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Full vaccination will be required for some Saint Mary's University students and staff

Students living in residence or participating in varsity and club sports will need to be fully vaccinated by October 15
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Saint Mary’s University students living in residence or participating in varsity and club sports will need to be fully vaccinated by October 15.

Those students will need to provide proof of vaccination status before they can access their residence room or participate in a sport.

"The university recognizes that some individuals may have legitimate circumstances for seeking an exemption or accommodation and will provide an application process for accommodation," SMU said.

The new rule also applies to coaches and staff in the Department of Athletics and Recreation and the school says the requirements may be expanded to other groups in the future.

“As we prepare to return to campus this fall, and as COVID-19 variants continue to emerge around the world and in Canada, we have an opportunity as a university community to make a difference for ourselves and the wider community,” said the school's president, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, in a news release. 

“After a year and a half of managing our collective response to COVID-19 with much effort and sacrifice on everyone’s part, it is time to resume more fully the unique, vibrant and engaging experience that is the hallmark of Saint Mary’s University.”  

SMU will be offering on-campus, pop-up vaccination clinics and would like to see all of its faculty, staff and students vaccinated by that mid-October deadline.

It will also be offering asymptomatic rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff.

Masks will be required in all common areas and in shared indoor spaces on campus where physical distancing isn't possible

All faculty, staff, students and visitors will need to go through a daily check-in process when arriving on campus, and effective September 1, there will be an added anonymous form for self-declaration of vaccination status.

“Saint Mary’s University and Nova Scotia have fared well during these challenging times due to concerted and decisive action, and we can be proud of what we have achieved so far,” added Summerby-Murray. 

“From the outset of this pandemic, I have said that the health and safety of our community come first. This new policy embodies that commitment.” 


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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