Winter 2022 update
As announced on Dec. 22, 2021, Memorial will be a primarily remote teaching and learning environment until Jan. 31. The winter semester will begin Jan. 10 with most classes operating in a remote teaching and learning environment. Instruction in online courses will also begin on Jan. 10. In light of the Jan. 3 move to provincial Alert Level Four, there are some minor changes to Memorial’s operations. Details about these changes and how they affect operations at Grenfell Campus can be found at the links below.
Information for students
Information for employees
Click here for information from the main Memorial University hub.
New self-isolation requirements
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced updated requirements for anyone travelling to the province. Effective 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, all fully vaccinated travellers need to isolate for five days upon arrival. They also need to take a rapid test every day for five days and, if all are negative, they can leave isolation after five full days or 120 hours have passed.
Read more details here and check your Grenfell email regularly for further details about Winter semester logistics.
NL VaxPass at Grenfell Campus
As we all know, The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador introduced the NL VaxPass in October.
Some activities at Memorial now require COVID-19 vaccination record checks for an individual's access to venues or spaces. More information on the provincial program, guidance and requirements are available online. You can also learn more about downloading the VaxPass here.
When considering whether a VaxPass will be required, please consider whether the event is part of the university's core function (teaching and learning) not the people who are in attendance. Don't think in terms of internal or external event; think in terms of the purpose of the event.
The VaxPass regulations apply to both indoor and outdoor events.
No MCP or problems with your vax pass?
Please use physical or electronic copy of vaccine records (the sheet you were given when you received your vaccines) along with a photo identification or two pieces of other identification.
When to show
Expect to show the VaxPass or proof of vaccination along with identification in many settings. Some examples include:
The Grove food court, Backlot and Brewed on Campus seating area
If you have a VaxPass or copy of your vaccine record, you may purchase food (or bring your own) and eat it there.
If you do not have verification of being vaccinated, you can purchase food but you must bring it elsewhere to eat
External events and third-party bookings (including those in the gym)
Art Gallery and Theatre
Visitors to Observatory
Exemptions include (applicable to guests, but not employees who require vaccination):
K-12 Students involved in a school-based activity on any Memorial property
Public transit (individuals on campus, waiting for the buses)
Visitors to residence
Purchasing food for take out
The VaxPass requirements applies to
Activities on Memorial property
Separately incorporated entities
Checking VaxPasses is the responsibility of the vendor.
If visitors are here for a meeting considered university business, VaxPasses are not required. For example, if there is an official meeting (with an agenda) and an outside person is attending the meeting, VaxPass will not be required. Other visitors must follow the guidelines outlined above. Checking VaxPasses is the responsibility of the event organizer. The app does not keep a record of the IDs that were scanned.
The event organizers may wish to keep a record of guests who visit campus frequently or repeatedly. If a person shows their VaxPass the first time they visit campus, it is no longer required for subsequent visits if such a record is kept.
These new VaxPass rules must work in conjunction with COVID regulations including mask wearing, maintaining social distancing, and contact tracing. Also, please complete the COVID-19 awareness training, COVID-19 Health and Safety moment and Daily self-assessment (as applicable).
For the best advice and help with downloading the NL Vaccine Passport visit this government website for guidance.
We understand that this is may be confusing and that there may be questions or concerns about implementation. Policies are still being developed and updates will be provided as they are available.
There have been a few changes to the vaccine policy for the winter semester with changes to align with the provincial government's Mandatory Vaccination Policy.
- Memorial's updated procedure will reflect the requirement that all students, staff and faculty at Memorial University must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved accommodation.
- Rapid or PCR testing will not be an option to opt out of vaccination under this revision.
- Approved accommodations require documented evidence. Documentation outlining medical reasons for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must be provided by an appropriate health care provider, in line with guidance from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Individuals who do not meet the requirements of vaccination or an approved accommodation will not be allowed on campus for any reason including, but not limited to classes, work or recreation. Individuals will not be able to access in-person services across campuses, This may mean that registration and courses will be dropped and deferred until the global health emergency is at a lower level of risk. Employees, whether working remotely or on-campus, are required to be vaccinated. Failure to adhere to the updated Memorial Vaccine Requirement Procedure may require review and action under the Student Code of Conduct Office, Human Resources or Faculty Relations.
- If your vaccination status has changed since first completing the Vaccine Declaration Form, please contact CRO@mun.ca so we may update your record.
Health Canada approved vaccines required
When at least two weeks have passed since an individual's second dose, or first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, of an approved Health Canada vaccine. You are also considered fully vaccinated if you received one or two doses of a non-Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, followed by one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), and at least two weeks has passed since the mRNA dose. Memorial will be updating its current vaccination procedure to align with Public Health advice. To read more about NL VaxPass Memorial-specific information, please visit Memorial's COVID-19 website. More information on the provincial program, guidance and requirements are available online. You can also learn more about downloading the VaxPass through this video
Memorial uses five stages of risk levels for pandemic risk mitigation, which assist with the scale-up and scale-back plan for university functions.
Registration information and remote academic advising are available through the Office of the Registrar.
Grenfell continues to follow the most up-to-date advice provided by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada on COVID-19 response.