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The Pulse December

Your Monthly Graduate Newsletter from Student Affairs

Dates & Deadlines

December 1 to January 31 – Payment Plan enrolment for winter term (available to Graduate students not already on a PPL) 

December 1 – First date to apply to graduate in SOLUS for spring 2020 

December 4 to 19 – Fall term examination period 

December 6 – Commemoration Day 

December 5 – Second last Payment plan payment withdrawal for the fall term PPL 

December 31 – Fall term ends 

January 1 – Winter term begins 

January 6 – Winter term classes begin 

January 10 – Tuition fees due in full for winter term 

January 10 – Last Payment plan payment withdrawal for fall term PPL 


ALERT: Criminal scams in Kingston actively target students 

There are several criminal scams that are targeting Canadian and international university students. You may receive a phone call, email, or text message from individuals claiming that they are from the Canada Revenue Agency, Immigration Canada, or the police. 

 

Do not transfer money to them or provide personal information. You are advised to hang up and report the call to the police. Learn more.


Grad and Campus News

Searching for a New or Different Place to Live in the Winter Term?  

Use the Community Housing Accommodations Listing Service (ALS).  

Do You Have a Visiting Researcher Coming to Campus?

Have them stay on campus at the charming Donald Gordon Conference Centre.  Book today! 

Queen’s Online Verification of Enrolment  

The Online Verification of Enrolment is a snapshot of your current or past registration status at Queen's, and is available for the upcoming Fall Winter 2019–20 academic year.  

Spring 2020 Graduation is Coming!   

If you will be completing your degree requirements in order to graduate in spring 2020, you must apply to graduate. You can do so starting December 1, 2019. For your timeline and for more information related to Convocation, click here


Financial Info

Printable Student Fee Statements available through SOLUS 

You can print your own statement of financial transactions by term. Learn how 

Payment Plan

  • Not on the Payment Plan, but want to join the winter term plan? Winter term Payment Plan (PPL) self-enrolment starts December 1 through January 31, but be sure to enrol before January 10 to avoid the late fee!  Learn more
  • Beginning your Graduate Studies in January? If you’re starting your program in January, you can enrol in the PPL even before you’re registered. You can self-enrol in the payment plan December 1 to January 1. Learn more
  • Returning from a Leave of Absence, but want to join the Payment Plan? You will not be able to self-enrol into the payment plan on SOLUS. Please complete and submit this form to the Office of the University Registrar at fees@queensu.ca
  • Already enrolled in the fall payment plan? You will be automatically enrolled into the winter PPL as of January 20. No need to enrol into the winter payment plan

Important Information for Students Receiving 2019-20 OSAP

Students receiving 2019-2020 OSAP have a January 31 winter tuition due date. All or a portion of your OSAP funding will remit directly to Queen’s from OSAP to be applied to your Queen’s SOLUS student account (usually in early January).   

  • Please wait until mid-January (or once the OSAP payment has been applied to your Queen’s SOLUS student account) before making an online payment for any remaining balance of fees outstanding (if applicable) 

Not Receiving Government Student Financial Assistance this Year, But Have in the Past? 

Take the necessary steps to ensure you are not required to begin making payments on your previous government loans. Learn more:

Queen’s General Bursary 

2019-20 General Bursary decisions will be posted on SOLUS in late December. All bursaries are paid to students’ accounts. If your student account is paid in full, a refund will automatically be issued to you in early February via electronic funds transfer. Please ensure that your banking information is up-to-date on SOLUS


Health & Wellness

Check out the 15 Days of Exams Health Challenge! 

Learn tips to take care of yourself this exam season through the daily tips and challenges posted on our Facebook and Instagram. Comment on each challenge to be entered to win a prize!

Accessing On-Campus Medical and Mental Health Care

Student Wellness Services in Mitchell Hall offers appointments with physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, and counsellors to support your physical and mental health.  

  • Call 613 533 2506 between 8 am–4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, to book. Check out our clinic hours
  • Most counselling appointments are now booked same day, starting at 8 am. Our goal is to reduce wait times for initial sessions. Learn more
  • Urgent care walk-in health clinics run most weekdays and evenings. There are community-based and after-hours services (in person and online) available when our clinics are closed or reach capacity. Demand for service is high. We appreciate your patience

Empower Me

Allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues – no matter how big or small.

  • Available 24/7, 365 days per year
  • Confidential, multilingual, culturally sensitive, gender inclusive, and faith inclusive
  • Call 1-844-741-6389 from anywhere in North America. Learn more and visit our student care page: queensu.ca/studentwellness/empower-me 

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

Student Wellness Services has introduced Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), providing 24/7 secure access to online resources to help students manage stress and anxiety. Sign up using your Queen’s email at queensu.ca/studentwellness/TAO

Flu Shot Fridays

There are flu shot clinics at Student Wellness Services on Fridays in December through to the 20.

  • Call 613-533-2506 to book.
  • Free for all students

Supper and Support

Supper and Support is a welcoming, safe and non-judgmental space for students with little or no parental support

  • Join us Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, for a simple meal and conversation
  • Topics chosen by participants each week
  • For more information, and to register, email Kate Johnson at: kate.johnson@queensu.ca

Work & Learn

Seeking Career Advice?

We offer services for Queen's graduate students in all disciplines. If you have any career-related questions, don’t hesitate to visit us during Drop-in Advising hours from Monday to Thursday, 1:30–3:30 pm. Find out more about the services we offer on our website.

Intercultural Awareness Certificate Training at the QUIC 

Co-delivered by Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) and the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, this training aims to help build an understanding of Indigenous culture and develop awareness of how culture shapes our view of the world.

  • Each series is comprised of either five 2-hour sessions, or three 200-minute sessions. Limited space is still available in the Winter series here  

Stay on Track with Student Academic Success Services

If you’re buried in the middle of lengthy research projects, it can be tough to stay motivated and avoid procrastination. SASS has all the advice you need to stay on track here.


Participate

Check Out QUIC's December Social Activities

All are welcome! Activities include two social meet-ups during the Holidays on December 27 and December 31. Dates and details here.

Visit the Ban Righ Centre 

The Ban Righ Centre supports the continuing education of mature women students. Come and learn about what we have to offer. The Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9 am–4 pm.  

  • The Ban Righ Centre will be closed from Monday, December 23 to Wednesday, January 1. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2

Winter Bazaar 2019 

The Ban Righ Centre welcomes all students with children (from infancy to adulthood) to our Winter Bazaar.

  • Friday, December 6th, 2019, 4pm to 7pm (pizza served at 5pm) at Ban Righ Centre
  • Children can pick up holiday gifts for their family members for just $0.25 per gift
  • Get to know other student parents and relax after a long semester of hard work
  • Please RSVP to ga6@queensu.ca. Space is limited - only those who are registered will be admitted

Stop by Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am–4:30 pm.     

  • Check us out on Facebook to stay up to date with Four Directions events and programs