About this page
At the 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 and recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
This page is intended to provide information about the Faculty’s planning activities to support the safe resumption of on-campus operations, and provide links to important resources for students, staff, faculty and the public. This page complements the University’s Safe Return to Campus website, a centralized hub for campus reopening that includes important health & safety information and other resources.
Queen’s Law – return to campus
In accordance with Queen’s University policies, and in partnership with Public Health, Queen’s Law will begin a gradual return to campus over the summer of 2021, with in-person educational activities scheduled to resume in the fall. We look forward to welcoming students, staff and faculty back to the law building and the Queen’s Law Clinics in downtown Kingston, as we continue our academic mission of providing Canada’s best legal education.
Fall 2021 at Queen’s Law at a glance
Fall operations planning assumptions
To support a safe return to campus, the University and Faculty have developed re-opening guidelines based on the following assumptions for fall 2021. These assumptions are informed by provincial and public health information.
Please note: all plans and requirements are subject to change, and this site will be updated as required. For their most up to date public health guidance and information, visit the KFL&A Public Health website and the province’s COVID-19 resource page.
On-campus safety assumptions and considerations:
• Physical distancing will not be required by September 2021
• Non-medical masks will be required in indoor common areas and classrooms
• Handwashing and hygiene protocols will remain in place
• Plexi-glass barriers will not be required in classrooms, work or service areas
• Campus-wide cleaning protocols for high-touch surfaces will remain in place, particularly for congregate areas, like classrooms and study rooms (current COVID-19 cleaning protocols can be found here)
• COVID-19 symptom monitoring protocols will remain in place (current requirements are available here)
• Queen’s students, staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated as soon as they are eligible
• Students, faculty members and teaching assistants will return to campus in September for in-person teaching
• With the exception of a small number of upper-year courses, all educational activities will be delivered in-person
• Class sizes will not be limited, although capacity restrictions may remain in place in some settings
• Libraries and study spaces will be open
Coordination and support management:
• Queen’s University will continue to work closely with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, as well as the provincial government
• Return-to-campus plans will be responsive as circumstances change, and flexible to support a gradual return where possible, balanced against supporting a positive student experience and in-person teaching and operational needs
• There will be appropriate staffing on-campus to meet operational and service delivery needs as well as to support a positive student experience
• If operations permit, during the transition period (September 2021 to December 2021), flexible working arrangements will be agreed upon between managers and non-academic employees
• Remote meeting options or other inclusive arrangements will be available during the transition period to support meeting participation by all employees
• An approved COVID-19 Safety Plan is being developed for all units on campus, including the Faculty of Law and Queen’s Law clinics, based on respective operational activities and physical space
• Human Resources has developed tools and resources to assist individuals and teams during this transition period. All resources are now available, here
The Faculty of Law is focused on maintaining a safe and healthy environment on campus, preserving your educational experience, and communicating any updates and new information.
• Queen's Law is planning for a resumption of in-person academic activities in September. Students are expected to return to campus for the Fall Term for in-person study.
• Students who require accommodations or support based on their circumstances can review the full list of education and equity services, here.
• For information on student health and wellness, academic, financial support and other services, visit the university's information site, Queen’s Student Affairs site or contact your program office or team.
• All in-person, student-led events planned for fall 2021 must be reviewed and approved by the Co-Curricular Restart Advisory Group (CRAG).
Queen’s Law return to campus student FAQ
The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are updated periodically to reflect changing conditions. For general information pertaining to the broader campus, please visit the Queen's Safe Return to Campus website.
FAQ for domestic and international students:
What will the Fall 2021 term look like?
With accelerated COVID-19 vaccination rollout across the region, Queen’s University is preparing for a full return to in-person classes while prioritizing the health and safety of the campus community. Please see the section above to review the safety assumptions, considerations and resources available. In addition, you can review the student classroom guidelines, here.
Will I have to wear a mask?Some preventative measures will remain in place to ensure safety and mitigate transmission. At present, mask wearing is required while indoors on campus, including in classrooms, auditoriums, office spaces, and other common areas. Read the university’s full mask policy, here.
Are students required to be vaccinated before returning to campus this fall?
To promote the health and safety of staff, students and faculty, Queen’s University is strongly encouraging all members of the campus community to get vaccinated as part of the province’s vaccination rollout framework.
For those who have not yet benefitted from national, provincial, or international vaccination opportunities, Queen’s is planning to have an on-campus vaccine clinic for students at the start of the Fall Term. Until then, the Queen’s community is urged to schedule their vaccine appointments through the province’s booking system.
Will there be in-person Law specific extra/co-curricular activities offered in the Fall term?
The University is prioritizing academic operations at this time. We hope to gradually phase in-person, non-academic activities as we progress in the academic year, based on Public Health recommendations.
All events must comply with the applicable University and public health requirements for the location at the time when the event is held. For more details see the Queen’s Event Planning information.
Will we have access to group and study space in the Law building?
We are expecting that group spaces will be available, with mandatory masks (although not medical grade). Further details will follow throughout the summer.
Will Queen’s/Queen’s Law have a vaccination site on campus?
Queen’s is planning to have an on-campus vaccine clinic for students at the start of the Fall Term. Until then, the Queen’s community is urged to schedule their vaccine appointments through the province’s booking system.
Where can I find information on what’s open and what’s closed on campus?
For up-to-date information on campus facilities, please visit Queen’s Safe Return to Campus website.
How do I access the Queen’s Law library?
Throughout the pandemic, Queen’s libraries have been adapting operations to provide the best possible service, including access to research materials, study spaces, and more. At present, it is expected that libraries will be open with full access, subject to public health guidelines.
For more information, visit the Queen’s library site.
If I cannot get my new study permit, or if cross-border travel makes coming to Canada impossible, can I study online until I can come to Canada?
The expectation is that all students should make every attempt to return to campus. We will work with students who are unable to get to campus on time, due to study permit, border restrictions, or other travel-related issues beyond the student’s control, in order to find a reasonable solution.
International students should stay connected with their program teams or offices. In addition, Queen’s International Centre (QUIC) offers extensive information and support for international students across the university.
If we are unable to be on campus next semester, will we still be able to take our courses remotely?
Please be advised that very few Law courses will be available online.