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Information for Current Students

Learn about changes to course delivery, residence and campus life, and increased funding available to King’s students.

Read the latest university updates, including important messages from Dean of Students Katie Merwin (Aug. 14) and President William Lahey (Aug. 7), on the COVID-19 Resources Centre page.

Probable COVID-19 case identified

On Sept. 21, Nova Scotia Public Health informed Dalhousie University of a probable COVID-19 case among our student community living off-campus in Halifax. The probable case is not linked with our residence community. As Dalhousie’s memo notes, If you have not been contacted by Public Health, you are NOT considered to have been exposed. 

Read Dean of Students Katie Merwin and Vice-President Dr. Peter O’Brien’s Sept. 21 university update. 

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.

Fall 2020

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.

Winter 2021

On August 17, the Dalhousie Provost sent a message to all Dalhousie students outlining the expectations for delivery of winter term courses. That message said that “a significant majority of our courses will continue to be delivered online, considering the health and safety of our university community as well as the need to support students unable to travel to Halifax …to continue their academic programs.” There are a few exceptions to this expectation at Dalhousie, but most do not apply to programs open to King’s students. Winter timetables are in the process of being updated to reflect the mode of delivery now.

Because Contemporary Studies Program (CSP), Early Modern Studies Program (EMSP), and History of Science and Technology (HOST) fall under Dalhousie Senate regulations, decisions at Dalhousie regarding the mode of delivery of classes in these programs will be followed by King’s. For the Foundation Year Program (FYP) and Journalism classes, which do not fall under the authority of Dalhousie Senate, we will need to come to our own determination, but will endeavour to do so also by early fall. Rest assured that King’s decisions will be consistent with Public Health directives and will serve the best interests of everyone in our community in the ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read Vice-President O’Brien’s August 17 update on online learning

Residence

King’s will maintain residence operations at reduced occupancy. We will provide a safe environment for students and the broader King’s community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consult the residence FAQ for up-to-date information about residence operations.

Residence Reopening Plan [PDF]

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.

Student Employment

The University recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions in many areas of the country have limited summer work opportunities. In addition to increased government assistance and COVID-19 bursary funding,  King’s has also created  some additional summer job opportunities to help current students gain the experience and financial benefit that come with summer employment. Some of these jobs have been created in collaboration with grant-matching agencies. Given the circumstances, some of these have been posted with abbreviated application deadlines (as early as Monday, June 8!).

If you are interested, please:

  1. visit mycareer.dal.ca;
  2. sign in with your NetID and password;
  3. click on Career Services;
  4. search for “University of King’s College” and follow application instructions.

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 awards@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.

Black Student Advising Centre

Although BSAC’s physical space on campus is closed, they are still supporting students’ needs virtually and will be throughout the fall semester.

In the context of what is happening around the world with continuing pain and heightened awareness of racialized violence, they remind students that their staff are still available to students who might need support from the Black Student Advising. Students can still continue to get in touch with us 9am-5pm Mondays – Fridays:

  1. Ronke Taiwo, Black Student Advisor: taiwooa@dal.ca or by phone 902-880-4602
  2. Monique Thomas, Community Outreach and Transition to University Coordinator: monique.thomas@dal.ca
  3. The BSAC email is also checked regularly, bsac@dal.ca
  4. Website: www.dal.ca/bsac

Follow DalBSAC on social media

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dalbsac
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dalbsac
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dalbsac

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 will reopen on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, safety is paramount, so Library hours and the number of users in the Library will be limited.

The Library will be open to King’s students, faculty, and staff only.

A maximum of 10 users may be in the Library at one time.

Users may book a study table in the Reading Room on the main floor for a period of three hours per day:  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A booking system to reserve a table will be set up soon.  In the meantime, please email your request to library@ukings.ca.

Each user must sign in and out and provide contact information for tracing.

Each user must comply with Nova Scotia Government health and safety requirements, including wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing.

Please note that the Library entrance door is on the south side of the Library, facing the gymnasium.  The exit door is on the north side of the Reading Room, facing Alexandra Hall.

Borrowing materials

King’s students will be given term loans on materials borrowed from King’s Library.

Library staff will retrieve books from the downstairs stacks for borrowers.

Users may request books from other Novanet Libraries to be delivered to King’s Library.

Interlibrary loans are available to request articles.  Books are available to borrow from some institutions, although with delays.

Curbside pickup is available for those who do not wish to come into the Library.

Online assistance

Online research assistance is available through LiveHelp. For the latest updates and information regarding library services and operations, please visit our Library Services during COVID-19 LibGuide.

If you have any questions, please email library@ukings.ca or call (902) 422-1271 ext. 171.

Fines on overdue books

Effective immediately, libraries in the Novanet consortium—of which the University of King’s College is a member—will no longer charge late fees [PDF] on most loaned items. This change will persist at all Novanet libraries after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

Fall athletics programming

ACAA fall athletics season

After deliberation, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association in conjunction with the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association, has decided to cancel the 2020 season for Fall sports. This is in light of health and safety consideration for its student athletes, coaches and athletics staff. While King’s Athletics will not be competing during the Fall semester, athletic operations will continue in an adjusted capacity.

All Varsity teams will be permitted to resume practices, adhering to the Provincial and University standards for safe sports under Covid-19 protocols. Though nothing is certain, the ACAA is planning for winter teams (Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, Badminton) to recommence in January with modified schedules.

Online programming

We are thrilled to offer three excellent online options and these include Guided Meditation, Strength and Conditioning, and Trivia. You can find detailed information about each of this on our Blue Devils Facebook page.

Varsity Practices

Training protocols for the gym and outdoors are now approved and we will be running varsity practices in small group sessions (10 people and under). Some first year and returning student-athletes have already been contacted, but if you were not contacted or wanted to be a part of it, please reach out to us in athletics or e-mail the coaches directly.  Because of health and safety protocols, you cannot walk on to tryouts without notice in advance.

Cardio and Weight Room Use

Although we cannot give you the exact date, our plan is to open our weight and cardio rooms on an appointment only basis.  You will need to book your time 48 hours in advance and cancel within 24 hours of your booking, with limited spots and numbers being offered (3 in weight room and 5 in cardio).  Our intention is to wait until quarantining is complete and everyone is safely settled.  All equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after use as per health regulations.

Future Programming

As we move through the fall our plan is to add activities such as free yoga classes, hikes, and outings.  These programs will follow strict social distancing guidelines and all health regulations.  More information on these exciting activities to come!

We very much look forward to seeing all of you and encourage you to stay physically active.  Whether it is to participate in one of these programs or walking, running and local hiking on your own, please remember the benefits of “healthy mind and healthy body.”

Grading information for winter 2020 term

Students have 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.