Dear MSVU students,

I am writing today to provide an update on planning for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Starting with the fall 2021 semester, we are planning to offer a significant increase in on-campus learning opportunities at MSVU. To ensure that we can provide you with the most accurate timetable possible, we will delay fall/winter registration to May 2021.

While our intent is to return to in-person classes to the greatest extent possible, we appreciate that some students will need or want to continue to learn online. We have a long history in online learning at MSVU – in fact, many of our courses and some entire programs were available online before the pandemic started. Throughout the 2021/2022 academic year (and beyond), we will continue to provide opportunities to learn online.

We are also planning to offer increased on-campus student life opportunities this fall, including Residence options and resumption of on-campus student services. Students are encouraged to apply now for Residence as spaces are expected to be fewer than usual due to pandemic protocols. Throughout this past year, we’ve learned a lot about remote delivery of student services and we will consider how we continue to provide that option in order to meet the needs of those studying at a distance.

The safety of all members of the MSVU community will remain our top priority as we plan for the upcoming academic year. Things are likely to look a bit different as we return to campus as certain Public Health protocols are likely to remain in place. We’re committed to adhering to all Public Health directives while providing a welcoming space.

And of course, we will remain responsive to any changes in the pandemic. If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that flexibility is key. If we need to change course at any point, we will be ready.

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I continue to be impressed by the resilience of the MSVU student body. You’ve risen to the challenges that the pandemic has presented admirably. Remember that your MSVU community is here for you should you need us. You can find a full list of student supports here.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. You can also contact Paula Barry Mercer, MSVU’s Associate Vice-President of Student Experience, at

Take good care,


Dr. Julie McMullin
Vice-President Academic & Provost
Mount Saint Vincent University


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