COVID-19: President's Message

March 20: A message from Robert Summerby-Murray, President and Vice-Chancellor

March 17: A message from Robert Summerby-Murray, President and Vice-Chancellor

Presidential Installation of Dr. Robert Summerby-MurrayWith the arrival of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, Saint Mary’s University faces an unprecedented challenge. As a campus community, we are facing this challenge together and we have made tough but necessary decisions to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff and to provide continuity of academic programming wherever possible.

These decisions were made after discussions and consultations with many on-campus groups and were informed by the best evidence and advice coming from our governments and public health officials. Ultimately, these decisions were made because the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority.

By enacting a number of significant measures on campus, we are also upholding our responsibility to the wider community. When we take steps to make our campus safer, we are also helping our neighbours stay healthy.

We know this situation will continue to evolve; so will our response.

We remain in contact with provincial and federal officials, our public health agencies, and other universities. Our open channels of dialogue, whether through the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents or Universities Canada, will ensure that we are able to respond to any changes in a timely manner. We will continue to share any new information with you.

I am tremendously grateful for the work and support of so many people.

Thanks to our students for your patience and cooperation as we respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Our faculty continue to show their sincere commitment to our students and their education. We truly appreciate your efforts as our campus adapts to this new reality. Thank you especially to the members of the Senate Executive and all those who are working tirelessly to enable academic courses to continue. Our staff continues to ensure the university functions and serves our students – without your efforts, our response would be infinitely more difficult.

As we continue to act together in the face of this challenge, we will play our part in lessening the risks caused by the COVID-19 virus. Please continue to practice proper hygiene and social distancing, and continue to show kindness and patience towards one another.

One of the greatest strengths of Saint Mary’s is our sense of community; I am confident that this strength will carry us forward. Thank you for doing what you do.

Dr. Rob Summerby-Murray
President and Vice-Chancellor
Saint Mary's University

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