As part of our commitment to keep our community safe, we have determined that masks will be mandatory in common indoor spaces on the MSVU campus, including in classrooms, until the end of the Winter 2022 semester. Students will keep their masks on for the duration of class. Faculty can remove their masks while lecturing. Wearing a mask is one of the most effective and simplest measures we can take to help keep each other safe during the pandemic.

MSVU mask requirement details: 

  • Masks must be worn by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, while in common indoor areas, including:
    • classrooms,
    • the library (except private study rooms),
    • computer labs,
    • corridors,
    • washrooms,
    • the dining hall and Seton Café (except while seated to eat/drink),
    • athletics facilities,
    • building lobbies, and
    • elevators.
  • Masks do not need to be worn while seated in meeting rooms where physical distancing can be maintained, nor while seated in shared office spaces, which have now been evaluated by Facilities Management from a COVID-19 safety perspective (and temporary barriers installed, where required).
  • Masks must be worn by students in classrooms for the duration of the class. Students will be able to briefly remove their masks to take a quick drink. Eating will not be permitted in the classroom. Students will need to leave a classroom to eat. There are several spaces across campus where you can sit at a safe distance from others to eat – a list of suggested eating locations is available here.
  • Faculty do not need to wear a mask in the classroom while lecturing.
  • Should you encounter someone not complying with this mask requirement, seek first to remind and educate. Wearing a mask while in common areas on campus is part of our social contract with one another – we all have a responsibility to keep each other safe. MSVU has long been a caring community and, in keeping with that, we don’t anticipate significant issues of non-compliance.
  • Students who cannot wear a mask for medical and/or disability reasons must register with Accessibility Services and provide documentation – contact Faculty will be advised of the students in their classes who are exempt from the mask requirement.
  • Faculty and staff who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons should advise Human Resources (staff) or their chair or dean (faculty).
  • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are asked to bring their own masks when attending campus.

Forgot your mask?

If you need a mask in a pinch, you can pick one up at one of the following locations:

  • Assisi Security Desk – staffed 24/7 (Assisi Hall main entrance)
  • Library Circulation Desk (Main floor, EMF)
  • Athletics & Recreation main desk (2nd floor, Rosaria Student Centre)
  • Seton Café (2nd floor, Seton Academic Centre)

Choosing a mask and proper fit

A non-medical mask should:

  • be made of at least 3 layers, including
    • at least 2 layers of tightly woven fabric, like cotton
    • a middle layer of filter-type fabric, like a non-woven polypropylene
  • use materials that are breathable

When choosing a mask, proper fit is very important. A well-fitting mask should:

  • allow for easy breathing
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments
  • be made of tightly woven material fabric (like cotton or linen)
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaps

Proper use

A mask is most effective when it’s worn properly. Uncovering your nose or mouth while wearing a mask:

  • exposes you and others to potentially infectious respiratory particles
  • won’t help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you:

  • adjust your mask
  • put your mask on
  • take your mask off

It’s important to keep your mask clean when not in use, or when eating or drinking. Don’t hang the mask from your ears or place it under your chin.

For information on how to properly wear and care for your mask, visit the Nova Scotia website.