Dear MSVU students, faculty and staff,
Sincere thanks to all of you for your dedication to the MSVU community over the past three pandemic years. This truly is a caring, community-oriented place, and your pandemic response has been a perfect example of that.
As our COVID-19 context has evolved these past few years, so too have our related campus protocols. I’m writing today to update you on MSVU’s mask requirement.
Effective Monday, May 8, masks will no longer be required in instructional spaces on campus (i.e. classrooms and student labs). Mask use will still be encouraged in crowded indoor public spaces or should you have cold symptoms (like a cough or runny nose). Masks will continue to be available for those who need them (at the Assisi Security Desk, Library Circulation Desk, Registrar’s Office, and Athletics & Recreation main desk). Free COVID-19 rapid test kits are also available at these locations.
Please note that masks will continue to be required in the MSVU Health Office, and for appointments in Counselling Services (including Career Services) and Accessibility Services (including the testing centre).
Students who require a COVID-19 related accommodation should contact Accessibility Services (AccessibilityServices@msvu.ca). Faculty and staff who require a COVID-19 related accommodation should contact Human Resources (Human.Resources@msvu.ca). Faculty and staff who wish to add or remove plexiglass barriers in their spaces can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. As well, if colleagues ask you to wear a mask while in their individual workspaces, please respect those requests.
We’ve learned a great deal about how to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses through our COVID-19 experience. I encourage you to continue to adhere to best practices such as frequent handwashing, keeping up-to-date on your vaccinations, and staying home when you’re sick.
Dr. Joël Dickinson
President and Vice-Chancellor
Mount Saint Vincent University