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Welcome back to campus
To: Dalhousie students
From: Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost Student Affairs (acting)
Date: Monday, January 31, 2022
Re: Welcome back to campus
I’m thrilled to welcome you back as our campuses reopen and classes largely return to in-person teaching. The fall term did not end the way we expected, and the winter term hasn’t started the way we had hoped. This is our third academic year that has been affected by the pandemic and I know how the constant changes have impacted your student experience and well-being.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still limiting our ability to “get back to normal” on and off campus. The Omicron variant will affect how events are held and some services are delivered on our campuses, but please understand that every staff member is working hard to provide you with the best possible student experience under the circumstances. This is also true of our professors and instructors who are working hard to deliver your academic programs.
I can assure you that your health and safety is Dalhousie’s top priority as you return to our campuses. Of the students, faculty, and staff who have indicated on Campus Check that they will be on campus this term, 98.9% are fully vaccinated.
If you haven’t yet completed Campus Check, please do so as soon as possible.
The easiest and best way to keep yourself and others safe continues to be properly wearing a 3-ply face mask. This is required in all indoor common spaces on Dal’s campuses, including lecture halls, classrooms, study spaces, labs, meeting rooms, student lounges, hallways, residence lounges and kitchens, and dining areas—except when actively eating or drinking.
When you are in class or the library, please keep your mask on at all times to protect yourself and your classmates. Food and drink (except water) are currently prohibited in the Dalhousie Libraries. If you need to take a sip of water, please lower your mask briefly.
There will be 3-ply masks available at various locations on our campuses, including the libraries, in case you need one.
There is currently no on-campus rapid testing widely available, but if you are feeling sick or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, use the Nova Scotia online COVID-19 self-assessment tool to find out about getting tested and your next steps. If you are currently living in residence, you must contact the Residence Life team by phone (Halifax 902-220-9038; Truro 902-956-0750) so they can immediately help support your self-isolation.
Visit the COVID-19 Information and Updates site on dal.ca to find information about self-isolation requirements for our campuses.
Do not go to class if you are experiencing symptoms and feeling sick. You don’t need a sick note but should contact your instructor and follow your program’s policy for missed classes due to illness.
The university will be closed this Friday, February 4 for Munro Day, a holiday unique to Dal. Please enjoy your day off from classes but keep yourself safe and respect the health and wellness of others by continuing to follow the provincial COVID-19 restrictions. This includes a current gathering limit of 10, both indoors and outdoors. Breaking the rules can, and likely will, result in fines of at least $2,000 from Halifax Regional Police or Truro Police Service.
I hope you have a successful term and want to thank you for your resilience during this challenging time. Everyone is experiencing it in different ways, so please be kind and respectful to the people around you. And continue to do your part to keep yourself and others safe and healthy, so we can look forward to a brighter summer and fall.
Vice Provost, Student Affairs (Acting)
Dalhousie University is located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi`kmaq. We are all treaty people.
We acknowledge the histories, contributions, and legacies of the African Nova Scotian people and communities who have been here for over 400 years.
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