UWSA – University of Windsor Students' Alliance

This video was filmed on June 1st, 2020. Information in this video may have changed.
Please read the information below to stay up-to-date.

The UWSA is currently tracking the releases from & precautions being mandated by the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments regarding the Novel Coronavirus (or COVID-19) and providing resources and alternatives to students at the University of Windsor. The UWSA is committed to providing students with support during this time and will continue to find ways to improve the reach of our services while following the mandates and recommendations set. UWSA staff and executives are taking recommendations very seriously and will begin working remotely in an effort to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

We are here for Students

The UWSA understands the burden that exists in times like these and one of our focuses has been developing resources that students can use that prioritize better mental health. During this time, we encourage all students to use their free time to do the things they love, that motivate them, and that keep them on the path to positivity! The UWSA, in partnership with the University of Windsor, offer free confidential counselling services 24/7 through the My Student Support Program (MySSP). You can learn more about the service here.

Notices to Students

  • The Ontario Government is creating a framework to allow for the gradual reopening of post-secondary institutions. More news is coming in the future.
  • The University of Windsor has compiled FAQs for domestic and international students that strives to answer questions about applications, courses, travel, and more. More information can be found here.
  • Where access to the University wireless network may be required for students in support of their studies during the essential services period, certain campus locations (currently the CAW Student Centre and Vanier Hall) remain open on a restricted basis and continue to have wireless connectivity available. In cases where these facilities may not be open or continue to be accessible, students may also be able to access some degree of wireless connectivity in the following outdoor campus locations:
    • the courtyard between the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre and Essex Hall;
    • between Lambton Tower and the Welcome Centre;
    • in front of the Odette Building;
    • the residence quad outside Macdonald Hall, leading to Vanier Hall;
    • in front of the University Computer Centre;
    • outside the west entrance to the Centre for Engineering Innovation;
    • in front of the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre;
    • near the west gate of the parking garage;
    • the exterior of the Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts.

    Further questions regarding campus wireless internet connectivity can be directed to IT Services by asking a question or opening a support request.

    Another option is to contact the IT Service Desk by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 4440, during University business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday). If using this option, be sure to leave a callback number when you leave a message.

 

Universal Bus Pass (UPass)

Transit Windsor has resumed as of May 4th but is running on an enhanced “Sunday” schedule seven days a week with precautionary measures in place to protect riders and drivers. A complete schedule for running busses can be found here.

Here’s what you need to know if you take the bus:

  • Routes not in operation:
    • Central 3
    • Central 3 West
    • South Windsor 7
    • Lauzon 10
    • Parent 14
    • Tunnel Bus
    • Leamington LTW42
  • Some routes have been detoured due to construction. More information can be found here.
  • COVID-19 Measures:
    • As of July 9th, riders must wear a non-medical face mask on the bus and at the bus terminal. View the entire Transit Windsor recovery plan here.
    • Busloads will be limited to 10 passengers plus one spot available for wheelchair accessibility to establish physical distancing.
    • To ensure there is adequate distance between riders and drivers, some seats will be marked as unavailable.
    • Once a bus is at capacity, stops will be bypassed and the bus sign will display “Sorry … This Bus is Full.”
    • If a bus becomes overcrowded, passengers will be asked to exit to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The bus will not leave the stop until this happens.
    • Riders are asked to follow the advice of public health officials to ensure the smoothest possible operations going forward, including limiting travel to essential trips only.
  • Fares are not being accepted at this time all passengers are being asked to enter and exit at the rear doors.
  • Riders with accessibility needs may continue to use the front doors; one wheelchair passenger at a time may occupy this area.

Relief for Students

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) & Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

As of May 15th, students are now able to apply for the CESB. You can find more information here.

The Government of Canada has introduced two benefits to support Canadians who have lost their job or opportunity for employment due to COVID-19. These taxable benefits are meant to support Canadians financial in the short-term until businesses can reopen and employees can return to work. Currently, not all groups, including International Students, are eligible to receive either benefit. Arguably, international students are the most affected by lack of employment and income opportunities and are not able to return home because of travel bans and restrictions, so this is not acceptable. An open letter to Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, from the Canadian Federation of Students | Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants has been composed with the backing of student unions all over Canada, including the UWSA, to emphasize the need of extending eligibilty to the CESB to International Students. The letter can be found here.

  • View more information about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) here.
  • View more information about the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) here.
  • The Government of Canada has extended eligibility to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to persons who have run out of EI, part-time employees, and seasonal employees. More information and how you can apply can be found here.
  • If you have a balance owing on your student account and are unable to register for the upcoming term, the University is allowing students to request a waiver of their financial policies due to COVID-19. More information can be found here.
  • The Government of Ontario is offering temporary deferral of OSAP payments, meaning you will not have to make payments from March 20th, 2020 to September 30th, 2020 and interest will not accrue on your student loans during that time.
  • On March 18th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government is proposing a suspension of interest for up to 6 months on the repayment of federal student loans.
  • From March 30th to September 30th, OSAP is not requiring students to make any loan payments, and interest will not accrue on student loans. More information can be found here.
  • Students employed by the University of Windsor will continue to be paid for their scheduled hours during the University’s closure until the end of their contract period.
  • Effective March 23rd, Food Services is implementing the department’s meal plan carry forward policy for students who live in residence. More information can be found here.

 

Important information from the Government of Canada

The Government of Canada has created a website with information and advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. Information is constantly changing so it is encouraged that all students watch for announcements from all levels of government to ensure they are up-to-date. Visit the website here.

Student Advocacy

The UWSA is committed to working with the University of Windsor to ensure that the transition to conducting all academics online is executed properly with focus on accessibility, fairness, and with proper communication. During this time, there is potential for human or technical errors, miscommunications, and more that may jeopardize your right to fair education. If these circumstances do occur, the UWSA is encouraging students to contact the UWSA, as soon as possible after the occurrence, to help conduct an appeal.

Who should I contact to make an appeal?

Paramjot Singh
VP Student Advocacy
vpsauwsa@uwindsor.ca

International Student Fee Increases During COVID-19

 

Student Unions Release Official Statement – May 4th, 2020

The UWSA, Graduate Student Society (GSS), and the Organization of Part-time Undergraduate Students (OPUS) have released a statement regarding International Student fee increases during COVID-19. This is unacceptable as International Students are arguably the most affected group because of lost opportunities and already high tuition fees. All student unions are pushing back at the University’s decision and are requesting better support for students studying abroad. Read the full statement here.

Fair Final Grade Policy

 

Undergraduate Student Student Pathways to Completing Winter 2020 – April 20th, 2020

Students have a few options for final grade designations. The university has compiled a chart that outlines the potential pathways a student can take. View the chart here.

Statement on COVID-19 Final Grading Choices – April 6th, 2020

We want to thank you, our student community, for your support and unprecedented advocacy, alongside thousands of other students who’ve voiced their concerns and supported a change that would maximize flexibility for students in their final grading choices during this crisis. Students mobilized together like never before, with over 5,000 signatures in support of change. 150 signatures in 10 minutes. 2,000 signatures in 2 hours. 3,000 signatures in 3 hours. These are not just statistics, but a reflection that, even in times of uncertainty, our student community will not hesitate to stand up for each other.

The UWSA has released an update regarding the University’s announcement for final grading choices in response to alternative measures taken during COVID-19. The statement can be found here.

Joint Letter From the UWSA and All Representative Student Organizations – March 31st, 2020

A letter was sent to UWindsor President Dr. Robert Gordon & Provost & Vice-President Academic Dr. Douglas Kneale regarding the University’s announcement for final grade designations and students’ concerns. We are encouraging students to send an email to their Dean and the Provost to share their stories. The email template and joint letter can be found here.

Victory for Students! – March 26th, 2020
The UWSA has been working on behalf of students with the University to advocate for a fair policy on the designation of final course marks. We are pleased to let students know that they can now have peace of mind; the University is presenting students with 3 options for final grades:

  1. Students can accept the final course grade assigned by their professor;
  2. Request a pass/non-pass grade based on the minimum required passing grade in your program;
  3. Voluntarily withdraw from the course without academic penalty. The Voluntary Withdrawal deadline has been extended until April 3rd, 2020.

This applies to all students except Faculty of Law (who’ve already enacted a mandatory Pass/Fail grade designation) and pre-service Education students.This will not affect your graduation. Deadlines and procedures will be communicated in the weeks ahead. Currently, the process will only begin after your marks are uploaded to the system (except Voluntarily Withdrawal which can be done at anytime). For Voluntary Withdrawal, the University is looking into designating it as “COVID-19” on the transcript which allows future employers/grad schools to take notice. We received clarification that this means all current coursework and exams remain as is. These options solely come into effect after you’ve completed the term.

UWSA Contact Information

Below is all the contact information for the UWSA.
PLEASE NOTE: No phones will be answered and no voicemails will be received until further notice. You can reach the UWSA primarily through email ONLY.

Executives
Services Coordinators
Staff

 

Updates from the UWSA

May 11th, 2020

 

  • The Campus Food Pantry has new hours. Please bring your own bag at your next visit.
    • Sunday – CLOSED
    • Monday – CLOSED
    • Tuesday – 10am to 2pm
    • Wednesday – 10am to 2pm
    • Thursday – 10am to 2pm
    • Friday – CLOSED
    • Saturday – CLOSED

 

May 4th, 2020

 

  • Transit Windsor has resumed on an enhanced “Sunday” schedule seven days a week. More information can be found under the “Universal Bus Pass” heading on this page.
  • The UWSA, Graduate Student Society (GSS), and the Organization of Part-time Undergraduate Students (OPUS) have released a statement regarding International Student fee increases. Read the statement here.

 

April 9th, 2020

 

  • The City of Windsor has announced it is suspending Transit Windsor until at least May 1st. Holders of the U-Pass will be able to apply online for a $25 refund. More information will be available to students soon.

 

April 7th, 2020

 

  • UWSA pledges to make $15,000 donation to Windsor Regional Hospital to support front-line workers fighting against COVID-19. Read the full post here.

 

March 31st, 2020

 

  • The Student Centre will be on temporary lock-down. Access to the building will only be granted from 10am to 2pm. You must call 519-253-3000 ext 7024 for access. The Pharmacy can be reached before 10am and after 2pm by calling 519-971-3644. This is a precautionary measure to protect students and staff from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19.

 

March 30th, 2020

 

  • The Student Centre & Pharmacy hours have changed to 9am to 4pm on weekdays & closed on weekends, Health Services hours are 10am to 2pm on weekdays & closed on weekends.

 

March 20th, 2020

 

  • The Student Centre hours have changed to 7:45am to 9:45pm on weekdays, and will be closed on weekends.
  • The Student Centre hours have changed again to 9am – 4:45pm weekdays and will be closed on weekends. The Marketplace and Tim Hortons are closing effective immediately until further notice. The Pharmacy will remain open from 9am to the 4:45pm. The Information Desk will follow building hours as well.
  • The UWSA Food Pantry will be open 9am to 4pm on weekdays and be closed on weekends. Only 1 student will be allowed in at one time
  • Classes have resumed with the alternative delivery methods proposed by the university.
  • Transit Windsor has closed the Downtown Terminal. Transit Windsor is introducing new protocols in response to COVID-19 and is asking the public to limit using public transit unless absolutely necessary. Transit Windsor will be releasing a temporary reduced schedule soon. The new protocols can be found here.

 

March 17th, 2020

 

  • The UWSA office is closed and is no longer open to students starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
  • UWSA staff and executives to begin working from home indefinitely and may be in the office only when necessary.
  • Student Centre hours changed to 7am – 9:45 on weekdays, will be closed on weekends.
  • Students looking for support or have any questions may reach the UWSA by email only.
  • Elections will continue; Elections party has been cancelled, results will be livestreamed on March 19th at 7pm on the UWSA Facebook Page
  • There will be no physical polling stations during the voting period of the Election.

 

March 14th, 2020

 

  • The UWSA releases official statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • All UWSA events, including Student Group events both on-campus and off-campus, are cancelled until the end of the year.
  • The UWSA has closed all service centres until further notice, including Peer Support Centre, Womxn’s Centre, Campus Pride Centre, and WalkSafe. Food Pantry remains opened.

 

Updates from the University of Windsor

More updates can be found here

May 15th, 2020

 

  • UWindsor President, Dr. Robert Gordon, announced the university will deliver the Fall 2020 semester completely online to protect the health and safety of the university community. The university will assess if the Winter 2021 semester will also be delivered online during the Fall 2020 semester.

 

March 31st, 2020

 

  • An update from UWindsor President Dr. Robert Gordon can be watched here that addresses final grade designations and updates on classes and other university services.

 

March 24th, 2020

 

  • Residence students have been asked to leave Residence by March 28. Those who have leases until April 1st or May 1st will be allowed to remain as is. No student will be asked to leave if they have no place to go, and exceptions are already being granted. For more info, students can reach out to Residence Services (resservices@uwindsor.ca).
  • Spring 2020 will be postponed.
  • Spring degrees will be delivered by mail to students eligible to graduate. – More info can be found here

 

March 17th, 2020

 

  • Leddy Library and the Law Library buildings are closed as of 4:30pm, Tuesday, March 17th. All staff will be moving to a remote working environment starting Wednesday, March 18th. Regular service hours will be 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday. The Leddy Library will continue to support access to all online resources as well as other remote services. More information can be found here.
  • Borrowing or lending physical materials is suspended. For example, any book in your possession that is coming due, you will not have to return and you will not be charged any fines. Please ignore any email notices that you receive regarding fines and fees until further notice.

 

March 16th, 2020

 

  • University of Windsor planning to move to an essential services only model, having some employees work from home. Only these services will remain open, with full or limited service:
    • Student Health Services
    • Campus Community Police
    • Energy Conversion Centre
    • Central Animal Care Facility
    • Facility Services
    • Food Services
    • Financial Services
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology Services
    • Residence Services
    • Senior Administration

This page will update frequently as information becomes available.