COVID-19 Information

Last updated September 8, 2022


COVID-19 protocols in effect: The University issued a reminder on August 29, 2022, about updated COVID-19 measures for the 2022 Fall Academic Semester that were announced earlier in the month.  Read the reminder message or scroll down to review our archived messages about COVID-19.


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. We will continue to monitor evolving public health conditions and base our campus operations on guidance from the PEI Chief Public Health Office (PEI-CPHO) to ensure the successful delivery of the 2022–2023 academic year.

UPEI continues to monitor evolving public health conditions and base our campus operations on guidance from the PEI Chief Public Health Office. 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. 

While many aspects of our lives have returned to pre-pandemic normal, COVID-19 remains very prevalent on PEI, and the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority.

The University will continue to keep the UPEI community updated about risks and health and PEI-CPHO guidance associated with COVID-19 as early as possible. We will also continue to make policy and operational changes with caution and a science-based approach—making necessary adjustments to our protocols as the COVID-19 situation evolves and as our unique university environment warrants.

COVID-19 Protocols in effect for the 2022 Fall Academic Semester

  1. Masks are mandatory in all indoor spaces (effective August 25)

Effective August 25, 2022, masks are mandatory at UPEI in indoor settings with the following exceptions:

  • In teaching spaces (classrooms/theatres, laboratories, studios, and performing arts spaces), faculty, instructors, and students who are presenting may remove their masks when speaking or performing (voice or woodwind/brass) if they are physically distanced by a minimum of 2 metres/6 feet. For all others, masks are mandatory in teaching spaces regardless of physical distancing.
  • In all other indoor spaces, individuals may remove their masks only if they are seated and physically distanced by 2 metres/6 feet.
  • Individuals may remove their masks when eating or drinking in UPEI eating establishments, in lounge spaces, and at UPEI-catered events.
  • Individuals may remove their masks when actively participating in fitness, recreation, or varsity and club athletics programming.
  • Masks are strongly recommended in outdoor settings, especially at events and gatherings, but not required.

All masks are helpful, but you are encouraged to wear the highest quality, properly fitting mask you can source. Please refer to the Government of PEI’s Wearing Masks in the Community and Workplaces for more information.

Note: Specific clinical spaces such as the AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital and UPEI Health and Wellness Centre may have unique protocols.

  1. Get fully vaccinated and/or your booster shots when eligible

Vaccination is an important way to prevent serious illness, but vaccines become less effective over time, so it’s important to keep your vaccines current to help protect you and others. You are strongly encouraged to become fully vaccinated, including obtaining your booster shots, when eligible and where possible, before returning to campus.

  • Visit the Government of PEI’s COVID-19 vaccine web page to learn about expanded options to get vaccinated and booster doses.
  • All international students over the age of 18 travelling to Canada need to be fully vaccinated—visit the Government of Canada page for more information.
  • The UPEI Health and Wellness Centre has planned COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics for September 14 and 15 at McMillan Hall in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre. Read more
  1. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms    

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. Follow the PEI-CPHO’s guidance and use their online assessment tool to determine whether you need a PCR or rapid test. If you test positive, follow the directions as indicated with regard to self-isolation. 

COVID-19 rapid antigen tests can be obtained at Access PEI offices across the province, or can be picked up on campus as follows:

  • Students in residence can pick them up from their RLA or at the front desk of their residence.
  • Students who are not in residence, and faculty and staff can pick up kits at the UPEI Student Union Food Bank Kiosk (between Tim Hortons and McMillan Hall) in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre from Monday to Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. On weekends and holidays, kits will be available at Panther Central, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre (view operating hours).

Students who are ill and require academic accommodations for missed classes, assignments, midterms, or tests are to contact their instructors. 

  1. Keep up to date with the latest information from the PEI-CPHO and UPEI

UPEI will update the campus community via email and at upei.ca/covid-19-information as information becomes available; however, the best source for the latest information about the COVID-19 situation and measures on PEI is the provincial COVID-19 website.

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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).

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