COVID-19 Information

Last updated September 28, 2021

Safe Return to Campus—Fall 2021

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt around the world, including at the University of Prince Edward Island. Although COVID-19 has changed aspects of how we teach and learn, UPEI remains committed to providing high quality education, as well as access to engaging and rewarding learning experiences, in a safe and responsible manner. 

Beginning in March 2020, the pandemic forced all faculties and departments at UPEI to adapt existing plans and develop new procedures and protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, faculty, and future visitors. After operating under an essential services model for two months, the University unveiled UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward in May 2020, which outlined a three-stage approach to returning to working, teaching, learning, and conducting research on campus. While we aligned the plan with guidance from PEI Chief Public Health Office (PEI-CPHO), the public health authority on PEI, we also introduced our own unique measures to ensure the safety of our vast and diverse community of students, staff, and faculty.

UPEI is now actively preparing to safely welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus this September for the 2021 Fall Academic Semester. The UPEI Operational Plan for the 2021 Fall Academic Semester is summarized on these Safe Return to Campus—Fall 2021 web pages (see menu at right), and includes guidance, plans, and protocols that have been developed to support students, faculty, and staff. In many ways, Safe Return to Campus–Fall 2021 serves as a replacement to UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan, which addressed the return to campus in 2020.

UPEI has announced that all faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read the latest update about the Policy and Process.

UPEI will re-introduce mandatory masking on campus effective September 8, 2021. Read more.

We continue to base our program delivery framework and campus operations on guidance from the PEI Chief Public Health Office (PEI-CPHO), The launch of the PEI-CPHO’s “Moving Forward in 2021” plan has confirmed that our current plan to return to primarily in-person classroom learning and campus life, with online components, will proceed for the fall of 2021.

Our learning community is very excited to welcome students on campus. Over 75% of our courses will be in-person, with the remainder being delivered online or in a hybrid format for the convenience of our students.

We know that our plans may need to change again, depending on evolving public health conditions and requirements, but we are prepared for that possibility. We will post updates to these web pages as soon as they become available and communicate any changes directly with members of the campus community by email. 

University updates and messages

We actively work with the PEI Chief Public Health Office and other networks to keep the UPEI community updated about risks and health and safety guidance associated with COVID-19. UPEI began communicating to students, staff, and faculty about COVID-19 in January 2020, sharing appropriate information from official government sources. Messages to the campus community are distributed by email and posted to the upei.ca website (see below) and UPEI SAFE app.

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