Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Mandatory COVID Testing Policy for Students and Employees

September 10th, 2021
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Good afternoon, 

This is to provide you with an update regarding StFX’s mandatory COVID-19 testing policy for students and employees. The

for your reference.  I would ask that you take the time to carefully review the policy and become familiar with your responsibilities as outlined within the document. 

The first step in rolling out this policy is to determine how many people will need to be tested. “Vaccine Exempt” individuals, as defined in the policy, do not have to participate in the mandatory testing. The process for validating whether you are Vaccine Exempt is as follows: 

STUDENTS: 

On or before September 13th, all students will receive instructions on how to upload a copy of their proof of full vaccination through the eRez system.  All information shared through the form on eRez is secured and kept confidential. Students are asked to complete the forms immediately. To prepare for this please ensure you have your Proof of Vaccination documentation ready for uploading.

EMPLOYEES: 

On or before September 13th, all employees will receive instructions regarding where they can go to provide proof of their vaccination status.  The university will not be retaining a copy of the employee’s proof of vaccination information; rather, the proof of vaccination will be visually reviewed and then updated within a confidential file that will be retained by Human Resources to indicate every employee’s vaccination status.  If You Are Not Vaccine Exempt - Mandatory Testing 



All students and employees who are not Vaccine Exempt must adhere to the university’s mandatory testing program.  The test is a self-administered rapid test, which must be completed at our testing centre. The testing centre will be located on campus, and we anticipate it will be operational on or before October 4th. Location details will be shared in the days ahead.

A number of other measures have been taken as we transition to living with COVID-19 in the long run.

Masks will continue to be required inside public buildings on campus until at least September 30, regardless of the province's transition from Phase 4 to Phase 5 of reopening. Masks in residence are not required for students except when a university employee who does not live there is working in the space (i.e. Housing, Custodial, Maintenance).

Rapid Test kits were made available during Welcome days and have been distributed to all residence students and delivered to many off-campus student residences.  As testing continues to become part of our regular processes Rapid Test Kits will also be available at pop-up sites at various times and locations on campus.

A vaccination clinic was available on Campus on September 3 and a second clinic will be available on September 13.  This is in addition to vaccination appointments that can be made through local pharmacies.

Students, Faculty and Staff can pick up a Rapid Test Kit at the Bloomfield Centre, 3rd floor foyer. 

During the month of September as we settle in for the academic year, we are asking everyone to adhere to basic Public Health guidelines and do their part to protect the health and well-being of all members of our campus community.  These include regular hand washing and monitoring your personal health for signs of COVID-19 symptoms.

Respectfully, 

Andrew Beckett 

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