COVID-related updates from the university

Updated May 28, 2020

Saint Mary’s University remains committed to our community’s health and safety during these extraordinary circumstances. Public health is guiding our response through direction and advice in challenging times. We continue to do our part in the provincial, national, and international efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

As more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate and update this site.

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With 270 courses to choose from, it's never been easier to take an online course during spring and summer 2020!

Whether you are just starting your Saint Mary's experience or continuing your education, there are so many options available to you. You can take courses in one or both terms.

Learn more and register for courses.

Recently, the Saint Mary's University community came together virtually to celebrate our Spring Class of 2020.  Please visit the graduation page to relive the virtual ceremony, program and each valedictorian address.

We encourage you to use the university and government supports available during these challenging times.  Please to the financial aid and support page for information on government programs, university bursaries and student accounts.

University research around the world has been significantly impacted by the restrictions on access to campuses and public health directives in every jurisdiction. In line with these requirements and effective March 20, 2020 until further notice, Saint Mary’s University suspended all on-campus research, all field research and activities involving physical face-to-face (in-person) interactions (e.g. surveys or focus groups with research participants). The only exceptions to these suspensions have been a small number of research projects directly related to the COVID-19 issue.

The suspension of research activities creates many concerns. To address these and other concerns related to research and graduate studies at Saint Mary’s, Graduate Studies & Research is working with various teams of Saint Mary’s faculty members and programs, and with other Canadian universities. You can expect to hear more on these issues and how we are addressing them in the coming weeks. I can tell you now that Saint Mary’s will be ready to take quick and responsible action to support our researchers and students to resume research activities safely as soon as public health directives allow.

During this time, there is guidance on research-based activities from the university, Federal Tri-Agencies, and Research Ethics Board.

For NSERC and SSHRC programs as well as undergraduate summer research awards, please refer to the Information for the Research Community page.

At this time, the university is not permitting students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus.  The only exceptions are residence students and a limited number of staff who are providing core operational services.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances, the university is continuing with virtual operations.


For information on faculty supports in the transition to remote forms of delivery and assessment, please check out The Studio for Teaching and Learning.

While you can't visit the Patrick Power Library in person, we are still open and offering services online and through alternative methods of instruction and supports. Learn more.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we are unable to produce University ID Cards at this time. Our services will resume when the campus reopens.

While the SMU ID Centre is closed, please present your Confirmation of Enrollment Letter as proof of your Saint Mary’s University student status. Confirmation of Enrollment Letters may be requested online.  Please note that you may be asked to show government issued photo ID as additional proof of identity.

Please contact us by email if you have any questions.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, we have changed our approach when it comes to course grades for the Winter 2020 term. Learn more about how it affects you and your final grades.

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