Virtual supports and updates to start the semester

January 18, 2021 3:00 PM

Hello Western Students,

Welcome back. 

We know that studying during a global pandemic is hard. 

We know you are missing the informal gatherings and social connections that help distinguish the undergraduate experience at Western. 

We miss seeing you and your friends around campus, dodging the geese on your way to grab a Spoke bagel and we know there will be less tray-tobogganing down UC Hill this year. 

I hope you found some time to rest over winter break. As you return to your studies you might be feeling less refreshed than you had hoped. This is understandable. There is a lot going on in the world at the moment and it can, at times, feel a bit overwhelming. 

Be kind to yourself. As you start the semester, try adopting one habit to help you practice self care. 

Please try to stay optimistic. Vaccines are starting to roll out and there is light at the end of this tunnel.

Your well-being as we move through the next few months remains our top priority. In February we will be conducting a student well-being survey to gather data that will inform how we deliver resources and supports.       

In the meantime, we have been working hard to build resources and supports to help you while you learn online. Below is a list of these programs that can help. I encourage you to take a look and join us. 

Hang in there. We will all get through this situation if we work together. Reach out early and often. The pandemic sucks and we all need kindness, care, and support to get through it. 

Best wishes, 


Jennifer Massey
Associate Vice President, Student Experience

Academic support 

Support staying well 

Employment support 

COVID-19 testing on campus 

Staying safe during COVID 

  • The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility
  • As we enter the next few months, it is imperative you follow the provincial shutdown directives, and recommendations from the Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Provincial directives (PDF) prohibit indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except in very limited circumstances. No indoor organized public events and social gatherings related to the University are permitted on or off campus. All campus community members are expected to continue to follow social gathering limits to help reduce the spread of the virus.