COVID-19 Information and Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing, global public health emergency.  

The health and safety of students, staff and faculty, and the public are the first priority for NSCAD University’s decisions and actions throughout all phases of the pandemic. All communications distributed by NSCAD work to support our community and follow direction from government and health authorities. Visit this page regularly for updates on NSCAD’s response to the pandemic.

As we prepare to welcome new and returning students to NSCAD’s Fall 2020 semester, we remind everyone that our campus operations and course delivery will look different this year to meet the requirements of public health directives.

In particular, it is extremely important that students coming to Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada:

  • complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in online form before arriving
  • self-isolate for 14-days after arriving

Details are included through the following links.

Nova Scotia’s Fact Sheet for University Students

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Testing for University Students

Nova Scotia’s FAQs for University Students


Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Following the new Province of Nova Scotia directive effective July 31, NSCAD requires the use of non-medical masks or face coverings in all indoor common spaces on our campuses to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

In addition to wearing a mask, the best way to protect yourself and others is to always practice social distancing, regardless of age, health and fitness levels, travel history or other risk factors. It’s important to remain calm, support each other, and remember that no one is immune.

Here’s what you can do to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water  or a 60-90% alcohol-based hand hand sanitizer
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact with people and always practice social distancing
  • Stay home to avoid spreading the illness to others
  • If you are ill, have symptoms of flu like a fever or cough, you and everyone in your household must self-isolate in your home for 14 days

Social distancing  

 What does it mean?

Social distancing means staying about 2 metres (6-7 feet) away from other people as much as possible, which is:

  • two shopping carts end-to-end
  • the width of a car
  • a dining table for six

How long will social distancing last?

The global reality for everyone is that it’s not going to be over anytime soon. There are many factors that will determine just how long it will take before daily routines start to seem normal again.

Currently there are no vaccines to protect you against COVID-19, and the characteristics of the coronavirus make it very different from the common flu virus.

Following social distancing guidelines and maintaining healthy habits are necessary steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. NS Public Health Authority will direct and adapt social distancing guidelines for everyone in the province; how long they will have to follow these guidelines largely depends on much everyone is willing to do to stop the spread of the virus, and for how long they are willing to do it

Visit our COVID-19 FAQs and news  archive to learn more about the steps NSCAD is taking through all phases of the pandemic.

Since February 10, 2020, NSCAD’s Crisis Management Committee has planned for, and responded to, the pandemic as it evolves, following direction from Nova Scotia Public Health Authority and the province’s Chief Medical Officer, and Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education.

NSCAD’s COVID-19 Campus Response Plan

Additional resources

Health Canada COVID-19 update

Canadian travel restrictions update

NS Public Health COVID-19 update

Nova Scotia travel restrictions update



Office of Student Experience

While normal university operations are suspended, NSCAD students should email for any inquiries concerning academic advising, counselling, peer mentors, student exchanges, transcripts or other matters typically addressed by the Office of Student Experience.

Do you have questions? Send them to and we’ll post our response in the FAQs.

What if I feel unwell?

Those with flu-like symptoms, who have not travelled internationally to an affected region, should stay at home. Call 811 to speak with a registered nurse in Nova Scotia or see a healthcare professional if you prefer. There is also a Government of Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397.

To help you better understand if you need to talk to 811, please review this simple questionnaire.

Feeling anxious or stressed?

Visit NSCAD’s Wellness website to learn what services are available and how to access them.

Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167

Good2Talk Nova Scotia: 1-833-292-3698 (Professional counsellors provide free, anonymous and confidential telephone counselling to post-secondary students.)