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Information for the 2022 fall term

  • View the recent Fall 2022 campus update.
  • Prior to each campus visit, students are recommended to complete the province’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine whether it is safe to visit.
  • Undergraduate students: If you are not able to complete your remote learning or attend campus for an in-person assessment or final exam, please contact your home Faculty Academic Counselling Office to request academic considerations. Students in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Education, Ivey Business School, and School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies can request Academic Considerations via the usual process for your faculty.

Starting September 1, students will be required to wear medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks in indoor instructional spaces, with some exceptions.

COVID-19 Vaccination policy
Students are required to provide proof of vaccination to be on campus as part of the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre is open and vaccinations and boosters continue to be available. Students can log into Student Center and look for "My Vaccinations" located in the top left under "Personal Information" to submit their proof of vaccination.

Safety officers will help ensure COVID-19 protocols are being observed across campus. The university remains flexible, and will be ready to respond to any further direction from our public health partners.

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Student FAQ for Fall 2022 Return to Campus

For questions regarding Western's Vaccine Policy, please see vaccine FAQ's.

Vaccines and Testing

Will I be required to get a booter shot to be permitted on campus?

Western's COVID-19 vaccination policy requires those attending campus to recieve the primary series plus a booster shot (three doses total) of any combination of COVID-19 vaccines recognized by Health Canada.

Where can I get a booster shot?

Booster shots will continue to be available at Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre.

Do I still need to fill out a return to campus questionnaire?

Western has aligned its self-assessment with the provincial tool. Individuals are asked to review and complete the provincial COVID-19 self-assessment tool each day they need to attend campus and follow the instructions provided.

If I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19, but have no symptoms, what is the recommended course of action and for how long?

Western has recently aligned its self-assessment with the provincial tool. Individuals are asked to complete the Daily Return to Campus Self-Assessment each day they need to attend campus. Please follow the direction given by the result of the assessment. Additional guidance is available at ontario.ca/exposed.

Will Western continue distributing masks to everyone on campus?

Medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks remain available for pick up at all Western library locations using your Western ONECard and will be available at some building entrances.

Instructor and Student Absence

How will a student in an in-person class be notified of an instructor absence?

Students should check the course OWL announcements and monitor their University-issued email account for updates.

How will an in-person class proceed if the instructor is unavailable due to self-isolation or illness?

Instructors are preparing for this possibility. Available solutions will vary for different courses but may include:

  • continuation of in-person lectures by other faculty members and/or TAs
  • a temporary return to synchronous online instruction
  • posting asynchronous online lectures
  • assigning readings

I will not be able to attend in-person classes and assessments for at least five days due to COVID-19 symptoms and/or a directive to self-isolate. What do I do?

Undergraduate students: If you are required to self-isolate as a result of direction obtained from a COVID-19 Self-Assessment, please do so. If you are not able to complete your remote learning or attend campus for an in-person assessment or final exam, please contact your home Faculty Academic Counselling Office to request academic considerations.

Students in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Education, Ivey Business School, and School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: If you require academic considerations because you cannot attend campus for a required in-person assessment or final exam due to illness or self-isolation, request Academic Considerations via the usual process for your faculty.

I have been required to self-isolate and have submitted my request to my academic counsellors, but I am not ill. Am I permitted to continue to work online?

Of course! We encourage students to continue their studies to the extent that they are able. You may not attend in-person classes, tutorials, or laboratories during your period of self-isolation, however.

I am an undergraduate student in a second-entry Faculty (e.g., Business, Education, Law), how do I report a need to self-isolate?

If the results of the provincial COVID-19 self-assessment tool require you to self-isolate, you may send a request for academic considerations to your Dean’s Office, who will advise you on next steps.