Updated Fall 2021 In-Person Comfort Levels Survey: Results of the PGSS-AGSEM survey from August 2021


In April 2021, PGSS and AGSEM conducted a survey amongst McGill graduate students to measure their comfort levels and preferences regarding returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester.


Please follow this link to find the summary of the first survey results from April 2021.


In August 2021, PGSS and AGSEM returned with another survey, asking McGill graduate similar questions about their comfort levels and preferences regarding returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. 399 graduate students participated in the survey.


Below, you can find the highlights of the August survey results.


Survey Results


A) Masks and distancing on campus


Back in August, 41.4 percent of graduate students who participated in the survey said they would feel comfortable coming to work on campus with masks and at least 1 metre distancing;


17.3 percent felt comfortable coming to work on campus with masks and no distancing.


22.8 percent did not feel comfortable working on campus regardless of mask and distancing policies;





Only 29.8 percent of those graduate student who responded to the survey would feel comfortable working in person on campus if students were not required to wear masks when seated.


35.3 percent of graduate students who participated in the survey would feel comfortable working in person if masks were only removed for a brief moment (e.g., to drink water);


34.8 percent do not feel comfortable working in person under this scenario.



B) In-person vs remote classes


37.3 percent of those who responded would prefer that classes were fully remote in the fall semester.


35.8 percent would prefer that classes over 150 students were taught remotely, with smaller classes held in person.

Only 13.3 percent prefer that classes be held fully in person.




C) Commuting to campus


Back in August, 46.6 percent of graduate students who participated in the survey did not feel comfortable travelling to and from campus using public transit, assuming (close to) pre-pandemic levels of ridership;


37.3 percent felt comfortable travelling to and from campus using public transit;


16 percent did not use public transit before the pandemic and will not use it now.