Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on December 6, 2021. Please check back to this page regularly for Loyalist COVID-19 updates. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please email them to marcom@loyalistcollege.com.

Prevention & Risks

What are the protocols for coming to campus?

  • As per the Fall Term 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, effective November 1, 2021, any individual planning to access any Loyalist College premises – for any reason –  is required to be fully vaccinated. Individuals will also be asked about the purpose of their visit as access is still limited to Loyalist College students, faculty, and staff (no visitors).

Acceptable forms showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination status include:

  • The Loyalist College PPA App
  • The Ontario vaccination passport (must be accompanied by photo ID)
  • A paper copy of your vaccination record (must be accompanied by photo ID)

Access to the main Belleville campus will be restricted to the following entrances: Pioneer, Digital Media Centre, Skills Centre, Link Lounge, 1L1, and the Main Entrance. Make sure to give extra time to move through the security screening process, especially if arriving during peak periods like 8:00 am – 9:00 am. 

  • The Personal Protective App (PPA) is to be used for your personal COVID screening every time you come to campus as well as for uploading proof of vaccinations and proof of a negative COVID test. This data will be used by Public Health for the purposes of contact tracing and by Loyalist College for compliance with the policy. 
  • Users must log on to the PPA with their Loyalist College credentials (email address and password). 
  • The application can be downloaded on your computer or mobile device using one of these links: Windows Desktop,  Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store
  • In addition, all individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
  • A full cloth or disposable mask is required in all shared spaces at Loyalist College. Shared spaces include any area directly beyond a cubicle or personal office, as well as hallways, washrooms, classrooms, and common areas. 
  • Masks must be worn appropriately in order to be effective.  This means they must cover your nose and mouth.  We do not permit the use of valved masks or plastic mouth shields on the premises.  It is important to clean your cloth masks regularly.
  • Hand washing, sanitization and staying home when feeling ill will also be required. 
  • More details are available at our Accessing Campus page. 

How do I submit my proof of vaccination?

  • Proof of vaccination and attestations can be submitted through the College’s Personal Protective Application (PPA). Users must log on with their Loyalist College credentials (email address and password). Click here for instructions.
  • The Application can be downloaded  on your computer or mobile device using one of these links: Windows Desktop, Apple App Store, Google Play Store.
  • The PPA is to be used for your personal COVID screening every time you come to campus as well as uploading proof of vaccinations and proof of a negative COVID test. This data will be used by Public Health for the purposes of contact tracing and by Loyalist College for compliance with the policy.

How do I request a vaccine exemption?

  • Loyalist College will consider, on an individual basis, requests from students and employees for exemptions on medical grounds and/or because of their creed/religion, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, and will provide accommodations to the extent required by law. 
  • Requests for exemption must be submitted through the College’s Personal Protective Application (PPA). Requests must include a completed form as per below. 
  • Exemption request forms may be downloaded from the myLoyalist portal:  
  • Exemptions will be adjudicated by a third party and decisions will be communicated to the applicant via the Personal Protective Application (PPA). Please note that an approved exemption does not necessarily mean that you can come to campus. The College will review all approved exemptions to determine the appropriate accommodation that can be provided. 

What do I need to do before I get my rapid test?

Download and log into the PPA App prior to getting your rapid test.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to your device’s native App Store
  2. Search for PPA or goevoPPA
  3. Download the app
  4.  Log in using your Loyalist College email address and password

Once you have done this, you can get your rapid test.

Where can I get a rapid test?

Rapid testing is being conducted in the Link Lounge and is free of charge. The Link Lounge “links” the Lennox & Addington wing in the Kente building with the College’s new Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre. For a floor plan of the Kente building click here

When should I get my rapid test based on my class schedule?

  • If you have classes Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays – get tested on Monday
  • If you have classes Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – get tested on Wednesday
  • If you have classes on the weekend – get tested on Friday

Are PCR tests available on campus?

  • PCR testing is available to students and staff upon request at the Loyalist College Student Health Centre.

Who is eligible to receive a vaccination?

  • All Ontario residents 12+ are eligible to book a vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system or a local pharmacy, and we recommend students and employees get vaccinated as soon as possible. For those who’ve received their first dose, once you are eligible, you can schedule a second dose via the provincial booking system. Online booking is encouraged. If you are unable to book online for yourself, please ask a friend or family member to book on your behalf. You will require your health card number. 
  • Beginning August 30, staff and students will be able to get vaccinated at the College’s own immunization clinic through the Student Health Centre   

What if someone refuses to wear a mask in the College’s public areas?

 An individual found to be out of compliance with Loyalist College’s PPE policy will be asked to immediately leave the property, with no possibility of return for 24 hours. Access to campus will be reinstated after that period when the individual has also agreed to adhere to Loyalist College PPE protocols. Any subsequent infraction will result in disciplinary action. 

PPE Policy Enforcement:  

  • A reminder that responsibility for enforcing PPE usage lies with Security and managers (for employees). If you have concerns that an individual is not wearing PPE, please speak with Security or your manager rather than confronting the person. While it is rare, an individual may have a valid medical exemption. 

In the case of a medical requirement for a mask exemption: 

  • Students must speak with AccessAbility Services to obtain a personal non-transferable pass prior to attending class or a lab. You are still required to wear a face shield. 
  • Employees must speak with Occupational Health and Safety prior to working on campus in order to obtain a personal, non-transferable pass. You are still required to wear a face shield. 

Are students living outside of the Hastings and Prince Edward region permitted to come to campus?

Effective June 11, 2021 the College has lifted protocols for students and employees travelling to campus from other regions. However, we reserve the right to reinstate these protocols should there be a concerning rise in COVID-19 cases again. 

Why are some employees working on campus and some not?

Some employees are considered essential to campus operations and supporting students. Any changes to work schedules or locations will be communicated directly by the manager.

Is the Belleville campus safe?

  • Yes, Loyalist College has implemented extensive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 at its facilities.
  • This includes restricting access to approved employees and students with scheduled classes/labs only, mandatory daily health screenings for anyone accessing campus, enforced physical distancing, mandatory mask-wearing, modified spaces and enhanced cleaning.
  • Loyalist College follows the direction of Public Health with regards to the closing/disinfecting specific areas/rooms or modifying on-campus activity when it’s determined that there has been a positive case on campus.

Are there active cases on campus?

The numbers are always changing in our region, as individuals are thankfully recovering. Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is very busy and may not be able to immediately report when a member of the Loyalist College community has recovered. 

What safety measures has Loyalist College taken?

Loyalist College has taken very strict preventative safety measures, including:

  • Providing complimentary face masks to those on campus and requiring face masks to be worn
  • Increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations located throughout campus and disinfectant wipes in classrooms and labs
  • Posting handwashing guidelines in washrooms
  • Stocking PPE and critical cleaning products such as wipes, replacement hand sanitizer solution, masks, and soap
  • Redesigning our Student Success services to offer in-person services in addition to offering online options to easily connect students with mentors, resources, and informational sessions
  • Having employees work from home where possible
  • Offering student residents single occupancy rooms only within units of students in the same programs, where possible
  • Providing detailed training documentation on the processes and protocols of returning to campus
  • Introducing a COVID-19 testing facility and immunization clinic on campus to support students and employees
  • Establishing quarantine facilities to provide student accommodations in the event a student tests positive for COVID-19

The health and safety of our College community, including our industry partners, is top priority. We will continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate our commitment and care.and work closely with Public Health to review infection prevention and control measures to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How do I know if I am at risk, when a student tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Public Health will contact the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and determine if they have  been in contact with the College 
  • Public Health will provide a letter to all individuals who had close contact with the person who tested positive and will follow up with a phone call within 48 hours. 
  • The letter and phone call from Public Health will provide additional direction to close contacts and the College to protect students and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

A student tested positive for COVID-19. What program/lab was the student in?

  • Out of respect for privacy, Loyalist College will not provide or confirm information that would identify an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • We work directly with Public Health to ensure that anyone who is at risk of having been exposed is contacted directly by Public Health and advised regarding next steps.

Should students at the College’s Belleville campus get tested?

  • Public Health officials oversee contact tracing, which involves identifying individuals who have been in contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19, and they will reach out directly to any student or employee who is considered high risk.
  • High risk contacts of the case will be provided further direction by Public Health, typically within 24 hours.
  • Low risk contacts (including contacts of high risk contacts) should self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop. Isolation of low risk contacts is not required unless symptoms develop.

How do I help prevent the spread of illness?

By taking the following steps, you can help prevent the spread of illness in our community:

  • Monitor and screen yourself daily for symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Stay home when you are sick, and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone
  • Get your influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine, if you have not already
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not into your hand
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands
  • Clean objects and surfaces that a lot of people touch, such as doorknobs, phones and television remotes
  • Eat healthy foods and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong
  • Get plenty of rest or sleep
  • Do not share water bottles, straws, eating utensils, toothbrushes, or anything else that has been in contact with saliva

When should I seek care?

  • If you develop any symptoms of illness (even mild ones), you should isolate and seek testing for COVID-19 (students and staff can arrange testing at the Loyalist College Student Health Centre). 

If you have flu-like or cold symptoms that persist, please take the following direction:

  • If you are off-campus, contact your health care provider. 
  • If you are on campus, stay where you are, and call campus Security.
  • In the event of an emergency, contact 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

Where do I seek care and how?

Please assess your personal health and connect with the appropriate health care provider listed below.

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
  • Health Care Provider, Walk-In Clinic or Loyalist Student Health Centre
    • If you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and have not recently travelled to one of the countries that have a travel health notice for COVID-19, seek medical care through your health care provider.
    • Health Centre services are being offered remotely. If you need medical advice and do not have a family physician, please email the Health Centre’s nurse, at healthcentre@loyalistcollege.com.
    • International Studentsguard.me has an app you can use to speak with a doctor. Please visit this web page for details.  
    • The Government of Ontario has provided helpful suggestions for self-assessing whether you may have COVID-19 and other options for accessing health care.
    • If you require support after hours, (Monday to Friday, after 4:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday) please visit the Bayview Medical Clinic – After Hours Walk-In Clinic (274 Dundas Street East, Belleville).
  • Quinte Health Care
    • Visit a Quinte Health Care emergency department (ED) if you have severe symptoms of respiratory illness such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath when doing very little.
    • If you are seeking medical attention while at Quinte Health Care and are experiencing respiratory symptoms, put on a mask as soon as you arrive to help protect others.
    • If you are visiting the ED, advise health care providers of recent travel history immediately upon arrival.
  • 24/7 Help by Phone
    • Receive medical advice through Telehealth by phoning 1-866-797-0000.

The Government of Ontario has provided helpful suggestions for self-assessing whether you may have COVID-19 and other options for accessing health care.

I am feeling anxious and overwhelmed by all of the news media about the coronavirus. What can I do?

Coping with the challenges of this ongoing global health crisis can be difficult. We encourage you to seek accurate information and stay connected – but consider setting limits around social media and news. Learn more about the Student Services and mental wellness student supports available to you. We encourage you to reach out to our caring faculty and staff members, or your peers if you need someone to talk to. We are all here for you – and each other. 

Where can I get the flu shot?

You can get the flu shot at one of the following locations:


Academics, Classes, Tuition & Ancillary Fees

How will classes be delivered in the Fall semester?

Loyalist College’s program delivery reflects the needs of our community and, depending on the program, the delivery method may incorporate one or more of the following:  

  • In-Person – Face-to-face, on-campus delivery.  

  • Remote – Courses that will be delivered 100% remotely using technology.  

  • Hybrid – A combination of the above two options, with both remote and in-person delivery.   

  • Online – Courses designed specifically to be delivered fully online and are currently offered via Distance Education.  

Our academic teams have been reaching out to students to let them know the details of their programs. I encourage you to please visit the College’s Fall 2021 Program Delivery web page for program-specific information and for future updates should we need to amend the scope of delivery.  

I’m struggling with online learning. How can I best succeed? 

We understand that transitioning to online learning is a difficult adjustment for many Loyalist students. Please connect with your faculty to communicate the challenges you’re experiencing. This will enable faculty to find an approach that best suits your situation. 

Where can I access information on the continuation of my program?

For specific information about the continuation of your program, please review the emails you received from your School/program faculty. If you have concerns or require clarification, please contact your program faculty or Dean.

What are the College’s guidelines regarding refunds to students? 

The College will not issue refunds for tuition for full-time post-secondary programs. We have taken steps to ensure all students can successfully meet the learning outcomes for their program of study. Students are receiving full-value for their tuition and the College is making extra investments to enable students to complete their programs in unanticipated circumstances. 


College Operations

Is the Belleville campus open?

  • Effective Friday, June 11, the College has lifted protocols for students and employees travelling to campus from other regions. However, we reserve the right to reinstate these protocols should there be a concerning rise in COVID-19 cases again.

If planning to come to campus, please visit our Accessing Campus web page for processes and procedures. Please do not come to campus if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone who has recently travelled or is sick.

Are food services available?

  • Outdoor seating for Food Services is open with up to four people per table, per Public Health guidelines. 
  • For Fall 2021, full dining services will recommence. 

Is the Health Centre open?

  • The Health Centre is open Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (closed 12:30-1:00 pm).
  • To book an appointment with a nurse or physician drop-in, call 613-969-1913, ext. 2374 or email
  • During closure periods emails, phones, and faxes will not be answered.
  • If you need help, please visit this link for the walk-in clinic and Telehealth details.
  • Beginning August 30, staff and students will be able to get vaccinated at the College’s own immunization clinic through the Health Centre. Appointments will be available via online booking system.    

Is the Bookstore open?

  • The Bookstore is open with limited capacity, per Public Health guidelines. For more information please visit the Loyalist College Bookstore website.

Can I visit The Parrott Centre Library?

  • The Parrott Centre Library staff continue to work remotely from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. To access virtual resources please contact Library staff via email.
  • The ParrotCentre Library will reopen Tuesday September 7, 2021.  Please check the library website for our hours.

Is the Fitness Centre open?

  • The Fitness Centre remains closed. The Athletics Department is working on a reopening plan for Fall, pending Public Health guidelines.

Will there be College athletics in the Fall?

  • The Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA), which is the governing body for college athletics, including the Loyalist Lancers Athletics teams, continues to work towards a safe return to sanctioned competition in 2021-22. The OCCAA remains optimistic that it will be able to return to activity implementing measured sport formats, prioritizing the health and safety of participants. 
  • It is required that all Varsity athletes be fully vaccinated. Specific details have been provided by the Athletic teams.

Are the Residences open?

  • This September, Residence will be fully functioning. We are in the process of modernizing some Residence facilities with a plan to offer a hoteling option in Residence for those students in hybrid delivery programs who only need to be on campus for short-term stays (where space is available). Please visit the Residence web page to apply. 
  • To provide exceptional student life and sport experiences, it is required that all students in Residence be fully vaccinated, unless they have an approved medical, religious or creed exemption approved by Loyalist College.  Detail information is being provided by residence staff to residence students.
  • All students in Residences must follow Public Health guidelines, including wearing masks or face coverings in all common areas. For questions regarding Residence, please contact residence@loyalistcollege.com

What do I do if I don’t have access to the internet or a computer to work on my classes remotely?

For students who do not have access to the internet or a computer, necessary for the completion of your programs, the SAL remains open on a very limited basis where physical distancing is in effect. Please advise your Dean if you do not have access to a computer, required for your online studies.

Are on-campus, in-person events cancelled?

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities has indicated that all in-person instruction and on-campus activities at Loyalist College may resume this September without capacity limits or physical distancing requirements. These plans will remain flexible should a local outbreak or emergency occur.

Is there someone with whom I can connect to discuss my post-secondary options?

Prospective students can book an appointment to connect with an advisor by phone, email or video conferencing.

Loyalist will share details about future on-campus and virtual experiences through which prospective students can explore Loyalist’s programs, learning spaces, student life, student services and more through the College’s social media channels, InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

Are face masks required to be worn on campus?

Yes, when on campus, wearing a mask is mandatory. A full cloth or disposable mask is required in all shared spaces at Loyalist. Shared spaces include the area directly beyond your cubicle or personal office, as well as hallways, washrooms, classrooms, and common areas. In addition, if you are required as part of your work or classroom activity to be within two-metres of another person for more than a brief period, eye protection is required (face shield or safety eyewear), and a medical-grade disposable mask should be worn.  Supplies of PPE are available through Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).

The College will provide students and staff with reusable cloth masks; we encourage you to bring these masks with you when coming to campus. If needed, a supply of disposable masks is available on-site, including at the main entrance. Masks must be worn appropriately in order to be effective.  This means they must cover your nose and mouth.  We do not permit the use of valved masks or plastic mouth shields on the premises.  It is important to clean your cloth masks regularly.

There are some exceptions that apply. A mask is not required if you:

  • Are outdoors and maintain a two-metre distance from others;
  • Have a proof of an exemption for a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask/face covering safely; or
  • Are in an area not open to the public (e.g. in a private office) and by yourself

Masks are still required when you are:

  • Entering and leaving campus buildings; or
  • Travelling to or through public areas such as hallways or washrooms

The health and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe.

A student tested positive for COVID-19. How do I find out what program are they in?

The College follows the guidance of Public Health and as Public Health identifies high-risk contacts of the individual, they also facilitate communication associated with contact tracing. For privacy reasons, details regarding the program or School are not released. Thank you for understanding.  


Government Updates for Students

What financial support is available for students and new grads who are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19?

On April 22, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $9 billion in support for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This includes a new emergency student benefit as well as an investment to create more student jobs. Details from the Department of Finance Canada are available here.

As of April 1, 2021, no interest will be charged on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans. This measure is temporary. For more information, please see the proposed changes in this year’s budget announcement. Provincial interest rates may still apply. Contact the NSLSC or your province or territory to find out more.

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, the maximum amount of Canada Student Grants has doubled. The Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students has increased up to a maximum of $6,000 and the grant for part-time studies to $3,600. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependants have also doubled. Find out more on the Canada Student Grants and Loans page.

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, fixed student contributions and spousal contributions, are not used in your assessment for a student loan. This helps more students qualify for more financial support.

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, the weekly maximum loan limit has increased from $210 to $350.

How is the Ontario government supporting post-secondary education?

On March 31, 2020 the Ontario government announced $25 million in emergency funding for post-secondary education to help address institutions’ needs related to the COVID-19 outbreak, such as purchasing medical supplies or offering mental health supports.

The Ministry of Colleges & Universities has also been working with Ontario’s postsecondary institutions to ensure that campuses have COVID-19 response plans that support academic continuity for students and faculty.

Are international students permitted to complete courses offered online?

The federal government announced that online courses will not affect international students’ Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility:

If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the PGWP Program.

If you have a study permit, or if you have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in Spring 2021, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWP. All your time studying online outside Canada between Spring 2020 and December 31, 2021, counts toward the length of a PGWP. This applies even if you’re completing two study programs.

If you’re in this situation, you may

Can international students work more than 20 hours per week?

As of September 1, 2020, to work in Canada as a student, you must:

Details are available here.

I’m an international student and my temporary residence status will soon expire. What do I do?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) advises international students who are in Canada to apply online to extend their status before it expires. In doing so, their period of authorized stay as a temporary resident will be extended by the regulatory provision is commonly referred to as ‘implied status.’ For details, visit the IRCC website if you want to stay in Canada longer.


Travel

I have upcoming travel plans. Is it safe to fly?

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Please visit the Government of Canada’s website for the latest travel advice.

What happens if I arrive at the airport without a negative COVID-19 test?

All travellers entering Canada who are five years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) laboratory test result for COVID-19with in 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Failure to do so will result in a denial of boarding. For more information please visit Canada.ca.

I recently returned from travelling. Do I need to self-isolate?

Students, employees and contractors do not need to self-isolate for 14 days after returning from travel outside of Canada if they are fully vaccinated in accordance with the Government of Canada guidelines.

Am I eligible to enter Canada?

Find out if you can enter Canada by answering a few questions on the Government of Canada website. 

What do I need to do to qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption?

  • be eligible to enter Canada on the specific date you enter
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
  • have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
    • Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1, then Friday, July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test)

What are the accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada?

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

What should I do if I tested negative for COVID-19, but I feel ill after arriving into Canada?

If symptoms develop, even if mild, or a positive test for COVID-19 is received once in Canada, travellers are advised to contact local public health authorities. Individuals must monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and submit information electronically through ArriveCAN.

What should I do if I recently travelled to an affected area?

Individuals are advised to review the Government of Canada’s rules for travelling to Canada, testing, quarantine and borders as authorities are constantly making adjustments once new COVID-19 pandemic information is received. Individuals who experience fever, cough or difficulty breathing should report their symptoms to their health care provider, Telehealth Ontario (available 24/7) at 1-866-797-0000, or local public health for further direction.

I’m an international student and want to travel to Canada to study, what do I need to do?

All students are required to register your travel plans with the International Centre. Students need to follow the steps outlined on the Travel to Canada web page, including submitting the online web form. Once the online web form submission is received, the International Team will provide the required travel documents.

About COVID-19

How is the Government of Canada responding to the coronavirus?

For updates, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

How is the Province of Ontario responding to the coronavirus?

For updates on restrictions and public health measures please visit Ontario’s COVID-19  web page.

How is the County of Hastings and Prince Edward responding to the coronavirus?

For updates, visit the Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health website.

Where can I access additional information and resources?

Residence

What are the College’s vaccination requirements for Residence?

  • All Residence students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated prior to their move-in date.
  • All students moving into Residence will be required to have their first dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to their move-in date. We recommend that students obtain their first dose at least 14 days prior to moving in.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated prior to move-in day will be required to follow appropriate Public Health measures including COVID-19 screening and daily self-assessments.
  • All Residence students must be fully vaccinated no later than Monday, October 18, 2021. Fully vaccinated means that you have received the full series (two doses) of an approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to this deadline (i.e., no later than October 4, 2021). Students who do not meet this requirement by October 18, 2021 and have not been granted a formal exemption by the College, will be required to move out of Residence.

Do I need to verify my vaccination status?

  • All Residence students will be required to complete and submit a formal attestation confirming that they have met the Loyalist College vaccination requirement. While the College will accept attestations, students may be required to provide further documentation if deemed necessary. Providing a false attestation is an act of serious misconduct and may be subject to discipline under the College’s Student Code of Conduct (AOP 209). Further information regarding the completion and submission of attestation forms will be sent to all Residence students in the next few weeks.
  • Loyalist College is committed to the protection of privacy and is required to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All personal information, including information about being vaccinated, will be collected, used and stored in compliance with the College’s obligations under this Act.

Can I request an exemption?

  • Students who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an exemption accommodation. Requests for exemption should be submitted as follows (see below) and must be completed prior to move-in date. The College will carefully review all exemption requests on a case-by-case basis; however, approval is not guaranteed.

Exemption for Medical Reasons

  • Students seeking an exemption on the basis of medical grounds must complete and submit an AccessAbility Services Application and provide supporting documentation signed by a licensed medical practitioner confirming that you are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition. For further information regarding supporting documentation, contact the Loyalist College AccessAbility Centre at studentsuccess@loyalistcollege.com.

Exemption for Religious Belief or Creed

  • Requests for exemption on the basis of religion or creed will require a written explanation and supporting documentation (as requested). Requests should be submitted to Aaron Doupe, Director – Student Success: adoupe@loyalistcollege.com.

Students who apply for an exemption will receive notification on the outcome of their request by email. Students living in Residence with an approved exemption will be required to follow appropriate health measures, including COVID-19 screening and daily self-assessments. If your exemption is not granted, you will have a limited window of time to withdraw from Residence with a full refund of your residence deposit.

Can I invite guests to Residence?

Given that our primary focus is on the health and safety of all Residence students and staff, non-resident guests will also be required to meet the above-noted vaccination requirements in order to enter Loyalist College Residence buildings. Guests will be required to submit an attestation confirming their vaccination status prior to entry. Requests for exemption consideration must be submitted at least five days in advance of the visit date and should be directed to Aaron Doupe, Director – Student Success: adoupe@loyalistcollege.com.

Will Residence procedures change?

As Loyalist College plans for a safe return to on-campus and in-person activities this Fall, we will continue to monitor guidance from Public Health, reassessing and updating our guidelines accordingly.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please consult the College’s COVID-19 Information Centre and feel free to reach out to us directly by contacting Chris Carson, Loyalist College Residence Manager: ccarson@loyalistcollege.com.