This Week @ York for Week of March 9, 2020


  • York University is committed to providing a proactive approach in communicating to the York community concerning the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Coronavirus Information and Update 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. Please check the website weekly; we will communicate with all York community members by email, social media or yFile when the University has posted a community update.

Important Dates

  • The last date to drop a course without receiving a grade for a Winter (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

  • Employment Opportunities: Student Community & Leadership Development is hiring for Summer 2020 and Fall/Winter 2020-21 work/study positions! Get involved with student life and build leadership skills while fostering community and York pride. Positions are available in: Health Education & Promotion, Leadership, Learning Skills Services, Media & Communications, Student Engagement and YU START.

  • Volunteer Opportunity: Share your lion pride and volunteer for the Spring Open House on Saturday, March 28! We are looking for enthusiastic York students to welcome visitors at one of our largest events of the year. Volunteer for the full day and receive a red York windbreaker, a pizza lunch and have your participation acknowledged on your cocurricular record. Sign up here.

  • Experiential Learning Opportunity: UNHack Calling all aspiring changemakers! No matter what you are studying, join other students for this hands-on experiential learning opportunity to solve United Nations' Sustainability Goals. The three-day event will feature workshops, networking opportunities and inspiring keynote presentations. You can receive swag, food, certificates and prizes valued in excess of $4000! Use the promo code YorkUNHack20 to save 50% on tickets. Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, Bergeron Centre.

  • NSSE is here! Complete the survey and contribute to our success. So far, 14% of eligible students have finished the survey, we have 23 more days to reach our goal of 40%. Visit the NSSE website to see if you are eligible. Already started NSSE but didn’t complete it? Finish it now and win a free latte and a chance to win a $500 tuition waiver!

  • The Division of Students wants to hear your opinions about student services at York. In addition to NSSE, there are several options over the next few weeks where your voice can be heard:

    • Drop-In Event: Join students and staff this Thursday at the first-ever Service Excellence Drop-In Prototyping Event to give your feedback on this initiative’s working concept and help York improve services to meet your needs. Thursday, March 12, drop in anytime between noon and 4 p.m. W319 Bennett Centre for Student Services.
    • Open Forum: Have your say! The Division of Students wants to hear your ideas about the future of student services at York U. Participate in a session next week on Wednesday, March 18, noon to 4:00 p.m. in Vari Hall or Thursday, March 19, noon to 4:00 p.m. at Glendon College, and tell us how we can best support your success. There will be other opportunities to participate on Monday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Tait McKenzie Centre and Tuesday, March 24, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Bennett Centre for Student Services Lobby. No RSVP required – just drop in and help shape the future!
  • Women in STEM panel discussion. Join this panel discussion hosted by Founders College and engage with other students to explore the challenges faced by women who are studying or working in the sciences and technology. Tuesday, March 17, 2:30 p.m. 305 Founders.

  • Shades of Our Sisters. Experience an interactive exhibit co-created by the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans, and Two Spirit People (MMIWGT2S), aiming to share the memory of their loved ones and what the loss of their life means to them. Open from Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13 at the 2nd Floor Scott Library Atrium.

Health & Wellness

  • Mental Health Week at Winters College. All students are welcome to join for a week of events that will help you recharge and relax during this busy time of year. Find an event for you, or just drop in and help contribute to our journeys of resilience mural throughout the week. Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13, various times. Winters Junior Common Room 012.

  • York 's 3rd Annual "Transgathering". Be a part of this event hosted by The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education and Student Counselling & Development, as they create a safe, non-judgmental space to express, explore, exchange and connect with other trans and non-binary students at York. The drop-in event will feature guest speaker Jay Jonah, a York alumni and trans-identifying Registered Social Worker. Wednesday, March 11, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., N110 Bennett Centre.

  • The results from the “Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey” have recently been released to the University and are available on the Ontario’s Universities website. The survey is an important instrument to review as it provides critical feedback from York students. York is committed to supporting our community and to continuously assessing and improving our efforts to end sexual harassment and violence.

Student Support Services

  • Student Virtual Assistant logo

    AMPD, Glendon and Lassonde students. You now have access to the Student Virtual Assistant. 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 tool here.

  • Student Virtual Assistant Naming Contest. Be on the leading edge of transformation and help name York University’s new Student Virtual Assistant. Submit your most creative idea for a chance to win a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (valued at $1,249) and one of six YU Card Top-ups worth $100 each. Submission deadline: Friday, April 3.

York Pride

  • 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.

  • Complete York’s Sustainability Strategy survey and help influence our continuing efforts to foster a culture of sustainability within and beyond the University. Your valuable input will inform how we move forward towards reducing York’s carbon footprint and to create a more sustainable future at York University. Feedback deadline: Thursday, March 13.

International Connections

  • ISAY Grand Gala. Join the International Students' Association at York (ISAY) for a fun night celebrating the international student community at York. Enjoy a gala dinner followed by a formal social party. You’ll get to try different international cuisines, watch live performances, win prizes, dance the night away and much more for only $10! Tickets are limited. Registration required at the link above. Tuesday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Second Student Centre.

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.

  • Let your voice be heard! Help shape York’s Internationalization and Global Engagement Strategy. Fill out the survey at the link above and let us know about your current experiences and future aspirations including international mobility programs, language learning, international student life, course material, collaborations with international universities and more.