St. Stephen's College Return to Campus Plan

St. Stephen’s College is pleased to announce our Return to Campus plan, which will unfold in phases over the coming months.

The warm weather of summer brings renewed expectations and hopes. Across Canada, provincial re-opening plans are in full swing, with more and more public and social activities taking place. These are hopeful signs, and while we must continue to be vigilant and careful, the widespread distribution and uptake of the vaccine has renewed our expectations that the worst of the pandemic is hopefully—and likely—behind us.

St. Stephen’s is taking a phased approach toward returning to on-campus work and learning. Moving forward in phases allows sufficient time for our community—which is spread across Canada and parts of the United States and Europe—to access the vaccine, to prepare mentally and socially for coming back to campus, and to have enough time to coordinate study and travel plans for the year ahead.

Over the next several months, key dates in our Return to Campus plan are as follows:

  • August 23, 2021: Campus reopens. The St. Stephen’s campus will again be open to all members of our community and the public as of August 23.

  • September 1, 2021: Courses continue via online, remote delivery with a limited number of in-person offerings. All but two Fall 2021 courses will continue to be delivered via online, remote delivery. Internships and practicums will continue in their current manner.

  • January 1, 2022: SSC courses return to in-person delivery. St. Stephen’s faculty and students should expect and plan that all St. Stephen’s courses will return to their intended delivery method beginning January 1, 2022. This means that courses that are intended to be in-person will return to be delivered as such, and courses that are intended to be online will continue as such.

Later this summer we will decide about whether or not the Fall 2021 Convocation can be held in person.

The above dates have been chosen (in part) to allow our community and those who visit campus sufficient time to access both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We strongly encourage all in the St. Stephen’s community who are able to do so to book their appointment to be vaccinated. The vaccine has proven very effective at reducing the risk of infection, and its widespread distribution hastens our return to normalcy.

Fuller details of our Return to Campus plan can be found at the SSC and COVID-19 page and in the July 9, 2021 memo issued to the SSC community.