Here’s your timely & targeted compilation of key events, noteworthy news and important dates for the upcoming week.
This edition of This Week @ York provides resources relating to COVID-19’s impact on your studies and student life. Please note that any information found in this newsletter has already been communicated to the community and can be found at York’s Coronavirus Information and Update website. All this information is accurate at the newsletter’s time of publication. Given the fluidity of this situation, there may be changes to some of the information below between publications.
We understand that over the last few weeks, these e-mails have been primarily focused on information related to COVID-19. We are looking at bringing This Week @ York back to its roots, so in this edition, you’ll find a variety of other items located in a new section called, Life Goes On.
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The University administration is CLOSED for Good Friday on Friday, April 10.
The course drop date has been extended to Saturday, May 9 (excluding students in the JD program).
Note: Dropping a course may impact your OSAP funding and your ability to graduate (if you applied for graduation). We encourage you to speak with your Faculty Advising Office.
The deadline to Withdraw from a Course Without Receiving a Grade for F/W 2019-2020 and W 2020 courses has been extended to Saturday, May 9.
The deadline for students choose the Pass/Fail grading option has been extended to the last day of the final examination period: Saturday, May 9.
Note: We encourage you to speak to you Faculty advising office before making a final decision, and choosing a Pass/Fail option may impact program progression and scholarship/award eligibility.
Here are some other important items to keep in mind this week:
- Your instructors and York staff are here to support you by donating to the new York University COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. “We all know that COVID-19 and its rippling social and economic effects will have severe consequences for many students. Students and their families may face financial hardships. Students have had their studies interrupted. Others will struggle to meet unexpected technology requirements, childcare and health-related costs. These individuals and their families need our help. Today, we are launching the York University COVID-19 Student Relief Fund.” Read the full message from President Lenton here.
Emergency Bursaries. York has established bursaries to help students who require immediate short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses in March and April 2020: The York University Emergency Bursary and the York University Emergency Travel Disruption Bursary. Graduate students can apply for assistance through the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Emergency Bursary. Learn more at the link above.
ICYMI: President Lenton and a team of York’s senior leaders held a Virtual Town Hall and answered some of your questions about the University’s evolving response to COVID-19 in terms of academic, research and professional work. If you did not virtually attend, you can watch the recording at the “Virtual Town Hall” link above. You can submit feedback through this short survey.
- REMINDER: York recognizes that students may be experiencing a variety of circumstances as a result of COVID-19, and we are here to help. Senate Executive has agreed to waive, until further notice, the requirement for students to submit a doctor’s’ note or Attending Physician’s Statement in support of a request for deferred standing or academic petitions.
- Fall/Winter 2020-2021 undergraduate course enrolment windows are now available online. Click the link above for instructions to find out when you can start enrolling.
- The IT help desk in Steacie will be open every Wednesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition, the service desk will be open from Monday, April 27 to Wednesday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in order to lend computer equipment, which can be reserved in advance by visiting the link above.
- Are you feeling like you need support during self-isolation? Student Counselling and Development (SCD) is offering telephone counselling for single session, crisis and emergency support, which you can receive by calling 416-736-5297. Details and additional support resources are available at the link above.
Reach out to Student Community Relations at 416-736-5231, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the link above, if you need referrals and support, both internal and external to York, help with complex issues or assistance with personal issues related to the pandemic.
For additional and after-hours support, our partners at Good2Talk have advised us that they are remaining remain open at this time, and in addition to telephone support, have introduced a new texting feature.
Wellness Lounge Community Virtual Chat Sessions. Physical Distancing doesn’t need to be lonely! Join the Wellness Lounge Community from Calumet and Stong College every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a Zoom conference call to chat about your week, ask questions and relieve some stress. All students welcome!
If you can’t make it to one of these sessions, join their community group chat on Instagram! Make connections with other students and chat about health and wellness. Send them a DM at the link above to join the conversation!
- Your Academic Advisors are here–virtually–to assist you with your advising needs during the COVID-19 situation. Visit the Academic Advising website, find your Faculty and click to see updated service information.
- Student Accessibility Services is still here to support you. Students are encouraged to contact the office by phone and/or email to arrange a phone or video call. Accessibility Counsellors will continue to book appointments over email, phone or video conference call. You may also e-mail email@example.com.
- REMINDER: Check for available self-serve tools and resources on My Online Services. Get what you need, from wherever you are, at almost any time of the day. The list of available resources is growing daily as new online and mobile methods are introduced to deliver services and resources you need.
- Changes to Summer 2020 Term. Due to the unprecedented extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summer 2020 terms will be delivered exclusively by online/remote learning formats. Information about Summer courses will be available by April 17, 2020. Learn more about the changes at the link above.
- Student Loan Information: The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced a six-month interest-free pause on the repayment of federal student loans and Ontario provincial student loans for all those in the repayment process. For more details, visit the National Student Loans Service Centre website or call 1-888-815-4514.
- As all courses have moved online, your friends at Learning Skills Services have compiled a number of online learning resources to help you succeed as an online learner during COVID-19 and beyond. You can also check out York’s Student Guide to eLearning for information and tips on how to get started, what to expect and how to be a successful online learner.
The Writing Centre is now online! Writing instructors are available to help you with your writing assignments online through 50-minute one-to-one appointments via video chat as well as asynchronous e-tutoring, where you upload your paper to their website and an instructor will reply with feedback within 24 hours. If you’d like to book an appointment, visit the Writing Centre schedule.
Career Centre services are available online, over the phone and via skype. The Career Lounge remains open online and Career Peer Educators are online on Zoom during dedicated Lounge hours. One-to-one appointments are available over the phone or Skype. The Career Centre website also has online resources and tools to help you with your job search and career questions.
Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) has posted a suite of COVID-19 wellbeing resources on their website such as staying social while physical distancing, as well as some fun online activities.
- York International and other services across campus are still available to support international students. This includes International Student Advisors, Immigration Specialists, UHIP staff and more. There is also a page on FAQs for International Students about COVID-19.
York International’s Coffee Breaks are now virtual! Join student leaders on Zoom and meet other students from various programs, Faculties, countries and cultures to connect and get to know each other! No appointment required. Every day, Monday to Friday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Life Goes On
- Free Virtual MUV Classes. Are you looking for a way to stay healthy and active while maintaining physical distancing as you help plank the COVID-19 curve? Why not try a FREE online MUV fitness class? Campus Recreation is bringing your favourite MUV class to you via Zoom. Check the schedule at the link above and use the Zoom code to join.
- Explore the cosmos from your home with York’s observatory team! Enjoy the benefits of the Allan I. Carswell Observatory and join the virtual observatory experience through their Online Public Viewings. Check out live images from four telescopes and cameras and chat with York Astronomy students who will be monitoring a live chat and Q&A session
- ICYMI: Over 100 York University nursing students thanked front line nurses for their dedication to world health in the fight against COVID-19 in this heartfelt YouTube video message. Click the link to see and hear some of their letters!
- York International hosts a series of virtual meet-ups where students at home and abroad can join together and have some fun online. Some topics include: Game night, Virtual Museum Tours and more. Visit their calendar at the link above to see all events and how to join.
- Student Virtual Assistant Naming Contest. Be on the leading edge of transformation and help name York’s new Student Virtual Assistant. Submit your most creative idea for a chance to win a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (valued at $1,249) and one of six YU Card Top-ups worth $100 each. Submission deadline: Friday, May 29.
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