Winter 2021

Program Delivery Charts and FAQs for the winter semester. Note: For the January lockdown, several in-person classes will proceed. Students will be emailed the week of January 4 with details.

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Here are 3 tips to help you prepare for the start of the winter semester: 

  1. Check your student email and student portal often. Important campus updates, semester information, and program delivery updates will be sent to your student email in coming weeks and connects you to important college services and resources.
  2. Connect with us! Follow SLC on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook for information about student life, activities, and instructor profiles, as well as contests, breaking news, and more!
  3. Download your student engagement app, URSLC. The app connects you to campus resources, clubs, virtual events, your fellow students, and much more. Download from the App Store / Google Play or Login Here on your computer. Sign in with your username and password.

Winter Semester FAQ

The Q&A below will help you prepare for the upcoming winter semester. The information confirms details for courses beginning in January and applies to first-year and returning students. Updates will be added in the coming weeks as more information is available.

The Government of Ontario recently announced a province-wide lockdown beginning December 26, 2020, and ending January 25, 2021. On January 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced a stay-at-home-order and declared a State of Emergency.

St. Lawrence College will continue delivering virtual instruction with limited exceptions where in-person program delivery is required. Several in-person classes will proceed during the January lockdown.

Students enrolled in a Winter 2021 semester program with on-campus, in-placement activity will only be notified if their class, lab, or placement is impacted by the current State of Emergency order. Otherwise, all activity will proceed as previously noted.

  • When does the winter semester start?

    The first day of classes:
  1. January 11 - Apprenticeship programs
  2. January 18 - Returning students and most trade programs
  3. January 19 - New students
  • When does the winter semester end?
  1. The last day of classes will be April 30 for most programs.
  2. The last day of classes for BScN and BBA is April 16 with BScN exams April 19 to 30.
  • Will there be a winter break week?
  1. Yes, winter break week is March 8 to 12 for most programs.
  2. BScN and BBA reading week is March 1 to 5.
  • Why are some courses still being taught through alternate delivery methods?

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing requirements, winter semester programs will continue to be delivered in the same format as they have been this fall, via alternate delivery. For the winter semester, lecture-based programs will continue to be delivered in a remote/virtual environment while required labs, simulations, and specific assessments as confirmed by individual courses will be delivered on campus.

    This means many services for students will continue to be offered virtually. Students have access to the same extensive resources and services, and in some cases, the virtual format affords greater flexibility and options. The current model of reduced on-campus services will continue. Information about how to access the available services is included below.

Some or all courses may be delivered through alternate formats, off-campus, where required. Options may include:

  • online discussions
  • online chats
  • virtual meetings
  • videos
  • online presentations
  • websites

All courses will be led by an instructor and may include experiential learning.

Watch this video to learn about what you can expect.

St. Lawrence College has been approved as a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) by the Ontario Government. The College's COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Therefore, it may now be possible for you to travel to Canada if you meet the requirements from IRCC and follow these steps to prepare for travel.

  • When will I receive my booklist and timetable?
    Your timetable and booklists will be posted on your account closer to the start of the winter semester.
    • Please note that full-time students who have paid their fees and are in good standing with the College will be enrolled in their classes by Friday, January 8, 2021. Some exceptions may occur. Part-time students will be enrolled the week of January 11-15, 2021.

    • Students' OSAP will be released after timetables have been confirmed.

  • What happens if I need to access campus?
    Our campuses remain closed to the general public at this time. Students returning to campus as part of their program delivery MUST complete the mandatory safety training and sign the Student Conduct Agreement before accessing campus.

Where can I find information about student services and supports?

SLC student services and supports are online! From digital library resources and peer tutoring to our Academic Support Centre, we offer numerous resources to support you during your time at SLC, whether you are on or off-campus. 

I am worried about how I am doing academically/in my courses. Who do I speak to?

Student Success Facilitators are here to help. You can book a Teams or phone appointment. General questions can be sent to

Who can I contact if I still have questions?

Here's a list of contact information for most points of contact and services.

Explore College services, including Live Chat, Wellness and Accessibility, Financial Aid, Health Services, and Academic Supports.

Live Chat with someone! A College representative can be reached by texting 613-801-8580 between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. If you are using a computer you can click here.

Can I live in Residence?

Yes, if you would like to live on campus, space may be available in our residences. Learn more about our Residences in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall. 

Commute Ontario has created an online guide for carpooling etiquette, cleaning/disinfecting a vehicle, and vehicle checklist.

To keep everyone safe, here are some helpful tips:  

  • Avoid carpooling, if possible 
  • Limit carpooling to a member of your academic cohort, if possible 
  • Stay home if the driver or the passenger is ill 
  • Wear a mask or face covering over the nose, mouth, and chin 
  • Maintain physical distancing requirements by limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle 
  • Follow hand washing and cough etiquette 
  • Have hand sanitizer in the vehicle 
  • Avoid recirculating air during transport and set the climate control system to circulate fresh air 
  • Disinfect the vehicle regularly 

More information about physical distancing and COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.

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