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COVID-19

The DSU is closely monitoring updates on COVID-19 and how that will affect DSU members and staff. We will be sharing resources and information regularly, so watch this page for updates! We recognize the anxieties that students are facing, especially those who are immunocompromised, students with disabilities, and those from the international student community, and we encourage everyone to be kind and supportive to all members of the Dalhousie community through this time.

If you have any questions or concerns and need support in any way, please reach out to the executive team. You can find their contact info on the Contact Us page.

DSU Official Statement on COVID-19, March 16, 2020.

DSU Service Updates

  • The SUB is closed, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Full-time staff are working remotely.We are working on an action plan for our staff support. Staff can expect an update within the next few days.
  • The DSU Food Bank is reopening on Thursday, April 2! Check out their webpage for more info.
  • Council will be taking place over teleconference.
  • Society AGMs have the option to be rescheduled to be held in the 2019-2020 Summer Semester or the 2019-2020 Fall Semester, OR AGMs may be held through videoconference. See resources section below for more info.
  • Following the advice of Nova Scotia public health officials and Dal, all events and gatherings hosted at the SUB will be cancelled or postponed until the tentative date of June 1st. Despite this interruption, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Meetings and Events Manager, Lauren Amyotte, who can assist you in booking future events (after June 1st) or any questions you may have. She can be reached via email at dsu.meetings@dal.ca.
     
  • Closed until further notice:
    • Events and meeting spaces
    • The DSU Market 
    • The 1st Floor Info-Desk 
    • Campus Copy
    • The Grawood 
    • The T-Room 
    • All food and beverage services at the SUB
  • Offices and societies that are working remotely:
  • Dal services
    • Dalhousie Legal Aid is available by email at legalaid@dal.ca
    • The Indigenous Student Centre is closed, effective March 20, 2020. You can reach the Indigenous Student Advisor at mgraveline@dal.ca or by calling 902-494-8863.
    • ​Dalhousie Black Student Advising Centre is closing access to computer labs and common spaces. Evening hours are suspended for the remainder of the term, and all staff appointments will be carried out remotely. 
    • Dalhousie Multi-faith Centre operations are currently suspended. Email multifaith@dal.ca for more info.
    • Dalhousie Bissett Student Success Centre will be taking appointments over phone/email.
    • Dalhousie Bookstore is closed, effective Wednesday March 18, 2020.
    • Dalhousie Libraries are closed effective March 22, 2020 (but, don't forget, they have some excellent online resources!)

The DSU is in close communication with the university and will provide more updates based on their response. Follow Dal's updates directly via their webpage.

DSU recommendations to Senate RE: academic accommodations during COVID-19

UPDATE: On March 26, Dal announced a Pass/ILL grading option for students whose grades may be negatively affected by COVID-19. See Dal’s announcement for more info. 

While we are pleased that the university has listened to some of our concerns, we are still pushing to make sure that all of our students’ concerns are addressed! The DSU has submitted recommendations to the Senate that urge the University to address and minimize the negative effects of the current circumstances on students’ academic pursuits, records, and future careers. See our full list of recommendations to the senate here.

Got questions about how Dal's Pass/ILL grading option will work? Check our FAQs here.

Read our full letter to members.

Resources

COVID-19 Information

For the latest information on COVID-19, see the following links:

Financial Support

**If you are needing financial assistance during this difficult time, please reach out to covid19@dal.ca for more info**

Additionally, more resources are available in our live Financial Resources document. Please note that this document reflects information available as of March 20, 2020 and may contain omissions or errors. For the most up to date information we suggest reaching out to the organizations or services listed directly.

Food and Housing Support

Whether you need long term assistance or just a few meals to get by, the DSU Food Bank will be open (starting Thursday, April 2) on Mondays 12-5 pm and Thursdays 1-5 pm. All are welcome and there is no cost. Students must provide their student ID (e.g., your Dalcard) or one form of ID with your date of birth on it. Community members must show ID with full name and date of birth.

To help you and our staff practice safe social distancing measures, we have put the following measures in place:

  • Pre-filled bags will be assembled by staff volunteers (never more than 5 staff total) and clients will be served one at a time in the vestibule area.
  • If you would like fresh produce, one of our staff members will assemble it for you and once the bag is complete it will be placed in the vestibule for one at a time pick up.
  • There will never be direct user contact.
  • There will be tape marking 2m (or 6 ft) apart for the lineup outside. 
  • No person other than staff will be allowed to enter the building past the vestibule (the first set of doors).
  • Staff will adhere to provincial and Feed Nova Scotia guidelines with respect to personal protective equipment, safe distance and no contact parameters.
  • Facilities Management have and will continue supply available cleaning supplies and support the removal of garbage and provide custodial care of the Lower Lobby & Wellness Room washroom.

For other food support resources, visit Feed Nova Scotia.

If you are seeking food support, temporary housing, or any other essential services, visit  211 Nova Scotia.

Dal Residence

While Dal is urging all students living on campus who are able to go home or find housing off campus do so, please be assured that NO student will be left without a place to stay. Dal is working with students to find ways to help them get home or find alternative housing. If you are able to go home or find alternative housing we urge you to do so for your own safety, and for the safety of your fellow community members. Follow Dal’s updates directly here: https://www.dal.ca/novel-coronavirus.html

If you require financial assistance to get home, email covid19@dal.ca

If your home country has closed its borders and you have no alternative housing, or if you are absolutely unable to go home, contact residence@dal.ca.

Email Templates

We know this is a stressful time to be a student so we've created some basic email templates to help you ask for what you need, whether that's academic accommodations or support from the International Student Centre.

DSU Health Plan Office

Although the DSU Health Plan offices are closed, all coverage under the plans have not changed. The Health Plan Office Administrator will still be accessible by email dsuhealth@dal.ca and will be answering all emails during our regular business hours. 

If you are a domestic student, click here for info.

If you are an international student, click here for info.

For more info, go to www.studentvip.ca/dsu/covid or www.internationalhealth.ca/dsu/covid

Mental Health Support

Having a hard time coping with anxieties and uncertainty around COVID-19? Survivor Support is opening their phone lines to Dal and Kings students to take calls regarding anxieties around COVID-19. Our staff and volunteers are trained in active listening to give you support, to help you navigate systems, to give you accurate information, and to advocate for you. Text or call 902-425-1066.

Remember: keep anxiety down, and it’ll keep your immune system up!

Societies

The DSU recognizes that the closure of the SUB due to COVID-19 concerns has caused a disruption to scheduled Annual General Meetings. In response, the DSU has created a set of Guidelines for DSU Society Annual General Meetings. This document provides two options with regard to AGMs:

- AGMs may be rescheduled to be held in the 2019-2020 Summer Semester or the 2019-2020 Fall Semester, OR
- AGMs may be held through videoconference.

Please click here for the guidelines around both of these measures. These guidelines were approved by a vote of the Executive and emailed to societies on March 18, 2020, and are subject to change. Any changes will be posted on this page.