-in each day before arriving on campus
    • regularly scheduled cleaning and disinfection
    • ventilation reviews of student and learning spaces
    • available asymptomatic rapid COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff
  • Shared responsibility: All of us have a part to play in keeping one another safe. We’re in this together: be aware, be safe, and be considerate. Check our Health and safety resources page for the latest information.

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