Information for students
Preparing for fall 2021 on campus
Memorial University is looking forward to welcoming the university community back to campus. As Newfoundland and Labrador gradually opens up, we are eagerly preparing our spaces to deliver a safe learning experience to students across all our campuses.
New and current students should be making plans to be on our campuses for their university experiences this fall. We are taking a hybrid approach for the fall semester. A number of courses are being offered remotely this September for class/lecture delivery only but we are still expecting our students to be on campus for labs, tutorials and seminars associated with these courses. Fall 2021 will be a transitional semester.
COVID-19 vaccination rates in Newfoundland and Labrador are high, and we anticipate that most people residing in the province will have had the opportunity to receive two doses of the vaccine before the fall semester starts in September.
Here you will find updates on preparations for the student experience in fall 2021. Further details on Memorial’s return to campus plan will be shared in at www.mun.ca/covid19 and our official Memorial social media platforms.
Classroom experience: Classes and labs with enrolments less than 100 will mostly be delivered in person and classes that would normally be on campus with enrolments of more than 100 will be delivered remotely. Distance education/online courses will be delivered as they were before the pandemic. Courses delivered remotely may have some component of on campus activity where students may be expected to attend in person. Students are asked to consult with individual academic units for details on in-person requirements for courses.
Course offerings are available on the Registrar’s Office website with details on the mode of delivery for each course. Undergraduate students planning to register on July 13 should review the course offerings regularly as there may be updates or changes to the information. Questions related to these course offerings should be directed to the applicable academic unit or Academic Advising.
Student supports, services and welcome activities: Student supports and services, wellness and counselling services, libraries, help centres, food services, recreation facilities, and most academic, career and leadership supports will be delivered on campus, although in some cases some services may remain remote. Fall welcome and orientation activities will be delivered on campus and virtually, depending on the event and space/distancing requirements. Individual academic units will share details with students on fall welcome and orientation activities happening within their units. Details will be available on the MUN Up web hub for students.
Vaccination: Students, faculty, staff and visitors to campuses are required to have the first dose of an approved vaccination by Sept. 7, 2021, and the second dose by Oct. 15, 2021, unless granted an accommodation. There will be resources in place for anyone who needs assistance accessing a vaccine. More information will be shared soon on the process by which Memorial will be requesting confirmation of vaccination. The accommodation process for vaccine exemption is being finalized and will be communicated as soon as possible as well.
Students currently outside of Newfoundland and Labrador should refer to their province/country's vaccination roll-out plan for eligibility information. Details on Newfoundland and Labrador’s vaccine roll-out plan can be found here, including common questions and answers about the vaccine. Students from outside Newfoundland and Labrador who are not vaccinated will be required to self-isolate for a full 14 days. Vaccines will be available to any incoming student. Memorial is also offering free vaccination clinics to Memorial students.
Health and safety: As of Monday, Aug. 23 masks will be required on all Memorial campuses in all indoor spaces. We have a shared responsibility to create a culture of care and well-being, to keep each other safe and support each other so that we all thrive.
Through the fall planning process, Memorial is continually assessing public health guidance and protocols and aligning decision-making with Newfoundland and Labrador’s reopening plan. We all have a role to play in keeping the university community safe and healthy. Practising good hygiene, completing a COVID-19 awareness training session in Brightspace, completing self-assessments before coming to campus, frequent hand washing, and mask use will keep the community safe. Provincial guidance can be found here. The MUN Safe app, available for iPhone and android users, is used by the university to share important health and safety information. All students are encouraged to download it prior to the start of the fall semester.
Student Residences: Student Residences on the St. John’s campus are accepting applications for our Paton College Community. Paton College is ideal for first year undergraduate students or students away from home for the first time. Students living in these communities benefit from the convenience of on –campus living, camaraderie with their fellow house mates and the safety and security of our residence facilities. Learn more about Paton College here. Application fees, room deposits and cancellation fees have been waived for the fall semester.