Doing our part for the MRU community

Sent on behalf of Tim Rahilly, President and Vice-Chancellor

Thursday, September 23 at 3:45 p.m.

Students, staff and faculty:

Let me first acknowledge the challenge of the last few days as the Mount Royal community responds to Alberta’s public health emergency. All Albertans are adapting to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19.

Universities are, in a lot of ways, a reflection of the wider community and our campus operates as a small city — a collection of businesses, recreation facilities, public, living and learning facilities. Every business and academic unit has been affected in different ways. Your work and patience while we navigate each new challenge is appreciated. We’re doing our part to adapt and comply with changing health orders to protect the health and well-being of our community.

Doing our part

Vaccine declarations: The overwhelming majority of you have done your part by being vaccinated and have declared your status. We are working on the final details of how you will provide proof of vaccination via a mobile app before Oct. 4. More information will be shared tomorrow.

Rapid testing program: For the slim minority of individuals who require rapid testing, and in compliance with provincial restrictions, we have increased the frequency of testing from once per week to every 72 hours, on Sundays and Wednesdays. Those in the rapid testing program have been notified individually by email of their requirements. If you are in this program, get vaccinated now before this option is no longer available.

Compliance: Thank you to everyone who is complying with all current health measures on campus. Any individual who has been found non-compliant has been addressed individually. Ensuring anyone on campus is vaccinated or has tested negative for COVID-19 is being taken very seriously and enforced on an ongoing, individualized basis.


  • If you are undeclared, you are not allowed to attend campus.
  • If you are unvaccinated, you are required to participate in the rapid testing program, providing proof of a negative test result every Sunday and Wednesday evening, before attending campus the following day. If you do not complete your test, do not attend campus.
  • Follow all health measures affecting campus and wear a mask at all times, with limited exceptions like eating in designated areas.Stay home if you are unwell.

Thank you again to everyone who has been vaccinated. Doing your part means we can keep doing ours — providing an exceptional educational experience to our students while protecting the health and well-being of this community.