Coronavirus (COVID-19) archive

This page is an archive of Georgian College’s updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

For current information and recent updates, please visit our main coronavirus page.

Updates from President MaryLynn West-Moynes

See below for previous updates from Georgian regarding the COVID-19 situation. For the latest message, please see our main coronavirus page.

Aug. 13, 2021 – Mandatory vaccines on campusGeorgian College Chevron

Dear students and colleagues,

After careful consideration, I’m announcing today that Georgian College will move to mandatory vaccinations for all Georgian students and employees who will access any of our campuses or locations, as of Sept. 7. Georgian will be releasing a vaccination policy shortly that will also address all visitors who attend our campuses or locations.

In order to work or study on any Georgian campus or affiliated facility, students and employees will be required to have at minimum, their first dose of a two-dose, Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine before coming on campus as of Sept. 7 and a second dose, or be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18. 

As we prepare for more on-campus activity for the fall, we’ve been working closely with our local public health authorities and watching two critical things: vaccination rates of our college population demographic and the current and future impact of the variants of concern (VOCs) on our communities.  

Georgian will have a process to grant accommodations to individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code. More details regarding accommodations will be provided in the coming weeks on our website, as well as our employee and student portals.

Throughout the pandemic, while maintaining delivery of our programs both on and off campus, Georgian has been committed to the health and safety of our students and employees. It’s driven our decisions from the very beginning and this decision is no different.

We know widespread vaccination is our best strategy to a safe and more rapid return to on-campus life and I’m committed to doing everything we can to make that return a reality for our students and employees.  As an academic institution, it is important we understand our role and responsibility for the greater good.

To make it convenient for our college community, we’re working with local health units to bring vaccination clinics on campus, where possible. We’ll provide more information on those clinic locations and times as soon as available, and of course, appointments or walk-ins for vaccinations in various locations throughout Ontario can be made/located on the province’s website or local public health unit websites as well.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with our three Georgian College Students’ Association presidents (GCSA).  After hearing the proposal, asking critical questions about how we move forward, they have endorsed Georgian moving ahead with a vaccine policy. I want to commend them for their efforts to build a safe campus.

As we work through the details of this heading into our fall semester, more specific information about how you’ll provide proof of vaccination status, obtain exemptions and answers to your many questions will be provided. Please continue to check the college’s website, as well as student and employee portals for important updates. You can also read an FAQ.

I have full confidence that you will appreciate this decision and our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the communities we are so fortunate to be a part of and cherish.

Stay safe, be well and choose kindness.

Sincerely,

MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO

July 19, 2021 – On-campus activity for fall semesterGeorgian College Chevron

College announcement

On Friday, we received new direction from our Ministry of Colleges and Universities regarding plans for Fall 2021 and a resumption of on-campus activity. Shelley Tapp, Deputy Minister, wrote to advise that “assuming the continued progress of provincewide vaccination rates and continued improvements in key public health and health care indicators, it is anticipated that all in-person instruction and on-campus activities at PSE institutions would be permitted to resume without capacity limits of physical distancing requirements starting in Fall 2021.”

Our Deputy Minister further indicated, “I want to emphasize that PSE institutions continue to have the flexibility to deliver academic instruction in the mode that best suits the needs of students and institutions including virtual and hybrid delivery models.” The ministry will release an updated framework in early August, to ensure alignment with the most current public health and safety guidance and advice for September 2021 and onwards.

This is welcome news and something we have been looking forward to and planning for! 

Our students have made their plans for the fall and in keeping with our commitment to them, our academic delivery schedule will remain the same for Fall 2021 and include a combination of remote online and in-person delivery. Georgian students and employees can expect a gradual increase in on-campus activity as the semester progresses. We will soon post what services will be available either in-person, online or both as well as what to expect when you return to campus. 

As required, we will update our health and safety protocols to align with our Ministry framework as well as our local public health unit requirements. They’ve served us well because you’ve followed them so rigorously. Please remember Georgian has a number of resources to help you manage your mental health, should you require support. Visit the student or employee portals for more information.  

Working together, we’ve adjusted and adapted throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so, always keeping our students at the centre of our decision making and doing all that we can to ensure their health, safety and ultimate success. As more information is available and decisions are made, we’ll be sure to update you regularly.

In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated – it will bring us all back together faster.

Feb. 10, 2021 – Summer semester updateGeorgian College Chevron

Dear students and colleagues,

I’d like to thank you all for your patience while we adjusted the start of some of our in-person winter semester activity to meet the conditions of the provincial stay at home orders. Our Georgian team quickly responded to the enhanced safety measures required by the provincial government, and our students showed tremendous resiliency and commitment to their studies despite all the changes. We’ll continue to adapt as needed, together.

We remain committed to following strict health and safety protocols to keep our community safe. The enhanced measures we implemented on Jan. 27 will continue as long as necessary.

With winter semester well underway, I’d like to share our plans for summer semester.

Remote and hybrid learning this summer semester

After careful consideration, Georgian will continue with a combination of fully remote and hybrid (remote/in-person) program delivery for the summer 2021 semester. In-person classes and labs will only be delivered where absolutely required to meet learning outcomes or accreditation requirements.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • With a few exceptions, the semester will start May 17 and end Aug. 20 (13 weeks).
  • There will be one Study Week from June 28 to July 2.
  • You can use the program search tool for summer 2021 to find out which courses will be online and which will have in-person components.
  • If you’re scheduled to be on co-op work term or clinical or field placement this summer, there is more information for you on our summer semester web page.
  • Summer semester registration will open April 13.
  • All student services will continue to operate remotely.
  • For regular updates and answers to frequently asked questions, visit our COVID-19 web page.

As always, our decisions are made observing the guidance and direction of the provincial government and our local public health units. Should the direction change, we may be required to revisit our decisions.

Academic and financial support continues to be available

  • The Georgian Learning Guarantee will be offered again this summer semester. Learn more.
  • The COVID Hardship Bursary will be available again this summer, as a means of immediate short-term financial relief. Learn more.

Spring 2021 convocation

Our spring convocation will be a virtual ceremony in June. At this time, we know we can’t host large, in-person gatherings for quite some time still and we want to celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments now rather than delaying this important and well-deserved milestone. For students in their final semester, you’ll receive more information in March.

Stay safe and be well

I know it’s been almost a year since Georgian switched to remote learning at the onset of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it gets any easier to cope with so much change. Please remember Georgian has a number of resources to help you manage your mental health, should you require support. Visit the student or employee portals for more information.

Be safe, be well and choose kindness.

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO

Jan. 15. 2021 – Winter semester updateGeorgian College Chevron

Dear students and colleagues,

The new year typically brings with it exciting possibilities, best-intentioned resolutions and anticipation of the challenges ahead. I view it as an opportunity for making meaningful change, turning ideas into action, and approaching our studies and work with a fresh perspective. This year, more than any other in my experience, will require this and more.

On Tuesday, Premier Ford announced a second provincial emergency to address COVID-19 and slow the transmission of this terrible virus. Although we’re under a stay-at-home order, work and attending postsecondary are deemed permissible under this provincial regulation.

I can’t thank our service areas, faculty and academic teams enough for once again adapting to ensure we can deliver our curriculum while adhering to our ministry and public health direction. By Monday, we’ll have started 95% of our courses; the majority are being delivered remotely for the entire winter semester. Many in-person labs will be impacted by the current provincial restrictions in place until Feb. 11. I anticipate this is likely to be further extended. Changes up to Jan. 22 at the course level are already posted on Blackboard. This will be updated as decisions are made so check Blackboard regularly. Given the extension of the public health measures, the limit of 10 students for each in-person instructional space will require even more adjustments and changes.

Changes to in-person learning could mean: some re-scheduling and/or re-sectioning, a delayed start, starting your in-person courses remotely, or coming to campus for fewer hours than originally scheduled. For those of you with in-person learning, I encourage you to check out our blog post on what to expect on campus. Your safety and well-being remains our top priority and I regret the uncertainty over the next couple of weeks. We must remain flexible and adaptable as we all try to stop the spread of the virus.

I also understand the current public health measures affecting the operation of our elementary and high school system creates more challenges for working parents. It’s difficult to both homeschool your children and learn, provide a service and/or teach a class in-person or online. This affects students and staff alike.

Students – if you’re finding caring for children at home combined with your studies at Georgian a challenge, speak to your faculty.

Faculty, support staff and administrators, we encourage you to make the necessary arrangements for childcare to enable you to continue in your role, however, if these arrangements cannot be made and this interferes with your ability to do your job, please reach out to your manager/associate dean and/or dean to discuss what options are available. We all need to be flexible and supportive of each other when competing demands sometimes make it nearly impossible to know what to do.

Grizzlies – we’re here for you

Whether you’re studying remotely, in-person or a combination of both, we guarantee a learning experience of exceptional quality. We’re also ready to support you every step of the way whether you need career advice, tutoring, personal and academic counselling, technical help, financial assistance, mental health resources, or other student services. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

We want you to succeed and we’ve got your back. So much so, that if you choose to withdraw from your program before Feb. 19, 2021, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in May 2021, September 2021 or January 2022. You choose the program. All you have to do is reapply and be accepted. That’s our Georgian Learning Guarantee.

We recognize this is a challenging time for many financially. That’s why we’re relaunching our $1-million COVID-19 Hardship bursary, which provides assistance to registered domestic and international students with demonstrated financial need. You can submit an application between Feb. 1 and 15 on the student portal. Check out our website too for information on other Georgian awards, scholarships and bursaries you can apply for.

Only students with assigned in-person activity should attend campus. For employees, in keeping with our protocols, only those who are absolutely required to work on campus will do so, and all others will continue to work remotely.

Have a safe and healthy 2021

Whether you’re a student or colleague, I remain proud of our Grizzly family. Georgian will continue to make decisions in full compliance with the direction provided by our local public health units, our ministry and the Government of Ontario. Be sure to be vigilant in following the protocols on campus. They have served us well because you’ve embraced completing the COVID-19 screening app, wearing a mask while indoors, maintaining a safe distance from others, following handwashing and lab protocols.

We’ll provide important updates on the Georgian website and our student and employee portals. We’d also love to connect with you and hear your stories so be sure to follow us on social media.

I have a strong sense of hope about the year ahead. We’ve accomplished so much together because you’ve worked at staying safe, being well and because of the countless acts of kindness. Keep the faith – good things will come in 2021 if we stay together – safely apart.

Warm regards,

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President

Jan. 11, 2021 – Welcome backGeorgian College Chevron

President West-Moynes shares a welcome message to new and returning students who will be studying at Georgian this winter semester.

Dec. 23, 2020 – Provincial lockdownGeorgian College Chevron

Provincial shutdown and winter semester

Dear students and colleagues,

As we quickly approach the break between semesters, I’m writing to advise you of our early assessment of how the Ontario Government’s announcement to implement a province-wide shutdown, scheduled to start Saturday, Dec. 26, will affect the start of our winter semester.

Here’s what we can share with you at this point:

Remote learning and services

In-person, on-campus learning

  • At this point we know some in-person labs will be impacted by the new provincial restrictions, which will be in place until Jan. 22 inclusive; others may continue as planned
  • For specific details of changes at the course level, students are advised to check Blackboard the week prior to beginning their studies
  • Changes to in-person learning could mean:
    • a delayed start
    • starting your in-person courses remotely
    • coming to campus for fewer hours than originally scheduled
  • All students in apprenticeship programs scheduled to start on Jan. 4 will be contacted directly regarding any change to their schedule

Other Georgian activity changes

  • Some health and wellness clinic operations at the Barrie Campus may need to be altered to meet Ontario Government restrictions; more details will be communicated in the new year
  • Corporate Training and Continuing Education courses will not occur unless delivered remotely

Who’s allowed on campus?

  • All students and employees who can study and work remotely are not to come to campus
  • Only those required to study or work on campus will do so
  • Anyone coming on campus for scheduled on-campus activity is required to follow safety protocols
  • If you have questions, please consult with your faculty or manager/supervisor as appropriate

During the holiday break, we’ll continue to work on the details as to how the semester will unfold. I’m confident, with your support and resilience – students, faculty, support staff and administrators combined – we’ll have a successful winter semester.

In early January, as more details are finalized, we’ll share them. Please continue to check the Georgian website and student portals, and connect with us via social media for updates.

Thank you for your continued persistence. Wishing you and your families a safe, restful and healthy holiday.

Kind regards,

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO

Sept. 15, 2020, updated at 8:30 a.m.Georgian College Chevron

Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m. 

Dear students,

For some, you’re just beginning your Georgian journey. For others, you’ve chosen to persist with your studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. I know this isn’t what any of you imagined for your time at college, but I’m confident you made the right decision joining us this fall.

You’re going to have a great Georgian experience – whether you’re learning remotely, completing mandatory in-person learning on campus, or a combination of both. This is truly an extraordinary time but I want you to know you’re not alone. We’re here for you, no matter where you are, with inspiring faculty and friendly staff who want you to succeed and who will support you every step of the way.

My advice for you is simple: be yourself, get involved, participate in class, reach out for help when you need it, and have fun. While none of us knows exactly what’s ahead, we can choose how we’ll respond.

Here’s a video message for all of you. Have a wonderful semester!

Stay safe, be well and choose kindness.

Best regards,

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO, Georgian College

June 11, 2020, updated at 2 p.m.Georgian College Chevron

June 11 at 2 p.m.

Dear students,

It’s incredible to me when I look back and realize a little more than 11 weeks ago we left our on-campus lives behind and moved to remote delivery of our programs and services. I’ve said it before, but I continue to be in awe of the resilience, creativity and dedication you’ve shown to each other and to your studies. I know at times it hasn’t been easy and it’s been an adjustment for everyone, and our faculty and staff have been working to support you during this uncertain time.

I also want to acknowledge these past weeks have added a new complexity as we watched and tried to absorb the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting racial tensions and protests. Although much of this was happening south of the border, we mustn’t fool ourselves into believing we’re immune to racism and intolerance here in Canada. We know our students, especially those of you who are people of colour, understand this all too well.

This past week, we participated in #BlackoutTuesday and we know we need to do more. We’ve advocated for our employees and students to become better allies and we’ve also reminded everyone of our codes of conduct and human rights procedures. There can be no tolerance for racism of any kind at Georgian and I’ve established a small working group, including representation from our faculty, support staff, administrators and students, to recommend next steps and actions we can take in order for Georgian to continue to improve and grow.

If you need help or believe you’ve had an experience that breaches our codes of conduct, you can contact our Campus Safety Services team and of course, students will always find a safe space and someone to talk to through our Counselling Services, which are still available remotely.

Fall program delivery

In my message to you on May 14, I indicated that our fall semester plan is to deliver courses remotely wherever possible, and only deliver in-person where the hands-on learning component was required. Thank you for your patience while we worked through the many details necessary to determine our fall program delivery method for each course.

Today, I’m pleased to tell you that this information is available in a searchable table. All programs that require an in-person component (down to the course level), will be listed on this page, along with the number of hours you would be required on campus. As always, we’re making the best decisions we can with the information and guidance available from public health authorities and the government. If the situation in Ontario should change, we will need to adjust our approach.

For those of you who will need to be on campus, we’re working on detailed safety measures and protocols that will be in place. To that end, our goal is to establish a two-metre distance protocol, wherever possible – and where that’s not possible, face shields will be provided and mandatory. Instructions on proper usage will be provided. You can expect to see many of the same things you experience when you do your grocery shopping – signage, spacing markers, lines and directional arrows on the floor, and plexiglass shields.

Experience MORE: Georgian Learning Guarantee

I’m also pleased to announce, starting with our fall semester, our Georgian Learning Guarantee. At Georgian, we guarantee a learning experience of exceptional quality, where you’ll achieve your learning outcomes whether you’re studying remotely, in-person or a combination of both. We’ll support you every step of the way, whether you need career advice, tutoring, personal and academic counselling, technical help, financial assistance, and so much more. We want you to succeed; rest assured we’ve got your back, so much so, that if you choose to withdraw from your program by Oct. 16, 2020, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in January, May or September of 2021. You choose the program. All you have to do is reapply and be accepted. For returning students, the same applies, we’ll apply your tuition fees for your next semester when you return in 2021. That’s our Georgian Learning Guarantee.

Eligibility – Registered full-time and part-time credit students in Georgian only programs; where program is available; tuition fees only; student is responsible for ancillary fees. OntarioLearn and all partner programs, such as but not limited to, Lakehead-Georgian and collaborative nursing, are ineligible. Georgian students on co-op, placements or clinical placements are not eligible. More information will be posted on the student portal the week of June 22.

Supporting our students

In May we launched an emergency COVID-19 bursary for summer semester students that closed on June 3 having received 712 applications for emergency funds for living essentials such as housing, technology, groceries or utilities. We will disburse up to $1 million now and plan to launch a fall version of the bursary in September for students in need. More information will be available on the student portal when the bursary application is launched.

OCAA varsity athletics

This week it was also announced that in collaboration with the member institutions and to reduce the potential spread of and exposure to COVID-19, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) has made the decision to suspend varsity athletics planned for the 2020 fall semester. The OCAA will monitor the situation and assess it, with a hope that varsity athletics will return in the winter 2021 season with a reduced schedule. Although an understandable position, this is undoubtedly quite disappointing for the many employees and students who look forward to supporting and participating in these sports.

The entire team at Georgian understands this is a challenging time for students and we also know it’s important that during these times of uncertainty, we move ahead with our dreams and goals. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to support you as you begin or continue your journey with us. It may be different than what you expected or hoped for, but I know you’ll get the quality education, the support and services you need to be successful. I encourage you to embrace this change and take the positives that will come as a result of Experience Georgian.

Stay safe, be well and choose kindness.

Best regards,

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO, Georgian College

May 14, 2020, updated at 3:15 p.m.Georgian College Chevron

Winter and summer semester lab completion and fall semester plans

Message from President West Moynes to students

Dear new and returning students,

As we prepare to remotely welcome approximately 4,000 new and returning students for the summer semester next Tuesday, I want to provide you with an update on planning activity as we look ahead to the August recovery period and the start of the fall semester. I know many of you have questions and while we still face considerable uncertainty, I remain impressed by your resiliency and I’m immensely proud of what we’ve managed to achieve, and for those just starting with us, will achieve together throughout this challenging time.

Here are some of the things we’re working on.

Completion of winter and summer semester mandatory hands-on practical learning

Your faculty along with many others at Georgian are actively planning to deliver the outstanding mandatory winter and summer semester practical learning during the last three weeks of August. In April, we advised our winter semester students that we would communicate the winter recovery schedule and post it on Blackboard the week of May 25. We are aiming to meet that timeline. As the summer semester is just beginning, details regarding the mandatory summer practical learning activity will be communicated on Blackboard in the coming weeks.

Fall semester

The health and safety of our students and our employees is a top priority as is our commitment to deliver a high quality teaching and learning experience. We plan to deliver our best case fall semester scenario which is to move ahead with continued remote delivery wherever possible and only necessary in-person, on-campus activity will be permitted. It is our intent to confirm these details in mid-June unless there are significant changes in the guidance provided by the Government of Ontario and our health authorities. The fall semester will consist of thirteen weeks of academic activity, classes are slated to begin Sept. 14 and run until Dec. 18 – with one Study Week.

Establishment of working group to guide re-starting campus activity

Guided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province has started to gradually ease certain restrictions in order to re-start the economy. In parallel, we’ve struck a steering committee and working group to establish the parameters for a return to on-campus activities. This will involve a phased approach and comprehensive safety measures to ensure a safe return, and all decisions will be informed by, and made in full compliance with, public health authorities and the Government of Ontario.

Support for students

I know this is a challenging time and students in particular are facing many new pressures. I’d like to remind you of the supports available to you remotely. Connection, self-care and community are more important now than ever.

This week, we also launched a new, COVID-19 hardship bursary to assist regular, full-time post-secondary students registered in our summer semester – both domestic and international, who have a demonstrated financial need. Students who are interested in applying for the COVID Hardship Bursary can find the application form under the “money” tab on Georgian’s student portal. Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, May 12 until Wednesday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Any Georgian student seeking financial support is encouraged to reach out to our Financial Aid department.

One thing we have all learned is that this pandemic situation is fluid and our greatest strength will be our resiliency in the face of this challenge. Georgian is committed first and foremost to the safety of our students and employees while remaining flexible and agile in our approach to returning to campus. We must be prepared to adapt to new information as it becomes available.  My commitment to you, our students, is that I’ll keep your academic experience and the health and well-being of our entire Georgian community my top priority and I’ll continue communicating with you as our plans develop.

Be Safe, Be Well and Choose Kindness.

MaryLynn

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO, Georgian College

April 20, 2020, updated at 2:30 p.m.Georgian College Chevron

Update on co-ops, clinical placements, field placements and internships re: COVID-19

What students need to know about co-ops, clinicals, field placements and internships

As a leader in work-integrated learning, Georgian has many students who have been wondering what happens with their co-ops and other placements during the COVID-19 pandemic. The college has been working hard to develop options that address work-integrated learning components for the winter and summer 2020 semesters.

Co-ops

Students are not required to complete their winter or summer 2020 co-op work term.

Co-op students have options, which depend on their individual program and where they are in their progression. These options may include the following:

  • complete a co-op work term from home
  • choose to not do co-op work, with no need to repeat or reschedule the work term
  • request a non-co-op exit or change to a non-co-op version of the program, this means, graduating with a credential that does not include co-op
  • complete a co-op work term in the community after a review of the risk, an informed-consent conversation, and the completion of a signed waiver
  • defer the co-op work term to another semester
  • complete an alternative project

Students are required to register as usual in their co-op terms, and anyone interested in options other than work from home is required to schedule time with their co-op consultant to discuss their options. Program-specific information will also be sent to affected students in the near future. More information can be found on the Georgian Connects site.

Health, Wellness and Sciences clinical placements

Clinical placement officers are in communication with hospitals, long-term care homes and community agencies in order to explore opportunities to begin clinical placements when it’s feasible and safe to do so.

Here’s what students in these programs with a clinical placement need to know:

  • There’s no need to wait – starting April 21, students can go ahead and register for their upcoming courses
  • Monitor the Placement Office web page for updates on clinical preparedness permit requirements
  • International students should fill out the International Student Assessment Form to connect with immigration advisors to ensure their immigration status remains valid

Human Services and Community Safety internships and field placements

The placement office continues to communicate with community partners to explore opportunities to begin placements when it is feasible and safe to do so.

  • The placement office will be in touch with all summer semester students by email in the next two weeks
  • International students should fill out the International Student Assessment Form to connect with immigration advisors to ensure their immigration status remains valid

Students who have a work-integrated learning experience that is not referenced here, please connect with your coordinator. More information can be found on the student portal as well as the dedicated COVID-19 web page.

March 31, 2020, updated at 3:30 p.m.Georgian College Chevron

Message from the president re: COVID-19

Dear students:

I’m writing to share an important update regarding our plan for the summer semester and the completion of the winter semester, particularly as it applies to those of you who are required to complete a lab or practical component of your course.

The health and safety of our students and employees remains our top priority. To ensure we continue to serve our students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to delay the start of the summer semester by two weeks. The semester will begin on Tuesday, May 19 and will last for 12 weeks, during which programs will be delivered remotely for all current students (in semesters two through eight). Given the uncertainty involving the approval of study visas and resumption of international travel, decisions related to the first semester intake will soon be communicated.

All students required to complete labs and practical learning components for both winter and summer semester will do so during the last three weeks of August.

Here’s what you need to know:

Students:

  • Remote classes and student services will continue for the remainder of the winter semester. Information for your specific course can be found on Blackboard.
  • All on-campus lab or practical learning requirements to complete courses for the 2020 winter and summer semesters will be completed during the last three weeks of August. Students will be notified once details regarding specific courses are determined.
  • Summer semester start will be delayed by two weeks and will run with remote delivery from Tuesday, May 19 through Friday, Aug. 7 with completion of mandatory lab or practical components occurring in the last three weeks of August. There will be no reading week during the summer semester. Registration opens on April 21. Check Blackboard starting May 13 for details from your faculty.
  • Only once it is safe to do so, students will be asked to resume their clinicals and placements that were suspended in March.
  • The best source for co-op information is on the student portal. From there you can connect to co-op consultants and other information sources.
  • June convocation is postponed. Students who successfully completed their program in December or in April will receive their credentials by mail in the summer. Graduates will be invited to a future ceremony when we can celebrate this milestone together.

It’s been said repeatedly because it’s true: we are in uncharted territory. In our lifetime we have never had to deal with a global pandemic such as COVID-19. We will continue to base our decisions on the advice of our public health authorities and the Government of Ontario, which includes the timing of the re-opening of our campuses and the resumption of in-person services.

We will continue to communicate as often as needed to provide timely and relevant information to our students and employees.

If you need assistance, remote delivery of student services will continue and you will find a complete list and contact information here.

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding. We must all do our part to flatten the curve, to prevent the spread, remain positive and supportive of each other, and take strength in the knowledge that better days are ahead. When you take care of yourself, you take care of others.

Be safe, be well and choose kindness.

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO, Georgian College

March 20, 2020, updated at 11:30 a.m.Georgian College Chevron

Message from the president re: COVID-19

Dear students and colleagues:

It’s been an unsettling week of breaking news supporting Canadians at home and abroad, paired with cancellations and closures that I know are concerning for us all. On a positive note, I remain incredibly impressed and optimistic by the response from our students, our employees and the communities that surround us.

The Georgian community is a resilient and patient group, and most importantly agile, as we have proven repeatedly as we adapt to the many changes and new processes required to respond to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

I meet regularly with our senior leadership team, who all keep current with other colleges and government officials, and our emergency operations control group to work through the many decisions we must make daily as the situation evolves. For the health and safety of our students and employees, effective Monday, March 23, all campus locations will remain closed to students, including the libraries.

The good news is, consistent with our vision statement to accelerate success through exceptional teaching and learning, innovation and partnerships, we have moved with unparalleled speed, to offer our courses through remote delivery starting on Monday, March 23 – and we’re ready. I couldn’t be more proud of the work our faculty, academic leaders, IT and so many others have done to make this happen – from the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), working with our incredible faculty, to administrative and support staff who have looked after the countless details that keep us running.

I’m committed to providing you all with timely updates and pertinent information to the questions I know you have.

Here’s what you need to know:

Students:

  • Remote classes start on March 23. If you haven’t already, check Blackboard. Faculty have been busy preparing for remote delivery and posting information there.
  • What does remote delivery look like? Faculty, with the support of CTL, retooled courses to offer a mix of synchronous and asynchronous delivery, where possible. What does that mean? It means, as often as possible, you’ll have access to learning materials and activities when and where it’s convenient for you – giving you the most flexibility.
  • If you experience difficulty accessing your course content remotely please contact IT support at 705 728 1968 ext. 1732 or email itsupport@georgiancollege.ca.
  • All campus locations will remain closed until further notice. Those students who require access to their lockers please contact Campus Safety Services at 705.722.5100.
  • I recognize that most of our students have what they need to continue their studies remotely, however not every student has a computer and access to internet. We are working on strategies to address those situations, we have a limited number of loaner laptops, please email your request for a loaner laptop or need for internet access to servicespecialist@georgiancollege.ca.
  • For courses that have a lab or practical component that cannot be completed through remote delivery further details will be provided as your course resumes next week.
  • The Office of the Registrar has moved to remote delivery to help you – email registrar@georgiancollege.ca or call them at 705.728.1968 and press “0”.
  • Student services are available via remote delivery, where possible. A list can be found online and will be updated as services are added.
  • Georgian employment services centres will remain closed to walk-in traffic and will continue to serve clients remotely.
  • Keep in touch with our latest updates and see our answers to your commonly asked questions on the student portal or at in the FAQ section below.

Employees:

  • Thank you, I couldn’t be more proud of the work you’re doing to support our students and their success!
  • At least one member of the senior leadership team is on the Barrie campus each day during business hours, campus security knows who and where they are, and will locate them if needed to support any issue college-wide. All other senior leaders are working remotely and available to anyone who reaches out to them via email or phone.
  • As we move to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all, the senior team has assessed, with the support of college administrators, the employee roles required on-campus in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound. Those required to be on campus will be advised by their manager.
  • Some employees will continue to be on-site to maintain certain necessary operations that cannot be performed remotely.
  • All other employees will continue to work remotely. Administrators will provide guidance and support.

Next week will be both exciting and challenging. Exciting, because we will be back to doing what we do best, teaching and learning, providing outstanding services and working collaboratively. Challenging, because of the necessary changes in how and where we do that.

We draw strength from our belief in our mission and vision. We are transforming lives through the power of education, let’s not lose sight of that during this incredibly unsettling and difficult time. Each of you have individual goals, collectively we are committed to building talented individuals and a stronger society – we are accelerating success.

Stay connected, albeit at a safe distance, encourage and support each other, get outside and breathe the fresh air, and take it one day at a time. We will eventually get on the other side of this and together we are stronger.

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO, Georgian College

March 16, 2020, updated at 8 p.m.Georgian College Chevron

Message from the president re: COVID-19

Dear students and colleagues:

Today our Prime Minister and Premier each made announcements regarding efforts to slow and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. With the health and safety of our students and employees foremost in my mind, all Georgian campuses will reduce operations to essential services effective tomorrow, Tuesday March 17. This means that for the remainder of this week, the campus is closed to students. Employees should only come to campus if you are asked to do so by your manager.

Critical student supports such as counselling services, registrar’s office, student advisors etc. will continue with remote access. More details to come shortly on georgiancollege.ca and the student portal.

Here’s what else you need to know.

Students:

  • As stated in previous messages, all online programs will continue as usual and we will move all in-person courses to remote delivery on March 23. In the case of the Lakehead-Georgian joint degree courses, they will move to remote delivery on March 18. This closure does not change this plan. All labs and clinics are suspended until further notice. All day and evening apprenticeship classes are postponed effective Monday, March 16.
  • Students will have limited access to computers and quiet study rooms in campus libraries by appointment only beginning March 23. Information regarding appointment booking will be provided later this week and posted on the student portal.
  • For domestic students living in residence, you are encouraged to return home if it’s safe to do so. You will be eligible for a partial refund.
  • Students who choose to remain in residence or in off-campus housing, should practice social distancing and follow all public health guidelines to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Co-ops and placements, including clinical, will continue unless suspended by the employer or host institution. For those concerned with continuing their co-ops, and placements with employers and host institutions, you have the option to suspend this activity. To understand how suspension will affect you, for those on co-op contact your consultant and placements your program placement office.
  • If your co-op is with the college, please follow directions for Georgian employees.
  • The academic leadership team continues to review and prepare academic contingency plans. Georgian is committed to ensuring these plans do not jeopardize your ability to complete your academic semester. Specific details regarding your course completion strategy will be communicated by your professor via Blackboard.
  • Contact Campus Safety Services at extension 5100 if campus access is required during this week.

Employees:

  • If you require items from your office in order to complete work remotely, please contact your manager who will contact campus safety services to make arrangements.
  • Discuss your work assignments with your manager to work remotely or make other arrangements.
  • As the college will continue to deliver programs and services to students remotely, arrangements are being made this week to ensure employees have the tools and resources to support this.
  • During a temporary campus closure, all full-time employees will continue to be paid. Part-time employees will receive compensation for their regularly scheduled shifts.
  • Georgian employment services centres will be closed to walk-in traffic however will continue to serve clients remotely and move to a rotating staff schedule for activities that must be done onsite per ministry guidelines.

Stay up to date by using reliable sources of information such as GeorgianCollege.ca or the student and staff portals. Employees should remain in close contact with their managers to ensure a consistent approach that still fits the needs of each area. Access to the campus will be reviewed weekly.
I appreciate this rapidly evolving situation is stressful. The college is moving quickly, while adhering to the advice of our public health officials and trying to anticipate all that we can to meet the needs and expectations of our students and employees.

I will provide you as much information as I can, however, we may not immediately have all the answers to your questions. I ask for your continued patience as we work through the many details and I am certain that with your understanding and support we will work through this together. Please continue to look after yourselves and your loved ones and be kind and respectful of each other.

March 16, 2020, updated at 8 a.m.Georgian College Chevron

Message to students and employees re: COVID-19

To all students and employees:

The college continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and uses the most recent information from federal, provincial and local health authorities. To protect the Georgian community, the college is making two changes, effective Monday, March 16:

  1. All Athletics and Fitness Centres will be closed until further notice
  2. In line with recent changes Health Canada has made to its travel advisories, the following direction now applies to all students and employees of the college:

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days from your date of return and follow any direction from public health
  • Do not come to campus
  • Students: check Blackboard for instructions or contact your faculty
  • Employees: contact your manager to make arrangements
  • If you develop symptoms within 14 days of travel, contact your local health unit:
    • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705.721.7520 or 1.877.721.7520
    • Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health at 1.800.265.7293
    • Grey Bruce Public Health at 519.376.9420 or 1.800.263.3456

Travellers who have been to Hubei province (China), Italy and Iran in the past 14 days:

  • Within 24 hours of arriving in Canada contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705.721.7520 or 1.877.721.7520 or the local health unit where you live (see list above)
  • Follow public health’s direction to self-isolate
  • Do not come to campus – contact Campus Safety Services as soon as possible at 705.728.1968, ext. 6111
March 13, 2020, updated at 1 p.m.Georgian College Chevron

Message from Georgian College’s president

March 13, updated at 1 p.m.

Dear students and colleagues,

The health and safety of our campus community is always my top priority. After careful consideration, all in-person classes at all Georgian College campuses are suspended from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 to allow us the time to retool our programs to move to remote delivery where feasible. Existing online courses will continue as usual. Our campuses — including libraries, student services and counselling, food services, the athletic centre and others — will remain open. Georgian Employment Ontario offices will also remain open.

Beginning Monday, March 23, all programs will be delivered through remote means. Students are required to check Blackboard next week regarding their specific program delivery, as well as how we’ll address hands-on learning. Students are expected to attend their co-ops and placements unless otherwise notified.

We are focused on developing solutions that support the safety and wellbeing of staff and students and allow for the successful completion of their semester in a timely fashion.

The college will remain open. Employees are expected to report for work however, we will be encouraging and implementing flexible work arrangements where we are able. We will also be adopting measures that support social distancing and minimize personal contact to create a safer work and learning environment.

I’d also like to remind everyone it’s critical we all continue to be vigilant with illness-prevention practices – including effective hand-washing and staying away from the college if you are ill. I appreciate this is a challenging time for us at the college and would remind everyone the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for employees and counselling services for students.

As this is a dynamic and evolving situation, we will be providing more information as it becomes available. Your patience at this time is appreciated as we work through the details of this plan.

The decision to suspend classes was not taken lightly, but the health and well-being of our Georgian community, is our priority. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and evolving situation and we are making decisions as quickly as possible with the guidance of public health officials.

I want to thank our faculty, staff and administrators for their commitment to our students and their education. They are moving swiftly to retool their methods of delivery and their expertise and focus on this is deeply appreciated.

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO, Georgian College

March 12, 2020, updated at 4 p.m.Georgian College Chevron

Event cancellations re: COVID-19

March 12, updated at 4 p.m.

Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all college events until June 1 are cancelled unless advised otherwise.

This decision was made after careful consideration and in consultation with the Government of Canada’s risk assessment tool for planning events.

The health of our students, employees, faculty and members of the community is important to us. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Information surrounding rescheduled events will be released as it becomes available.

For Georgian College events:

  • Visit the events calendar for information on cancelled and rescheduled events.

For Georgian Theatre events:

March 12, 2020, updated at 9 a.m.Georgian College Chevron

March 12, updated at 9 a.m.

Georgian continues to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and uses the most recent information from federal, provincial and local health authorities. While the risk to Ontarians and the Georgian community remains low, the college is advising students, employees and visitors to campus of the following:

Travellers who have been to Hubei province (China) and Iran in the past 14 days:

  • Contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705.721.7520 or 1.877.721.7520, or contact the local health unit where you live or are staying within 24 hours of arriving in Canada
  • Follow Public Health’s direction to self-isolate
  • Do not come to Georgian

Travellers who have been to mainland China (excluding Hubei province), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Singapore, South Korea or Spain in the past 14 days:

  • Self-monitor for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing for 14 days
  • During this time, avoid crowded places where you could unknowingly spread illness, e.g., the college
  • Do not come to Georgian

The Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

You’re encouraged to follow Government of Canada travel advice and advisories when planning any travel.

FAQs: Winter 2020 semester

I was on a clinical or field placement in winter semester. What is the latest information about my placement?Georgian College Chevron

All students on clinical placement and their employers were notified on March 17 that clinical placements are suspended until further notice. Only once it is safe to do so, students will be asked to resume their clinicals and placements that were suspended in March. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

What if I don’t have a computer? Or what if I live in a remote area with limited WiFi? How can I complete my courses remotely?Georgian College Chevron

We’re working on strategies to address those situations.

Update as of March 25: In an effort to offer as many options as possible for internet access, some WiFi signals have been boosted to reach some campus parking lots. Speed decreases the further you are away from the building but you can still get the signal.

Update as of March 27: At this time, we have no more loaner laptops available. If you are without a computer or internet access, please email servicespecialist@georgiancollege.ca so we are aware of your situation and can continue to work on finding solutions.

I don’t have my course textbook. Do you know where I might get one?Georgian College Chevron

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Georgian Stores is open for online orders
  • search Amazon’s used book market
  • search Facebook groups for used books: Orillia Georgian College Book Exchange, Georgian College Barrie Book Swap, Georgian College Used Textbooks
  • Contact the publisher. Some publishers are making textbooks open access during the health crisis. Use your college email.

When purchasing a used textbook, ensure you are getting the edition you need.

I need help navigating Blackboard. Who do I contact for help?Georgian College Chevron

Since March 23, the Registrar’s Office has hosting several weekday information sessions via WebEx. Topics covered include how to access your courses, how to participate in group discussions, how to take a test and how to submit assignments. Read the article on the student portal for dates and times from March 30 to April 3, as well as log in instructions.

I’m new to online learning. Do you have any tips to help me be successful?Georgian College Chevron

We know it’s a big adjustment! Staff from our Centre for Teaching and Learning have prepared a Student Remote Learning Kit with lots of great resources. Check it out. Don’t forget you can also connect with your student advisor remotely.

Will classes be online for the remainder of the semester? Or will I be expected to return for in-person classes or labs?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of March 31:

  • Remote classes and student services will continue for the remainder of the winter semester. Information for your specific course can be found on Blackboard.
  • All on-campus lab or practical learning requirements to complete courses for the 2020 winter and summer semesters will be completed between August 10 to 28. Students will be notified once details regarding specific courses are determined.
Will the semester be extended?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of March 19: The winter 2020 semester is following the same dates. Most programs will be completed on April 17, 2020.

I want to withdraw from a winter 2020 course but it’s after the deadline, what can I do?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 6: The date to withdraw without academic penalty deadline has been extended until April 8, 2020. Please connect with your advisor, academic co-ordinator or faculty member before you withdraw. There may be other options for you to be successful in the course.

I’m registered to take a Continuing Education (non-credit) course in the near future. How does the closure impact me?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 15:

  • All in-class Continuing Education courses through to Sunday, Aug. 9 have been cancelled. You will be issued a refund for course fees. If you paid by credit card, the refund will be issued to your credit card account. For all other forms of payment, an email will be sent to your student email address; use your student number to accept the e-transfer. If you wish to continue with your training, please register for courses commencing in fall 2020.
  • All online Continuing Education courses will continue to run.
  • Decisions related to motorcycle training will soon be communicated.

For more information, please email ptsregistrar@georgiancollege.ca.

What is the latest information about co-op placements?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 20:

Students are not required to complete their winter co-op work term.

Co-op students have options, which depend on their individual program and where they are in their progression. These options may include the following:

  • complete a co-op work term from home
  • choose to not do co-op work, with no need to repeat or reschedule the work term
  • request a non-co-op exit or change to a non-co-op version of the program, this means, graduating with a credential that does not include co-op
  • complete a co-op work term in the community after a review of the risk, an informed-consent conversation, and the completion of a signed waiver
  • defer the co-op work term to another semester
  • complete an alternative project

Students are required to register as usual in their co-op terms, and anyone interested in options other than work from home is required to schedule time with their co-op consultant to discuss their options. Program-specific information will also be sent to affected students in the near future.

For more co-op related FAQs, please visit the co-op page on the student portal. If you don’t see the answer to your questions, please book an appointment to connect with the co-op team via phone or videoconference using GeorgianConnects.

I’m on co-op placement right now. Am I expected to report to my placement still?Georgian College Chevron

Co-ops placements will continue unless suspended by the employer or host institution. For those concerned with continuing their co-ops, you have the option to suspend this activity. To understand how suspension will affect you, please contact your co-op consultant. If your co-op is with Georgian College, please follow directions for Georgian employees. For more co-op related FAQs, please visit the co-op page on the student portal.

What is the latest information about Health, Wellness and Sciences clinical placements?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 20:

Clinical placement officers are in communication with hospitals, long-term care homes and community agencies in order to explore opportunities to begin clinical placements when it’s feasible and safe to do so.

Here’s what students in these programs with a clinical placement need to know:

  • There’s no need to wait – starting April 21, students can go ahead and register for their upcoming courses
  • Monitor the Placement Office web page for updates on clinical preparedness permit requirements
  • International students should fill out the International Student Assessment Form to connect with immigration advisors to ensure their immigration status remains valid
What is the latest information about Human Services and Community Safety internships and field placements?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 20:

The placement office continues to communicate with community partners to explore opportunities to begin placements when it is feasible and safe to do so.

  • The placement office will be in touch with all summer semester students by email in the next two weeks
  • International students should fill out the International Student Assessment Form to connect with immigration advisors to ensure their immigration status remains valid
What is the latest information about apprenticeships?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 23:

Georgian College and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development have made the decision to postpone delivery of all apprenticeships until fall 2020.

The Ministry will contact you directly when it’s time to resume training. Possible approaches to finishing in-class learning may include:

  • Completing practical learning outcomes online or conducting practical components in class at a later date.
  • Completing the remainder of the class at a later date.
  • Granting a mark based on coursework completed at the time the class was suspended (not including the exam prep component), if the course was approximately 80 per cent complete.

Decisions will be made on a class-by-class basis.

Refunds will be issued for the in-class portion of apprenticeships. If you paid by credit card, you will receive a refund the same way (on the credit card that paid the fee). If you paid by cash or cheque, you will receive a refund cheque by mail.

If you require further information, please call the Ministry’s Barrie apprenticeship office at 705.737.1431 or toll-free 1.800.560.3821.

I’m a co-op employer and I have questions about my student’s work term. Who do I contact?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian’s co-op and career services team has prepared a COVID-19 FAQ for co-op employers. If you have additional questions, please email careerandcoop@georgiancollege.ca.

What does academic standing mean and how will I be impacted?Georgian College Chevron

Academic standing is a process at the end of each semester that assigns a standing based on your grade point average (GPA) achieved for that semester. The various standings are Good Standing, Probation, Academic Warning, Suspension or Academic Dismissal. Please see the Academic Regulations for more details. Due to some winter 2020 courses being incomplete, you may see an academic standing assigned that may not be your final standing for the winter semester. For the summer 2020 semester only, academic standing will not stop you from registering in the next semester and proceeding with your program. Academic standing will be rerun in early September once all courses for the winter semester are completed.

I failed a winter semester course(s). What are my options?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian College is committed to maintaining a high level of quality learning. Winter 2020 courses were designed to meet learning outcomes and allow all students to complete the semester. If you have concerns about your academic performance in a course, please touch base with your instructor to discuss.

When will final grades be posted on Banner for most programs and courses?Georgian College Chevron

Final grades for winter semester courses will be posted on Banner starting April 24. Some courses may have a blank grade or “IN” because there may be additional work to complete. Your instructor will advise you of this on Blackboard, the week of May 25. Blank or IN grades will not stop you from registering in summer 2020 courses and proceeding with your program.

FAQs: Summer 2020 semester

When will summer semester begin?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 29:

We decided to delay the start of the summer semester by two weeks. The semester will run from Tuesday, May 19 until Friday, Aug. 7, during which programs will be delivered remotely. All students required to complete labs and practical learning components for both winter and summer semester will do so between Aug. 10 and 28.

Note: If your automated online schedule says classes begin earlier, please ignore this. We apologize for the technical difficulty. Classes begin on Tuesday, May 19. Faculty will begin posting instructions for summer semester on Banner on or around Tuesday, May 12.

Will summer semester classes be online or in person?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of June 16:

The semester will run from Tuesday, May 19 until Friday, Aug. 7, during which time programs will be delivered remotely (online).

We are planning to deliver on-campus summer semester practical learning from Aug. 10 to 28 for those students who require it. Faculty will begin posting summer recovery schedules to Blackboard the week of June 15 so please check there for the latest updates.

When does registration open for summer semester?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 17: Registration opens April 21. Students are given access to registration at different times between April 21 and 23. To find out when your unique registration window opens, click on Check registration status under the Registration menu in Banner.

Starting May 4, you may make changes to your timetable using the Add/Drop/Withdraw feature, also under the Registration menu in Banner.

I need help registering for courses. Who do I contact?Georgian College Chevron

Staff from the Registrar’s Office host weekly WebEx sessions that you are encouraged to join. They cover topics like how to register for courses, how to change courses (add/drop), how to find your timetable and more. You’ll also receive an introduction to MyPath. Read the article on the student portal for dates and times.

For more registration-related questions, please visit the Registrar’s Office FAQ page on the student portal.

Will there be an Orientation for new students?Georgian College Chevron

Yes! Online Orientation for new students will take place on Tuesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please visit the Orientation web page for all the event details.

Will there be a reading week in summer semester?Georgian College Chevron

No, there will not be a reading week during the summer semester.

What is the deadline to withdraw from summer semester?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of May 4: Georgian College is committed to maintaining a high level of quality learning and we expect to meet outcomes of all courses and allowing all students to complete the semester. As such, our standard Academic Regulations and refund policies apply.

If you wish to withdraw from your program with a refund, you will need to submit a Withdrawal Form to RORecords@georgiancollege.ca no later than June 1, 2020. If you submit the form by this date, you will receive a fee adjustment/refund minus the deposit amount.

If you wish to withdraw from your program past the June 1, 2020 deadline, the deadline to withdraw without academic penalty is July 29, 2020. Past the June 1 deadline, you will not receive a refund.

I’m a domestic student who is supposed to start my first semester in May. What do I do?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 8: You will receive an email soon with information about your program.

I’m an international student who is supposed to start my first semester in May. What do I do?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 8: You will receive an email soon with information about your program. We also encourage you to visit our frequently asked questions for international students web page for the most current information.

I’m supposed to start a new program (semester one) in May 2020. Can I defer my acceptance offer until a future semester?Georgian College Chevron

Domestic students: Yes, you can request to defer your acceptance to a future semester, however, approval of the request is based on program availability. To change from May intake to a future term, please contact OCAS to make changes to your application.

International students: Yes, you can request to defer your acceptance to a future semester, however, approval of the request is based on program availability. To change from May intake to a future term, please complete the international request for deferral form and email it to GCintlRecruit@georgiancollege.ca.

All students: If approved, your non-refundable tuition deposit will be transferred to your new semester start date. Exceptions to the non-refundable tuition deposit policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, for programs that are running remotely for Summer 2020, semester one students. For further information, email admissions@georgiancollege.ca.

I requested to defer to a future intake but I changed my mind. I want to start my program (semester one) online in May. What do I do?Georgian College Chevron

If your program is available and space permits, you can apply to start your studies in summer semester until June 1, 2020.

Domestic students: To change your intake, please contact OCAS to make changes to your application.

International students: Please email your requested change to gcintlrecruit@georgiancollege.ca.

Will there be any changes to my summer semester OSAP?Georgian College Chevron

No. Students with a summer OSAP disbursement will still receive their funding. The Financial Aid team will provide the Confirmation of Enrolment information to OSAP, starting 10 business days before the beginning of summer term (May 4). Students who are registered in a minimum 60 per cent course load (40 per cent for students with a permanent disability), will receive the OSAP funding they have been assessed to receive.

You can log in to your OSAP account to see your disbursement amount for the summer term. Students in three-term programs that started in September will not have a summer term disbursement, as all funds were disbursed in September and January.

How will I get my textbooks for summer semester?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of May 12: Here are a few suggestions:

  • Georgian Stores is open for online orders
  • Search Amazon’s used book market
  • Search Facebook groups for used books: Orillia Georgian College Book Exchange, Georgian College Barrie Book Swap, Georgian College Used Textbooks
  • Contact the publisher. Some publishers are making textbooks open access during the health crisis. Use your college email.

When purchasing a used textbook, ensure you are getting the edition you need. Please also take appropriate measures such as keeping a safe distance from others and cleaning any items you come in contact with.

You can find our booklist in one of two places:

  1. In your Banner account
  2. On the Georgian Stores web site. Click the book list tab, choose your campus and enter your student number.
What is the latest information about co-op placements?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 20:

Students are not required to complete their winter or summer 2020 co-op work term.

Co-op students have options, which depend on their individual program and where they are in their progression. These options may include the following:

  • complete a co-op work term from home
  • choose to not do co-op work, with no need to repeat or reschedule the work term
  • request a non-co-op exit or change to a non-co-op version of the program, this means, graduating with a credential that does not include co-op
  • complete a co-op work term in the community after a review of the risk, an informed-consent conversation, and the completion of a signed waiver
  • defer the co-op work term to another semester
  • complete an alternative project

Students are required to register as usual in their co-op terms, and anyone interested in options other than work from home is required to schedule time with their co-op consultant to discuss their options.

Please visit the Career | Co-op | Field Placement Resources page on the student portal for more co-op-related frequently asked questions.

What is the latest information about Health, Wellness and Sciences clinical placements?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 20:

Clinical placement officers are in communication with hospitals, long-term care homes and community agencies in order to explore opportunities to begin clinical placements when it’s feasible and safe to do so.

Here’s what students in these programs with a clinical placement need to know:

  • There’s no need to wait – starting April 21, students can go ahead and register for their upcoming courses
  • Monitor the Placement Office web page for updates on clinical preparedness permit requirements
  • International students should fill out the International Student Assessment Form to connect with immigration advisors to ensure their immigration status remains valid
I can’t update the requirements of my Clinical Preparedness Permit. What do I do?Georgian College Chevron

We understand that it may be difficult or impossible for you to update the requirements for your Clinical Preparedness Permit due to the impacts of COVID-19 on services in the province. We are continuing to monitor the situation with respect to permits, and will be working closely with our placement partners and other agencies to provide information as it becomes available.

Please visit the Placement Office web page for the most current information about clinical preparedness permit requirements.

What is the latest information about Human Services and Community Safety internships and field placements?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 20:

The placement office continues to communicate with community partners to explore opportunities to begin placements when it is feasible and safe to do so.

  • The placement office will be in touch with all summer semester students by email in the next two weeks
  • International students should fill out the International Student Assessment Form to connect with immigration advisors to ensure their immigration status remains valid
What is the latest information about apprenticeships?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 23:

Georgian College and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development have made the decision to postpone delivery of all apprenticeships until fall 2020.

The Ministry will contact you directly when it’s time to resume training. Possible approaches to finishing in-class learning may include:

  • Completing practical learning outcomes online or conducting practical components in class at a later date.
  • Completing the remainder of the class at a later date.
  • Granting a mark based on coursework completed at the time the class was suspended (not including the exam prep component), if the course was approximately 80 per cent complete.

Decisions will be made on a class-by-class basis.

Refunds will be issued for the in-class portion of apprenticeships. If you paid by credit card, you will receive a refund the same way (on the credit card that paid the fee). If you paid by cash or cheque, you will receive a refund cheque by mail.

If you require further information, please call the Ministry’s Barrie apprenticeship office at 705.737.1431 or toll-free 1.800.560.3821.

I’m registered to take a Continuing Education (non-credit) course in the near future. How does the closure impact me?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 15:

  • All in-class Continuing Education courses through to Sunday, Aug. 9 have been cancelled. You will be issued a refund for course fees. If you paid by credit card, the refund will be issued to your credit card account. For all other forms of payment, an email will be sent to your student email address; use your student number to accept the e-transfer. If you wish to continue with your training, please register for courses commencing in fall 2020.
  • All online Continuing Education courses will continue to run.
  • Decisions related to motorcycle training will soon be communicated.

For more information, please email ptsregistrar@georgiancollege.ca.

I’m registered/planning to take an online course through OntarioLearn in the near future. Is it still running?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 16:

Regularly scheduled OntarioLearn courses will continue to run.

  • Summer semester courses begin Tuesday, May 12 and will run through to Tuesday, Aug. 18.
  • Monthly intake courses will begin Monday, June 1 and run through to Monday, Sept. 7.

Registration is now open. Visit the OntarioLearn page to register. For more information, email ol@georgiancollege.ca.

I’m a co-op employer and I have questions about my student’s work term. Who do I contact?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian’s co-op and career services team has prepared a COVID-19 FAQ for co-op employers. If you have additional questions, please email careerandcoop@georgiancollege.ca.

FAQs: August recovery period

I’m scheduled to be on campus during the August recovery period. What safety policies and procedures do I need to be aware of?Georgian College Chevron

Anyone coming onto a Georgian campus is expected to follow these safety protocols:

Did someone who was on campus test positive for COVID-19 during the August recovery period?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, we confirmed on Aug. 12 that a member of the Barrie Campus community, who had been taking part in the August recovery period, tested positive for COVID-19.

Public health has confirmed there’s no need to alter our on-campus activity; all of the health and safety measures we’re following as individuals, and the specific requirements to enter and participate in labs on campus, are exactly what are needed to reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19 – and campus activity can continue.

For more information, please read our statement, as well as frequently asked questions about the continuation of the August recovery period.

Will I be able to rent a room in on-campus residence for the three-week recovery period?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of June 10:

Yes, you’ll be able to book a stay in our on-campus residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound during the August recovery period. Please read the instructions on the student portal, which include the promo code for Barrie Campus online reservations.

When are final grades due?Georgian College Chevron

Final grades for the recovery period will be posted on Banner starting Sept. 2.

FAQs: Fall 2020 semester

Is the deadline to accept my offer still May 1?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, the deadline for most students to accept their offer for fall 2020 semester is still May 1, 2020.

If you applied to Georgian after May 1, your custom deadline can be found in your acceptance letter or in your  ontariocolleges.ca account.

Is the deadline to pay my deposit still June 15?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, the deadline to pay your deposit for fall 2020 semester is still June 15, 2020. Please note, if you receive your offer of acceptance after June 15, the due date is your acceptance expiry date (see your acceptance letter for date, or email admissions@georgiancollege.ca for assistance).

Will there be an Orientation for new students?Georgian College Chevron

Yes! Online Orientation for new students will take place on Monday, Sept. 14. Visit the First Year Experience web page for details. On this page, you’ll also find information about optional Head Start programming between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11.

Will fall semester classes be online or in person?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of June 11:

We plan to continue remote delivery wherever possible and only necessary in-person, on-campus activity will be permitted.

Please use the fall 2020 program search tool to find out whether your program will be delivered remotely, or through a combination of remote and in-person learning.

As always, we’re making the best decisions we can with the information and guidance available from public health authorities and the government. The information provided in the program search tool is subject to change.

Can I defer my September acceptance offer until a future semester?Georgian College Chevron

Domestic students: Yes, you can request to defer your September 2020 acceptance to January 2021 or May 2021; however, approval is based on program availability. Please log in to your OCAS application to make changes to your application. For further information contact admissions@georgiancollege.ca.

If you would like to defer to September 2021, you will be expected to reapply through OCAS when the application cycle opens at the beginning of October 2020. Unfortunately, we’re not able to guarantee your seat for a future intake.

International students: Yes, you can request to defer your acceptance to a future intake; however, approval of the request is based on program availability. Please complete the international request for deferral form and email it to GCintlRecruit@georgiancollege.ca.

All students: If your deferral is approved, your non-refundable tuition deposit will be transferred to your new semester start date. Exceptions to the non-refundable tuition deposit policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, for programs that are running remotely for semester one students. For further information, email admissions@georgiancollege.ca.

Will on-campus residence be available for fall semester?Georgian College Chevron

We’re still planning to have on-campus residence available to students at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. We’re following the guidelines of health authorities and government officials, and will notify you of more information as it becomes available.

Please visit the on-campus residence and housing web pages, select your campus, and keep informed about application and payment deadlines.

What are the dates for the fall semester?Georgian College Chevron

The fall semester will run from Sept. 14 until Dec. 18, with one Study Week. Review important dates.

Are there any at-home technology requirements for completing my courses remotely?Georgian College Chevron

We’ve outlined some at-home technology requirements to complete your courses online, e.g. internet speed, hard drive specifications, operating system, etc.

The following are minimum technology specifications for all programs. Your program may have unique technology requirements. For program-specific requirements, please see our remote delivery technology specifications and look to see if your program has additional requirements.

Internet connection

  • 30 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up or greater is recommended

Computer specifications

Basic:

  • Core i3 or Ryzen 3 processor
  • 8GB or more of RAM
  • 250GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • Wireless 802.11ac
  • Windows 10

Better:

  • Intel Core i5 or Ryzen 5 processor
  • 8GB or more of RAM
  • 250GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • Wireless 802.11ac
  • Windows 10

Best:

  • Intel Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 500GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • High-end graphics video card (consider a dedicated video with 2GB of video memory)
  • Wireless 802.11ac

Mac:

  • A Windows-based computer may serve your general educational purposes better at Georgian College.
  • Note: Mac computers are a program-specific, unique requirement in some college programs.

Additional technology specifications to consider

  • Built-in ethernet port
  • USB C port
  • Two-year warranty
  • Four hours of battery life
  • Nvidia-based dedicated graphics card
  • External USB hard drive for local backup

Note, your existing notebook computer may satisfy the above hardware requirements.

If I start fall semester through remote learning and decide it’s not for me, what are my options?Georgian College Chevron

For the fall 2020 semester, we’re implementing the Georgian Learning Guarantee. We want you to succeed, so much so, if you choose to withdraw from your program before Oct. 16, 2020, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in January, May or September of 2021.You choose the program. All you have to do is reapply and be accepted. For returning students, the same applies. We’ll apply your tuition fees for your next semester when you return in 2021. Read more about the guarantee.

Will there be varsity athletics in fall 2020?Georgian College Chevron

To protect the safety of everyone involved in varsity sports, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and its members have made the decision to suspend the varsity schedule for the fall semester. Georgian’s sports that are directly affected by this decision include men’s rugby, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s cross-country running. Read the full announcement.

Will OntarioLearn courses be available during fall semester?Georgian College Chevron

Yes. OntarioLearn fall courses begin Sept. 8 and will run through to Dec. 15. Monthly intake courses will begin Oct. 1 and run through to Jan. 7.

Registration is now open on the OntarioLearn web page. For more information, email ol@georgiancollege.ca.

FAQs: Winter 2021 semester

Can I still apply for programs that start in winter 2021 and can I still apply for free?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, we’re still open for applications! Domestic applicants can apply via the OCAS website. We encourage you to book a phone appointment with a recruiter to discuss your options. Our recruiter will also give you a voucher to apply for free (we’ll cover the $95 OCAS fee).

What are the dates for the winter semester?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of Jan. 15

The winter 2021 semester will start on Jan. 18 and end on April 23 for most programs. There are some exceptions listed below, and we ask that you please check your Blackboard account regularly for updates from your faculty regarding any impacts to in-person classes as a result of the provincial lockdown.

Programs running Jan. 11 to April 13:

Programs running Jan. 11 to April 23:

Programs running Jan. 11 to April 30:

Will winter semester classes be online or in person?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of Oct. 16

After careful consideration, Georgian will continue with a combination of fully remote and hybrid (remote/in-person) program delivery for the winter 2021 semester.

With the health and safety of our students, employees and our communities in mind, limiting the number of people taking part in on-campus activities is the right thing to do.

Please use the winter 2021 program search tool to find out whether your program will be delivered remotely, or through a combination of remote and in-person learning.

As always, we’re making the best decisions we can with the information and guidance available from public health authorities and the government. The information provided in the program search tool is subject to change.

It says my program is being delivered remotely for winter semester. Will this change mid-term?Georgian College Chevron

If your program is confirmed to run remotely for winter semester, the college will not change the delivery method mid-term. Decisions for delivery will be made before the start of each term, and will continue for the entire length of that term.

When is the deadline to pay my deposit for winter semester?Georgian College Chevron

If you receive your offer of acceptance after Oct. 7, the due date is your acceptance expiry date (see your acceptance letter for date, or email admissions@georgiancollege.ca for assistance).

When does registration open for winter semester?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of Dec. 1

Full-time students

Block registration runs from Dec. 8 to 10. Log in to Banner to find your program’s specific registration date and time. Go to Registration menu, and click on Check registration status. To see your registration time, you must first pay your deposit.

At your registration time, you’ll sign in to your Banner account and register for your classes. The add/drop period will run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 29.

Part-time students

Registration opens on Dec. 21 for part-time students.

Will there be an Orientation for new students?Georgian College Chevron

Yes! Orientation for new students will be held online. Head Start programming runs from Jan. 6 to 15 and academic orientation sessions take place Jan. 13 and 14. Visit the First Year Experience web page for details and schedules.

Will I be expected to be in my remote courses at specific times for live sessions, or can I participate on my own schedule?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of Jan. 15

Each course will be different and your faculty will review the expectations on the first day of class. They may also post details in advance on Blackboard so be sure to check your course shell.

At minimum, you can expect an opportunity to interact with your professor live (synchronous), in real time, at least once every two weeks.

We understand that the provincial lockdown, and the subsequent directive for elementary school students to learn at home for the time being, may impact some of our students and their ability to attend or participate in scheduled, synchronous classes. If this is the case for you, please speak directly with your faculty to discussion options and expectations.

Please note, this protocol is for remote courses that have moved online temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Existing online courses that were designed to be fully online will follow their original delivery method (e.g. they may be entirely asynchronous).

Can I defer my January acceptance offer until a future semester?Georgian College Chevron

Domestic students: Yes, you can request to defer your January 2021 acceptance to May 2021; however, approval is based on program availability and seat availability. Please log in to your OCAS application to make changes to your application. For further information contact admissions@georgiancollege.ca.

If you would like to defer to September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022, you’ll be expected to reapply through OCAS. Unfortunately, we’re not able to guarantee your seat for a future intake.

International students: Yes, you can request to defer your acceptance to a future intake; however, approval of the request is based on program availability. Please complete the international request for deferral form and email it to GCintlRecruit@georgiancollege.ca.

All students: If your deferral is approved, your non-refundable tuition deposit will be transferred to your new semester start date. Exceptions to the non-refundable tuition deposit policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, for programs that are running remotely for semester one students. For further information, email admissions@georgiancollege.ca.

Can I rent a room in residence for winter semester only?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of Oct. 6

Yes. Residence applications for the winter 2021 term are now open. Applications can be submitted online. Acceptance will be offered based on availability and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

I have a conditional acceptance offer and I’m worried I won’t meet the requirements in time (OSSD transcript, grades, outstanding courses, etc.). What should I do?Georgian College Chevron

Please confirm your offer, even if it’s conditional, in order to save your seat. If you don’t confirm your offer by the confirmation deadline, and if you do not pay your deposit by the payment deadline, you’re at risk of losing your seat.

As long as you’re on track to successfully complete your credits prior to the start of classes, and your mid-term grades meet minimum requirements in the courses that your conditional offer is based on, your offer will not be revoked. You can check the minimum grade required on your Banner Web for Admissions. If a specific grade is not stated, then a pass in the course is required. (To find Banner Web for Admissions, go to MyGCLife.ca which takes you to your applicant dashboard. Click on check my application status).

We will work with you if you have any concerns about delays or outstanding courses. Please contact your admissions officer directly to discuss your situation or contact admissions@georgiancollege.ca.

I’d like to speak to someone from Georgian before I apply or accept my offer. Who do I contact?Georgian College Chevron

We look forward to hearing from you!

Haven’t yet applied? Book a one-on-one phone appointment with a recruiter to learn about our programs and campus life.

Already applied? Contact your admissions officer if you have questions about your acceptance offer (their name and contact information is in your Applicant Dashboard at MyGCLife.ca).

I have an in-person lab/class scheduled. What on-campus facilities will be opened or closed?Georgian College Chevron

Please review the What to expect on campus page for details including what’s open and closed, parking, designated entrances and more.

How do I get my textbooks?Georgian College Chevron

First, do a search for which textbooks you’ll need on the Georgian Stores website. Book lists are usually available around the same time that registration opens. You’ll need the course reference number (CRN) and your student number.

Then, we recommend these options to purchase your books:

  1. Georgian Stores is open for online orders.
  2. Search Amazon’s used book market.
  3. Search Facebook groups for used books: Orillia Georgian College Book Exchange, Georgian College Barrie Book Swap, Georgian College Used Textbooks. Students post their used texts or post as wanted.
  4. Contact the publisher. Some publishers are making textbooks open access during the health crisis. Use your Georgian student email.
  5. The Georgian library has an open educational resource (OER) guide that offers a search engine and suggestions for some subjects. These might not be your textbook but an OER could have the same or similar content.
Are there any at-home technology requirements for completing my courses remotely?Georgian College Chevron

We’ve outlined some at-home technology requirements to complete your courses online, e.g. internet speed, hard drive specifications, operating system, etc.

The following are minimum technology specifications for all programs. Your program may have unique technology requirements. For program-specific requirements, please see our remote delivery technology specifications and look to see if your program has additional requirements.

Internet connection

  • 30 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up or greater is recommended

Computer specifications

Basic:

  • Core i3 or Ryzen 3 processor
  • 8GB or more of RAM
  • 250GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • Wireless 802.11ac
  • Windows 10

Better:

  • Intel Core i5 or Ryzen 5 processor
  • 8GB or more of RAM
  • 250GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • Wireless 802.11ac
  • Windows 10

Best:

  • Intel Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 500GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • High-end graphics video card (consider a dedicated video with 2GB of video memory)
  • Wireless 802.11ac

Mac:

  • A Windows-based computer may serve your general educational purposes better at Georgian College.
  • Note: Mac computers are a program-specific, unique requirement in some college programs.

Additional technology specifications to consider

  • Built-in ethernet port
  • USB C port
  • Two-year warranty
  • Four hours of battery life
  • Nvidia-based dedicated graphics card
  • External USB hard drive for local backup

Note, your existing notebook computer may satisfy the above hardware requirements.

What if my internet connection is slow/limited?Georgian College Chevron

Students will be able to reserve computer time in the libraries at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses during the winter semester. The libraries are open for computer use only. Time slots are a maximum of two hours, and printers are not available. You must make an online reservation in advance on the library website.

Please note: the availability of this service is dependent on health and safety recommendations from the provincial government and local health units. In the event the college has to suspend computer lab use, students are encouraged to secure the necessary technology required to support their academic program requirements. You may be interested in applying for awards, scholarships and bursaries to help cover these technology costs.

Alternatively, WiFi is enabled in parking lots at all Georgian College campuses. Speed decreases the further you are away from the building. Please remember to adhere to social distancing rules.

At the Barrie Campus, the WiFi signal is boosted to parking lots N, E/H, A, N/H. View the campus map.

What if I don’t have a computer?Georgian College Chevron

We’re trying to help students without access to technology while courses are being delivered online. If you need to borrow a laptop for winter term, you can place your request after you register for courses. Laptop loans are first-come, first-served, and available to Georgian students studying within Canada only. Review eligibility requirements for a laptop loan.

Students will also be able to reserve computer time in the libraries at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses during the winter semester. The libraries are open for computer use only. Time slots are a maximum of two hours, and printers are not available. You must make an online reservation in advance on the library website.

Please note: the availability of this service is dependent on health and safety recommendations from the provincial government and local health units. In the event the college has to suspend computer lab use, students are encouraged to secure the necessary technology required to support their academic program requirements. You may be interested in applying for awards, scholarships and bursaries to help cover these technology costs.

I’m new to online learning. Do you have any tips to help me be successful?Georgian College Chevron

We know it’s a big adjustment! Staff from our Centre for Teaching and Learning have prepared a Student Remote Learning Kit with lots of great resources. Check it out. Don’t forget you can also connect with your student advisor remotely.

If I start my program in January via remote learning and decide it’s not for me, what are my options?Georgian College Chevron

For the winter 2021 semester, we’re continuing the Georgian Learning Guarantee. It was first introduced in fall 2020. We want you to succeed, so much so, if you choose to withdraw from your program before Feb. 19, 2021, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in May 2021, September 2021 or January 2022. You choose the program. All you have to do is reapply and be accepted. For returning students, the same applies. We’ll apply your tuition fees for your next semester when you return in 2021 or January 2022. Read more about the guarantee.

I’m scheduled to be on co-op in winter semester. Am I required to go on work term or do I have other options?Georgian College Chevron

If you’re scheduled for a work term you are required to conduct an active job search. If you aren’t able to find a position, there are options to support you so you can still earn your mandatory co-op credit. Please check your Georgian College email for information from your co-op consultant, as the options will be specific to your program.

You can find additional FAQs related to co-op and the pandemic on the co-op page on the student portal.

I’m in a Health, Wellness and Sciences program and scheduled to have a clinical placement in winter semester. Will this happen?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, in most cases your clinical placement will run as scheduled.

At this time, Georgian has been successful in in optimizing student success with the completion of clinical and student-led clinic placement requirements through actual in-person clinical as well as the addition of virtual simulation components.

If our community partners must reduce their capacity to take on clinical students, or if we must close student-led clinics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgian will continue to investigate alternative placement models and work with accrediting and regulatory bodies to support student success. We will work diligently to provide students with the opportunity to graduate from their program according to the traditional academic schedule. Extreme circumstances may impact the program duration.

I’m in a Human Services or Community Safety program and scheduled to go on a field placement in winter semester. Will this happen?Georgian College Chevron

Field placements will be delivered remotely in the winter 2021 semester with some virtual and in-person contact with community agencies. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited access to community agencies and schools for student placements. Please connect with your program coordinator or field placement faculty to find out what is happening in your specific program.

You’ll be expected to register for field placement as per normal practice and further information regarding your competency completion requirements will be provided to you by your program.

Please connect with your program coordinator if you have further questions about how your field placement is being delivered, progression in your program and your path to success.

Will there be varsity athletics in winter semester?Georgian College Chevron

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), in collaboration with its member institutions, made the decision to cancel the sanctioned varsity athletic season for the 2021 winter semester. Sports affected by this decision include badminton, basketball, curling, volleyball and indoor soccer. Ontario Collegiate Recreation extramural scheduled activities will also be cancelled, with the exception of online options.

Read the full announcement on the student portal.

Will there be social events for students this winter?Georgian College Chevron

Your Georgian College Students’ Association representatives are working hard to plan a variety of virtual events this winter, such as online bingo, Tik Tok dance classes, trivia nights, paint nights and much more.

All social events will be available to all Georgian student unless otherwise stated (e.g. some may be campus specific). You’ll find a current list of student events on the home page when you log in to the student portal, and more events will be added throughout the semester.

Will there be student clubs this winter?Georgian College Chevron

Many of our clubs are looking for ways to offer their programming virtually. Read our club listing and connect with the club(s) you’re interested in to learn more.

I want to access accommodations and support because I have a barrier that might interfere with my learning, e.g. an IEP in high school, medical condition, mental health or physical disability. Who should I contact?Georgian College Chevron

Please connect with Accessibility Services. We can often support students regardless of what documentation is provided. We understand during this time that documentation is challenge to gather.

If you’re a prospective, full-time or part-time student, please email or call us to make an appointment to discuss your eligibility for accommodation. Our email address is studentsuccess@georgiancollege.ca and our phone number is 1.877.722.1523.

We can also provide accommodations for writing the College Placement Assessment (CPA) for students who qualify. Please contact us if you feel you need accommodations to write your admission test(s).

Will OntarioLearn courses be available during winter semester?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, OntarioLearn (OL) courses will be available this winter. OntarioLearn dates differ from general Georgian registration dates so please review them below.

The OL winter semester will run from Jan. 12 to April 20. The last day to register will be Jan. 19 and the last day to withdraw with a refund is Jan. 22.

The OL February intake will run from Feb. 1 to May 10. The last day to register will be Feb. 8 and the last day to withdraw with a refund is Feb. 11.

Registration will open in November on the OntarioLearn web page. For more information, email ol@georgiancollege.ca.

I’m registered to take a Continuing Education (non-credit) course in the near future. What do I need to know?Georgian College Chevron

Please visit our Part-time Studies website for the latest updates. All course delivery information is located on each individual course web page.

FAQs: Summer 2021 semester

Can I still apply for programs that start in May 2021 and can I still apply for free?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, we’re still open for applications! Domestic applicants can apply via the OCAS website. We encourage you to connect with our student recruitment team first to discuss your options and get a voucher to apply for free (we’ll cover the $95 OCAS fee).

When is the deadline to pay my deposit for summer semester?Georgian College Chevron

The deadline for semester one students to pay their deposit for summer semester is Feb. 16.

If you receive your offer of acceptance after Feb. 16, the due date is your acceptance expiry date (see your acceptance letter for date, or email registrar@georgiancollege.ca for assistance).

When does registration open for summer semester?Georgian College Chevron

Block registration will run from April 13 to 15. Log in to Banner to find your program’s specific registration date and time. Go to Registration menu, and click on Check registration status. To see your registration time, you must first pay your deposit.

At your registration time, you’ll sign in to your Banner account and register for your classes. The add/drop period will run from April 26 to May 28.

Will there be an Orientation for new students?Georgian College Chevron

Yes! Orientation for new students will be held online. We’ll email information to your Georgian email account closer to the start of the semester, or you can check the First Year Experience web page closer to the start of the semester for more details.

Can I defer my May acceptance offer until a future semester?Georgian College Chevron

Domestic students: If you’d like to defer your May acceptance offer to September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022, you’ll be expected to reapply through OCAS as September is the start of a new admissions cycle. Unfortunately, we’re not able to guarantee your seat for a future intake.

International students: Yes, you can request to defer your acceptance to a future intake; however, approval of the request is based on program availability. Please complete the international request for deferral form and email it to GCintlRecruit@georgiancollege.ca.

All students: If your deferral is approved, your non-refundable tuition deposit will be transferred to your new semester start date. Exceptions to the non-refundable tuition deposit policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, for programs that are running remotely for semester one students. For further information, email admissions@georgiancollege.ca.

For more questions and answers about deferrals, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s FAQs on the student portal.

If I start my program in May via remote learning and decide it’s not for me, what are my options?Georgian College Chevron

For the summer 2021 semester, we’ll continue to offer the Georgian Learning Guarantee. We want you to succeed, so much so, if you choose to withdraw from your program before June 18, 2021, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022. You choose the program. All you have to do is reapply and be accepted. For returning students, the same applies. We’ll apply your tuition fees for your next semester when you return in 2021 or January or May 2022. Read more about the guarantee.

What are the dates for summer semester?Georgian College Chevron

The semester will start May 17 and end Aug. 20 (13 weeks). There will be one Study Week from June 28 to July 2.

Will summer semester classes be online or in person?Georgian College Chevron

After careful consideration, Georgian will continue with a combination of fully remote and hybrid (remote/in-person) program delivery for the summer 2021 semester. In-person classes and labs will only be delivered where absolutely required to meet learning outcomes or accreditation requirements.

You can use the program search tool for summer 2021 to find out which courses will be online and which will have in-person components.

As always, we’re making the best decisions we can with the information and guidance available from public health authorities and the government. The information provided in the program search tool is subject to change.

It says my program is being delivered remotely for the summer semester. Will this change mid-term?Georgian College Chevron

If your program or course is confirmed to run remotely for summer semester, the college will not change the delivery method mid-term. Decisions for delivery will be made before the start of each term, and will continue for the entire length of that term.

I have an in-person lab/class scheduled. What on-campus facilities will be open or closed?Georgian College Chevron

Please review the what to expect on campus page for details including what’s open and closed, parking, designated entrances and more.

I’m scheduled to be on co-op in summer semester. Am I required to go on work term or do I have other options?Georgian College Chevron

If you’re scheduled for a work term you are required to conduct an active job search. If you aren’t able to find a position, there are options to support you so you can still earn your mandatory co-op credit. Please check your Georgian College email for information from your co-op consultant, as the options will be specific to your program.

You can find additional FAQs related to co-op and the pandemic on the co-op page on the student portal.

I’m in a Health, Wellness and Sciences program and scheduled to have a clinical placement in summer semester. Will this happen?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, in most cases your clinical placement will run as scheduled.

At this time, Georgian has been successful in in optimizing student success with the completion of clinical and student-led clinic placement requirements through actual in-person clinical as well as the addition of virtual simulation components.

If our community partners must reduce their capacity to take on clinical students, or if we must close student-led clinics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgian will continue to investigate alternative placement models and work with accrediting and regulatory bodies to support student success. We will work diligently to provide students with the opportunity to graduate from their program according to the traditional academic schedule. Extreme circumstances may impact the program duration.

I’m in a Human Services or Community Safety program and scheduled to go on a field placement in summer semester. Will this happen?Georgian College Chevron

Field placements will be delivered both remotely and in person during the summer 2021 semester. Final planning will depend on the status of the pandemic, public health guidelines and the best interests of our students, as well as availability of our community partners to support students in a learning environment. All summer 2021 semester students have been contacted by the field placement office or their program to discuss these options.

Please connect with field.placement@georgiancollege.ca to find out what is happening in your specific program.

You’ll be expected to register for field placement as per normal practice and further information regarding your competency completion requirements will be provided to you by your program.

Please connect with your program co-ordinator if you have further questions about how your field placement is being delivered, progression in your program and your path to success

Will there be social events for students this summer?Georgian College Chevron

Your Georgian College Students’ Association representatives are working hard to plan a variety of virtual events this summer, such as online bingo, Tik Tok dance classes, trivia nights, paint nights and much more.

All social events will be available to all Georgian student unless otherwise stated (e.g. some may be campus specific). You’ll find a current list of student events on the home page when you log in to the student portal, and more events will be added throughout the semester.

Will there be student clubs this summer?Georgian College Chevron

Many of our clubs are looking for ways to offer their programming virtually. Read our club listing and connect with the club(s) you’re interested in to learn more.

Will OntarioLearn courses be available during summer semester?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, OntarioLearn (OL) courses will be available this summer. OntarioLearn dates differ from general Georgian registration dates so please review them below.

The OL summer semester will run from May 11 to Aug. 17. The last day to register will be May 18 and the last day to withdraw with a refund is May 21.

The OL June intake will run from June 1 to Sept. 7. The last day to register will be June 8 and the last day to withdraw with a refund is June 11.

Registration is now open on the OntarioLearn web page. For more information, email ol@georgiancollege.ca.

I’m registered to take a Continuing Education (non-credit) course in the near future. What do I need to know?Georgian College Chevron

Please visit our Part-time Studies website for the latest updates. All course delivery information is located on each individual course web page.

FAQs: Fall 2021 semester

Can I still apply for programs that start in September 2021 and can I still apply for free?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, we’re still open for applications! Domestic applicants can apply via the OCAS website. We encourage you to connect with our student recruitment team first to discuss your options and get a voucher to apply for free (we’ll cover the $95 OCAS fee).

When do I need to apply to residence to move there this fall?Georgian College Chevron

Applications are still available on the housing portal for the Barrie, Orillia, and Owen Sound Residences. We recommend starting the application process as soon as possible as residence spaces can fill up quickly.

Will there be an Orientation for new students?Georgian College Chevron

Yes! Orientation for new students will be held online. Keep checking your student email inbox for updates and links to participate. You can also check the First Year Experience web page for more details.

When can I register for courses, or add/drop courses from my timetable?Georgian College Chevron

Registration for fall 2021 semester courses began Aug. 10.

Please review our registration guide to learn how to find your registration date and time in Banner. Also, be sure to check the fee information page for tuition and fee deadlines, because you’ll need to pay your deposit before you can register for courses.

The course add/drop period will run from Aug. 23 to Sept. 20.

FAQs: Safety protocols and reporting

I live in a lockdown city/region. Can I still come to the college for my scheduled in-person lab/class?Georgian College Chevron

Updated Nov. 24

Yes. As long as you complete the screening questions and pass screening, you are free to travel to campus for in-person class, as this is deemed essential travel. A reminder to isolate and to not come to campus if the following apply to you:

  • You travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days. You must self-isolate for 14 days from your date of entry into Canada, prior to coming on campus.
  • If you feel ill or show symptoms of illness.
  • If you believe you may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19, you must not attend the college without first seeking the direction of your local health unit.
Is there any impact to my in-person courses now that most Georgian campuses are located within the red zone?Georgian College Chevron

Updated Dec. 14

With the Simcoe-Muskoka region now in the province’s ‘red zone’ restrictions as of Mon, Dec. 14, please note in-person classes and labs will continue as planned the week of Dec. 14, unless informed otherwise by your instructors. Learn more about the red zone.

FAQs: Finances, fees and refunds

Will I receive a partial refund for winter semester ancillary fees?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of April 29: If you were enrolled in winter 2020 semester, beginning the week of April 27, you will receive a partial ancillary fee refund for the following services:

  • universal bus pass ($23.25 refund for full-time students at Barrie Campus only)
  • athletics and recreation fee ($29.22 refund for full-time students; part-time students will receive a refund of 32% of the athletics recreation fee)

These fees are being refunded because athletic facilities were closed and in Barrie, the universal transit fee was no longer required once Barrie Transit provided free service.

Refund amounts were calculated based on the number of days students couldn’t access these services.

All other ancillary fees will not be refunded as these services, such as health and counselling services, technical support and others, were provided through remote delivery.

How you will receive your refund

  • If you have a balance owing to the college, the refund will be applied to your Georgian Banner account first, and the remaining balance will be refunded by an email transfer.
  • If you do not have a balance owing, you will receive an email transfer for the full refund amount.
  • The email transfer will be sent to your student email. You can then accept the e-transfer using your student number as the password.

If you have questions about your refund, please look on your Banner account where the refund calculation is explained. If you still have questions, please email studentadvisor@georgiancollege.ca.

When are summer semester fees due?Georgian College Chevron

Summer semester fees are due on the 11th day of classes – June 2, 2020. For detailed instructions on how to pay, please visit our payment information web page.

Will the deadline to pay my fees for on-campus residence be adjusted?Georgian College Chevron

The residence fee deadline for the on-campus residences in Orillia and Owen Sound has been pushed back to June 17, 2020 (was previously May 22). The residence fee deadline for the on-campus residence in Barrie continues to be June 17, 2020.

If I pay my fee for on-campus residence by the deadline but find out in mid-June that I won’t need to be on campus at all during fall semester, will I receive a refund?Georgian College Chevron

Campus Living Centres, which operates the on-campus residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound, has extended the withdraw date until June 17, 2020. If you withdraw by that date, your residence fee will be refunded.

Will I receive a partial refund for summer semester ancillary fees?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of July 24:

We can confirm the following fees will be adjusted in full:

  • the athletics and recreation fee (all campuses)
  • the campus safety fee (all campuses)
  • the UPASS/bus pass fee (Barrie Campus)*
  • some program-specific ancillary fees (e.g. lab fees and field trips)**

*To find out how this impacts you once Barrie Transit returns to paid service at the end of July, please read the FAQs on our transit web page.

**For program-specific fees, if the fee is being adjusted, you’ll see that on your Banner student account. If the fee is not adjusted, this means it is part of your summer 2020 fees.

How you will receive your refund

Your Banner student account will be updated within the next few days to reflect these credits.

  • Your credit will be applied to any future fees, or;
  • If you have a balance owing on your account, the adjustment will go towards your balance owing, or;
  • If you’re in your last semester this summer and do not have a balance owing, the credit will be refunded to you by email transfer. It will be sent to your student email.
Will I receive a refund for my parking pass?Georgian College Chevron

Students who have an active parking pass will be refunded the portion of the unused parking fee. Students will receive an email transfer to their student email (first.last@mygeorgian.ca), and can then accept the e-transfer using their student number as the password. Once processed, students should see the notice of e-transfer in their emails within 72 business hours.

PLEASE NOTE: As of April 7, 2020, Georgian will no longer send students cheques (for refunds, scholarships, etc.). Students must still pay tuition through their banks via online banking. Georgian does not accept e-transfer payments.

I was supposed to go on a field trip in winter term for one of my courses. Will I receive a refund?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, if you paid a program fee for a field trip that is part of your curriculum, and the field trip was cancelled due to the pandemic, you will receive a refund. You should have already been notified by email if you are to receive a refund. Please check your Banner account for refund details. If you had an outstanding balance, this refund was applied to your Banner account rather than being sent an e-transfer.

I paid my full residence fee for winter term, but left early due to the pandemic. Will I receive a refund and when?Georgian College Chevron

If you lived in an on-campus residence and left early due to the pandemic, you are eligible for a partial refund. You will receive your refund in the mail. It may take 12 to 16 weeks.

Is there COVID-19-related government funding available for postsecondary students?Georgian College Chevron

On April 22, the federal government announced a $9 billion aid package for eligible postsecondary students. It is called the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn about the eligibility requirements for this fund and to apply for the CESB.

Will I receive a partial refund for fall 2020 semester ancillary fees?Georgian College Chevron

Updated as of June 23:

We can confirm that the following ancillary fees will not be charged for fall semester:

  • universal bus pass (Barrie Campus only)
  • athletics and recreation fee (all campuses)
  • campus safety fee (all campuses)

Program specific fees (e.g. lab fees and field trips) are currently being determined by each program area. More details about program specific fees will come soon so please check the FAQs often.

All other ancillary fees will not be refunded as these services, such as health and counselling services, technical support and others, will be provided through remote delivery.

If you’re a Barrie resident and need a bus pass this fall, you’ll be expected to purchase one from the City at the student rate.

How will I be notified of my cost savings?

Fall semester invoices that were sent at the end of May included all ancillary fees as decisions had not yet been made to adjust fees. Once fees have been adjusted, we will send you an update to check your Banner student account. You will see your cost savings there which will vary in amount by campus. Fees for fall semester are due Sept. 28, 2020.

FAQs: Student services-related

Can I still use my UPass (bus pass) during the summer semester (Barrie students only)?Georgian College Chevron

When Barrie Transit returns to paid service at the end of July, all eligible Barrie Campus students will automatically have their UPass activated. This includes summer semester students, those students taking part in the lab recovery period in August, and students who are on co-op during summer semester. This pass will expire Sept. 11, 2020. UPass stickers are no longer necessary. Learn more.

I need access to my computer files on the G: Drive. What do I do?Georgian College Chevron

Please email itsupport@georgiancollege.ca and include your name, student number and the files you need. A service ticket will be created and staff will try to get you your files as soon as possible.

FAQs: Registrar’s Office-related

When will June convocation ceremonies be rescheduled and what’s the plan for the October convocation ceremonies?Georgian College Chevron

Update as of July 24:

This October, Georgian will host our first-ever virtual convocation ceremony. Graduates from December 2019 and April 2020, as well as graduands from August 2020, will be invited to participate.

While there are still many unknowns about the COVID-19 pandemic, what we do know is that we won’t be able to host large, in-person gatherings for quite some time. We want to celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments now rather than delaying this important and well-deserved milestone far into the future.

Our convocation team is working on plans to make Georgian’s first-ever virtual convocation a special and memorable occasion. All eligible graduates will receive further instructions and details by email.

Please visit our convocation page for more information.