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As we prepare for the return to on-campus operations and in-person classes, the health and safety of our campus community remain our top priority. The AMS wants to ensure students are informed on the current COVID-19 restrictions, policies, and guidelines at Queen’s, and how they will affect various aspects of students returning to campus this fall. In preparation for your arrival on campus, we have outlined below the most up-to-date information on how we are working in partnership with the University and public health authorities to facilitate a safe, supported, and collaborative on-campus experience for students.

The information and recommendations surrounding COVID-19 are ever changing, and the advice of public health authorities continues to guide Queen’s return to campus planning. The AMS will continue to do its best to keep students up to date on information and resources. Please always refer to official government websites for confirmation on policies, regulations, and questions regarding COVID-19. As well, please consult specific faculty websites for guidance on non-Kingston campus operations, orientation week, and academic accommodations related to COVID-19.

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Updated as of: September 20, 2021, 1:28 pm EST

Public Health Information

The AMS and Queen’s University will continue to work closely with KFL&A Public Health. For their most up-to-date, localized public health guidance and information, visit the KFL&A Public Health Website.

Vaccinations

Governments in Canada and across the world have deemed COVID-19 vaccinations safe and effective and view them as the primary driver of our return to normal activities. 

On Aug. 26, and in accordance with a letter from the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health, Queen’s has strengthened our safety measures against COVID-19, joining other universities and colleges in Ontario in implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all individuals (students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors). All individuals who are participating in university activities in person must be vaccinated.

All students, staff and faculty are required to complete the vaccination status declaration form to disclose their current vaccination status as soon as possible.

Individuals who declare on the form they are fully vaccinated will be required to upload proof of their vaccination status. 

Any false information or misrepresentation on a vaccination status declaration form will be grounds for disciplinary action by the university.

Students with questions about getting a vaccine, including those who have a general fear of vaccinations, they can book a medical appointment with a physician, that can be done over the phone, to discuss any concerns.

For those who have not yet benefitted from national, provincial, or international vaccination opportunities, Queen’s will have an on-campus vaccine clinic available for students at the start of the fall term. You can find COVID-19 vaccine appointment options, answers to frequently asked questions, on the Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health website. Students will also be able to book a medical appointment at Student Wellness Services to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting mid-September. 

Any individual who cannot be vaccinated due to medical or other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an accommodation. For individuals who request an accommodation, a confidential process for assessing those accommodation requests through the relevant offices will be followed. Those who require an accommodation will have to undertake additional health and safety protocols and COVID-19 testing. 

To make a request for an accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code, please go to the following links:

Students: Visit the Student Wellness Services website.

Individuals who are partially vaccinated and planning to be fully vaccinated will be provided information on additional health and safety measures that will be required to participate in university activities, including, but not limited to, twice-weekly rapid testing. After Oct. 15, individuals who have not received their final required dose of vaccine or have not received an accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code will not be permitted to participate in in-person university activities.

Students vaccinated in Ontario can download a copy of their vaccination receipt from the Ontario Ministry of Health database

For anyone who was vaccinated in Canada, copies of your receipts are available on the Government of Canada website.

If you were vaccinated outside of Canada, proof can include vaccination receipts or letters from physicians, hospitals, or government agencies that include the date you received the vaccine, the name of the vaccine and the number of valid doses you have received.

Find more information on COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated Outside Ontario/Canada. 

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine please refer to the Ontario Ministry of Health information sheet, or contact your health care provider or local public health authority. 

Health Screening

Before coming to campus buildings, faculty, staff, students, and visitors must download the University’s SeQure App and complete a short COVID-19 assessment questionnaire. The app will advise whether you can proceed with your visit. This app questionnaire should be completed before any trips to indoor campus spaces. For those without access to a cell phone or tablet, a web version and a document version (PDF, 190 KB) of the assessment are also available. 

Mask Policy

With the return to in-person classes in the Fall 2021 term, COVID-19 health and safety guidelines have been updated for students, faculty, and staff attending Queen’s classrooms. Read the Fall 2021 Protocols for In-Person Classes on the Kingston Campus.

COVID-19 Testing 

Testing requirements are based on public health advice and requirements. Current recommendations for testing can be found on the KFL&A Public health website. 

Students with any COVID-19 symptoms, despite being single or double vaccinated, should get tested. Please us the online self-assessment tool to help you decide if you require a COVID-19 test. 

If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you may be able to access a COVID-19 test. Check here for current eligibility criteria and locations across Ontario.

Do not attend campus while awaiting test results, and only return once you have received a negative test result. 

Student Wellness Services in partnership with the Kingston Health Sciences Centre will be monitoring COVID-19 cases in the community and will provide on-campus satellite site if needed. Details including dates, times, location, and how to book will be outlined here if and when necessary. 

Ventilation

Queen’s has enhanced ventilation protocols – many of which were put in place in early 2020 – by reviewing ventilation systems and working to optimize the capabilities of these systems to meet public health requirements and recommendations. Learn more about the University’s ventilation measures. 

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols 

The University facilities staff implemented enhanced cleaning measures, which have been in use throughout the pandemic and will continue as we return to campus. Learn more about enhanced cleaning protocols on campus. 

Classroom Guidelines & Protocols

With the return to in-person classes in the Fall 2021 term, COVID-19 health and safety guidelines have been updated for students, faculty, and staff attending Queen’s classrooms. Read the Fall 2021 Protocols for In-Person Classes on the Kingston Campus.

Health and Wellness 

Student Wellness Services provides a wide array of personal, academic, and social health supports. Learn more about medical, mental health, and accessibility services, and healthy living programs and resources. 

Learn what financial, mental health, and other supports are available during COVID-19 from the Ontario Government website. 

Please see below for further resources, supports, and services available to students at this time. 

Program Delivery – FACULTY SPECIFIC 

In accordance with Queen’s University policies, and the advice of KFL&A Public Health and other health professionals, many faculties are planning for a resumption of in-person, on-campus instruction for the Fall 2021 semester. Please consult with your specific faculty or department for details about delivery of instruction, remote learning options, health and safety protocols, and academic accommodations. 

If you are debating remote learning due to housing concerns, please visit the Student Community Relations website to access Off-Campus Housing resources. You may also contact the Off-Campus Living Advisor, Adam King, for assistance with all aspects of Off-Campus living. 

Libraries 

Throughout the pandemic, Queen’s libraries have been adapting operations to provide the best possible service, including access to research materials, study spaces, and more.

For information, visit the Queen’s Library website.

Academic Resources

Regardless of your year or program, Student Academic Success Services (SASS) offers academic support to students who wish to develop their skills in critical thinking, reading, learning, studying, writing, and self-management. Visit the SASS website for online programs, advising, and resources. 

Course registration information: For information regarding refunds, course selection, and other general SOLUS inquiries, please visit the Office of the University Registrar website. 

Students experiencing barriers related to a disability or impairment, whether documented or undocumented, can access either permanent or interim support from  Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS).  

To learn more about general accessibility at Queen’s, visit the Accessibility Hub. 

For additional information, read the Fall 2021 Protocols for In-Person Classes on the Kingston Campus.

  • If you will be missing a class(es) or an academic requirement due to COVID-19 illness, COVID-19 symptoms, or a self-isolation requirement, academic consideration will be granted. To receive academic consideration, you need to submit a request by following your Faculty’s/School’s established protocol for students with extenuating circumstances.
  • For COVID-19-related absences, a self-attestation of your illness or requirement to self-isolate will be sufficient documentation of your circumstances. Documentation from a health-care provider will not be required.
  • It is your responsibility to contact each of your instructors to arrange to make up the missed work

For more information regarding academic advising, accommodations, resources, and support, please contact your faculty/department.

Residence and Off-Campus Living 

Queen’s University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus to be fully vaccinated, or have plans in place to become fully vaccinated, against COVID-19 prior to the beginning of fall term (September 13th).

Ensuring a safe and secure environment to promote student wellbeing and success is one of the key priorities of Queen’s Housing and Ancillary Services. 

For information about living in residence, please visit the Residence website. 

For students living off-campus and in need of support, please visit the Student Community Relations website to access Off-Campus Housing resources. You may also contact the Off-Campus Living Advisor, Adam King, and subscribe to the Off-Campus Living Newsletter for assistance with all aspects of Off-Campus living. 

Dining & Food Services

All dining halls and retail food locations on campus are set to operate safely this fall. Please be attentive and respectful of guidelines posted in these areas.

Learn more about dining locations, hours, and safety guidelines.

For support for food allergies and dietary needs, please visit the Queen’s Hospitality Services website.

Click here for Support for food-insecure students.

Campus Tours

Need to familiarize yourself with campus? Check out our Campus Tour options

Are you looking to get involved? Working and volunteering in the AMS will give you the opportunity to build relationships with students across all years and faculties. You will also contribute to making a lasting impact on the Queen’s and Kingston community.

The AMS offers a wealth of opportunities to get involved in. The types of opportunities include the following:

  • Volunteer
  • Volunteer (Honorarium)
  • Part-time hourly
  • Part-time salaried
  • Full-time salaried

These positions fall within the government and the corporate caucuses of the AMS. Explore what opportunities are available within the various AMS offices, commissions and services! For more information on the positions and the job postings themselves, please visit myams.org/apply.

COVID-19 Resources

Student Resources

Compass is Queen’s AMS’s newest holistic student life platform! The platform centralizes mental health and wellness support, as well as events happening all across campus – with the ability to favourite what is most relevant to you. Designed by students for students, Compass addresses your unique needs, wants and identity so you can live your best student life!

Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counselors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. The password required to access the service is studentcare.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students and a site of information and support for the broader Queen’s community. It is a hub of activity and we welcome and encourage everyone to drop in and learn about the supports and services available.

The Housing Resource Centre is a peer support service on campus that will help you deal with your housing related questions!

The central provider of career education and employment support services at Queen’s University for undergraduate, graduate students and recent alumni from all disciplines. Queen’s Career Service offer a comprehensive range of accessible services to support and empower students in making informed decisions about their career, further education and employment goals.

To advance a culture of human rights, equity and inclusion by inspiring and educating community stakeholders through: developing and implementing innovative strategies in employment and educational equity; providing information, advice and assistance to individuals or groups at Queen’s regarding protections available under polices and legislation; providing non-judgmental sexual violence prevention and response support; and improving access for everyone on campus by removing barriers, encouraging accessibility, and promoting the duty to accommodate.

A department of Student Affairs, Student Academic Success Services (SASS) provides essential academic support to students.  The unit’s programs and services are designed to enhance students’ capacity to fulfill their learning goals and academic potential at Queen’s. Staff at SASS are committed to creating a collaborative learning environment emphasizing the critical role of academic and writing skills.

With other members of the Queen’s community, we work to ensure the university and its programs are accessible to students with disabilities.

Our goal is to support your successful transition to university and to foster an inclusive and equitable environment at Queen’s.

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) is a support service for all members of the Queen’s community and through its activities promotes an internationally informed and cross-culturally sensitive learning environment.

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston is a not-for-profit organization providing free, confidential, non-judgemental support for all survivors, 12+, of recent and/or historic sexual violence in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) since 1978.

The AGC is here to help you with any questions or concerns you have regarding your academic experience at Queen’s!

Student Wellness Services works to provide a welcoming, confidential, and integrated service that is responsive to student health, wellness, and accessibility needs.

A centralized location for online substance abuse resources during COVID-19.

The Club Hub is a resource page developed in partnership between the AMS Clubs Office and the Student Experience Office as a Covid-19 resource guide for clubs and club leaders. Despite the coming year presenting new challenges, student clubs are an essential part of the student experience, and our goal is to help your club adapt and thrive for 2020-21. Check out the page to find upcoming events, training opportunities, a toolkit and more!

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