Fall Program Delivery & Services: visit the Smith info page for updates regarding the reopening of the University in Fall 2021.

Fall 2021 Program
Delivery & Services

At Smith School of Business, we are looking forward to resuming most of our in-person program and service delivery for the fall term.

Our first priority is delivering core academic offerings and the activities and services required to support them. Other activities and functions will resume in-person on a gradual basis through the fall to allow us to scale up effectively.

Smith offers programs and services in Kingston, Toronto, Beijing, boardroom learning sites across Canada, the U.S. and South America, and through our exchange and program partner business schools around the world. Therefore details of offerings and operations may vary by location.

We strongly encourage students to contact their program offices and teams with any questions and for more detail.

The priority of Smith School of Business and Queen’s University is the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and our local communities. Our decisions about program delivery, access to facilities, and in-person activities are determined by Queen’s University policies, Ministry of Education direction, and local public health authority guidance.

Note that all plans and requirements may change as local public health guidance changes, and this site will be updated as required.

For complete information on Queen’s University’s fall plans, see the university’s information site.

Queen’s University’s first priority lies in fulfilling our academic mission, while maintaining a safe environment for the campus community. To this end, priorities for our campus re-opening planning are:

  1. The return of students, faculty members and teaching assistants to in-person teaching in early September;
  2. The return of staff supporting students, faculty members and teaching assistants in the delivery of in-person teaching; Plans for other locations than Kingston will be based on local conditions and communicated by the relevant faculties or programs;
  3. Providing some in-person access for all other student support services; and
  4. Opening libraries with full access, subject to public health guidelines.

Our key Public Health assumptions for Fall, 2021 in Kingston are:

  • As conditions improve, public health measures are expected to be removed or replaced;
  • Physical distancing will not be required by September 2021. Class sizes will not be limited, although capacity restrictions may remain in place in some settings;
  • Non-medical masks will be required in indoor common areas and classrooms;
  • Handwashing and hygiene protocols will remain in place;
  • Plexi-glass barriers will not be required in classrooms, work, or service areas;
  • Ontarians aged 12 and older will have the opportunity to receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by July 1, with many receiving two doses by the end of August;
  • K-12 schools and daycare centres will be open at full capacity in September 2021 and remain open and fully operational throughout the year.

Please check the Queen’s health and safety site for the most current mask, health screening, limitations and other requirements for university buildings and facilities.

As conditions improve, public health measures are expected to be removed or replaced.

Note that all requirements are subject to change if public health guidance changes.

SmithToronto, the school’s teaching and event facility in Toronto, is not expected to be open until mid-fall. Updates on access and requirements will be shared with students, alumni, staff and faculty.

For our programs that use our Boardroom Learning facilities across Canada, the U.S. and South America, availability for in-person attendance will depend on location and local public health guidelines. Program offices and teams will advise students of their specific arrangements.

Queen’s University strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to get vaccinated prior to the beginning of the fall term.

For those who have not yet benefitted from national, provincial, or international vaccination opportunities, we are planning to have a Kingston on-campus vaccine clinic for students at the start of the fall term. Until then, the Queen’s community is urged to schedule their vaccine appointments through the province’s booking system.

For other locations, please check your local public health unit’s information.

Goodes Hall, the home of Smith School of Business on the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, is expected to be open for core academic purposes — including classrooms, study spaces, and faculty office hours — for September.

Non-academic in-person event uses will be limited initially. Updates on what is possible will be provided to students, alumni, faculty and staff. See also the events information on this page.

Please check the Queen’s health and safety site for the most current mask, health screening, limitations and other requirements for university buildings and facilities.

As conditions improve, public health measures are expected to be removed or replaced.

Note that all requirements are subject to change if public health guidance changes.

SmithToronto, the school’s teaching and event facility in Toronto, is not expected to be open until mid-fall. Updates on access and any requirements (e.g. capacity, use of masks, etc.) will be shared with students, alumni, staff and faculty as soon as it is available.

For our programs that use Smith’s Boardroom Learning facilities across Canada, the U.S. and South America, availability for in-person attendance will depend on location and local public health guidelines. Programs teams will advise students of their specific arrangements and any requirements (e.g. capacity, use of masks) as soon as it is available.

We are planning to offer Commerce courses on campus and in-person in Kingston starting in September.

We are working on the planning of delivery options for those students who are unable to return to campus due to pandemic-related reasons. Students who are unable to return to campus for the start of the fall term must let the Commerce Office know in advance (commerce@queensu.ca) and review options with an academic advisor.

The Fall Winter timetable was released on July 23.

Goodes Hall on the campus of Queen’s University is where the Commerce classes are offered and is expected to be open for core academic purposes for September. The Commerce Office within Goodes will be open with core staff available on-site to assist students. Some services may continue to be offered remotely.

Please check the Queen’s health and safety site for the most current mask, health screening, limitations and other requirements for university buildings and facilities.

As conditions improve, public health measures are expected to be removed or replaced.

Note that all requirements are subject to change if public health guidance changes.

Most Queen’s student academic support services and spaces, including the libraries, will be open and operating in-person with health and safety measures in place as required. In addition, some services will also be offering online options. Queen’s residences will be open at more than 90 per cent capacity.

Dining halls are expected to be open, as well as many retail food locations across campus, and access to the gyms and athletic facilities in compliance with public health guidance. For details on these facilities and services, go to the university’s health and safety site.

Smith’s Career Advancement Centre (CAC) has been providing its full suite of career support services, including employer recruitment, remotely over the last year and will start the fall term with remote employer events and a mix of in-person and remote career education and coaching services. More details will be provided to students directly by the CAC. To contact the CAC team, email smith.cac@queensu.ca.

The Centre for International Management (CIM) will continue to provide all its advising and programming remotely over the summer, with plans to offer a mix of in-person and remote advising in the fall term.

Details on international exchange will continue to be communicated with relevant student groups via email and posted to the Global Opportunities portal. To contact the CIM team, email smithexchange@queensu.ca.

The majority of orientation activities for the class of 2025 this fall will be delivered remotely. Orientation will focus on enhancing the student experience and creating opportunities for students to meet and socialize with peers. Queen’s is working closely with orientation organizers and providing planning guidelines and approval processes for their activities.

Welcome to our incoming first year Commerce students! Please note that university communications will be coming only to your @queensu.ca email address from now on. Check your email regularly for updates.

The majority of orientation activities this fall will be delivered remotely. Orientation activities will focus on enhancing the student experience and creating opportunities for students to meet and socialize with peers. Queen’s is working closely with orientation organizers and providing planning guidelines and approval processes for their activities.

Students will be sent Orientation information directly. Welcome to our incoming first year Commerce students! Please note that university communications will be coming only to your @queensu.ca email address from now on. Check your email regularly for updates.

Some of the Kingston-based components of our professional Master’s programs are expected to be delivered in-person this fall. Program teams will keep students apprised of details and updates. See details under “Goodes Hall” on this page for building and campus requirements.

Our SmithToronto facility is expected to remain closed until mid-fall based on the current public health guidelines. So Toronto-based program components will continue to be offered in remote format for now. Program teams will keep students abreast of changes.

For our programs that use our Boardroom Learning facilities across Canada, the U.S., and South America, availability for in-person attendance will depend on location. The decision to resume in person activity will be based on local public health guidelines. Programs teams will advise students of their specific arrangements.

For participants in our Master of Finance program in Beijing, China, the program team will advise you of any requirements or restrictions.

MSc and PhD academic activities are expected to be delivered in-person this fall including access to student offices and breakout rooms. Program staff will advise students of any changes.

Most Queen’s student academic support services, programs, offices and spaces, including the libraries, will be open and operating in person with health and safety measures in place. In addition, many services will also be offering online options.

The PhD-MSc consortium will be primarily virtual to provide accessible sessions to everyone. With permission of local public health and their respective guidelines, some events may take place in person. The PhD-MSc Program Office will communicate the details of week-long event directly with students.

For more information, contact the Smith MSc / PhD Office.

International students should stay connected with their program teams or offices. In addition, Queen’s International Centre (QUIC) offers extensive information and support for international students across the university.

Smith’s own Centre for International Management supports inbound and outbound international exchange and double degree programs and can be reached at smithexchange@queensu.ca.

Queen’s University is providing the iCent App and the iCent Arrival Module for all Queen’s new and returning international students. Students are strongly encouraged to download the App, create your profile, and explore the resources.

Signing up for the iCent App ensures that Queen’s has the proper information to support you as you transition to life at Queen’s University. For more information, visit the iCent information page.

Throughout the pandemic, Queen’s libraries have been adapting operations to provide the best possible service, including access to research materials, study spaces, and more.

For more information, visit the Queen’s library site.

For the current status of Queen’s athletic and recreations programs and facilities, visit Queen’s Athletics and Recreation.

Queen’s residences are expected to be open at more than 90 per cent capacity this fall.

Queen's has established a COVID-19 Vaccination in Residence Policy that has been provided to residence students. You can also refer to the Queen’s Residences website for more information.

All dining halls and retail food locations on Kingston campus are set to operate safely this fall. For a list of what is currently open visit the What’s Open page. Please be attentive and respectful of guidelines posted in these areas.

For more details on these services, go to the university’s health and safety site.

For information on student health and wellness, academic, financial support and other services, visit the university's information site, Queen’s Student Affairs site or contact your program office or team.

The research work of Smith faculty and students has been able to continue while abiding by public health requirements.

For more information on library access, visit the Queen’s library site.

For more information contact the Research Office team at smith.research@queensu.ca.

We will continue to deliver professional development programs using our unique remote learning system in the fall with the potential for in-person offerings starting this winter.

Please visit the Queen’s Executive Education web site for program details or to contact the team.

For students with in-person program components, we will work with those who are unable to get to campus on time, due, for example, to study permit challenges, border restrictions, or other travel-related issues beyond the student’s control in order to find a reasonable solution.

If you have questions or needs related to program delivery options, please contact your program office or team to discuss.

Return-to-campus plans will be responsive as circumstances change, and flexible to support a gradual return where possible, balanced against supporting a positive student experience with increased in-person activity and operational needs.

The first priority is supporting the delivery of in-person academic programs so those faculty and staff who are required on-site to support those services will be the first to return to the facilities.

  • Employees will have advance notice of a return to in-person work to allow them time to plan for and adjust to being back on campus. We will be compassionate of individual circumstances and respond appropriately to accommodation needs;
  • Remote meeting options or other inclusive arrangements will be available to support meeting participation by all employees;
  • Formal Remote Work Arrangements can be made with employees any time; however, they must be in place by January, 2022 for employees who are not returning to working on campus full time. Queen’s is introducing new Remote Work policies and procedures for those staff who can work remote or in a blend of remote and in-person. Information will be communicated to staff;
  • During the transition period (September, 2021 to December, 2021), flexible working arrangements will be agreed upon between managers and employees based on operational requirements and exceptional circumstances.

For more information, please contact your manager or Smith’s Human Resources team at smith.HR@queensu.ca.

Please see the university’s information for all staff and faculty.

Smith faculty and staff will return to in-person presence at facilities on a gradual basis.

The first priority is supporting the delivery of in-person academic programs so those faculty and staff who are required on-site to support those services will be the first to return to the facilities.

Please see the university’s information for all staff and faculty.

For more information for faculty, please contact the Associate Dean (Faculty) at sandy.staples@queensu.ca.

The Centre for International Management (CIM) team continues to be available to support inbound and outbound exchange and double degree students.

When Goodes Hall in Kingston is open, the CIM office will have staff on-site (see the “Goodes Hall” section on this site). Additionally, you can contact them via smithexchange@queensu.ca.

International exchange and double degree travel is subject to partner school operations and travel availability. Please contact your program team or the CIM for more information.

Smith’s Career Advancement Centre (CAC) has been providing its full suite of career support services, including employer recruitment, remotely over the last year and will start the fall term with remote employer events and a mix of in-person and remote career education and coaching services. More details will be provided to students directly by the CAC.

To contact the CAC team, email smith.cac@queensu.ca.

In-person student-led special events including clubs cannot be held over the summer or in the early fall. The transition to in-person events will be gradual and needs to follow the successful implementation of in-person academic activities. Student-led in-person events will require advance approval.

Queen’s University’s is developing guidelines and requirements for any student-led in-person events to ensure they will align with public health guidance, provincial regulations, and university protocols.

It is anticipated that the university will begin considering applications for in-person student-led events in late September. Please direct any questions regarding student-level events to eventsanction@queensu.ca

All events must comply with the applicable public health requirements for the location at the time when the event is held.

For more details see the Queen’s Event Planning information.

All events must comply with the applicable public health requirements for the location at the time when the event is held. For more details see the Queen’s Event Planning information.

As we are prioritizing core academic offerings for in-person delivery, the ability to hold other in-person events at Goodes Hall in Kingston will be very limited and subject to advance approvals and requirements from our facilities team.

SmithToronto, the school’s teaching and event facility in Toronto, is not expected to be open until mid-fall. Updates on access will be shared with students, alumni, staff and faculty.

For information on student-led in-person events see the separate section on this page.

Smith’s Career Advancement Centre (CAC) has been providing its full suite of career support services, including employer recruitment, remotely over the last year and will start the fall term with remote employer events and a mix of in-person and remote career education and coaching services. More details will be provided to students directly by the CAC.

To contact the CAC team, email smith.cac@queensu.ca.

Smith’s Development and Alumni Engagement will continue to offer virtual events and where possible, hybrid events. In-person events are not expected until 2022.

Please visit the Smith alumni web site for more details. You can contact the Smith Development and Alumni Engagement team at smithalumni@queensu.ca.

Queen’s 2021 Homecoming will be virtual in order to allow the university to focus on delivery of in-person academic services. For more information visit the Smith alumni web site or the Queen’s Homecoming 2021 information page.

Queen’s 2021 Homecoming will be virtual in order to allow the university to focus on delivery of in-person academic services. For more information visit the Smith alumni web site or the Queen’s Homecoming 2021 information page.

Queen’s campus tours will continue to be virtual for now in order to allow the university to focus on delivery of in-person academic services. For more details or to use the virtual tool platform visit the university’s admission information site .

Goodes Hall, the home of Smith School of Business on the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, is expected to be open for core academic purposes — including classrooms, study spaces, and faculty office hours — for September. Non-academic in-person event uses including visits or tours will be limited. Please contact the relevant program office or team to confirm.

Queen’s University is planning in-person convocation celebrations for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduates – those whose formal ceremonies were postponed due to pandemic restrictions. Convocations are scheduled for October 12-22 and November 16-17, 2021.

Students who will receive their degrees in Fall 2021 will graduate as part of the planned November events.

Celebrations will be hosted at Grant Hall on the Queen’s Kingston campus, conducted with the utmost attention to safety, and dependent on public health regulations in place at the time.

Graduates will receive more details. You can also check the Office of the Registrar site for the latest or to contact them.