Updated: February 11, 2021
At Queen’s Faculty of Law we are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and local community, as we continue to address the ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The information below is updated regularly to keep you apprised of our Faculty’s response to pandemic safety measures. For complete information on Queen’s University’s Covid-19 response, resources, and current status, please visit the Queen’s COVID-19 information site.
Winter term 2021
On January 14, 2021, the Faculty of Law’s senior administration advised students, faculty members and staff that teaching during the Winter Term 2021 will be entirely remote.
Ontario has been operating under a series of province-wide emergency restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across the province. On February 8, 2021, the provincial government announced that it would be moving to a regional approach but maintaining ‘shutdown’ restrictions in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures.
Kingston is one of three public health regions in Ontario that has been approved to return to the COVID-19 Response Framework, at the “Green-Prevent level” based on the improving local trends of key indicators.
During this period:
- All Winter Term 2021 classes will be delivered remotely.
- The university is requesting that all students, staff, and faculty who must travel for essential purposes outside the KFL&A, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark region, or who have had visitors from outside the region, self-isolate for 14 days.
- Queen's Law will continue to provide IT support to ensure the high quality of remote teaching and learning.
- Bookable study spaces will re-open on February 11. Students can reserve an individual study seat in Stauffer Library and the Education Library. Guidelines regarding access to the law building will follow.
- For Library services, please consult: https://library.queensu.ca/help-services/covid-19-updates-library-services-operations
- Students enrolled in courses at the Queen's Law Clinics will be contacted by the respective clinic directors about any on-site work requirements.
Reading Week Travel
Public health guidance advises that all unnecessary travel should continue to be avoided and that many regions outside the KFL&A region remain under a stay at home order. The increase in COVID-19 variants in the province means that we all need to remain vigilant.
As previously communicated, the university is requesting that all students, staff, and faculty who must travel for essential purposes outside the KFL&A, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark region, or who have had visitors from outside the region, self-isolate for 14 days. This means that those who travel outside the region over the reading week break will not be able to access campus until completing a 14-day isolation.
KFL&A Public Health continues to recommend that anyone who has travelled beyond KFL&A, Hastings, Prince Edward, Leeds, Grenville, or Lanark regions, or has had visitors from outside the region, to consider asymptomatic testing for COVID-19. Asymptomatic testing for individuals who fall into the above-noted categories is available at the Beechgrove Assessment Centre, and students can also be tested at the on-campus assessment centre.
Fall Term 2021
As communicated by the Provost’s Office, planning efforts are underway between Queen’s Academic Operations Group, Campus Operations Group, and the Senior Leadership Team to explore potential on-campus activities for the Fall 2021 Term. Based on the University’s current planning assumptions, small classes, labs, and tutorials could be offered in-person, with appropriate safety protocols in place. If restrictions remain in place throughout the fall, such as physical distancing measures and class size limitations, we expect most large classes may need to be delivered remotely.
This process will be predicated on a number of factors, including advice from local Public Health officials, the evolution of government regulations, consultation with bargaining agents, input from student governments, international travel restrictions, forecasts on the vaccine roll-out in Canada, and the varied needs of students, staff, and faculty.
The implications for the Faculty of Law will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Important resources for staff and students
Screening and logging via the SeQure app:
- “Screening” is a quick process that involves answering COVID-related questions and providing a contact phone number for contact tracing purposes. Data collected is confidential and is held for 30 days.
- Students and staff who are authorized to continue on-campus work will be required to self-screen before entering the law building. Download the SeQure app on your mobile phone. You will need to display your green authorization status at the door.
- Queen’s has also developed guidelines that are intended to support the university’s community in planning for the phased return of campus operations when permitted, while mitigating risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 prevention and testing information:
- The Kingston Community Assessment Centre at the Beechgrove Complex at 51 Heakes Lane, is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm, by appointment only.
- More information about COVID-19 prevention and testing can be found here.
- Read more about the provincial government’s news release on the gradual return to the COVID-19 response framework here
- Message from Dean Mark Walters regarding the Winter 2021 Term
- Learn more about Queen’s mental health and wellness services here
- Queen’s University COVID-19 Information site
- On-campus assessment centre to reopen
On behalf of Queen’s Law, we wish everyone continued health, both mental and physical, as we all navigate these uncertain times.