This Week @ York for Week of May 13
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 as well as upcoming events and ongoing initiatives. Please note that any information related to COVID-19 found in this newsletter have 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.
This edition was delayed due to the recent disruption to our central student email delivery system. Learn more about this at the latest updates from York page.
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Here are some other important items to keep in mind this week.
|1||York has instituted a number of initiatives to address the increased financial need of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the email sent May 12 for details about:
Changes to Interest Assessments and Enrolment Deposit. Undergraduate and graduate students will not be charged interest on outstanding student account balances for the summer term. This means that there will be no interest charged on student account statements between May and August 2020. This includes on-campus housing fees.
Financial Block Increase. There have been some changes to the threshold for student account outstanding balances that may have previously blocked you from being able to enrol in courses. If you previously had a financial block, you can now enrol in courses as long as you are in good academic standing and your current student account balance is below $1,500 for domestic students or $3,500 for international students.
Changes to Refund Tables. Refund tables for the Summer term have been amended to allow you more flexibility to drop courses without financial penalty. Visit the link above for new dates and refund details.
Note: If you enrol in courses for the Summer 2020 session and later decide not to continue in these courses, please be sure to drop the courses through the Registration and Enrolment Module (REM) as early as possible to free up space for other students who may be waiting to add those courses for the summer.
Emergency Bursaries. York has established bursaries to help students for domestic and international undergraduate and graduate students who require immediate short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses in March and April 2020. Learn more at the link above. Application deadline: Sunday, May 31.
|2||York International’s Virtual Spring Party. Join YI in a party to celebrate the end of term! Enjoy performances from York students and alumni, a dance lesson from Athletics and Recreation, fun activities to get know each other and much more. If you are interested in performing or submitting a video of your performance to be screened at the event or have any questions about the event, please visit the link above or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, May 15, 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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.
|3||REDI Workshop: Creating and Maintaining Positive Space. Attend this “101” session and explore gender and sexual diversity, as well as homophobia and transphobia specific to the campus experience. Learn about using inclusive language, being a supportive ally, campus resources and creating safer spaces on campus for gender and sexually diverse students, staff and faculty. Learn more at the Summer 2020 REDI Professional Development webpage. Thursday, May 21, 2 to 3 p.m.|
|4||NSSE -- nine more days to complete the survey! 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: Wednesday, May 22.|
|5||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.|
|6||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.|
|7||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.|
|8||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.|
|9||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 and video chats, online games and arts and culture resources from Student Community & Leadership Development at the link above.|
|10||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.|
|11||Career Centre services are available online! The Career Lounge remains open online and Career Peer Educators will be online on Zoom during dedicated Lounge hours. One-to-one appointments are available over the phone or Skype as well. The Career Centre website also has online resources and tools to help you with your job search and career questions.|
|12||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.|
|13||This Week @ York Mental Health Special Edition. In case you missed it due to the email disruption, last week’s special edition of This Week @ York highlighted a series of supports and services to help you with your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.|
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