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Update on student life this fall

Posted by Dalhousie University on June 25, 2020 in News

To:                          Dalhousie students

From:                    Ivan Joseph, Vice-Provost Student Affairs              

Date:                     Thursday, June 25, 2020

Re:                         Update on student life this fall

Whether you’re studying in Halifax, Truro, or halfway around the world, our Student Life team is working hard to provide you with the connection and sense of community that make the Dalhousie University experience so meaningful.

There will be many ways to stay engaged virtually this fall. Here are just a few we’d like to tell you about:

Together@Dal: Launching in July, Together@Dal will connect upper-year students with cohorts of new students to support and encourage their transition to Dalhousie. New students will have an opportunity to meet other students in their area of study; engage in fun, interactive sessions with peers and upper-year students; ask questions in a welcoming and respectful space; learn about their first-year classes; and meet some of their professors virtually. Learn more at dal.ca/together.

Student Life app: Later this summer, we will be launching a new Dal Student Life mobile app — a space for students to connect with each other, view events/activities, and access university resources. As part of the Together@Dal program, upper-year students will also be accessible via the app to answer questions and connect students to community hubs created by Faculties and student support units.

Orientation: In partnership with the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) and the Dalhousie Agricultural Students’ Association (DASA), Dal 2020 Orientation activities will be delivered virtually and will kick off in August. The events calendar will be available in the near future at: dal.ca/orientation.

Online learning support: Launching in early August, a new online learning website will help students prepare for classes in September with resources and tips.

I would also like to share some of the services that will be available on campus for those of you living or studying in Halifax or Truro this September:

  • All Libraries and Learning Commons are planning to be open in September, with social distancing protocols in place and some reduction in hours.
  • Fitness facilities in Halifax and Truro are expected to open, with services and programs that meet required provincial health and safety standards.
  • Student Health and Wellness will continue to offer a mix of in-person and virtual programs and services for students. For information about what is available and how to access these services based on your location, visit the Student Health & Wellness websites for Halifax and Truro.
  • Residences and Dining Halls will be opening in September but limiting overall capacity and keeping some buildings closed. These measures are to ensure physical distancing where required and to support a safe, clean and healthy living environment for all.  If you have applied for a room in one of our residences, you can expect to receive more details shortly via your dal.ca email.


Stay connected with Dal Student Life: Our Dal Student Life hub will continue to share student experiences, advice and tips for success this fall. Keep up with the latest news by following Dal Student Life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For inquiries regarding residence

Visit dal.ca/residence

For Halifax residences - email residence@dal.ca

Truro residences – email resdalac@dal.ca

Dal’s COVID-19 Information and Updates website was recently launched with new and easier-to-find information about the fall term. Keep visiting the site regularly and checking your dal.ca email for updates.

On behalf of all of us at Dalhousie, stay safe, stay well, and we hope to see you soon.


Ivan Joseph

Vice-Provost Student Affairs