The Pulse
January 2021 Undergraduate Newsletter from Student Affairs
Welcome to the new term and a new year.

We hope you had a restful break and were able to relax, restore, and reflect on the fall and prepare for the year ahead.

While significant public health measures continue to be required in Kingston, across Canada and around the world to help manage the spread of COVID-19, the university recognizes and is grateful for your continued adherence to all requirements and recommendations to help keep our communities as safe and healthy as possible.

The university is strongly urging all students living on or off campus to avoid returning to Kingston until after the current provincial shutdown ends.
Please do stay informed of all of the latest Queen’s updates, our case tracker, and the local situation from KFL&A Public Health.

There are many ways to stay connected and get support if and when you need it! Scan through the information below, and if you have any questions or need assistance navigating university resources, email supportservices@queensu.caWe are here to help!
Dates & Deadlines
January 10 – Winter Term Tuition and Student Assistance Levy (SAL) due, except for students who are receiving OSAP/Out of Province government student aid, students on an approved Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA), and graduate students on an approved Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (PPL). How to Pay
January 12 – Official Fall Transcripts available in SOLUS. Learn More
January 22 – Last day to add a winter term course
January 22 – Last day to drop a winter term course for full refund
January 31 – Last day for all students to pay winter term tuition and fees without penalty. How to Pay
January 31 – Winter term Residence fees due
Financial and Registrar Info
Did You Apply for the Queen’s General Bursary?
2020-21 General Bursary decisions are posted in SOLUS. All bursaries are paid to students’ accounts. If your student account is paid in full, a refund will automatically be issued to you in early February via electronic funds transfer. Please ensure that your banking information is up-to-date in SOLUS.

Receiving 2020-21 OSAP?
Your winter term tuition is due January 31.
  • All, or a portion, of your OSAP funding will go directly to Queen’s from OSAP and be applied to your SOLUS account (usually in early January)
  • Please wait until mid-January (or once the OSAP payment has been applied to your Queen’s SOLUS account) before making an online payment on any remaining balance.
  • How to Pay your tuition/fees balance

Are You in Canada on a Study Permit?
Check out these reminders from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about your permit status.

Do We Have Your Current Address and Telephone Number in SOLUS?
Having your current mailing address and telephone numbers up-to-date in SOLUS during a global pandemic is more important than ever. This video shows you how.

Starting Your Program this Month? Get Your Student Card!
Check your queensu.ca email for instructions on how to upload your photo in SOLUS and get your student card mailed.

Not Receiving Government Student Financial Assistance this Year, But Have in the Past?
Complete the Continuation of Interest-Free Status and/or Confirmation of Enrolment forms so that you don’t have to start making payments on previous loans. Learn more for Ontario Students and Out-of-Province Students.

Thinking of Changing Faculties at Queen’s?
Applications are open. Start planning now. Talk to an academic advisor in your faculty/school to discuss options.

Spring 2021 Graduation
If you are completing your degree requirements to graduate in Spring 2021, you will need to apply to graduate. For your timeline and for more information related to Convocation, click here.
Health & Wellness
Need a COVID Test or Flu Vaccine?

Wellness Groups
Register now for professionally-led Wellness Groups, including our new 30-minute Mindful Moments, starting Wednesday, January 20. Learn more about all of our Wellness Groups and register online for the ones that work best for you.

Medical and Mental Health Services
  • Book an appointment at Student Wellness Services with a physician, nurse, or counsellor. Counsellors are embedded in most faculties/schools, including residence, and there are specialized supports for racialized students, LGBTQ+ students, Indigenous students, and Black-identified students
  • Students living outside Canada should seek medical care in the country where they live or contact International SOS
  • Talk to a peer at the Peer Support Centre (PSC) on Zoom, 10 am to 10 pm EST, 7 days a week. PSC X CARED, a dedicated service for self-identified BIPOC students, runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2 to 4 pm EST
  • Check out Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)a mobile-friendly library of engaging, interactive pathways that promote wellness and can help you bounce back in challenging times

Queen's Student Accessibility Services
If you have a disability and need to register with Accessibility Services (QSAS) for academic accommodations, follow these steps. Students who have previously registered with QSAS can re-register online.
 
Volunteer as a Class Note-Taker
Note-takers help ensure students with disabilities have access to important course material. Help out a peer while improving your note-taking skills! Read the note-taker position description and connect to volunteer today!

Interested in Starting a New Health Habit in 2021? 
Book a Healthy Lifestyle Appointment online to work towards eating better, sleeping better, cutting down on substances and/or being more physically active.

Sexual Violence Support 
Any student with questions about supports, services, academic consideration, or reporting processes can contact the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Coordinator, Barb Lotan, at bjl7@queensu.ca. Visit here for more information.
  • Winter term PEGaSUS Support Group for Sexual Violence (Tuesdays at 4pm EST, starting Jan. 26, 2021): This 8-week professionally facilitated online group is a safe space for students who have experienced sexual violence to gain skills and strengths that build resiliency and lead to a sense of self-empowerment. Find out more 
Work, Learn, & Live
Want to Improve Your Writing or Academic Skills this New Year? 
SASS’s one-on-one online appointments are the perfect place to start! Whether you want to improve your essay writing skills, work better at home, increase motivation, or further your English skills, our experts and peers are here to help. Learn more about all of our appointments and how they can benefit you in 2021. 

Got a Career-Related Question?
  • Drop in to Virtual Career Advising, Monday to Thursday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm EST. Go to MyCareer to be placed in a virtual waiting room
  • Ask about Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) during drop-in advising, or register for a QUIP Information Session in MyCareer. Employers are hiring for May 2021!
  • Check Job Postings on MyCareer regularly; many employers are looking to hire Queen’s students and grads
  • Explore opportunities at our online Engineering and Technology Fair on January 19 and 20, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm EST. Learn more
  • Help your resume stand out! Present your research at the 15th Annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergrad Research conference in March. Submit your proposal by February 5.

Moving to a New Place in Kingston This Year?
Our Off-Campus Living Advisor offers housing talks and one-on-one online sessions that focus on supporting students transitioning to living off-campus.

A Warm and Safe Welcome Back to Dining On-Campus!
Hospitality Services is excited to see everyone's faces (and masks) in our dining locations. For all locations and hours, visit our What's Open webpage.
  • Living in Kingston and looking for another option for convenient healthy meals? We have an Off-Campus Meal Plan to fit your lifestyle. Click here for more info
Connect
Yellow House is a safe, comfortable, accountable space for queer, racialized, and marginalized students to create community, feel empowered, empower others, and celebrate and honour their histories. Check out the website and upcoming events, including a 4-part online series dedicated to Black mental health called “So long 2020, Bring on 2021,” starting January 14. To register, email yellowhouse@queensu.ca. Please note there is a limit of 15 students per session and these sessions will not be recorded.

Queen’s Intramurals
Registration for Winter Intramurals at the ARC is underway. Leagues have been built to meet provincial and public health requirements while providing you with a fun, social and active experience. New sports include Quick Ball, Water Volleyball, Crossnet Volleyball, Soccer-Tennis, Pickleball, Badminton, and Table Tennis; returning favourites include Dodgeball and Floor Hockey. View the full sports list, and check out all online fitness options. Visit gogaelsgo.com regularly, as the evolving public health environment may affect operations.

Advising and Events

 

  • Contact one of Faith and Spiritual Life’s chaplains or email chaplain@queensu.ca to arrange an online or phone support session. Visit their Facebook page or website for details about online weekly programs, including Cooking with Chaplains and Friends on Wednesdays

  • Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre is back and offering a variety of online programming and services including cultural counselling, student advising, online card hangout, drumming, beading circles, drop-ins, and more! Check out their Facebook page and website

  • The Ban Righ Centre offers a daily Noon Zoom drop-in with peers and centre staff, along with student advising and regular programming. All female-identified students welcome. Learn more on Facebook

Support Services
If you need assistance navigating university supports and resources, we are here to help! Email supportservices@queensu.ca.

Recognize a Faculty or Staff Member for Outstanding Student Service
Do you know a faculty or staff member who consistently provides outstanding service to students, other than in a teaching role? Nominate them for the Michael Condra Outstanding Student Service Award. Nomination deadline: February 1, 2021, 4 pm EST.