Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of 9:40 AM, Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Welcome to StFX University's COVID-19 web portal.

Here you will find the most up-to-date information about our COVID response and the steps we're taking to help ensure your health and safety this year. We encourage you to review this information closely and check back regularly for updates, as new information will be added throughout the summer.

 

CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS:

We have a new email box for the campus community to use should they have questions/concerns that are not covered within our FAQs. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to reach out with any comments, questions or concerns related to COVID-19: Comments&Questions@stfx.ca 

The mailbox is monitored Mon – Fri, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Updates from the University

 

Travelling to Nova Scotia and Self-isolation

+ Who needs to self-isolate?

Any person who is not fully vaccinated (i.e. did not receive their second COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before entering Nova Scotia) will need to self-isolate upon their arrival in the province.

You will need to self-isolate for 14 days if you:

  • Have received 0 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • Received your first dose fewer than 14-days before arriving in Nova Scotia

You will need to self-isolate for 7 days if you:

  • Have received just 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • Received your second dose fewer than 14-days before arriving in Nova Scotia
+ I need to self-isolate upon arriving in Nova Scotia. When should I plan to arrive?

All residence students should time their isolation so it is completed by September 3rd, when non-isolating students will begin to move in. This means that:

  • Students who must self-isolate for 14 days should arrive in Nova Scotia no later than August 20.
  • Students who must self-isolate for 7 days should arrive in Nova Scotia no later than August 27.
+ What do I need to know about travelling to Nova Scotia?

Anyone from outside of Atlantic Canada who is entering Nova Scotia will need to submit a Safe Check-in Form before leaving home. This form is required by the provincial government in order to be granted entry to the province. For a full list of Nova Scotia’s travel protocols, please click here.

Please be advised that if you are travelling by car, you may also be required to abide by entry restrictions in other provinces. 

+ Are students who must self-isolate obligated to complete their isolation at StFX?

No. Current provincial travel guidelines permit students (and their families) to self-isolate anywhere within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island before coming to StFX. Students who arrange to complete their mandatory self-isolation elsewhere in the Maritime Provinces can move into residence at the same time as non-isolating students.

+ Can families isolate with their student in residence?

No. Because of space constraints, only students who are living in residence this academic year can complete their self-isolation in a university residence building.

+ What is the cost to self-isolate in residence?
  • The cost for students who must self-isolate for 14 days is $1070.00.
  • The cost for students who must self-isolate for 7 days is $535.00.

This cost, which is added to your student account, includes three meals a day and one hour of supervised outdoor exercise time.

+ How can students who wish to self-isolate in residence register to do so?

StFX has created a registry for those students who opt to self-isolate at StFX. To register, click on the link below and provide us with your information, including arrival details (arriving August 20 or Aug 27.) Note that self-isolation registration closes on Friday, August 6, at 4:00 PM ADT.

I want to register to self-isolate at StFX.

+ What supports are available for off-campus students who are self-isolating?

Students living off-campus are responsible to secure their own accommodations and meals. Off-campus students can register for our Neighbours Helping Neighbours program if delivery assistance for groceries or other essential items is required.

Click here to register for the Neighbours Helping Neighbours program.

+ How and When is Nova Scotia Re-Opening to the Public?

The provincial government has implemented a five-stage reopening plan, with varying levels of activity and travel permitted within each phase. You can access the plan here.

As of July 14, 2021, Nova Scotia has entered Phase 4 of the re-opening plan.

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Coming to Campus

+ When can students move into their residence room?

ISOLATING STUDENTS

  • Students who need to self-isolate for 14 days and choose to do so in residence MUST move into their room on August 20th
  • Students who need to self-isolate for 7 days and choose to do so in residence MUST move into their room on August 27th

These dates are firm so as to allow all students to finish their self-isolation before other students arrive on September 3rd.

Isolating students who choose to self-isolate off-campus will move into residence with non-isolating students on either September 3rd or 4th. 

 

NON-ISOLATING STUDENTS

NEW residence students who do not need to self-isolate, or isolating students who choose to self-isolate off-campus, will be issued a specific move-in time window. This time window will be communicated to students’ StFX email addresses soon, but in the mean-time new students can plan to move into residence on either September 3 or 4 depending on their building:

  • Friday, September 3, 2021: We look forward to welcoming new students living in Bishops Hall, MacIsaac Hall, Riley Hall, and FX Hall.
  • Saturday, September 4, 2021: We look forward to welcoming new students living in Cameron Hall, MacKinnon Hall, and Mount Saint Bernard.

Returning students can move into the residence on Monday, September 6, 2021. 

+ Are parents/family members able to help their student move in?

ISOLATING STUDENTS

Family/Friends of students who are self-isolating in residence are not permitted to assist their student with moving in, nor can they enter their residence building. They must stay with their vehicle for the duration of their time on campus. Carts will be provided to assist students in bringing belongings to their room.

 

NON-ISOLATING STUDENTS

Non-isolating students, or students who completed their self-isolation off-campus, may have up to two people present to assist with their move in. These same two people are also permitted to enter StFX’s Keating Centre for Welcome Day activities. 

+ When should non-isolating off-campus students who are just beginning their studies arrive at StFX?

Off-campus students should arrive on campus between 1 pm and 3 pm on Saturday, September 4 and proceed to the Charles V. Keating Centre to check-in.

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Health and Safety Protocols

+ What are the COVID-19 legal waiver and Student Community Protocol documents? Why do students need to sign them?

Students must sign two documents in order to attend StFX this year:

  1. A COVID-19 legal waiver, acknowledging the assumption of risk in attending StFX during the time of COVID-19.
  2. A set of Student Community Protocols, outlining the university’s expectation for students to do their part in keeping the campus community safe and healthy. The document also includes an overview of the university’s actions to help ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of all students and employees.

For more information on these documents, including why students must sign them to attend StFX, please visit www.StFX.ca/waiver.

+ Are vaccines mandatory for StFX students and employees?

Vaccines are not mandatory for students and employees, however we are strongly encouraging that everyone receive two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with public health recommendations.

Please note that students from outside Atlantic Canada who do not receive the vaccine, who only receive one dose, or who receive their second dose fewer than 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia will need to quarantine upon their arrival for anywhere from 7-14 days. This is in accordance with requirements set by the Nova Scotia provincial government. Please visit the provincial government’s COVID-19 web portal for the latest information on quarantine requirements related to vaccination status.

+ Will vaccines be made available for students from other provinces who don’t receive either their first or second dose before coming to Nova Scotia?

Decisions in Nova Scotia about vaccine availability and rollout fall to the provincial government. The government has signalled that they anticipate making the COVID-19 vaccine available to students from other provinces, but discussion on how, when, and where this will happen are still underway. We commit to keeping the StFX community informed as we learn more information from the provincial government. In the meantime, students who have the ability to receive both doses of vaccine before coming to StFX are strongly encouraged to do so.

+ WHAT WILL HAPPEN FOR STUDENTS COMING FROM COUNTRIES WHERE THE VACCINE IS NOT READILY AVAILABLE, OR WHERE DIFFERENT VACCINES ARE USED THAN IN CANADA?

StFX recognizes that most regions in Canada enjoy a certain level or privilege with regard to vaccine access compared to many countries around the world.

International students arriving in Canada from another country are encouraged to contact StFX’s Office of Internationalization at international@stfx.ca for guidance on how vaccination status may impact quarantine requirements upon their arrival in Canada.

+ Will masks be required on campus?

StFX will continue to follow government and public health directions regarding COVID-19 prevention, including wearing masks. As of June 2021, it is mandatory to wear a non-medical mask inside any building of campus, unless a student is alone in their residence room or if someone is eating in Meal Hall. It is possible these guidelines will evolve over the summer months if and when public health directives change. Please check back regularly for updates.

Please note: all students are expected to bring a number of non-medical masks with them to campus regardless of guidelines related to mask wearing. As we have seen, guidelines for COVID-19 prevention can evolve rapidly and students should come prepared to adapt if and when things change.

+ What supports has the university introduced related to COVID-19?

We are committed to our students’ health and wellbeing. As part of our 2020 COVID-19 response, we added a Community Mental Health Nurse to our team as a mental health resource, as well as additional custodial service supports and enhanced cleaning standards. We also introduced new residence and dining protocols to help ensure student wellbeing.

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Preparing For the Year

+ When does course registration take place for new students?

There are several important course registration milestones for new StFX students. Please take note of these dates:

  • Thursday, June 10: Course timetable was published on the Registrar’s Office website, and new incoming student received a temporary registration time-ticket of September 15; this time will be updated on July 9 to each student’s actual registration time. 
  • Friday, July 9:  Registration time-tickets are updated in Banner Self-Service to indicate the specific date and time incoming students will be able to register.    
  • Tuesday, July 13 & Wednesday, July 14: Registration opens. Incoming students are encouraged to register at the specific time given on July 9 to ensure the best selection of courses. 
+ What activities are taking place during Orientation Week?

Our student life department is working hard with the StFX Students’ Union to plan a safe, fun, and inclusive orientation week in line with COVID-19 protocols. Please stay tuned to your StFX student email for more information.

+ Are there information sessions scheduled for the summer months?

Yes. Members of the StFX University senior leadership team will host a series of information sessions to discuss the university’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the upcoming year. Sessions will be held via Zoom Webinar.

  • Session 1: Wednesday, July 21 at 7PM ADT or Friday, July 23 at 3PM ADT.
  • Session 2: Monday, August 9 at 7PM AST or Wednesday, August 11 at 3PM ADT.

For more information, including the link to join each session, visit www.stfx.ca/coronavirus/student-family-information-sessions

+ How can I stay up to date with the latest information?

There are a number of ways to stay informed:

  • Important updates will be sent to each student’s StFX email account; you are expected to check this account on a regular basis.
  • Consult the First Year Information booklet, including in our new student Welcome Kit. A digital version of this booklet has been posted to our website
  • Plan to attend our bi-weekly Webinar Wednesday sessions for incoming students, which take place on the StFX Facebook account. Please consult the First Year Information booklet for our Webinar Wednesday schedule.
  • Plan to attend our information sessions for the latest information on COVID-19 health and safety protocols. See the question on this page about information sessions for more detail.
+ Where can parents/guardians learn more?

Parents, family members, and guardians can sign up for dedicated email updates from StFX at www.StFX.ca/parents. We strongly encourage you to subscribe to these emails for the latest information about this upcoming academic year.

We also encourage family members to consult our Family and Friends guide, included in our New Student Welcome kit. A digital version of this guide has been posted to our website

+ I have questions that I don’t see answered here. Who do I contact?

For questions about:

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Mental Health Supports

+ How will you support students’ mental health and wellbeing?

The health, safety, and wellbeing of students is our top priority. To this end, we are taking a number of steps this year to foster positive mental health and resiliency:

  • New this year, all new StFX students will be assigned a dedicated student life advisor who can help connect them with resources and supports for social, mental, and academic wellbeing.
  • StFX offers a robust array of services through our Health and Counselling Centre, and we will work to make sure that students understand the range of services at their disposal.
  • We have increased our staff capacity, with the addition of a clinical therapist who will be available to assist students on an as-needed basis.
  • Parents and family members play a critical role in helping their students stay healthy. To this end, we are committing to enhance our parent communication with proactive and targeted updates through the year.

For more information on mental health and other wellness supports, please visit Health and Counselling Services: http://www.mystfx.ca/health-and-counselling

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