Return to Campus

Updated May 5, 2022

outside of Duncan McArthur Hall, with tulips in frontCOVID-19 Self-Assessment Procedures for Entering Duncan McArthur Hall

Updated Requirements as of May 1

On March 28, the University announced the suspension of mandatory vaccination as of May 1. On April 14, they updated the requirements to include masks

As of May 1:

  • The university’s vaccination requirement will be suspended, at which point most students, faculty, and staff will no longer be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated to participate in in-person university activities. Most students looking to register for classes in the summer term with in-person components will now be able to do so, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • The SeQure app daily screening will no longer need to be completed before attending in-person university activities
  • Certain activities and roles that involve third parties (such as health clinics, hospitals, elementary and secondary schools, and other organizations where students complete their placements) may have different requirements for both masking and vaccination that will still have to be followed. Students, staff, and faculty members should contact their respective Faculty for details.
  • All students, staff, faculty, and visitors are required to wear an ASTM F2100 Level 2 medical-grade mask indoors on campus. Further details on mask requirements are available in the university’s COVID-19 mask requirements. On April 14, Queen's announced it would be extending the on-campus masking requirement until at least the end of May. Queen's will be reviewing the masking policy monthly. 

The Faculty of Education strongly encourages all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for a variety of reasons: 

  • We are unsure what vaccination requirements various school boards will have. You may be required to be fully vaccinated to enter a school to complete your practicum, which is the current policy in all school boards.
  • If vaccination requirements are lifted and the situation changes, it may become necessary to bring back requirements for proof of vaccination on short notice. 
  • If proof of vaccination requirement needs to be reinstated, students who do not keep their vaccination status up to date could find their studies interrupted and may not be able to get necessary vaccinations in time to be able to return to campus to finish their program.
  • We are not able to offer virtual or hybrid learning opportunities or practicum placements for those who are unable to attend campus. 

Requirements to Stay Home if Ill / Academic Considerations

All students, staff, and faculty are required to complete daily self-screening questions through Queen’s SeQure app prior to coming to campus. Individuals with symptoms cannot come to campus.

Employees who are ill or have symptoms can contact their manager or supervisor to discuss their arrangements.

If a student needs to miss an academic requirement due to COVID-19 illness, symptoms, or self-isolation requirement, academic consideration will automatically be granted. Students in these circumstances should follow their Faculty’s/School’s established protocols for students with extenuating circumstances. Documentation from a health-care provider is not required. Students should connect directly with their instructors to discuss making up the missed work and instructors are asked to be as flexible as possible in these circumstances.

Mandatory Vaccination

Queen’s requires all students, staff, and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to fill in a vaccination status declaration form to disclose their current status as soon as possible.

Vaccination information

Queen's University Return to Campus Website

Queen’s is planning for a resumption of in-person activity on February 28 and is supported in this plan by advice from KFL&A Public Health. Please see Queen's Return to Campus website for more details. 

Queen's Return to Campus


Updated April 26, 2022

Please note that these FAQ are subject to change based on government and University policies surrounding COVID-19.

Q: Are classes in-person?

A: Yes, all classes have resumed in-person delivery as of April 2022 and are expected to continue in-person through spring and summer terms.

Q: Is the Faculty of Education closed?

A: Not at all! Most staff from the Faculty are back to working in-person and are happy to speak with you in-person or online.

Q: Can I still make an appointment with an Academic & Career Advisor?

A: Yes! Our Advisors continue to offer both virtual and in-person appointments during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. Please book your appointment using the online booking system.

Q. Where can I get updates on graduate studies at Queen’s? 

A. Please consult these websites regularly: Queen's Safe Return to Campus and School of Graduate Studies.

Q: Do I have to attend classes?

A: Graduate classes have resumed on-campus. Participation remains mandatory.

Q: What about my research?

Please consult the new guidelines for research activities.

Q: Is the Faculty of Education open?

A: The Graduate office is open Monday to Friday, 8 am – 4 pm (closed 12 – 1 pm). Staff are also available to meet with students remotely.

Q: Will this affect my funding?

Our minimum funding guarantee remains the same. There will be no alteration to, or delay in payment, of Queen’s awards, Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Fellowships, Research Assistantships, and Graduate Teaching Fellowships.

Q: What should I do about my comprehensive exams/thesis defence?

Comprehensive exams and thesis defenses will proceed as planned. For guidelines on in person (on-campus) thesis defenses during COVID restrictions, please check here. Contact your Graduate Coordinator if you have any concerns.

Q: Will there be practicum placements in 2021-2022?

A: The expectation is that there will be practicum placements in 2021-2022.

  • First Year Concurrent candidates must complete practicum in a non-traditional setting, interacting with children. 
  • Second Year Concurrent candidates are encouraged to complete practicum in a non-traditional setting or a non-traditional classroom setting in a school (Guidance, Student Support, Reading Recovery, etc.).
  • Third Year Concurrent candidates must complete their practicum in a traditional classroom setting as this practicum, along with final year practicum, count toward the 80-day OCT requirement.
  • All practicum placements must be approved by the Practicum Office before you are permitted to begin placement.

Education Library  

Visit the Education Library Guide to find out the most up to date information and hours on the library. 

Keep your eye on the COVID-19 Updates page for news about opening services. Email us at if you have any research needs along the way and we will be sure to get back to you promptly.

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