Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

COVID-19 FAQs for POLS Undergraduate Students

Dear Students,

We know you have many questions during these uncertain times. Please know that we are here to help. We have organized online drop-ins for student advising. We are also organizing individual meetings and responding to emails. Please email our undergraduate assistant, Cynthia MacIntosh, at, or our undergraduate chair, Kyle Hanniman, at to schedule a meeting or ask questions.

Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions:

Do you have any advice about job searching or starting a new career during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In the video below, Kyle Hanniman, Political Studies undergraduate chair, and Cathy Keates, director of Queen’s Career Services, discuss students’ questions and concerns about jobs and careers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am struggling financially. Is there help available?

Queen’s has made funds available through bursaries to assist financially with COVID-19 related extenuating circumstances. Please see here for more information:

I am struggling with my health. Is there help available?

Queen’s has remote resources available for support:

Mental health appointments are available remotely via Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) for students who need to speak to a counsellor. For general counselling inquiries, email

Medical appointments are available remotely (phone and online) for some requests. For general health inquiries, email

Health lifestyle appointments are available remotely for students who want help changing a health behaviour. For general inquiries, email

Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. 1-844-741-6389 You can also log in to the Empower Me website and use "Studentcare" as the password or download additional Empower Me student assistance tools on the iAspiria mobile app. Enter "Studentcare" as the Login ID and select "Student" in the drop-down menu.

Good2Talk for post-secondary mental health support – call 1-866-925-5454, available 24/7 or text GOOD2TALKON/ALLOJECOUTEON to 686868

I need study support. Is there help available?

SASS has some helpful supports for students negotiating the transition to studying and working from home. You can find this information, and more, at the following link:

I need something positive to watch/see/hear. Can you help?

Maybe! If you have something positive that you are benefitting from, please keep it handy.