Novel Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

COVID-19 update: University response and preparedness

Site last updated: March 30, 2020 at 4:10 p.m. ADT

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is highest priority, and it is vital we do our part to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Students who are able to leave university residences and return home, should please make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. Alternatively, if it is possible for you to arrange to live off campus temporarily, that option is preferable to staying in residence. Exemptions are being made for those unable to leave due to travel restrictions or personal circumstances. Read the most recent updates for students in residence.
  • All those who have travelled internationally (including the United States) or outside of Nova Scotia should self-isolate upon their return for 14 days. For employees, this time will not be taken from an employee’s vacation or sick leave bank; employees are expected to work from home, where possible.


  • All non-essential university events are cancelled or postponed until June 1 at a minimum. Do not book university events until further notice. Regrettably, this includes Dalhousie Convocation ceremonies scheduled for May 2020. Students will still be awarded their degree(s)/credentials and we are working to develop a plan for students who wish to cross the Convocation stage in the future (potentially in the fall). Read the most recent updates about events and convocation.
  • All researchers are advised that university campus-based research operations are now suspended until further notice. Critical COVID-19 research is exempted and will continue as a matter of urgency, with full support. Exceptions will be considered for other time- or resource-sensitive critical projects. Please read details about suspending research operations in our memo from Friday, March 20, 2020Read the most recent updates about research.

We ask your patience as we work through additional details and decisions and will share more as the situation changes.

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Public Health websites.

Dalhousie contact information

Please note: If you are concerned you have been exposed to, or may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please visit 811.novascotia.ca for information on assessment.

  Health-related inquiries
Travel-related inquiries
Dalhousie students Student Health and Wellness
902-494-2171 (Halifax)
902-893-6369 (Truro)
International Centre
902-494-1566 (Halifax)
902-893-6672 (Truro)
international.centre@dal.ca
Dalhousie faculty and staff
For information about COVID-19, call the Government of Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397, or

Employee Family and Assistance program
1-800-387-4765
Human Resources
902-456-8784
hr@dal.ca


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