This Week @ York for week of April 28

This Week @ York for week of April 28

This Week @ York for Week of April 28

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 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 the F/W 2019-2020 full-year and W 2020 term courses has been extended to Saturday, May 9.
The deadline for students to choose the Pass/Fail grading option has been extended to Saturday, May 9.

Note: We encourage you to speak to your Faculty Advising Office before making a final decision, as 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:

1 Student Virtual Town Hall. Join Vice-Provost, Students, Lucy Fromowitz, President Rhonda Lenton and a team of York’s senior leaders in this Student Virtual Town Hall to ask questions about the University’s evolving response to COVID-19. The webinar will be livestreamed at the “Virtual Town Hall” link above on Thursday, April 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Summer 2020 course offerings have now been finalized and the complete list is available at the link above. For more information about the changes to the Summer 2020 session, read the April 17 communication from the University Registrar.


Fall/Winter 2020-2021 course enrolment. Course enrolment windows for Fall/Winter 2020-2021 have been revised and will be available online by May 18, 2020. Course enrolment will open at the end of June 2020. Details are in the April 23, 2020 communication to students.


Staying Social while Social and Physical Distancing. If you’re looking for some fun online activities to do on your own or with friends, check out this list of live video chats, online games and arts and culture resources from Student Community & Leadership Development.


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. School of Continuing Studies students can apply for assistance through the York University Emergency Bursary for School of Continuing Studies Students. Learn more at the link above.


The IT help desk remains open in order to lend computer equipment, which can be reserved online in advance at the link above. Their hours for the rest of the month are:
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday, April 27 to Wednesday, April 29.


It is important to stay up-to-date with the Government of Canada’s current travel advisories. Any member of the York Community who is impacted by the current travel restrictions, please contact immediately for further guidance. More details are available in the Travel FAQs on the Coronavirus Information and update website.


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.


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.
Life Goes On


The NSSE submission deadline has been extended! Thousands of students in their first and fourth year of study were asked to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement and are still eligible to win one of four $500 tuition waivers. See if you’re eligible by trying out York’s NSSE eligibility tool! New survey deadline: Friday, May 22.


Shadowpox: #StayHome Edition. York Researchers launched a new online video game that helps players visualize–in a fun and engaging way–the impact of deciding to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effect on their community if they do not. Try it out at the link above!


York International’s Virtual Coffee Breaks: All students welcome! Join student leaders on Zoom and meet other students from various programs, Faculties, countries and cultures to connect and get to know each other while having fun. Some topics include: game night, Netflix watch party, microwave cooking, quarantine hobbies, exercising together and many more. Every day, Monday to Friday. 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)! Submission deadline: Friday, May 29.


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.

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