COVID-19 FAQ

COVID-19 FAQ

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend classes?

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend classes?

The Quebec government has deemed in-person classes an essential service, so for now one does not need to be vaccinated to attend.

Are students back 100% in-person, or will some classes still be hybrid or remote?

Are students back 100% in-person, or will some classes still be hybrid or remote?

Classes will resume in person which means strictly in presence. Only classes scheduled to be online according to the timetable will remain online.

If there is another COVID-19 outbreak, can courses be moved online?

If there is another COVID-19 outbreak, can courses be moved online?

That is a possibility. The University will be prepared for a smooth transition to online classes at any given time.

What are the guidelines for masks on campus this fall?

What are the guidelines for masks on campus this fall?

As per the Quebec government, masks are mandatory across all indoor spaces on campus, including in classrooms.

What are the guidelines for physical distancing this fall?

What are the guidelines for physical distancing this fall?

As per the Quebec government, there are no physical distancing requirements in classrooms for the fall semester. However, distancing will be in force outside the classroom in most public spaces. Please continue to monitor updates on our COVID-19 home page for the latest news.

What safety measures are in place for those on campus in the fall semester?

What safety measures are in place for those on campus in the fall semester?

  • Mask wearing in all indoor spaces.
  • Physical distancing guidelines outside of classrooms.
  • Hand sanitation stations at the entrances of all buildings and public spaces.
  • Signage and traffic control in buildings to limit crowding.
  • Taxi vouchers and other vaccination support programs (more info coming soon).
  • The Purple Community Key self-registration program.
  • Application of the government mandated Vaccine Passport guidelines.
Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in orientation week?

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in orientation week?

Most likely, full vaccination will likely be required to participate in orientation week. We are waiting for specific guidelines regarding the vaccine passports in Quebec. Please continue to monitor updates on our COVID-19 home page for the latest news.

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in extracurricular activities (clubs, intramural sports, etc.)?

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in extracurricular activities (clubs, intramural sports, etc.)?

The University is still waiting on details from the government to finalize guidelines for extracurricular participation. Please continue to monitor updates on our COVID-19 home page for the latest news.

Can I get information on vaccination rates on campus or in my classes?

Can I get information on vaccination rates on campus or in my classes?

Vaccination history is personal health data and confidential, therefore vaccination rates are not available. Bishop’s is launching the Purple Community Key initiative through the SafeGaiter app for self-reporting vaccination status for those willing to do so. If you are interested, please download the app and submit your proof of vaccination.

What is the Vaccine Passport and who needs to use it?

What is the Vaccine Passport and who needs to use it?

As per the Quebec government; ‘The vaccination passport is a tool that will interpret the information in your proof of vaccination to determine your level of protection against COVID-19. It will not show your personal information or information about your medical or vaccination history.’ A vaccine passport will not be required for access to essential services like education, but may be for non-essential services such as;

  • High-risk activities with a limited number of people (gyms, team sports, bars, restaurants, etc.)
  • Moderate- or low-risk activities with bigger groups of people (arts and entertainment, major events, games at sports stadiums, etc.)

Please see the most recent update from the Quebec government on vaccine passport in post-secondary institutions and monitor updates from Bishop’s for guidelines on campus.

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in varsity sports?

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in varsity sports?

Most likely, full vaccination will likely be required to participate in varsity sports, though there is no official mandate from the government. Please continue to monitor updates on our COVID-19 home page for the latest news.

Will public transport in Sherbrooke require that I be vaccinated?

Will public transport in Sherbrooke require that I be vaccinated?

No, public transport is an essential service, therefore proof of vaccination is not required.

My situation has changed, I no-longer can attend Bishop’s in the Fall but want to attend in Winter or next year – what should I do?

My situation has changed, I no-longer can attend Bishop’s in the Fall but want to attend in Winter or next year – what should I do?

Please advise the Admissions Office of your change of situation at admissions@ubishops.ca. Your confirmation deposit will be applied to your new start semester.

What mental health supports are available?

What mental health supports are available?

The Student Services Counselling website offers a number of online and phone-based community mental health and wellness supports. Please refer to the detailed list of resources if you need remote support.

Empower Me 

Empower Me is a confidential support service available to BU students 24/7, 365 days a year. No issue is too big or too small – regardless of what you’re experiencing, you’re not alone.

You can get support for issues of any kind, such as:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships or interpersonal conflicts
  • Family responsibilities
  • Substance misuse/abuse
  • Disordered eating
  • Time management
  • Career counselling
  • Financial planning or financial insecurity
  • Nutrition, and more

Visit studentcare.ca or call 1-833-628-5589. Calls are confidential.

Students with urgent mental health concerns should contact the following resources:

In Sherbrooke:

Urgence-Detresse (819) 780-2222
24-hour mental health crisis line

Jevi Centre de Prevention du Suicide | 1 (866) 277-3553
24-hour crisis line for people who have suicidal thoughts and for the friends and family supporting them

Empower Me | 24-hour crisis Line: (844) 741-6389
24-hour clinical response centre for students supported by SRC

Rest of Canada:

Kid’s Help Phone | (800) 668-6868 | https://kidshelpphone.ca/
24-hour national, bilingual, anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for youth

Good2Talk | (844) 741-6389 | text: 686868
Confidential emotional support services for post-secondary students

Hope for Wellness | (855) 242-3310
Emotional distress support for First Nations and Indigenous peoples

Are double rooms being offered in residence?

Are double rooms being offered in residence?

No. All students living in residence will be housed in single rooms for the upcoming academic year. No double rooms will be offered.

Will my Residence Assistant (RA) still put on activities this semester?

Will my Residence Assistant (RA) still put on activities this semester?

Yes. Residence life activities will continue. Public Health guidelines will be respected at Residence Life events.

Are there any mask or distancing rules in residence?

Are there any mask or distancing rules in residence?

Residents will have to wear a mask in common areas and hallways. They will not need to wear a mask in their bedrooms, or apartments if they live in Paterson. Physical distancing guidelines are maintained at a minimum of two meters. Please continue to monitor updates on our COVID-19 home page for the latest news.

Are vaccines required for students living in residence?

Are vaccines required for students living in residence?

No, all students are welcome in residence. Once on campus, students can either self-report their vaccination status through the Purple Community Key or participate in our weekly on-campus testing program.

Will all dining facilities be open on campus this fall and will there be physical distancing requirements?

Will all dining facilities be open on campus this fall and will there be physical distancing requirements?

Yes, dining facilities will be available. Mask and physical distancing guidelines coming soon. Please respect all signage on campus.

What do I need to know as a new or returning international student for Fall 2021?

What do I need to know as a new or returning international student for Fall 2021?

It is important to stay up to date on Canadian government directives for international students, including possible quarantine requirements. For full details, including a sample quarantine plan and options, please carefully read COVID-19 Institutional Readiness Requirements for International Students.

My vaccine is not recognized by the Canadian government. How does this affect me?

My vaccine is not recognized by the Canadian government. How does this affect me?

People vaccinated for COVID-19 outside Québec can sign up at the Québec Vaccination Registry and get their next dose in Québec, if necessary, by booking an appointment at a designated vaccination centre. They can also sign up their two doses administrated. Please read the following information: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/progress-of-the-covid-19-vaccination/vaccinated-for-covid-19-outside-quebec-using-vaccination-registry