COVID-19 Updates

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The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) will use this space to keep the graduate and postdoctoral community updated with the latest information related to COVID-19.

As the rapidly evolving situation continues, we recognize that you have many questions and concerns, and that you are undoubtedly dealing with a wide range of emotions.  Please know your academic success, and your health and well-being, are our top priorities during this uncertain, challenging time.

If you can work remotely, especially if a sense of routine and structure helps you to feel well, please feel free to do so; however, if the needs of your family and your community are your priority, focus your energy where you think it should be. The University is not going anywhere. We will get through this. We are in this together.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On this WEBSITE you can find details about the government support available for individuals, businesses, industry sectors, organizations helping Canadians, and related resources delivered by the Federal government.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR THOSE OUTSIDE OF CANADA

Any student who is planning to travel to London from outside of Canada to begin the fall term should be aware of the mandatory 14-day quarantine and other travel requirements. The quarantine period applies to any traveller from outside of Canada, regardless of their country of citizenship (including Canadian students and Permanent Residents).

Please visit our International Arrival website for important details on immigration and travel, transportation from the airport, quarantine accommodations, health care information and support available to you while in quarantine. You may also email iesc@uwo.ca for assistance.

TRAVEL SUPPORT LETTER REQUEST

Western University is committed to assisting our international students who must enter Canada to complete in-person degree requirements during the fall 2020 term. 

Important information:
  • Current travel restrictions prevent students from entering Canada unless you hold a valid study permit on or before March 18, 2020 or you have been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020. 
  • If your classes for the fall term are all available online and you don’t have an in-person teaching or research requirement, we recommend you remain in your home country until travel restrictions change. However, please do apply for your study permit right away if you have not already applied.
If you do intend to enter Canada in order to commence or continue your in-person studies in the fall 2020 term, Western can issue a Travel Support Letter to you. This letter will confirm the need for you to be present on campus for the start of the fall 2020 term.  The form below will validate your eligibility for a Travel Support Letter and if criteria are met, a letter will be issued to you electronically.
  

If you have any questions related to this Letter of Support, please contact Nafisa Gillani, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at ngillani@uwo.ca.


Access to Campus Buildings

Based on a directive from the provincial government, the University moved to an essential services model as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, continuing until the government announces a change. This means that only those identified as essential personnel will have access to University buildings.

Academic/Health and Well-Being Supports

We encourage you to visit the newly-created Digital Student Experience website where you will find tools and resources to help with the transition to online/remote learning. The site also provides digital/virtual academic, health and well-being, career development, and social connection supports. Questions can be directed to Student Support, Case Management at 519-661-2111 x89152 or sscm@uwo.ca.

The City of London, through the London Housing Stability Bank, offers interest free loans for rent and utilities to help domestic and international graduate students.