Let’s preserve the school year you’d hoped for

September 07, 2021 6:30 PM

Western Students, 

We are writing to you today for two reasons. First, we want to thank the students who have safely returned to campus and have been complying with our health and safety protocols; we appreciate your responsible and respectful approach to this academic year.  

But we’ve seen a disturbing trend over the last few days that puts our entire year in jeopardy.  

This past weekend there were several large gatherings near campus – along with some aggressive behaviour that put the safety of others at risk. This activity is a blatant disregard for the campus community, public health, and the law.  

We want to be clear: if this activity continues, the academic year we have so carefully planned will not happen. In-person learning with fellow students, interaction with professors, extra-curricular activities, athletics and all the things that make your student experience great will be lost.  

Everyone must continue following provincial guidelines and do their part to keep the Western and London communities safe. There is a lot on the line.   

Your choices will determine what your experience will look like this year. Let’s make it different than the past 18 months.   

We have all worked so hard to get to where we are today. It would be disappointing to lose it before it even starts.  

Alan Shepard, President and Vice-Chancellor 

Zamir Fakirani, President, University Students’ Council