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Information for Current Students

Fall 2020 course delivery

Our fundamental and overarching concerns are your health and safety, and that of our faculty and staff, and of the broader community of Halifax. Within that context, we are equally motivated by our determination to ensure your learning at King’s continues to be of the high and inspiring quality to which you have been accustomed and which you rightly expect. A further consideration of high importance is alignment of our plans with those of Dalhousie, especially in the faculties of arts and social science, and of science, so that you and your families have as much clarity as possible to make decisions (such as where you will live) in the coming year.

With these key considerations in mind, our academic programs have all agreed that they will be offering their courses online in September. This is–with some exceptions that will most likely not apply to King’s students–the same decision that has been made by Dalhousie. Based on evolving public health conditions, some in-person teaching may be delivered in the winter term in ways that comply with public health directives on physical distancing and the size of gatherings. But if this happens, it will happen in ways that will allow you to continue to take any course at King’s you want to take through distance (online) learning. In other words, if your preference is to continue your studies online throughout both semesters in the coming year, you will be able to do that at King’s.

Read President Lahey’s full May 20 message to King’s students.

Student Accounts

  • All inquiries regarding student accounts should be directed to Sharlene Salter at accounts@ukings.ca.
  • Students requesting a refund as a result of residence withdrawals should contact accounts@ukings.ca to obtain a banking information form for direct deposit. We are unable to process cheques at this time.
  • Registration holds on outstanding accounts related to winter term fees have been temporarily lifted to allow for registration. These outstanding fees will need to be paid by April 15. If outstanding fees are not paid by April 15, holds will be reinstated and registration in the summer and fall/winter terms may be removed. Please contact accounts@ukings.ca if you have any overdue amount that you are not able to pay before April 15.
  • Payments on student accounts should be paid via online banking. Please refer to the payment guide for more information.

Increased Government Assistance

On April 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced nearly $9 billion in support for post-secondary students and recent graduates in response to the impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on student employment opportunities.

This spending is intended to provide financial support for students this summer, help you continue your studies in the fall, and give you necessary experience before starting their careers.

Measures include:

  • the Canada Emergency Student Benefit provides students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit with $1,250/month from May–August 2020. (The amount increases to $1,750/month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities.) The benefit are also be available to students who have jobs but are making less than $1,000 a month.
  • the new Canada Student Service Grant, which helps students gain valuable work experience and skills. It provides up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.

There are more details in the government’s official announcement including information about increased students grants, broader eligibility for student financial assistance, an enhanced Canada Student Loans program, and an extension on expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships. Much of the funding does not have to be repaid so, even if you did not think you would be in a position to qualify for these benefits, it may be in your best interest to apply.

Emergency Bursaries

We have created additional COVID-19 bursary funding to supplement our normal bursary program and assist students with financial need who will be attending King’s in Fall 2020. Please fill out the bursary form [PDF] and send it to catherine.read@ukings.ca as soon as possible.

We will continue to offer financial awards to current and future students.

Scholarships

  • For upper-year undergraduate students (i.e. second year and beyond), renewable/consideration criteria will remain the same: a 3.7 GPA for full time students. A PASS grade is a credit and will count towards required credit hours, but it will not be used in the calculation of your GPA. For students in the Foundation Year Program,​scholarship criteria remain the same. While you may take a PASS if you wish, you must receive a letter grade (B+ and above) in the Foundation Year Program to be considered for a scholarship. ​ Please note, in response to COVID-19 additional bursary funding will be available for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • There is an appeal process in place for students who may not meet conditions for retaining renewable scholarships. Appeals should be sent to Catherine Read at catherine.read@ukings.ca by September 1st for consideration by the Scholarships Committee.

New Grading information

Students have new grade options for the winter 2020 term. For details and up to date information, see the important information on Winter 2020 grading structure section of the Student Support Services course on Brightspace.

Mental Health Resources

Due to our ongoing health and safety response to COVID-19, some of the mental health resources offered through Dalhousie and King’s may not be available. In-person services will not be available, and service hours of operation may differ.

  • Dalhousie Health & Wellness is currently offering same-day counseling over the phone
  • Helplines such as Good2Talk (1-833-292-3698) and the Mental Health Mobile Crisis (1-888-429-8167) are available.
  • Jordan Roberts, King’s Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Officer, is available to call or text.
  • Dalhousie’s Social Worker, Hazel Ling, is hosting a drop-in group chat every Wednesday from 1:30–3pm.

Library information

The University of King’s College Library is closed due to COVID-19.

All due dates have been extended to September 30, 2020, Novanet-wide. This applies to all items borrowed from the University of King’s College Library and every other university and community college library in Nova Scotia, as well as Mount Allison University Library in New Brunswick.

Items may be returned to the book drop bin at the rear of the Library.

Online research assistance is available through LiveHelp.