ARTS AND SCIENCE ONLINE | DECEMBER 2020 ENEWSLETTER
Things to do this month

Important dates

FALL 2020

December 4, 2020 (10 - 10:30 am EST): Coffee Break with the Dean
December 4, 2020 (1 - 3:30 pm EST): Let's Take a Break and Celebrate
December 6, 2020: Commemoration Day (exams will not be held)
December 7, 2020: Classes end
December 10 - 23, 2020: Exam Period

WINTER 2021

January 10, 2021: Tuition due date
January 11, 2021: Classes start

Take a Break and Celebrate


As a reminder, Arts and Science has rescheduled the end-of year event, Let's Take a Break and Celebrate, which is now happening this Friday, December 4! Join us for day of fun to celebrate the end of the year and the upcoming holiday season.

Coffee Break

From 10 am - 10:30 am EST, join the Dean for a coffee break on Zoom, and chat with your peers and colleagues, including those who may be unable to attend the afternoon portion of the celebration.

To join us, add this link and passcode to your calendar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89729168492?pwd=QVU4SlBteWovVzlSZHlTZFdQeFZDZz09

Meeting ID: 897 2916 8492
Passcode: 687953

Afternoon Celebration

From 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST, join your fellow members of the FAS community virtually for a variety of events and opportunities to win prizes, including Queen's trivia, a recipe exchange, and a decoration contest!


In addition to saving the date and registering, start making plans to decorate your space for the contest - this can extend to dressing up yourself/pets as well.
Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 course enrolment in SOLUS

Course enrolment is open for online courses in the Winter and Summer Terms.

Please note that some of the online Winter courses are full. The course capacity for some courses may increase, so please keep checking in SOLUS to see if spaces become available.
Academic Consideration - Tips and Additional Support

We know that extenuating circumstances can happen at any time which could impact your academic performance. The Academic Consideration team is here to help if you are dealing with a short-term situation that is beyond your control. Check out the following tips, which may prove useful to you as we approach a busy exam season!

  • Remember that students must apply for Academic Consideration as soon as the need becomes apparent. 3-day requests for Academic Consideration must be submitted no later than 24 hours after a brief absence (ex: If you need Academic Consideration from December 1st - 3rd, you have until December 4th to submit).

  • Did you know you can apply even if you don't have your supporting documentation yet? For 3-day requests: All students have access to one 3-day request for Academic Consideration per term that does not require documentation. Remember that this request cannot be used during the final exam period. For 4-day to 3-month requests: Simply select "documentation not available" in the Portal. Students have 5 business days to submit supporting documentation.

  • NEW! Not sure where to start when applying for Academic Consideration, or if your situation qualifies? The Academic Consideration team will be offering office hours at the following times to support you: Mondays from 2:30 - 3:30pm, Wednesdays from 1:30 - 2:30pm, and Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00am. Simply call 613-533-2470 and select option 4 to speak with a staff member about accessing the Academic Consideration Team. 

Remember that requests for Academic Consideration must be submitted via the Academic Consideration Request Portal (ACRP).
 
If you have further questions about Academic Consideration, please see these Definitions and FAQ pages. The Academic Consideration team can also be reached at asc.consideration@queensu.ca.
Important Information for December exams

As the term is coming to an end, we would like to wish you the best of luck on your exams and final assessments. We know this time of year can be stressful. Check out the resources from Student Academic Success Services to help you study effectively (https://sass.queensu.ca/exams/) as well as some of the wellness activities and resources below. Please look after yourself and know that we are here to support you. 

If you are unwell on the day of an exam and don't feel that you can write, DO NOT write it. There are other options available - see the academic considerations information above if you need help. 

We would also like to remind you to be fair to yourself and your classmates. Cheating and short cuts may seem tempting, but academic integrity is extremely important to all of us at Queen's and breaching it is just not worth it. Let's finish 2020 strong together!

Additional Information for students writing proctored exams: 
  
Check your exam date and time in SOLUS 
Your exam date and time can be found in your SOLUS account. The actual start times will be staggered to allow for proctors to live authenticate each student before each begins the exam. On your SOLUS main page, under the ‘Academics’ section, click on the ‘other academic…’ dropdown menu; ‘Exam Schedule’ will be the 11th menu item listed. Click on it, then click on the ‘Go’ icon; from this screen, you will be able to view your exam date and time. 
  
Examity online proctoring 
All proctored exams will be written with Examity online proctoring. You will have received an announcement in your OnQ course page with directions on logging into Examity and scheduling your exam(s). All details will be provided in this announcement, so please be sure to check your OnQ page carefully. The exam will begin on the day and time set in SOLUS, but there will be a 36- hour window open with several times for you to choose from. Therefore, students writing in any time zone will be able to schedule their exam to suit their own schedule.  
  
Practice test 
You will be given the opportunity to take a Practice Test with Examity between November 23 and December 8, which allows you to run through the authentication process and what will be expected of you during your actual exam. The full list of technical requirements for Examity can be found here. The practice test is an important way to prepare for your exam. If you encounter technical issues that Examity support cannot fix, you should contact the ITS Support Centre for help.
  
Accommodations 
Students who have submitted a Letter of Accommodation through the Academic Accommodations and Considerations portal on their OnQ page will have their applicable accommodations applied to their exam on Examity. 
  
We wish you the best of luck on your exams and final assessments!
Student Wellness Services Initiatives

During this challenging year, Student Wellness Services (SWS) is still here to support student health and well-being. Below are some new wellness initiatives, trainings and resources available for students.

The newly designed SWS website (https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/)  also outlines additional information and resources.

How to Prep Healthy Snacks (Thursdays from noon-12:30pm, Nov. 19 to Dec. 10)

Join Health Promotion staff and/or Peer Health Educator volunteers for interactive sessions to learn how to prepare a healthy snack while connecting with other students. 


Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan (Dec 10 from 1-2:30pm)

Changing healthy behaviours can be hard, especially during physical distancing, but engaging in positive coping strategies is one of the more effective ways to manage stress. This online session will give you a chance to look at what you are currently doing and allow you to create (or enhance) your own self-care plan. Find out more and register for Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan.
ASUS Study Sessions

Queen's ASUS is hosting upcoming study sessions for PSYC 100, BIOL 102, and MATH 121. Each of these sessions is fully online and costs $5 to participate. Learn more about these study sessions here.
Library LiveChat

The Library is here to support the Queen's community. In addition to subject specialist liaison librarians the library offers a live chat feature - a collaborative reference service that connects students and faculty from participating university libraries across Ontario with real-time library and research assistance.
Peer Mentor Program

Would you like to get words of wisdom and tips and tricks about online learning from other online students? Our peer mentor program provides students with an opportunity to interact with experienced online learners who can support you in your online learning journey.

Application to Graduate in Spring 2021

The application to graduate in SOLUS for Spring 2021 opened on December 1, 2020. Students should select 'Winter 2021' from the dropdown menu. The last day to apply to graduate to guarantee your application will be reviewed before the Winter term add deadline is December 15. Please see the Arts and Science website for additional information.
 
Not sure if you've met all your degree requirements? We encourage you to view your academic advisement report in SOLUS Student Centre using the My Academics link, then click View my advisement report. Learn more on this Academic Advisements Reports web page. If you have any questions, you can access our Degree Quick Check form to have your Academic Requirements Report reviewed by an Academic Advisor.
Contagion Culture Lecture Series

This series is a Faculty of Arts and Science collaboration which helps to make sense of this pandemic through the expertise and insights of Arts and Science faculty members.

The series is live-streamed on Zoom every Tuesday at 4:00 PM EDT/EST.

Upcoming events:

Dec. 8: No one Left Behind: Fixing the holes in CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) for 21st century income security
Elaine Power, School of Kinesiology & Health Studies/Gender Studies
Craig Berggold, Cultural Studies doctoral student and documentary filmmaker

For more info on the series and to register please visit: https://www.queensu.ca/sps/events 
Have questions?

Arts and Science Online is here to help you with registration, online course access, exam centres, course selection, program requirements, and general information about your courses or online studies. When writing to Arts and Science Online (asc.online@queensu.ca), please use your Queen's email address and provide your Student ID number in the message. This will help the front desk team when answering your questions.