Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
COVID-19 FAQs

Information for Students

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Updated: as of 4:20 PM, Friday September 4th, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

 

INTRODUCING ANOTHER WAY TO REACH OUT 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.

 

Travelling to Antigonish

+ My travel plans mean I will be arriving in Nova Scotia outside of the designated move-in times on August 27 and 28. What do I do?

Please indicate your arrival time on your Travel and Self-Isolation Plan, and email residence@stfx.ca. Some flexibility on arrival and move-in times can be pre-arranged if arrival is not possible within the designated window that will be assigned to students in the coming weeks.

+ Do students need to bring masks?

Yes. All students are expected to bring at least 2 non-medical masks, which they will be required to where everywhere on campus.  Students may only remove their mask while in their own room with the door closed.

+ What do I need to know before travelling to Nova Scotia?

Please note these following items:

  1. Prior to travelling to Nova Scotia, students are responsible for checking the Nova Scotia travel restrictions (https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/#travel) to determine if they are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  2. The Province of Nova Scotia also requires every adult (18 or older) from outside Atlantic Canada to complete a Self-declaration Form - Tracking Travellers to Nova Scotia (PDF) before they travel to the province. You need to send the completed form to border@novascotia.ca and keep a copy for your records.



    When you arrive in Nova Scotia, you must provide a copy of your completed form and a copy of the confirmation you receive from the Province after submitting your form. You also need to provide either government-issued identification (like a Driver's Licence or Health Card) or a utility bill or bank statement that shows your permanent home address.
  3. Whether living in residence or off-campus, students who are required to self-isolate upon arrival must submit a Travel and Isolation Plan to the university prior to travelling to Nova Scotia. (StFX Student Travel and Isolation Plan
+ Will you be testing students for COVID-19 as they arrive on campus for the first time?

On August 20, the Nova Scotia Government announced mandatory COVID-19 testing for all university students arriving in the province from outside the Atlantic Canada bubble on or after August 20. All students from outside the “bubble” will be tested three times, whether they are isolating in residence or off campus.

As part of this requirement, all students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. This includes students coming from all other Canadian provinces/territories and from other countries. Once you submit the form, you will be given directions about COVID-19 testing.

Please note this check-in form is in addition to the arrival form that students were already required to submit to StFX.

+ Will parents and/or family members be able to help their student move to Antigonish without self-isolating?

For students self-isolating on campus

Family members are permitted to assist their student as they move into residence so long as the student is then about to complete their 14-day isolation period. In this instance, parents and family members are expected to make as few stops as possible within the province and return home at first opportunity. This includes avoiding public areas and entering into businesses. If family members plan to stay in Nova Scotia for any length of time, they are expected to self-isolate for 14 days. These guidelines are set by Nova Scotia Public Health Officials.

For students self-isolating off campus

If your student has completed their self-isolation off campus, you are not permitted to help them move to Antigonish unless one of the two following scenarios applies to you:

1.    You are from within Atlantic Canada; OR

2.    You have also completed a 14-day self-isolation period.

This is because you will come into close contact with your student (which signifies a higher risk of infection) after they have completed their isolation period.

Anyone travelling into Nova Scotia is encouraged to review information related to provincial requirements for travel. It is the responsibility of students and their support persons to review and understand the travel requirements set forth by provincial health authorities. For the latest information on travel restrictions and requirements for Nova Scotia, please visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

+ Will students need to self-isolate when arriving in Antigonish?

Currently, the Province of Nova Scotia requires any person travelling from outside of the Atlantic Provinces to seIf-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival in Atlantic Canada. Students who are required to self-isolate must submit their Travel and Isolation Plan to StFX by Friday, July 31, 2020. The plan can be submitted online via this link: https://stfx.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AQ4Ida6kYyq3FH

Please note that students are not required to complete their self-isolation period in Antigonish if there is another location within Atlantic Canada where they can complete their isolation. Students must indicate where they are self-isolating via the Travel and Isolation Plan link above.

Anyone travelling into Nova Scotia is encouraged to review information related to provincial requirements for travel. It is the responsibility of students and their support persons to review and understand the travel requirements set forth by provincial health authorities. For the latest information on travel restrictions and requirements for Nova Scotia, please visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

+ I am a residence student. When can I arrive?

All residence students who wish to complete their isolation period in their residence rooms must indicate this on their Travel and Isolation Plan by Friday, July 31, 2020. The plan can be submitted online via this link: https://stfx.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AQ4Ida6kYyq3FH

Students from outside of Atlantic Canada who are choosing to complete their self-isolation period in residence must arrive on campus on either August 27 or 28, within a two-hour window that will be assigned by University Housing.

Students living in these residences must arrive on August 27, at the time assigned by University Housing:

  • Cameron Hall
  • MacKinnon Hall
  • Mount Saint Bernard
  • Bishops Hall
  • MacIsaac Hall
  • FX Hall
  • International House

Students living in these residences must arrive on August 28, at the time assigned by University Housing:

  • O’Regan Hall
  • Riley Hall
  • Governors Hall
  • Somers Hall
  • Power Hall

All residence students who are self-isolating on campus will be supported with meal delivery (3 meals a day) and laundry service (once) during their isolation period.

For students who are not completing their isolation on campus, or who do not need to self-isolate:

Students who are not completing their isolation on campus, or who do not need to self-isolate, will move into residence on either September 10, 11, 12, or 13 within a two-hour window that will be assigned by University Housing.

+ I live off campus. What are my responsibilities?

Students who live off-campus are integrated within the town and have a responsibility to do their part for the safety of themselves and the entire community. The Town of Antigonish, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Antigonish detachment, the Landlords’ Association, and StFX have partnered on a plan to support students who live within the town, and to ensure the safety and peace of mind for the permanent residents of the town.

Students living off-campus are citizens of the Town of Antigonish, sharing neighbourhoods with permanent residents of the town and representing StFX in the community. Good neighbours cre- ate strong communities. All citizens have a responsibility to each other to adhere to the provincial rules regarding social gatherings, self-isolation, diligent hygiene practices, self-monitoring for symptoms, and any additional requirements that may be in place when you arrive in the commu- nity. Local businesses and organizations may have additional requirements such as the require- ment to wear a mask or move through the building by following arrows and other directions. Please be diligent about watching for, and following building specific requirements.

Off-campus students are responsible for any guests they permit in their home. They are responsible for ensuring that:

  • Social gatherings are within the regulations set by the province. Current maximum gathering sizes are available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restriction-updates;

  • Requirements for physical distancing are maintained at all times;

  • The property is kept clean and environmental waste is placed curb side on the designated day for pick up;

  • Noise is not a nuisance or disruptive to the neighbours;

  • They and their guests do not have open alcohol on the sidewalks or while in transit, to or from the home;

  • They and their guests use appropriate washroom facilities (no public urination); and,

  • They and their guests are respectful and kind towards members of the community at all times.

+ I live off-campus. Must I self-isolate?

Any student coming from an area where self-isolation is required by the Nova Scotia government must self-isolate, even if they live off campus.

Students who are required to self-isolate, including those who live off-campus, must submit their Travel and Isolation Plan to StFX by Friday, July 31, 2020. The plan can be submitted online via this link: https://stfx.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AQ4Ida6kYyq3FH

StFX will designate a community support person for these students, who can purchase groceries and complete other errands for the student while they are in self-isolation. Please note the student will be responsible for the cost of groceries and/or other supplies purchased.

+ I live off-campus. How does self-isolation impact my roommates?

The 14-day self-isolation period will extend to 14 days from the arrival of the last person in a shared living space. Atlantic Canadian students with roommates who must self-isolate will themselves also be required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, if they arrive prior to completion of their roommate’s 14-day self-isolation period.

To this end, students are encouraged to coordinate arrival times.

+ Can I leave Antigonish after I arrive?

Once settled within Antigonish, we strongly encourage students to restrict and limit travel to es- sential travel only during the academic term. In fact, StFX’s Fall Reading Week has been cancelled in order to minimize campus community travel and the risk of exposure from other communities outside of Antigonish. This follows StFX’s employee protocols, which only permit essential work-related travel during the term.

+ Will there be orientation for new students?

The StFX Students’ Union is hosting a number of virtual orientation events during the month of September. Visit theu.ca to learn more and buy an X-Fest kit, which includes some SWAG and giveaways.

+ How will I get my green bracelet that shows I am allowed to access campus facilities?

Bracelets can be retrieved at the Keating Centre between 10 AM – 2 PM, Monday to Friday

Students will be issued a green wristband when:

  1. It is confirmed they have submitted a signed waiver through DocuSign;
  2. It is confirmed they have submitted the signed agreement to the Student Community Protocols through DocuSign;
  3. They have completed the 14-day isolation period required by the province (if applicable); and,
  4. They pass the general COVID-19 screen questionnaire at the pick-up location.

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Self-Isolation Requirements

+ I live in residence but will be isolating off-campus. Can I drop off my belongings to my residence room before entering into isolation?

Yes, arrangements can be made for you to leave your belongings in residence while you isolate. When you submit your Travel and Self-Isolation Plan, please indicate this arrangement on the form and be sure to indicate both your arrival time in N.S. and where you plan to self-isolate. University Housing will contact you to arrange a time to drop off belongings in residence on either August 27 or 28.

+ Will students need to self-isolate when arriving in Antigonish?

Currently, the Province of Nova Scotia requires any person travelling from outside of the Atlantic Provinces to seIf-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival in Atlantic Canada. Students who are required to self-isolate must submit their Travel and Isolation Plan to StFX by Friday, July 31, 2020. The plan can be submitted online via this link: https://stfx.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AQ4Ida6kYyq3FH

Please note that students are not required to complete their self-isolation period in Antigonish if there is another location within Atlantic Canada where they can complete their isolation. Students must indicate where they are self-isolating via the Travel and Isolation Plan link above.

All students travelling into Atlantic Canada are encouraged to review this tip sheet, including information on provincial requirements for travel. It is the responsibility of students and their support persons to review and understand the travel requirements set forth by provincial health authorities. This tip sheet is offered as a guideline only.

Please note that provincial regulations can change. Visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for the latest updates.

+ Will parents and/or family members be able to help their student move to Antigonish without self-isolating?

Those accompanying their student from outside of Atlantic Canada must follow the self-isolation guidelines for the duration of their stay. If less than 14-days, parents should make as few stops in Nova Scotia as possible, continuing to self-isolate as much as possible. StFX will allow one support person to assist students with the move-in process. The support person and student must wear masks at all times while on campus.

Anyone travelling into Nova Scotia is encouraged to review information related to provincial requirements for travel. It is the responsibility of students and their support persons to review and understand the travel requirements set forth by provincial health authorities. For the latest information on travel restrictions and requirements for Nova Scotia, please visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

+ I live off-campus. Must I self-isolate?

Any student coming from an area where self-isolation is required by the Nova Scotia government must self-isolate, even if they live off campus.

Students who are required to self-isolate, including those who live off-campus, must submit their Travel and Isolation Plan to StFX by Friday, July 31, 2020. The plan can be submitted online via this link: https://stfx.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AQ4Ida6kYyq3FH

StFX will designate a community support person for these students, who can purchase groceries and complete other errands for the student while they are in self-isolation. Please note the student will be responsible for the cost of groceries and/or other supplies purchased.

+ I live off-campus. How does self-isolation impact my roommates?

The 14-day self-isolation period will extend to 14 days from the arrival of the last person in a shared living space. Atlantic Canadian students with roommates who must self-isolate will themselves also be required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, if they arrive prior to completion of their roommate’s 14-day self-isolation period.

To this end, students are encouraged to coordinate arrival times.

+ I need to self-isolate. Can I do that on campus?

Yes. Students living in residence for the 2020-21 academic year may choose to complete their self-isolation in residence, where they will be supported with 3 meals per day delivered to their door and laundry service. Students planning to self-isolate in residence must inform the university on the StFX Student Travel and Isolation Plan.

The designated dates for early arrival to residence for isolation are August 27th and 28th. Students who request to do their isolation in their assigned residence will be contacted by University Housing to schedule their arrival and check-in.

All students isolating in Antigonish, whether on or off-campus, will be assigned a support person who will:

  • Offer assistance with delivering essentials/groceries
  • Facilitate laundry pickup and processing once during the isolation period
  • Check-in regularly to ensure the student has everything they need to complete their isolation
+ Are residence students required to self-isolate on campus?

No. Residence students are not required to self-isolate on campus if they have another location in Atlantic Canada where they can complete their isolation period. All students, whether living in residence or off-campus, who are required to self-isolate upon arrival must submit a Travel and Isolation Plan to the university prior to travelling to Nova Scotia. (StFX Student Travel and Isolation Plan

All students isolating in Antigonish, whether on or off-campus, will be assigned a support person who will:

  • Offer assistance with delivering essentials/groceries
  • Facilitate laundry pickup and processing once during the isolation period
  • Check-in regularly to ensure the student has everything they need to complete their isolation
+ What happens if a student develops COVID-19 symptoms during their self-isolation period?

If a student becomes symptomatic during the self-isolation period, they are required to consult with 811.novascotia.ca and follow the direction of public health officials for testing. A student who develops symptoms must also notify their support person.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 while in isolation, they must inform the university by telling their support person or emailing isolate@stfx.ca. Student supports (meal delivery and laundry service) will continue, and a representative of the local Public Health authority will be in regular contact with the student. Students living in a building with shared washrooms will be relocated to a designated space on campus until they are cleared by Public Health to return to their residence.

+ What happens when students have completed their isolation period?

Upon completion of the self-isolation period, students will be issued a green bracelet and be able to access campus facilities.

Bracelets can be retrieved at the Keating Centre between 10 AM – 2 PM, Monday to Friday

Students will be issued a green wristband when:

  1. It is confirmed they have submitted a signed waiver through DocuSign;
  2. It is confirmed they have submitted the signed agreement to the Student Community Protocols through DocuSign;
  3. They have completed the 14-day isolation period required by the province (if applicable); and,
  4. They pass the general COVID-19 screen questionnaire at the pick-up location

 

Off-Campus Students

Beginning August 25, all off-campus students who have completed the 14-day self-isolation requirements ORs off-campus students from inside the Atlantic Bubble can pick up their green bracelet at the Keating Centre foyer between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Monday to Friday. 

 

Residence Students

Students isolating on campus are not eligible for a wristband until they have completed their isolation period. A residence team member will confirm when they have finished their isolation and direct them to a pick up location. 

Residence students arriving after September 10th who are not required to isolate will receive their green wristband upon check-in at the Keating Centre.

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Living in Residence

+ How will you safely operate your residences?

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our top priority. With regard to residence, we will introduce a number of procedures, including:

  • Self-isolation for students arriving from regions where isolation is required by the Nova Scotia government.
  • Staggered arrival times to ensure there are never too many people arriving in residence to maintain safe distancing. 
  • Introduction of a designated entrance for each residence building. All other exterior doors will be fitted with an alarm to prevent outside entrance, let-ins and/or tailgating.
  • Installation of cleaning wipes in all shared washrooms, lounges, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Students will be expected to wipe down surfaces after each use.
  • Safety restrictions for residence washrooms that are shared and/or semi-private.
  • Reduced access to student common areas. 
+ Will double rooms be offered this year?

No. The university will only offer single rooms, a move that reduces our residence capacity by almost 300 students.

Students who selected a double room will be contacted by University Housing for relocation to a new room. The student will be charged the lower residence fee where there is a difference between the original assignment and their new assignment.

+ How will you ensure safety with regard to washroom access?

Two of our residence buildings (Cameron and MacKinnon Hall) have shared semi-private stall washrooms. The washrooms in these buildings will be restricted to one-person occupancy at a time, to ensure physical distancing.

MacIsaac Hall washrooms will have a reduced number of sinks available to ensure two metres of space between user.

+ How will you ensure safety in high traffic areas like meal hall?

To ensure safety in meal-hall, we will:

  • Eliminate buffet and self-service options to reduce contact touch points. 
  • Increase the number of take-out and grab-and-go options.
  • Reduce our meal hall capacity to ensure there are never too many people in the building at one time. 
  • Re-arrange our seating to ensure physical distancing requirements are met.
+ Can students enter residence buildings where they don’t live?

No. Access is restricted only to residents of a given building, and any approved university staff or contractor. Allowing unauthorized guests into a residence is a serious violation of this policy.

+ What about students with medical factors that place them at higher risk for complications from COVID-19?

Students who require health accommodations should contact the University Housing office (residence@stfx.ca) with their documented needs. It is recommended that these students consider a later arrival date after other students have completed their mandatory self-isolation. They may request suite-style rooms with separate washroom facilities. 

+ Community is an important part of the StFX experience. How will you ensure students have opportunities to build community and make friends?

Community is integral to StFX, and part of what makes us so special. To this point, we have already introduced community building activities for all incoming students through our new X and U initiative. Through X and U, students will be able to virtually meet their residence-mates over the summer months and take part in a number of community mixers. To learn more about X and U, email studentlife@stfx.ca

Our residence communities will also offer more programming and social opportunities (within each residence building) throughout the fall term. Rest assured it will still be possible to make friends!

+ How will you manage substance use in residence and on campus?

To allow for new and returning students to adapt to the new way of living and studying on campus, the arrival and settling in period will be substance free in residences. Students, regardless of age, are not permitted to consume alcohol or cannabis on campus during the adjustment period. With adherence to the Community guidelines and demonstrated evidence that community spread of COVID – 19 has not occurred, alcohol may be permitted in designated spaces (see the Alcohol in StFX’s Residence Policy). Smoking or vaping in building is a fire hazard and is never permitted in residence.

Other than at the Golden X Inn during operating hours, students who possess or consume alcohol or drugs including cannabis while restrictions prohibiting such substances remain in place, are in violation of this policy.

It is important to note that intoxication or being under the influence will not excuse behaviour that puts the community at risk. Students must be aware that they are accountable for their actions if they return to residence under the influence/intoxicated.

+ When can students move-in to residence?

The move-in process will be tightly controlled this year to reduce the number of students and families on campus at any given time. To this end, all students will be assigned a specific move-in date and time by University Housing.

  • Students who do not need to self-isolate will be assigned a time block on either September 10, 11, 12, or 13.
  • Students who do need to self-isolate will be assigned a time block on either August 27 or 28, which will allow them to complete their self-isolation before classes begin on September 14.

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Living Off-Campus

+ I live off campus. What are my responsibilities?

Students who live off-campus are integrated within the town and have a responsibility to do their part for the safety of themselves and the entire community. The Town of Antigonish, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Antigonish detachment, the Landlords’ Association, and StFX have partnered on a plan to support students who live within the town, and to ensure the safety and peace of mind for the permanent residents of the town.

Students living off-campus are citizens of the Town of Antigonish, sharing neighbourhoods with permanent residents of the town and representing StFX in the community. Good neighbours cre- ate strong communities. All citizens have a responsibility to each other to adhere to the provincial rules regarding social gatherings, self-isolation, diligent hygiene practices, self-monitoring for symptoms, and any additional requirements that may be in place when you arrive in the commu- nity. Local businesses and organizations may have additional requirements such as the require- ment to wear a mask or move through the building by following arrows and other directions. Please be diligent about watching for, and following building specific requirements.

Off-campus students are responsible for any guests they permit in their home. They are responsible for ensuring that:

  • Social gatherings are within the regulations set by the province. Current maximum gathering sizes are available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restriction-updates;

  • Requirements for physical distancing are maintained at all times;

  • The property is kept clean and environmental waste is placed curb side on the designated day for pick up;

  • Noise is not a nuisance or disruptive to the neighbours;

  • They and their guests do not have open alcohol on the sidewalks or while in transit, to or from the home;

  • They and their guests use appropriate washroom facilities (no public urination); and,

  • They and their guests are respectful and kind towards members of the community at all times.

+ I live off-campus. Must I self-isolate?

Any student coming from an area where self-isolation is required by the Nova Scotia government must self-isolate, even if they live off campus.

Students who are required to self-isolate, including those who live off-campus, must submit their Travel and Isolation Plan to StFX by Friday, July 31, 2020. The plan can be submitted online via this link: https://stfx.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AQ4Ida6kYyq3FH

StFX will designate a community support person for these students, who can purchase groceries and complete other errands for the student while they are in self-isolation. Please note the student will be responsible for the cost of groceries and/or other supplies purchased.

+ I live off-campus. How does self-isolation impact my roommates?

The 14-day self-isolation period will extend to 14 days from the arrival of the last person in a shared living space. Atlantic Canadian students with roommates who must self-isolate will themselves also be required to self-isolate for a full 14 days, if they arrive prior to completion of their roommate’s 14-day self-isolation period.

To this end, students are encouraged to coordinate arrival times.

+ Can I leave Antigonish after I arrive?

Once settled within Antigonish, we strongly encourage students to restrict and limit travel to es- sential travel only during the academic term. In fact, StFX’s Fall Reading Week has been cancelled in order to minimize campus community travel and the risk of exposure from other communities outside of Antigonish. This follows StFX’s employee protocols, which only permit essential work-related travel during the term.

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Ensuring Safety and Wellbeing

+ What protocols will students need to follow before and during their time on campus?

For students to be on campus, they must follow these seven protocols:

  1. Be Symptom-Free
  2. Practice Diligent Hygiene
  3. Maintain Physical Distancing (MPD)
  4. Proximity Work: When MPD is not possible
  5. Non-Medical Masks (NMM)
  6. Limit interaction
  7. Respect and care for yourself, your peers, and your community

 

  1. Be Symptom-Free

Anyone accessing campus must be able to answer ‘no’ to the questions noted below. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk to the community, please conduct this questionnaire daily (before you come to campus or leave your residence room.) Further, accoring to the provincial government you should call 811 for assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had, or you are currently experiencing:

  • Fever (i.e. chills/sweats) OR Cough (new or worsening)

OR

Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath

You should also call 811 for assessment if you think you've been exposed to COVID-19 or have any other symptoms that concern you.

Only persons who are not experiencing any of the symptoms noted above will be permitted on campus.

Any individual who answers ‘Yes’ to one of these symptom questions should consult 811, Nova Scotia’s tele-health service and follow the advice presented. They should not come to campus (or leave their residence room) until their symptoms subside and, if directed for a COVID-19 test by public health officials, their test results come back negative.

 

  1. Practice Diligent Hygiene

Students must wash and/or sanitize their hands frequently. Hand sanitizer will be available in office buildings near common areas used for work. Students using shared surfaces and equipment will be required to sanitize their hands prior to use (photocopier/door handle, study spaces, etc.) and again after use of a common area.

Students will be provided wipes to use on contact areas within their residence/study area.

Students are encouraged to bring ample supplies of hand soap, hand sanitizer, and prescriptions/medications to last the duration of the term. We also recommend that students bring 2-5 clean, reusable non-medical masks.

 

  1. Maintain Physical Distancing (MPD)

Everyone on campus must maintain a physical distance from other persons of two metres whenever they can. Current Public Health directives require that all Nova Scotians follow physical distancing guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of getting sick.

 

  1. Proximity Work: When MPD is not possible

When MPD is not possible and two or more people are required to be within two metres of each other, each person must wear a non-medical mask.

 

  1. Non-Medical Masks (NMM)

Students are expected to have at least two washable masks and are responsible for ensuring they are cleaned regularly in the laundry. Masks are required to be worn on campus at all times, unless there is no potential to be in contact with others (I.e. when you are alone in your own residence room). This measure may change depending on the ongoing risk assessment of the virus in our region and campus.

StFX will require NMMs be worn by all employees, students and visitors to campus. The university will train students about correct use, care, and their limitations.

StFX recognizes that masks represent a significant change in the day-to-day routine of most people and may require specific accommodations. Accommodations will be based on a hazard assessment of each person’s work and learning environment and duties.

 

  1. Limit interaction

Face-to-face meetings should be avoided wherever possible. In cases where face-to-face meetings are unavoidable, the number of people may not exceed the current public health regulations, and those meeting must maintain a two-metre distance between people.

 

  1. Respect and care for yourself, your peers, and your community

All members of the StFX community have a responsibility to follow these mandatory measures and do their part to keep each other safe and healthy. To this end, all students are required to respect the Public Health and StFX directives regarding:

  • Quarantine requirements;
  • Self-isolation requirements;
  • Self-assessment of symptoms;
  • Personal mask wearing;
  • Social gathering group sizes;
  • Physical distancing; and,
  • Other StFX protocols listed in this plan and yet to be developed.
+ How will members of the campus community be able to tell that others have completed their check-in and isolation requirements?

All students that successfully complete the check-in process will be issued a green bracelet that must be worn until September 30. The green bracelet is required to access academic and admin- istrative buildings on campus. Your green bracelet signals that you are fully aware, understand and agree to your role and responsibilities, including behavioural expectations, to keep the StFX campus and the community of Antigonish safe.

Students who are required to self-isolate for 14 days will be issued a green bracelet by their support person after they have completed the isolation period.

+ Will I need to wear a mask?

Yes. Non-medical masks are required to be worn on campus at all times, indoors and out, unless there is no potential to be in contact with others. This measure may change depending on the ongoing risk assessment of the virus in our region and campus.

Students are expected to have at least two washable masks and are responsible for ensuring they are cleaned regularly in the laundry.

+ What happens if a student displays symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19?

If the student lives on campus:

  • Students directed to self-isolate by 811 must inform the university immediately by emailing iso- late@stfx.ca or calling Student Life at 902-870-2976. This information will be kept confidential and only shared with the specific isolation supports students can access, such as Health and Counselling for medical information and services and Student Life for meal or grocery delivery, laundry service, cleaning and maintenance coordination, and academic accommodation.
  • If your COVID-19 test comes back positive, you must update the university of a positive test result immediately by emailing isolate@stfx.ca or calling Student Life at 902-870-2976. Public Health will contact you with further instructions and to gather contact tracing information. Students are required to cooperate with Public Health so that the appropriate follow-up and support is given to those who may have been exposed. Public Health will determine who needs to be contacted and/or tested.
  • Students who live in Cameron, MacKinnon, Mount Saint Bernard, Bishops, or MacIsaac who are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19 will be isolated in their own residence with a designated washroom until they are cleared or test positive.
    • The exception to this is for students in Cameron and MacKinnon, where it is not possible to designate separate washrooms for isolated students. They will be placed on a floor of FX Hall, away from students who have tested positive.
  • Students in Cameron, MacKinnon, Mount Saint Bernard, Bishops, or MacIsaac who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated on a designated floor of FX Hall.
  • Students who live in a suite or apartment in Riley, O’Regan, Governor’s, Somers, or Power Hall will isolate in their assigned residence space.
  • While in isolation and/or recovery, residence students will be supported with meal delivery and any other assistance measures we are able to provide.
  • All residents of Nova Scotia who contract COVID-19 are provided with daily health monitoring by public health officials. Student Life staff will also check-in on their wellbeing.

 

If the student lives off campus:

  • Students directed to self-isolate by 811 must inform the university immediately by emailing iso- late@stfx.ca or calling Student Life at 902-870-2976. This information will be kept confidential and only shared with the specific isolation supports students can access, such as Health and Counselling for medical information and services and Student Life for meal or grocery delivery, laundry service, cleaning and maintenance coordination, and academic accommodation.
  • If your COVID-19 test comes back positive, you must update the university of a positive test result immediately by emailing isolate@stfx.ca or calling Student Life at 902-870-2976. Public Health will contact you with further instructions and to gather contact tracing information. Students are required to cooperate with Public Health so that the appropriate follow-up and support is given to those who may have been exposed. Public Health will determine who needs to be contacted and/or tested.
  • Off-campus students who become ill may, capacity permitting, be able to complete their isolation and/or recovery in a designated residence space (FX Hall.) These students would be supported with meal delivery and any other assistance measures we are able to provide, which would be arranged on a pro-rated fee basis.
  • All residents of Nova Scotia who contract COVID-19 are provided with daily health monitoring by public health officials. Student Life staff will also check-in on their wellbeing.
 
+ What will happen to students who don’t follow these regulations?

StFX has a Community Code of Conduct that governs appropriate behaviours for all students, whether they live on or off campus.

A violation of any health and safety measures related to COVID-19 will be considered a violation of our Community Code of Conduct, and could result in penalties that range from fines to suspensions, or even expulsion from the university without any refund for tuition costs and residence fees.

Under the Emergency Measures Act in Nova Scotia individuals can be fined up to $1000 for failing to follow the self-isolation requirements, physical distancing, gathering size limits, or other regulations imposed under the act. The local RCMP notifies StFX when they respond to a call that results in a charge or summary offence ticket issued to a student. StFX will follow up with the student and may impose additional outcomes such as probation, loss of student privileges, or even suspension from the university.

All community members are encouraged to notify the university of any concerns about behaviour that violates this policy or the Public Health regulations by emailing studentlife@stfx.ca or phoning 902-867-2276. Reports can be made in confidence.

Your health and safety is our top priority. There will be no tolerance for students who wilfully disregard any safety measure in place regarding COVID-19, whether that measure has been introduced by StFX, the Town and/or County of Antigonish, or Nova Scotia public health officials.

+ I suspect that a student isn’t following these regulations. What should I do?

If you suspect or are aware of someone who is not self-isolating when they should be, have a conversation with the person to understand why they are not self-isolating – for instance, do they need help getting groceries or medications so that they can stay home? Offer assistance and inform them of the supports and services available on campus. Remind them to email isolate@ stfx.ca. Students can also send a message directly to us using this email address to let us know of an individual who needs support and we will reach out to assist them.

If you encounter an individual, group or business that is blatantly ignoring or going against self-isolation requirements, or any Public Health regulation, you must contact Student Life 902- 870-2976 or the non-emergency line of the RCMP Antigonish 905-867-6500 to report it.

+ Does the decision to bring students back to campus pose a risk to the town of Antigonish and local healthcare system?

Students are integral to the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the Antigonish area. That’s why we continue to work closely with government officials, including the town and county of Antigonish, on our plans to safely and responsibly welcome students back to campus.

Our plans have also been reviewed, and have incorporated any feedback provided, by the Province (Public Health and the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. 

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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 already 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 also 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.

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FINANCIAL MATTERS

+ Is the university offering any financial aid to students?

StFX and the StFX Students’ Union have established emergency relief funds for students facing financial difficulties related to COVID-19. For more information, including how to apply, visit The StFX Emergency Relief Fund and The U’s Emergency Grant Program.

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Fall-Term Classes

+ Will classes take place this fall?

Yes. This fall StFX will offer a mixed method of course delivery, with most classes taking place in person on our campus in Antigonish. Some courses, where there are too many students to ensure safe physical distancing, will take place online. We anticipate that most of our classes will take place in person. 

+ When will classes begin?

The first day of fall-term classes is Monday, September 14. 

+ Can students choose between coming to campus and staying home?

Students may elect not to return to campus and complete some courses online. However, as a limited number of courses will be offered online, it may not be possible for them to fulfill and of their program requirements in a timely manner.

+ When will we know which classes are in-person and which are online?

The course timetable includes detail on course delivery methods, including in-person and online classes.

+ Why are you having in-person courses when so many other universities have elected to hold their fall terms online?

StFX has a number of factors in its favour, including a rural location that’s removed from bigger urban centres, and a smaller student population as compared to many larger universities in the province. We are confident we can create a safe environment for students to continue their university education in person. To this end, we have worked carefully on a plan to safely and responsibly welcome students back to campus, including incorporating any feedback provided by public health officials in Nova Scotia.  

+ I am an international student and I don’t know if I will be able to make it to StFX because of visa issues or travel restrictions. What should I do?

International students who have questions about visa requirements or are unsure if they will be able to reach campus should email our Office of Internationalization at international@stfx.ca.

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Registration Information

+ When can I register for courses?

The course timetable was released on July 9. At this point, you can see which courses are offered and the format that will be used for course delivery.

For returning students:

  • Registration for retuning students will begin on July 13.
+ Why can’t I register for fall and winter terms at the same time?

StFX’s mixed-method approach to course delivery – including in-person, online-scheduled delivery (synchronous) and online-no schedule (asynchronous) options – presents a number of challenges and opportunities.

By delaying registration for Winter term, we will be able to assess mixed-method delivery and the public health situation related to COVID-19, and make decisions about Winter courses accordingly. It will also prevent unnecessary de-registering and re-registering of courses should the timetable need to be adjusted.

+ What is a placeholder course and why do I need to register for one?

Students who register for Fall term and full-year courses only will have a status of ‘part-time student,’ which will impact their ability to meet student loan requirements and access RESP funds or external bursaries and scholarships. By registering for a placeholder course, students will ensure they maintain their full-time student status.

Therefore, all students intending to take courses this Winter should register in July for a placeholder course that reflects the number of credits they plan to pursue in Winter term. For instance, students who wish to take a full-course load of 15 credits should register for the 15-credit placeholder option. The chart below reflects the placeholder options that will be available to students. 

Please note that registering for a placeholder option will not oblige you to take that number of credits in the Winter term should your plans change.

 

CRN

 

SUBJ CODE

 

COURSE

 

TITLE

 

CRED

 

COURSE START DATE

 

COURSE END DATE

 

55809

 

STFX

 

003:20

 

Second term 3CR

 

3

 

06-JAN-21

 

21-APR-21

 

55808

 

STFX

 

006:20

 

Second term 6CR

 

6

 

06-JAN-21

 

21-APR-21

 

55792

 

STFX

 

009:20

 

Second term 9CR

 

9

 

06-JAN-21

 

21-APR-21

 

55791

 

STFX

 

012:20

 

Second term 12CR

 

12

 

06-JAN-21

 

21-APR-21

 

55790

 

STFX

 

015:20

 

Second term 15CR

 

15

 

06-JAN-21

 

21-APR-21

+ How will courses be offered this year?

StFX is offering a mixed-method course delivery for fall term, with three different styles of delivery:

IN-PERSON

  • Course is delivered in-person and on campus in a traditional classroom setting
  • Students are expected to attend and participate in class on the days and times listed on the timetable
  • Some courses may also include some online components
  • For students who plan on returning to Antigonish or who can commute within the province

ONLINE–SCHEDULED DELIVERY (SYNCHRONOUS)

  • Course is delivered on-line by live lecture with opportunities to engage with peers and the professor in real time
  • Students are expected to attend and participate in class on the days and times listed on the timetable
  • For students who plan on returning to Antigonish and those unable to return to campus who are looking for classes with a defined schedule

ONLINE–NO SCHEDULE DELIVERY (ASYNCHRONOUS)

  • Course is delivered on-line with no scheduled meeting times
  • Students are expected to participate in course activities and will progress through the course material following a course outline
  • For students who plan on returning to Antigonish and those unable to return to campus, are in another time zone, or are looking for classes with a flexible schedule

+ How do I tell which type of course I’m registering for?

In the course timetable, there is a column called “delivery.” This column will indicate whether the course will be offered in person, online with scheduled delivery, or online with no scheduled delivery.

+ I need help selecting courses or have question about program requirements. Whom should I contact?

Students who require assistance with course selection should contact StFX’s Academic Advising department, who can provide information on program requirements and course pre-requisites.

+ I have questions about the registration process. Where do I go for help?

New students are strongly encouraged to read and follow our helpful registration guide, which outlines how to structure your course timetable and successfully register for courses.

We have also established a virtual help centre to assist students with the registration process. If you have questions or require assistance, please email nsr@stfx.ca. This mailbox will be monitored Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time.

Please be sure to ask questions should there be any part of the registration process that you do not understand. 

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Academic Penalties

+ I am currently on probation. Will I be on probation next year with the same stipulations?

No. All students will start the 2020-21 academic year in good standing. We will actively reach out to all students who would have been at risk of being placed on probation for the academic year to help you understand why you struggled to achieve your academic milestones and to offer strategies and supports to be successful.

+ I have tried very hard to meet all of the requirements of my probation and believe I should now be removed from probation. Will that happen?

You will return to good standing in the 2020-21 academic year. Please note that the resources (academic advising, student success centre) that helped you accomplish this important academic milestone are still available to you next year so that you continue on this trajectory of success.

+ I have been placed on academic probation as a consequence of breaching the Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures, will that still be applied?

In cases where a student has incurred the academic penalty of probation based on the violation of academic integrity policies, the penalty shall remain in force as stipulated in the decision letter by the Senate Committee on Academic Discipline

+ I am in the BEd program and have been placed on probation or suspended in the winter semester on the basis of unprofessional behaviour or failure of field experiences, will that still be applied?

In cases where a student has incurred the academic penalty of probation or suspension based on failure of field experience or for other professional reasons during the fall term, the penalty shall remain in force as stipulated in the decision letter.

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CO-OP/CLINICAL AND ACADEMIC SUPPORTS

+ I am currently on a clinical or co-op work placement or working in a research capacity. Are these being impacted?

Clinical and co-op placements, as well as limited research activities, including thesis-based Masters co-op work placements can continue.

+ IS THE TRAMBLE CENTRE FOR ACCESSIBLE LEARNING STILL AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS?

Yes, for any inquiries related to the Tramble Centre, please email Elizabeth Kell, Coordinator of the Tramble Centre for Accessible Learning.

+ IS THE STUDENT SUCCESS CENTRE STILL AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS?

Yes. Appointments are available through our online booking system, and will be conducted online in real time, via Moodle/Collaborate. Students without access to suitable technology (or in distant time zones) can also get help through alternative media.

Options for tutoring are similarly available. Users of the Nimbus app for tutoring will find it active as normal.

Open group tutorial sessions through Success @ Schwartz have moved online.

+  IS THE ANGUS L. MACDONALD LIBRARY OPEN?

The Library building is closed, but most services are still available online via chat, online meeting software or through telephone.

The Library's “Live Help” chat service is available 10 a.m. -10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Friday, and 4-10 p.m. on Sunday. One-on-one virtual appointments are also available with librarians; please contact them directly to set up a time. 

The new Library Services Guide also pulls together a variety of useful information, including tutorials and access to new ebooks and journals.

If you have specific questions, please visit the library website for more information or email library@stfx.ca.

+  Is Academic Advising still available to support students?

As we have moved to a virtual platform, Academic Advising remains a valuable resource for your academic needs. We are all working from home and offer phone appointments in place of the normal face-to-face option. Two of our advisors are piloting an online appointment option where you connect via online chat in the appointment. For those students who are not in a time zone in line with our regular office hours, or students who prefer this method, we offer assistance via email.

To book an appointment with Academic Advising please use the appointment booking system: https://stfx.mywconline.com  Advisors' contact information:

More information can be found on our website.

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