This Week @ York for Week of September 3, 2019

Important Dates

  • York Orientation Day is Tuesday, September 3.

  • The First Day of Classes is Wednesday, September 4.

  • Fees due for Fall and Year course enrolments and program-based undergraduate programs is Tuesday, September 10.

  • First half of residence and meal plan fees are due Tuesday, September 10.

  • Last date to add a course without permission of instructor is Saturday, September 17.

  • Fall/Winter 2019-2020 course and program fees, which will be impacted by the provincial government’s Student Choice Initiative, are available on the Student Financial Services’ Fees webpage. The Non-Essential Supplementary Fee Opt-Out Form is now available. Visit the Student Choice Initiative website for details and a link to the form. The deadline to Opt-Out is Wednesday, September 18.

  • For a list of all important dates for the Fall/Winter academic session, please visit the 2019-2020 Important Dates Calendar.

Welcome Back

  • A welcome message from President Lenton: “Whether you are a new or returning student, I want to wish you the very best as we begin the 2019-20 academic year, and I look forward to seeing you on campus.” Please click on this link for the holiday message.

  • York University’s Orientation Week runs until Sunday, September 8 with one of the highly anticipated events being York Orientation Day – a full-day event on Tuesday, September 3 where students connect with peers and faculty in their program, explore the campus and attend the welcome ceremony in the York Lions Stadium at Keele Campus. If you are a Glendon student, Glendon Orientation Day is also on Tuesday, September 3. Glendon students will join the festivities on Keele Campus for the official York University Welcome Ceremony.

  • Connect with your college to find where you start you day on Tuesday, September 3 and continue to check throughout the year to see if there are any events that can connect you to other students. Community support helps during stressful times! You may find some college-specific events to join, including academic workshops and social events.

  • York International (YI) is offering two more international student orientation sessions this Fall. This orientation gives you a chance to meet your international student peers, learn essential information about immigration issues, health insurance, working in Canada and much more. Next Session: Thursday, September 5, 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Founder Assembly Hall (152 Founders College). For registration and information on sessions next week, visit the York International Orientation Page.

Out & About On Campus

  • Changes to Parking: The university has changed its campus parking enforcement process to improve efficiency, effectiveness and fairness to everyone using York U’s parking operations. As the new process takes effect, the University is offering individuals with outstanding tickets an opportunity to settle their accounts by way of a ticket relief program, available throughout the month of September. Learn more at

Athletics & Recreation

  • Show your #HeartOfALion and Rock Your Red for the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Home Openers! Both teams host the McMaster Marauders this Thursday, September 5, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Alumni Field. Don’t miss your chance to win a $100 York U Bookstore gift card! There will be food trucks, lots of other prizes and much more.

  • The women’s rugby team will be hosting the Trent Excalibur on Friday, September 6, 7 p.m., Alumni Field.

Careers Support

  • Employment Opportunity: The Division of Students Communications & Marketing Team is hiring for the Work/Study positions of Digital Communications Assistant and Web Development Assistant for the Fall/Winter academic session! You can find the applications for these positions at Experience York, the Career Centre’s full-service career and experiential learning portal.

  • Employer Recruitment Session: Scotiabank. Recruiting for positions in Risk Management, GBM, Operations, Commercial, Wealth, Digital, Technology Solutions, HR, Marketing, Enterprise Functions & Strategy. Tuesday, September 3, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 103 McLaughlin College. Register at Experience York!

  • Webinar: Ways to Make Money While Studying. Learn about a variety of sources for on- or off-campus employment and understand how to tap into the “hidden” job market. Registration required. Thursday, September 5, 10 a.m. to noon.


  • How to Prepare for Grad Studies at York. Are you an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the future? Learn about all of York’s different graduate studies opportunities, the best ways to prepare while you’re pursuing your undergrad, as well as the ins and outs of the application process! First Session: Thursday, September 12, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bennett Centre for Student Services, Discover York room (first floor). For more information on future sessions, click the link above.

Learning Skills

  • Attend Learning Skills Workshops designed to help you take charge of your own learning and put you on the path to academic success. Starting Monday, September 9, workshops will be held at the Sound & Moving Images Library (SMIL) on the ground floor of Scott Library and are open to all York students; registration not required. Learning Skills Services offers other helpful resources and services too.

Worth Repeating

  • Visit York’s new Back-to-School website to access back-to-school resources and learn about events to help ease the transition into the 2019-2020 academic year. The resources are organized by year of study on the site, so you can find the perfect resources and supports that fit your needs as you start the year!

  • We encourage you to check out the following alternatives to support a mentally healthy campus:

    • Big White Wall, a free online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-guided programs and creative outlets that includes a space to express, connect, learn and remain anonymous; or
    • BounceBack Ontario, offers a free skill-building program that offers two forms of support: online videos; and telephone coaching sessions with guided workbooks.
  • Can’t find your first class? The ASK Me program continues this Fall and will feature booths around campus run by the ASK Me ambassador team who will provide on-the-spot guidance and directions and answer general questions about financial aid, registrarial services, course enrolment and more. Feel like you could help the team? Returning students can also volunteer to be an ASK Me ambassador!