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FAQs for Students

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Check back often. The COVID-19 Information for Students website, including this FAQs page, will be updated frequently with the latest updates, FAQs and communications. In addition to this site, you can stay up to date by:

The course timetable on the York Courses Website offers students information about how courses will be delivered so that students can make informed choices about their courses and schedule. The online Enrolment & Registration Guide provides information about choosing your courses, planning your class schedule and adding, dropping and exchanging courses.

Everyone is encouraged to look carefully through the options when planning their enrolments. Where a course is taught in-person, it is expected that students will attend in person. York’s mask protocol has been extended until further notice. York community members should continue to self-monitor for symptoms and must not come to campus if they are feeling unwell.

The only difference between an “online” course and a “remote” course is that the “remote” course has specified meeting times while “online” courses do not. Students are expected to attend and participate in the “remote” course just as they would if the course were offered in a lecture hall at a set time.

Courses offered online (designated as ONLN) have no specified meeting times and students are expected to progress through the course at their own pace. You may also see these courses referred to as asynchronous in the Notes/Additional Fees column of the York Courses Website timetable listings: this simply means that the course meeting does not have a specified meeting time and students can review the meeting content when it is most convenient for them. Students in an asynchronous course are still expected to follow common times/deadlines for submitting assignments, completing tests, etc.

Courses offered remotely (designated as REMT) are also offered online but have specified meeting times as a course normally would if it were offered in-person, for example, in a lecture hall. You may also see these courses referred to as synchronous in the Notes/Additional Fees column of the York Courses Website timetable listings: this simply means that students have a specified meeting time and engage with the instructor and each other in the curriculum at the same time.

Check the York Courses Website to confirm the mode of delivery of courses by referencing the Course Type (LECT, ONLN, REMT, etc.) and Notes/Additional Fees columns.

Health and well-being remain York’s highest priority, and the University will continue to work closely with public health authorities and all levels of government to ensure that our multi-layered approach to health and safety is in keeping with the most up-to-date municipal and provincial guidance.  More information on our health and safety efforts can be found here and please visit the Better Together website regularly for updates.

You should continue to self-monitor for symptoms and complete YU Screen. Anyone feeling unwell should not come to campus and self-isolate.

Student Organizations are in the process of renewing their status for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2022-23 school year. For more information on student organizations, please contact the Student Engagement team at yuengage@yorku.ca.

Mental health and wellness support through Student Counselling, Health & Well-being will be available online.  

Glendon’s Accessibility, Well-Being and Counselling services are also available to support you by phone. The Faculty of Graduate Studies' GradConnect Wellness Services is available by phone and videoconferencing options. Visit My Online Services to see the range of contact options (such as email, telephone, online, live chat and video appointments) available to support you.  

You can apply for OSAP if all courses are online provided you satisfy all other eligibility criteria. For more information and to apply, please visit the OSAP page. The process for applying for OSAP has not changed. In addition, make sure you complete the Student Financial Profile so that you can be considered for other financial aid supports including scholarships, awards and bursaries.

Whether your course is offered in-person or in remote format, your instructors continue to develop the curriculum, engage in the teaching, and support your learning. York instructors, staff and faculty have adapted various methods of course and service delivery so that you can continue to receive a rigorous, transformative education experience.

Apart from tuition, ancillary fees are charged for a number of service areas. We offer high-quality programs, supports and services whether in remote or in-person and we continue to look for the ways to deliver these to students in a variety of ways.

The Kiosk in Vari Hall will be open from noon to 2 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. Visit the kiosk to learn more about essential resources and services to ease your transition into university life. You can also visit the Start Strong website for more resources.

York has paused its COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate, effective May 1, 2022 (May 4 for Osgoode Juris Doctor and Graduate Program Research students). We strongly recommend that everyone receives a completed vaccine series, including third or fourth doses, when eligible. You are responsible for keeping your vaccination status up to date on YU Screen.  

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Not finding what you are looking for?

While our FAQs are updated often, we might not have all of the answers right away. You can submit a COVID-19 related question at Better Together.