Update on Winter Term 2022
A message from Dr. David Malloy, King's President:
All of us at King’s have been busy preparing for the expansion of in-person learning and activities on campus. Thank you all for your on-going dedication to King’s as a learning and supportive community. I know that many of you are living with stressors in your personal and working lives. At King’s, our goal is to build a healthy community for all. While we are not fully back on our feet yet in terms of the pandemic, we are getting closer due to all the steps you have individually taken. Thank you.
As we announced on January 14, 2022, we anticipated the resumption of many in-person classes and support services effective Monday, January 31, 2022, with some necessary exceptions.
The School of Management, Economics, and Mathematics (MEM) is predominantly providing remote access until the end of the term to all courses to accommodate all upper-year students in the program. MEM is adding in-person learning opportunities in some courses and via the MEM Help Centre. Please check the MEM communications for details.
Academic departments outside of the School of MEM will begin the return to in-person on January 31, 2022. In some cases, individual courses and instructors will need more time to change formats and some students may experience a more gradual return to in-person instruction. In those cases, each instructor will inform students via the course OWL site, and the transition to in-person classes shall be complete by February 28, 2022.
Please note that King’s understands there may be compassionate and accessibility challenges for both faculty and students to attend class. Students seeking compassionate or medical accommodations should contact the Academic Dean’s Office (ADO) or Accessibility Services. Faculty should contact the Vice-President and Academic Dean (VPAD) or Human Resources.
Winter Term Resource Guide
We have created this simple and convenient Winter Term Resource Guide explaining how services and resources at King’s will operate. Please check the guide frequently as we gradually increase our hours of operation for everything from food services to study spaces. As always, residence staff will communicate directly with the residence community on operations. Our residences have remained open throughout the year due the diligence of staff and students in adhering to Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) guidelines and protocols.
Before coming to campus
Everyone must complete the daily COVID-19 provincial self-assessment before coming to campus. As a student, if you do not pass the screening, you can submit a form using Western’s new Self-Isolation Reporting Tool. This may help you with academic accommodation for any missed tests, etc. Employees must report to their departments if they do not pass the screening.
Health and safety on campus
All of our operations are guided by close collaboration between King’s and the MLHU as well as provincial government regulations.
Everyone on campus is required to be fully vaccinated (two approved doses). We strongly encourage everyone to also get the booster as soon as they are able. Western’s vaccination clinic is open for appointments and in some cases for walk-ins. You can find details at the Western Vaccination and Testing Centre.
At a minimum, you must wear a three-layer non-medical mask while in shared spaces on campus. Higher-grade masks should be worn as they become available. Masks are available from Central Services in Wemple 002.
In closing, please continue to send me your feedback. We are a community of outstanding scholars, engaged students and employees, and caring alumni. King’s has grown as a place to be and a place to become over the past two years of the pandemic because of all of you and what we have learned from you.