COVID-related updates from the university

Updated September 17, 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. 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.

Plans for Fall 2020

Since the onset of COVID-19, we have made the health and safety of the entire Saint Mary’s community our highest priority. With that in mind, from September to December 2020, all undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered online.


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Even though our community cannot get together on campus, we want to celebrate student accomplishments virtually this fall. Graduating students, their families, and friends, as well as the university community, will come together for this special event.

Save the Date for Fall 2020 Virtual Convocation! It will be on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. Official invitations and details to follow.

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.

SECOND PHASE of implementing the Return to Research process

Starting Friday, June 19, applications will be accepted following the process outlined here for research activities falling into this category:

  • research that requires specialized facilities available only on the Saint Mary’s University campus (with particular priority for campus laboratory facilities that have been shut down since March 23).

In addition, applications will continue to be accepted for research activities falling into one of the two categories previously announced for the First Phase on May 25:

  • research related directly to COVID-19 issues
  • field research

Only applications for research activities falling into these identified First or Second Phase categories will be able to be reviewed at this time.

For more information on the phased approach for recovery, please visit the Return to Research page.

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.

Members of the public are now allowed to walk through the campus grounds following the same safeguards that apply to open or public places in Nova Scotia (i.e., social distancing). However, access to university buildings is currently restricted.

Over time, work on campus has resumed using return to work and research protocols that have been endorsed by public health and the university’s Occupational Health and Safety Team. This responsible approach will continue as additional access is made available to our community members. All-access to campus buildings will include appropriate health and safety protocols and resources.

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