This Week @ York for Week of February 24, 2020


  • York University is committed to providing a proactive approach in communicating to the York community concerning the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As noted in an e-mail sent to you last week, all York community members will receive e-mail updates when the University has posted a community update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. This website is the central source for up-to-date York community information, with links to expert health agencies, organizations and resources as well as a list of FAQs.

Important Dates

  • The ministry deadline to apply for Fall/Winter and Winter-only OSAP is Tuesday, February 25.

  • The deadline to apply to graduate at June 2020 Convocation is Friday, February 28.

  • The last date to drop a course without receiving a grade for a W course is Friday, March 13.

  • The Course Withdrawal Period runs from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, April 5.

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

Out & About On Campus

  • NSSE is here and the early results for the NSSE Champion Cup are rolling in! Schulich remains in first place, with the Faculty of Environmental Studies making great strides in week two to try and dethrone the defending champs. Are you in first- or fourth-year? Visit the NSSE website to see if you are eligible to participate and win a free latte and a chance to win a $500 tuition waiver!

  • Community Open House: Scott Library Master Space Plan. Be part of a major fundraising campaign to renovate Scott Library. Drop by this week and speak with architects directly involved in the project and get your input on the vision and your needs for the new space! Monday, February 24, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Scott Library, 2nd floor atrium.

  • Coronavirus Panel. Attend this panel discussion hosted by the Health & Medical Law Society to learn more about COVID-19 and discuss the outcome of the outbreak. There have been a lot of concerns stemming mostly from misinformation, and because of this, we have come together with professionals in the health sector who have insights on the virus to educate our York community and dismantle false news and discuss the Canadian response. FREE for all community members. Registration required at the link above. Wednesday, March 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vanier College Room 101

  • Guest Speaker: The Hero Mindset with Kevin Rempel. 2013 World Champion and 2014 Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist in sledge hockey, Kevin Rempel, overcame a tremendous amount of adversity after becoming paralyzed in a motocross crash in 2006. Come hear his story about his personal hardships and how he came to foster the Hero Mindset. Tuesday, March 3, 2:30 p.m. 152 Founders College. Registration required at the link above.

  • REDI Workshop Series: Academic Integrity and Universal Design. Join the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) at York for another Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) workshop available to students, staff and Faculty. Wednesday, February 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 280N York Lanes.

  • Refugee Awareness Week 2020. Join this collaboration of York U student groups and supporting departments working on refugee issues and advocacy this week to promote awareness, solidarity and informed action. Find out more about the week of events at the link above. Monday, February 24 to Friday, February 29. Various locations.

York Pride

  • Join fellow York students, staff and faculty for the Keele Community Conversation on Wednesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. The York community will gather to continue the conversation about our goals and how we should leverage our strengths and reputation to achieve them. RSVP and submit your questions today. Details for the Community Conversation at Glendon Campus will be forthcoming.

  • President’s Community Safety Leadership Awards. Do you know a York community member (e.g. student, staff or faculty member, group or business) who is a safety leader? Do you know an individual or group who goes above and beyond to look out for others, helps to build a safety culture and reduces safety risks? Nominate them for a President’s Community Safety Leadership Award! Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 28.

  • Do you know a York student actively engaged in student governance, whose efforts and contributions are making a difference at the University? The Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award recognizes and celebrates these students and their impact on governance at York. Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020. Submissions must be completed online at the link above.

Student Support Services

  • Attention all AMPD, Glendon and Lassonde students. You now have access to York University’s Student Virtual Assistant! York has partnered with IBM Canada, using the IBM Watson platform, to create a tool that will enhance your experience as a student. Interact with the tool, ask questions and help train it to provide better, more targeted answers. Chat with the virtual assistant on your Moodle/eClass page. Learn more about the student virtual assistant here.

Worth Repeating

  • Regenesis YUM! Market. Enjoy a diverse selection of fresh and healthy, locally grown, fairly traded, natural and organic foods and products at the weekly market using a model that creates the least environmental impact and reflects the diversity and values of the York community. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Square. Click here to volunteer.