Covid-19 and the Residence and Campus Life Office

The Residence and Campus Life Office is open Monday - Friday 10 am - 3 pm for the month of August. The office will return to regular business hours starting in September. We can best be reached through email Residence@kings.uwo.ca, or by phone (519-433-3491, x. 4700).

Residence applications are now open for September-April 2021-22. Students applying directly from high school will receive a residence offer with their academic offer.  Other students can contact residence@kings.uwo.ca for the application link.

We will continue to consult with public health officials to determine the necessary precautions required in our residence operations for 2021-22.  Some of the precautions in place in 2020-21 may remain in place.  These plans will be finalized over the summer.  We are committed to your health and safety, and the health and safety of our entire community in the Covid-19 environment.

Changes to Residence for 2021/22

King’s is focusing on several key measures to prioritize the health and safety of our residence community as we plan for the 2021-22 residence year:

  • Single room placements for all residents to limit density in all residence areas.
  • Required first dose vaccinations for all students living in residence. Those who for medical or other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code cannot be vaccinated may request an accommodation. First dose requirement is a minimum requirement. Residents are encouraged to get second shots to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival, if possible.
  • Three-Ply non-medical masks will be required in shared residence spaces (hallways, washrooms, lounges, elevators, study rooms, food service spaces, etc.)
  • Reduced capacity limits in residence rooms, lounges, study rooms and food service areas
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of common areas 
  • Guests from outside of the King’s residence system will not be permitted (details on move-in exceptions will be finalized later in the summer)

We will continue to work closely with public health officials to monitor developments related to COVID-19 and to ensure our residence practices are in keeping with the evolving Covid situation. We will keep students and families informed about changes throughout the summer.   

The Residence and Campus Life Office will provide more information to residents in the coming weeks about the exemption request process, the process for submitting the required validation of vaccination documentation, and updates to the Residence Agreement. 

The Residence and Campus Life Office has emailed out the Building Placement email to all students UWO email address.

According to the health authorities, vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most important intervention in reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Now that the vaccination has become widely available in Canada and other countries, requiring vaccination for students living in residence is a key strategy for Covid-19 safety in residence. We understand that some students may be unable to access the vaccine prior to arrival. These students will have two weeks after arrival to be vaccinated.  King’s residents will have access to the vaccination center at Western to begin, and complete, their vaccination process.

The requirement to be vaccinated, as with all Covid-related safety strategies on campus, will be reviewed in the coming months and adjusted as circumstances dictate. 

The $600 residence deposit will be fully refundable until August 31, 2021.  We know that residents and their families are considering many factors in the decision to live on campus.  We also know that King’s Residence and Campus Life Office is committed to providing the best residence experience possible for all residents, in keeping with evolving Covid-19 safety precautions. We are excited about our plans for September and can’t wait to welcome new and returning residents this fall.

What proof of vaccination will be needed? What’s the deadline to provide that?

We recognize that many incoming students have only recently become eligible for a vaccination, and that first dose vaccinations will occur over the coming weeks and months. More information on how to provide proof of vaccination to King’s Residence will be sent by email to all residents in coming weeks. We encourage you to keep any vaccination receipt or record, in the event it is needed at a later date.   

Does the type of vaccine matter? Will a foreign vaccination certificate be accepted?

Students living in residence can receive any approved vaccine by Health Canada. A World Health Organization approved vaccine for international students will also be accepted. Vaccination documentation will be required for all students.

Do I just need the first vaccine or is the second booster shot required as well?

King’s requires students living in residence to have received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, preferably before their move-in date but at least within 14 days following their move-in date. Students who can’t access their first COVID-19 vaccine before moving in to residence will have 14 days following their move-in date to get vaccinated on or off campus.

Students will also be required to receive their second dose of the vaccine. We anticipates the on –campus Western vaccination center will be able to provide any eligible student their second dose vaccine during the fall semester. Students who can receive a second dose vaccine prior to arriving to campus are strongly encouraged to do so. 

Will staff working in residence also be vaccinated?

Live-in staff (i.e.RAs and House Coordinators) will be required to be vaccinated unless granted an accommodation, as their living arrangements form part of their contractual duties. As part of our multi-layered Covid response plan, Residence Staff will be provided with appropriate PPE, be expected to follow health & safety protocols, and will receive additional safety training related to COVID.

Can I still move in if my first vaccine appointment is booked after the move-in date?

Western will provide a vaccination centre on campus this fall and expects to have a sufficient number of vaccines available for students needing one – including King’s students. You can still move in as long as you are vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination within two weeks after you move in. However, we strongly encourage students to get their first dose prior to arrival at King’s to maximize the effectiveness of the vaccine and to avoid supply shortages, or other complications.

How do I submit a request for an accommodation?

Those students who for medical or other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code cannot be vaccinated may request an accommodation. More information about requesting an accommodation will be released in the coming weeks.   

Will King’s turn students away from residence if they cannot show proof of vaccination upon arrival?

Students who can’t access their first COVID-19 vaccine before arriving at King’s will have 14 days following their move-in date to get vaccinated on or off campus. Students who have not been vaccinated with their first dose within two weeks following their move-in date, or who have not been granted an accommodation to this requirement, will not be permitted to continue living in residence.   

Will students moving into residence have to show they’ve been vaccinated by a specific date before moving in? If so, when?                                 

King’s is encouraging all students to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. More information on how to provide proof of vaccination will be communicated by email in the coming months.

Will King’s be testing students for COVID-19 upon arrival in residence?

Our current focus is on encouraging all students to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. At this time, King’s is not planning to test students upon arrival in residence. If there is a need to change course, we will. New information will be shared as early and as often as possible. Incoming students and parents are encouraged to monitor King's Residence Website for the latest information on residence plans for fall 2021.

With the vaccination requirement, can I still withdraw from residence and receive refund of the prepayment?

As previously announced, King’s Residence will refund the $600 residence deposits in full until August 31.  If your plans change and you wish to withdraw your application email residence@kings.uwo.ca .

Does King’s  require proof of any other vaccinations for students in residence?

King’s does not require students living in residence to verify proof of vaccination for other illnessess, however all students are encouraged to take responsibility for their health and well-being by following public health immunization recommendations and ensuring their immunizations are up to date before begining university studies. The Middlesex-London Health Unit fully supports Western and Affilaites'  decision to require COVID-19 vaccination for students living in residence.

Is the vaccine requirement being enforced at Western and other affiliated university college campus residences too?

Yes. Any student living in a residence operated by Western, Brescia, Huron,  and King's must have received their first dose before starting to live in residence, or receive the vaccine within two weeks following their move-in date.

RESIDENCE FOOD SERVICE

Residence food service will operate as fully as possible under provincial guidelines. Our goal is to continue to provide exceptional dining service while respecting physical distancing guidelines, and recommended Covid-19 safety practices for food service.

RESIDENCE LIFE PROGRAMMING

While restrictions may require us to limit interaction in physical spaces, our team will design an exceptional experience for you. This may mean that we interact more in smaller groups, one-on-one and virtually. We are committed to showing you what a community looks like – even in the most challenging times!

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Living in residence offers another dimension to your King’s experience.  Living close to all the resources at King’s and living with classmates is an excellent way to thrive academically.  Living in residence places you next door to campus resources and facilities, but more importantly, it is a supportive learning environment. We know that your first-year experience is an important time of transition and we are here to help you achieve your goals. And, we know upper year students often want to continue living in the supportive residence environment that the Epworth Houses and King's Commons can offer.  In addition to the full-time staff in the Residence and Campus Life Office, Residence Assistants, Residence House Coordinators, Residence Sophs, and King’s Academic Peer Mentors are all here to offer peer support.

We are proud of the diversity of our residence students. Students from many backgrounds and many countries make their home with us. Diversity is celebrated and respected in the residence community.

Benefits of Residence Life

  • Residence Guide
  • Residence Handbook
  • Make lifelong friends in a caring community
  • Fastest commute to class - ever!
  • Enjoy your meals in the three food services locations at King's - offering a wide selection of food choices.
  • Student lounges and study lounges available in most building styles
  • Laundry on each floor in Wemple and Alumni Court and in each townhouse. Also in each house and apartment.