Welcome back!

We want to continue to keep you safe, help you succeed academically, and give you the experience you deserve. Our Fall 2020 approach is built on ensuring the health and safety of students and employees, while providing flexible models for students who intend to join us on campus or cannot or choose not to attend in person.

Whether you're a new or returning student, we encourage you to get to know the new campus experience (in person or virtual) and the services that are available to you. You can catch up with recordings of our orientation sessions about effective study habits, mental health, finances, and much more. You should also complete the online COVID-19 Preparedness & Education course on ACORN as soon as possible.

To learn more about how the University is shifting its operations, please visit our COVID-19 Information website for more information.

Information below is current as of September 28, 2020. Changes and adjustments may be implemented based on Nova Scotia health directives.

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Campus & Community Life

Off-Campus Living

  • You are required to self-isolate for 14 days before classes start. This includes family or friends of students. Students already residing in Atlantic Canada do not need to self-isolate.
  • Every adult from outside Atlantic Canada needs to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in before they travel to the province.

Navigating Campus

We have enhanced our operations, services, and cleaning practices to make sure that everyone in our campus community stays healthy. We are working together to ensure health and wellness and we ask that you do your part to contribute to the success of all health practices.

  • You are expected to wear a non-medical mask on campus when social distancing is not possible, whether indoors or outdoors, unless you are unable due to medical reasons. Learn more...
  • Whether you are inside or outside while on campus, please keep two metres (six feet) away from others. Classrooms, common rooms, meeting spaces, and other gathering places feature signage to remind you and to suggest where to stand in line, etc.
  • Throughout campus, we are cleaning and disinfecting more often. All common-area restrooms and spaces—including in residence halls—are cleaned and disinfected regularly, with the addition of roving crews focused on disinfecting high-touch points throughout the day.
  • Every day, all students, faculty, and staff are expected to complete a self-diagnosis questionnaire before coming to campus or leaving residence halls to inform them about whether they should remain at home/in their residence room rather than coming to or moving about campus.


We've changed the campus dining experience to enhance our food safety and sanitation processes and follow the new provincial health guidelines.

  • Dining Hall seats fewer students at any sitting and includes scheduled mealtimes based on the class timetable. The Dining Hall experience features more controlled access, more frequent cleaning and sanitation efforts, and the elimination of self-serve and buffet-style options.

Being Social

  • Acadia Athletics has created a new Alternate Sports & Recreation initiative including competitive and recreational sport leagues including basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, and spikeball. Acadia Athletics will facilitate these leagues for students following specific provincial sport organization guidelines. New fitness and training programming will also be available.