Updated: January 14, 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.
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.
Under a series of provincial government emergency orders, Ontario was placed in a ‘shutdown’ on December 26, 2020, which was to have lasted until at least January 23, 2021. However, the new emergency order effective January 14 includes a ‘stay at home’ rule which will last until at least February 11, 2021. The provincial government has indicated that it will keep the public health situation under review to determine whether the shutdown will be extended.
Under the provincial orders, in-person teaching in post-secondary institutions is (subject to certain exceptions) prohibited. Although most of our courses this term are being taught remotely, we had planned for some limited in-person teaching in our first-year program. After corresponding with instructors who were scheduled to teach in person this term, the Faculty has concluded that it is in the best interest of the law school community to shift all teaching to a fully online format for the entirety of the term.
The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff during this pandemic must be the highest priority. With this decision, people can now make plans and preparations about their classes knowing what to expect. We are, as always, committed to making the educational experience as enriching and meaningful as possible under the circumstances.
During this period:
- All Winter Term 2021 classes will be delivered remotely.
- We will continue to provide IT support to ensure the high quality of remote teaching and learning.
- We will continue to support instructors in adopting best practices in the delivery of online classes.
- The law school building will be closed to students, and also to faculty and staff unless access is essential to support administrative, teaching, or research functions, until further notice.
- For Library services, please consult: https://library.queensu.ca/help-services/covid-19-updates-library-servi…
- Students enrolled in courses at the Queen's Law Clinics will be contacted by the respective clinic directors about any on-site work requirements.
On behalf of Queen’s Law, we wish everyone continued health, both mental and physical, as we all navigate these uncertain times.
Important resources for staff and students
Return to campus guidelines:
- On December 1, Queen’s Provost provided important information to students who may travel to and from Kingston during the holiday break regarding recommendations to limit spread of COVID-19. Learn more here.
- The university is strongly urging all students to avoid returning to Kingston until after the shutdown ends on January 23, unless absolutely necessary.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Message from Dean Mark Walters regarding the Winter 2021 Term
- Learn more about Queen’s mental health and wellness services here
- Read more about the Ontario government’s province-wide shutdown here
- Provincial government’s news release on stay-at-home measures
- Provincial briefing deck on “Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown”
- Queen’s University COVID-19 Information site
- On-campus assessment centre to reopen