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Welcome to the Winter Semester!

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Everything you need to know for the Winter 2021 semester - in one place. Our hope is this summary of important information will help you and any students you are supporting who may have questions.

Accessing Campus

Campus access is restricted to:

  • Students who are required to attend campus for labs, simulations, and assessments as indicated on their timetable
  • Employees contacted by HR who will be returning to campus to teach and/or support students

Important Note: Students will continue learning via alternate delivery methods, except those in programs pre-approved by the government to have on-campus components. Students in a program with on-campus or in-placement activity will only be notified if their class, lab, or placement is impacted by the current State of Emergency order.

Student campus access requirements: 

Employee campus access requirements: 

  • Have manager and HR confirmation you are required to be on campus
  • Complete the COVID-19 Health & Safety Awareness Training provided by HR
  • Have the SLC Safe app on your phone or device so you are prepared to complete the health screening required to access campus 

Safety measures on campus include: 

  • Screening protocol in place each time students and employees access campus
  • Required COVID-19 health and safety training for employees and students
  • Reduced class sizes based on the size of learning spaces to support physical distancing
  • Mandatory face covering policy for all campuses
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of equipment, tools, and spaces
  • Where physical distancing is not possible, the introduction of additional health and safety protocols 

Learn more about accessing campus.

Parking

Parking details can be found on the SLC Parking web page. Note: Changes have been made to campus parking effective Sept. 1, 2020.

Tip: Download the HONK app on your mobile device to easily pay for parking if you access campus.

PPE and Masks

  • Masks are required for employees and students on all SLC campuses
  • Everyone is required to bring their own mask
  • Security will have extra masks available should someone forget to bring theirs or if it becomes damaged.

Review the College's mandatory mask policy for further details. 

Campus and Student Services

Campus Bookstores

  • Students can purchase required materials from the bookstore
  • Class materials are available in several formats, including rental and digital
  • Students can place an order online using the links found on the college website, and home delivery is available

Questions about campus bookstores can be sent to the campus-specific store:

Timetables and Booklists

Booklists are available on slc.me and timetables will be uploaded for students shortly.

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. Students may experience changes to their timetable and should check it often. Students' OSAP will be released after timetables have been confirmed.

Student Wellness & Accessibility

Student Wellness & Accessibility is working with students, faculty, and staff to provide access and support to students through a range of services.

Suicide prevention training course is available for faculty. (link?) 

Spiritual Health

Spiritual support at SLC is available to all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of denomination, faith tradition, or spiritual conviction. Kathy Doering is the SLC tri-campus Chaplain who runs small groups, provides one-on-one support, and mentoring. Please email chaplain@sl.on.ca.

Indigenous Support

Indigenous counselling services support Indigenous students’ unique needs by assisting with college life transitions and advocating for their needs to support their success. The Indigenous Counsellor will also support and deliver cultural programming and support to faculty, including cultural protocols, spaces, and practices, to ensure understanding for student academic success.

Indigenous Student Advisors:

Health and Wellness Resources

Below you will find a list of resources in addition to the many services offered through the Student Wellness & Assessability team and the Campus Health Centre.

Emergency Information

  • Campus security can be reached at 613.544.5400 ext. 5555
  • If you are experiencing an urgent or life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department
  • If you are the victim of sexual assault or violence, find help at stlawrencecollege.ca/sexualviolence
  • If you suspect you are ill with COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19, take a self-assessment at covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment and follow the recommendations

Telehealth Resources 

  • TeleHealth Ontario: Call 1.866.797.0000 toll-free for confidential access to a registered nurse 24 hours a day
  • MobileDOCTOR by guard.me: International students can access online doctor visits anytime, anywhere, with your visit billed directly to guard.me. Sign up at guard.me/mobiledoctor

Mental Health Support

If you or someone you know needs mental health support, the following resources are free, confidential, and can be accessed at any time. 

  • Good2Talk: A free, confidential service for post-secondary students in Ontario, available 24/7/365. Call 1-866-925-5454 to receive professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being
  • Crisis Text Line: A free, confidential texting service, available 24/7/365, powered by Kids Help Phone. Text GOOD2TALKON to 686868 to be connected to a trained volunteer Crisis Responder who is there to listen and support students with any issue they’re facing
  • keep.meSAFE by guard.me: Immediate and free, confidential support for international students, accessible anywhere in the world at any time of day or night. Speak with counsellors who understand your culture and speak your preferred language. Students outside of Canada and the USA: call 001-416-380-6578. Students in Canada and the USA: call 1-844-451-9700. Or download the MySSP app to chat.  
  • ConnexOntario: 1.866.531.2600 Ontario’s mental health, addictions, and problem gambling helpline, which can provide contact information for local mental health and addictions services and supports, including crisis lines
  • TAO: Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a digital platform with a mobile app designed to support well-being. Staff, faculty, and students can register for, or log into, their account by visiting ca.taoconnect.org/register and using their SLC email
    • Important Note: Staff and faculty will need to use Staff123! as their enrollment key upon registration
    • Many people are struggling with worry and anxiety in response to the latest COVID-19 lockdown requirements. TAO has made several mindfulness exercises available to those in need through this difficult time. Staff, faculty, and students access further support through their TAO accounts on a wide variety of topics, from how to handle stress to relationship management

SLC Employee Resources

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offers all employees and their immediate family members confidential support services to help manage work, health, and life concerns. Visit workhealthlife.com, call 1.844.880.9137 or download the mobile app. EFAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

LivingWorks Start Training 

Student Wellness & Accessibility, Human Resources, and the School of Contemporary Teaching and Learning have collaborated to offer a new professional development opportunity called LivingWorks Start.

The training teaches participants to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and how to connect them to necessary supports. This training is part of ongoing efforts to destigmatize talking about suicide. The College has purchased individual licenses for the LivingWorks Start training which is online, self-paced, and takes 60-90 minutes to complete. 

Anyone interested in the training may submit their request through this form. Once your request is received, an email invitation will be sent to you with a link. The training must be completed within 45 days.

Tips and Reminders for Students

Check that you are prepared: Attending college can be an overwhelming process for some and this Student Checklist is one of many resources to help make a transition for our students easier. Students can use the checklist as their guide to ensure they are fully prepared to begin or continue their journey at SLC.

Get oriented: Students will join virtually for the Winter 2021 Orientation Programming. Students can find more details in their student email and on the UR SLC app. The orientation page contains important information about accessing Orientation Programming, mandatory International Orientation, and the Virtual Services fair on January 13-15, 2021. 

Get help fast if you need it: A Live Chat is available on the SLC website to help students navigate the website as well as other services offered. Alternatively, students can also text 613.801.8580 from their mobile phone to chat with a representative. Chats will be monitored Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Students Studying Virtually

A list of resources and tips has been created for students who have courses being delivered by alternative methods. Blackboard, slc.me, and the UR SLC student engagement app are key resources for students to access information, course materials, and activities.

Tip: Students should access Blackboard through their slc.me account - this can help avoid error messages.


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