Student Services Student Services Office of the Registrar and Student Services Service Delivery Update – October 1, 2020 In support of the ongoing national efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s efforts, The Office of the Registrar and Student Services of St. Michael’s College will offer service to students via telephone, on-line via email and Teams. There are no in person appointments at this time. Students may continue to forward inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions will be answered directly or will be forwarded to an advisor for an on-line. Students will be scheduled into an on-line appointment conducted via Microsoft Teams or by telephone. Updates for Incoming First-Year Students: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-10:30am, first-year students can connect with an academic advisor from the Office of the Registrar and Student Services on a virtual drop-in basis. The virtual drop-in is an opportunity for first-year students to discuss their concerns directly with an academic advisor. The advising is one-on-one, so you can feel confident to discuss any issues related to your studies at UofT. No registration is required. Just show up (virtually) during the drop-in times through Bb Collaborate in the SMC101 Quercus course. For the latest updates on COVID19, please visit: Coronavirus Updates for the U of T Community COVID-19 – Student FAQs USMC – COVID-19 Resources The University will continue to reassess and update the community, in accordance with guidance offered by public health authorities and the University of Toronto. For the latest updates on COVID19, please visit: COVID-19 Information for University of Toronto Students (Office of the Vice-Provost, Students) Coronavirus Updates for the U of T Community COVID-19 – Student FAQs USMC – COVID-19 Resources The Registrar’s Office is the first stop for academic advice. There, students will find highly professional advisors with a wealth of experience in all areas of academic life at the University of St. Michael’s College and at the University of Toronto. Assistance with registration, course selection, program selection and scheduling are all available. In addition, advisors can provide students with guidance regarding workloads relative to other aspects of their time on campus. Office Location & Contact Information: Brennan Hall, 81 St. Mary Street 416-926-7117 email@example.com If you are a high school guidance counselor looking to introduce your students to the University of St. Michael’s College, click here to book your visit today. Newly Admitted Students Click here to visit the SMC Newly Admitted Students website. Instructions for Graduating Students Instructions for Graduating Students The University offers graduation ceremonies twice a year: Spring Convocation in June and Fall Convocation in November. If you’re looking to graduate this spring or fall or wondering what the graduation process will look like for you, follow the instructions below! Your Degree Progress It is crucial that you keep track of your degree requirements, which includes the requirements of your program(s). Please refer to Degree Explorer before enrolling in courses to find out which requirements are incomplete. You may need to hold off on requesting graduation if you are unable to complete all your requirements. Make sure that you are following the program requirements listed on Degree Explorer and not the current program requirements listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage! Degree Explorer lists all the requirements necessary for your program(s) for the year in which you enrolled in them. If you have any questions or concerns related to specific program requirements, we encourage you to contact the appropriate department. See Program/Academic Units. If you have any questions related to general degree requirements, we encourage you to contact the Registrar’s Office. Note: If you would like to make changes to your programs, please make sure that you have fulfilled or are on the path to completing the requirements for a minor, major combination, or specialist program. If you are unable to enrol in a course that you require to graduate, you may speak to one of our Academic Advisors about the Dean’s Promise. Requesting Graduation • November 2020 You can make a request to graduate on ACORN from June 22 to September 10, 2020 on ACORN. If you are unable to make a request online, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. • June 2021 You can make a request to graduate on ACORN from Mid-November 2020 to January 31, 2021. Name Changes Your name as it appears on ACORN is the name that will appear on your diploma. Please confirm that the name that is recorded on ACORN is the name you wish to display on your diploma. If not, contact us at email@example.com . You wil need to present appropriate identification that contains the correct name (such as your driver’s license or passport). You will also be required to complete a Name Change Form, if you would like to include special characters or accents in your changed name. If so, please download and complete the Name on Diploma (June Form) or the Name on Diploma (November Form) and return the form to the address provided by the deadline listed on the Form. Graduation Photos by Lassman Studios Look for periodic e-mails from us regarding grad photos. Attention: Graduating students of June 2020 will be sent an email with a digital copy of the Class Composite in July To appear in the November Class Composite, you will have opportunities to take grad photos in August and September. Graduation Photo Days for Prospective Graduates of Nov 2020 sessions will be listed shortly. To appear in the June 2021 Class Composite, you will have opportunities to take grad photos in December, February, March, and April. Exact dates will be announced by October 2020. Convocation Ceremony Dates and Graduation Checklist See the Office of Convocation website for ceremony dates, instructions to RSVP your attendance, graduation regalia (gown & hood), and guest tickets. November 2020 Graduation Awards Graduation Awards The Fr. Robert Madden Leadership Awards — To be awarded to graduands who have made significant contributions to the SMC community by demonstrating leadership, cooperation and solidarity in student-run organizations or community endeavours. INSTRUCTIONS: SMC students that are eligible to graduate in the November 2020 ceremony will receive an email invitation to submit an application. Deadline for submissions is: Monday, October 26, 2020. Please direct reference letters and any questions to Adrian Ross, Office of the Principal, St. Michael’s College, firstname.lastname@example.org Click here to apply. Scholarships Academic Achievement Award In-course Scholarships are merit-based awards based on a student’s academic performance. In course scholarships are available for students at the end of their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years. Graduation Awards that do not require application: Father H.B. Gardner Campus Ministry Community Life Awards Purpose: Awarded to one or more Graduating students at the University of St. Michael’s College who have demonstrated outstanding contribution and service to the Campus ministry, or active service and participation in their Parish. Contribution to building a sense of community within the USMC Campus; and fostering a sense of social solidarity and inclusiveness among students on campus. Governor General Silver Medal Nominee Purpose: A silver medal or a certificate awarded to a graduating student who achieves the highest academic standing from a bachelor’s degree program. Yearly Alumni Representatives Award Purpose: Awarded to students in graduating class who have been identified as representatives for their year. The award is given out by the USMC Young Alumni Committee in consultation with USMC Awards Selection Committee. Young Alumni Award Purpose: Awarded to a student who have demonstrated involvement and leadership at USMC, in the U of T community, and in the local community that encompasses the values of UMSC, including volunteerism, contribution to student life, and spirit of inclusiveness. Applicants need to submit an essay (250 words) to describe how they have demonstrated the values of SMC through leadership in the college or in the broader U of T Community, and a resume. Click here to apply. Grants Grants – sometimes also referred to as ‘bursaries’ – are non-repayable awards awarded according to demonstrated financial need. “Financial need” is determined via a student’s provincial student loan assessment (e.g. OSAP, BCSAP, etc.). Undergraduate Grants at St. Mike’s St. Michael’s need-based grants are non-repayable. Expected Student Contribution The university and the Province expect students with financial need to contribute annually toward their educational costs via summer and part-time study period employment. One of the best employment opportunities available to OSAP recipients is the Work Study program. Students may apply via the Career Centre. IT Grant Students who are eligible for a USMC grant are also eligible for a one-time IT grant towards the cost of a new or repaired laptop. The IT grant is valued at up to $750.00. Proof of purchase or repair is required. Eligibility Current, full-time, registered, domestic St. Michael’s College students who have applied for provincial student loans (i.e. OSAP, BCSAP etc.) and who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree are eligible to apply for consideration for financial aid towards educational costs accrued during the 8 month academic year (September – April). Non-degree students are not eligible. Students who keep the Ontario Tuition Grant (OTG) portion of their OSAP and elect to decline their OSAP loans are not eligible. Students receiving out-of-province student loans are expected to have applied for UTAPS before applying for college-level grant funding. St. Michael’s grants will not replace a student’s UTAPS funding. Application Students may apply for grants using the Undergraduate Grant Application available on ACORN. Grant funding is not made available to students until after the Fall session drop deadline. Grant applicants are expected to make reasonable use of their Fall student loan installment and generally should not demonstrate financial need until close to the end of the Fall study session. Direct deposit Grants will be credited against outstanding tuition or residence fees. Any amount remaining will be issued as a refund. Refunds will be processed only through direct deposit to a bank, which must be set up on ACORN. Value Grants vary in value from as little as $200, to as much as $4500. Most are in the $500-$2000 range. Decisions Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Applications are reviewed within 4-6 weeks from the date of their submission. Inaccurate, incomplete, or unrealistic applications will take longer. Students who are eligible to submit an OSAP Review will have their grant application placed on hold, pending the outcome of their Review. Deadlines Grant applications will be accepted from eligible applicants until the last teaching day of the semester in April. Submissions and Accessibility If you are unable to submit your grant application via email due to Accessibility-related concerns, please contact email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you with your application submission. Grants will not… A grant will not replace a lack of OSAP or other government assistance resulting from: failing to apply in a timely manner default/arrears on previous OSAP loans permanent restriction due to income verification issues OSAP academic suspension OSAP credit-check failure A grant will also not: provide support or emergency aid to parents, relatives and partners be used to pay credit card and other debts fund optional summer studies cover medical or dental costs covered by the UTSU and APUS or other Health Plans address misspending or financial mismanagement of OSAP replace increased OSAP funding potentially available to a student via any one of a number of OSAP Review appeals International Students Before being granted admission to Canada, Canada Immigration requires international students to demonstrate that they have adequate resources in place. International students are not eligible for the University’s general college-level grants program. If, however, your personal and/or familial financial circumstances have unexpectedly changed since your arrival, you may be eligible to be considered for funding by a central committee at U of T’s Enrolment Services. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the matter with your Registrar’s Office. The University of Toronto provides other kinds of support for international students. For more information, please see our International Students page. Summer Study Session Students taking summer studies may apply for funding consideration via Summer OSAP. St. Mike’s does not provide grant funding to students enrolled in Summer Abroad programs. The Summer Abroad office offers a number of need-based grants to registrants. Summer Abroad students who enroll in additional summer courses may be eligible for Summer OSAP. St. Mike’s does not make grant applications available to students who elect to undertake studies during the Summer sessions. Student parents (students with their own dependent children) constitute an exception, and are invited to email the award officer for more information at email@example.com. The university’s expectation is that students with financial need will pursue employment during the summer months in order to contribute toward their education-related costs during the upcoming eight-month academic year (September – April). External Funding You may also wish to review the following sources of funding external to St. Michael’s: Arts & Science Awards Other U of T awards Government Financial Aid For information about OSAP and other Government Aid visit OSAP and Other Government Aid. OSAP Repayment Information Session – Friday March 1, 2019 A representative from the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) will be visiting St. George campus to provide students with more information about OSAP and other Canadian loan repayment. Two sessions to choose from: Friday, March 1st, 2019 11:30am – 12:30pm OR 1:00pm – 2:00pm OISE (252 Bloor St. W.) Room 5250 If students cannot attend either of the sessions above, NSLSC also offers a recorded webinar. Click here to access webinar. University of Toronto Financial Aid (UTAPS) University of Toronto financial aid programs fill the financial gap for full-time students who receive the maximum amount of government financial aid available, but whose funding doesn’t cover all university costs. OSAP recipients no need to apply. You’ll be automatically considered based on your OSAP application. Students receiving other provincial/territorial government financial aid, or First Nations band funding. Complete the 2018-19 Out of Province UTAPS application by November 1, 2018 February 1, 2019. Note: Extension of application deadline to February 1, 2019. Applications received after November 1, 2018 and by the extended deadline will be reviewed in February 2019. 2018-19 Out of Province Financial Aid/ UTAPS application Fees and Payments Full payment instructions are available through the University of Toronto’s Fees website. Accessibility Services Accessibility Services at the University of Toronto provides students who have temporary and permanent disabilities with academic accommodations. Advisors are located both in the central office and on-location. The on-location Accessibility Advisor at USMC is located within the Office of the Registrar & Student Services. Further information on how to register can be found here. Learn more about the full range of Academic Accommodations that can be provided for you. Learning Strategists Dr. Andrea Graham is the Academic Success Learning Strategist at USMC. Andrea offers on-location appointments on Monday afternoons in the Office of the Registrar & Student Services. If you’d like an appointment with Andrea on location at USMC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Julia Andrews is the Faculty of Arts and Science Learning Strategist at USMC. Julia offers on-location appointments on Thursdays and Fridays from 9-5pm in Room BR201. Learning Strategist’s can support students in all areas of learning and academic performance including time management, stress management, study strategies, writing prep, procrastination, critical thinking and project management. They can help you discover your best ways of learning, adapt to university expectations, increase your efficiency, identify and pursue your goals, improve your work, and get the most out of your academic learning experience. More information and details on how to book an appointment with a Learning Strategist at the St. George campus can be found here. Math Success Centre The SMC Math Success Centre provides an opportunity for students to connect with a TA for one-on-one support in their math (MAT) courses. The Success Centre will run on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. from September 29 to December 9 2020 (inclusive). The Success Centre will be run through Quercus with live sessions presented through Bb Collaborate. To access this Success Centre kindly email email@example.com with your name, student number, and which MAT courses you are enrolled in. *The second semester schedule will be released in December 2020* Computer Science Success Centre The SMC Computer Science Success Centre provides an opportunity for students to connect with a TA for one-on-one support in their computer science (CSC) courses. The Success Centre will run on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. from October 1 to December 3 2020 (inclusive). The Success Centre will be run through Quercus with live sessions presented through Bb Collaborate. To access this Success Centre kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, student number, and which CSC courses you are enrolled in. *The second semester schedule will be released in December 2020* Health and Wellness The Health & Wellness Centre at The University of Toronto provides a variety of services similar to what a family doctor offers. Details about these services, and how to make an appointment, can be found here. Wellness Counsellor Nicole LeBlanc MSW, RSW has been the Wellness Counsellor at USMC since the fall of 2016. Prior to this position, she worked in Toronto and abroad counselling people through various life challenges ranging from depression, anxiety and relationship issues to more severe mental health diagnoses, trauma and addictions. Nicole draws from psychodynamic, EMDR, person-centred, CBT and solution-focused therapeutic frameworks. All students and residents of USMC are welcome to contact her via email to set up an appointment. Her services are completely confidential, in compliance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). Contact: email@example.com Office: Odette 027 Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (by appointment only; the best way to make an appointment is through email) General Wellness Resources General Counselling and Mental Health Good2Talk 24-hour phone counselling: 1-866-925-5454 Counseline: 416-946-5117 Catholic Family Services (walk-in counselling available) Wellness Workshops at U of T Mental Health services at U of T Crisis Support Services Toronto Distress Centre: 416-408-4357 Toronto Rape Crisis Centre 24-hour phone line: 416-597-8808 Crisis Pregnancy Support: 416-463-2722 U of T Sexual Violence Prevention and Support: firstname.lastname@example.org Mental Health and Addictions Smoking Cessation Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-230-3505 Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603 Eating Disorders support Spiritual Support USMC Campus Ministry St. Basil’s Catholic Parish The Newman Centre Multi-Faith Centre Academic Support Academic Success Centre at U of T Accessibility Services Centre for International Experience Physical Health USMC Intramurals: email@example.com Athletics at U of T: firstname.lastname@example.org USMC Wellness Studio General Health services For other resources in Toronto, call or visit 211. In case of emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest hospital. USMC Writing Centre Students may find university writing more challenging than in high school, but writing instructors are available to help students write more clearly, analyze thoughtfully, construct reasoned arguments, and ace their assignments. More information about our Writing Centre is available here. Career Support Husna Arif is the Career Educator at USMC. Husna offers on-location appointments and workshops on Thursday Mornings from 10 am to 12:30 pm in the Office of the Registrar & Student Services. Husna helps students with exploring career options, application for grad school, upgrade job search skills, conduct mock interview, learn about employment opportunities, and make a plan for after graduation. If you’d like an appointment with Husna, please contact email@example.com. The Career Exploration & Education centre has many recourses to support students, prospective students and recent graduates. To access tools, register for workshops, or make an appointment, please visit the Career Centre website. Library Services The Kelly Library at USMC offers a variety of services to students, including assistance with all aspects of researching and writing assignments. For more information, check out the library’s Services for Students page here.