Academics

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At Western, you work and study alongside educators and researchers at the forefront of their fields; bridging outstanding undergraduates and world-class faculty. Your ideas reshape the future of our world. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies strives to enhance a passion for the pursuit of knowledge and original thought within the graduate and postdoctoral community at Western.

Academic Progression

We have advised graduate programs and supervisors to be as flexible as possible in helping you achieve your learning outcomes, and we encourage you to consult with your supervisor or graduate chair as appropriate.

Students in professional graduate programs whose internships or placements have been disrupted will not be required to incur additional tuition costs to resume or complete those placements or internships, as arranged by their program, when it is possible to do so.

Graduate Instruction and Supervision

Graduate instruction and evaluation over the summer must be conducted online. This includes comprehensive exams.

During this time, it is more important than ever for students and supervisors to communicate about short-term and long-term goals, and to keep one another informed of challenges and potential barriers as well as opportunities for progress and professional development.

We strongly encourage those students in research programs to confer with their supervisors by April 15, to consider how they might adapt their academic plans to their current situation. We suggest such discussion focus on:

  • Revising research plans to focus on what meaningful progress can be made under the current circumstances. This might include, for example, re-considering assignments or projects based on program learning outcomes, re-prioritizing the order of work, taking online courses to develop skills or looking for online professional development opportunities.
  • Resources required to work effectively from home under the revised plan.
  • Setting realistic short-term goals. In the absence of in-person interactions, more structure may be beneficial.
  • Maintenance of regularly scheduled events, such as remote meetings.

Changes to Library Services

Based on a directive from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Western Libraries locations are closed. All services are moving to online only, including collections, until further notice. Please visit the Western Libraries website for more information.

Spring Convocation Postponed

Western’s spring convocation is postponed as part of the larger response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all scheduled ceremony dates from May 22 through June 19. The decision was made with guidance from public health authorities and with the best interests of our community at heart, particularly those of our graduating students and their families, as well as the many faculty and staff whose efforts make convocation such a joyous occasion.

For those who are graduating, your degrees will be conferred this Spring, and we will ensure that your graduation “awarded” status is reflected on your official transcript. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to apply to graduate by visiting the Office of the Registrar’s website.