COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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.