Student Services Bulletin
News for currently enrolled SFU undergraduates, emailed twice monthly, or as needed.
Most recent bulletin
We can't always fit everything in the Bulletin email, so here are some things you've seen in earlier editions.
June Convocation: As we continue to put the health and safety of our students first, SFU will host eight Virtual Convocation Ceremonies this June. More information.
Ongoing resources and support
Self-Isolation Support: Do you need to self-isolate? SFU’s CARES program (COVID Assistance & Remote Engagement Support) can provide a safe environment while meeting all necessary guidelines and allowing you to feel part of our community. Our program includes options for accommodation and meals, if needed, as well as remote support if you already have your own self-isolation plans.
Arriving from outside of Canada? New travel, testing, and quarantine measures for travellers entering Canada are now in effect. If you are planning to travel or return to Canada, please register your travel plans with SFU as early as possible so that we can support you before and after arrival. You may also refer to our Immigration and Travel FAQ for information on current travel restrictions and measures.
Protect yourself with MFA (Multi-factor authentication) : MFA is one of your best defences against identify theft and other cyberattacks. You might already be using MFA for your social media or gaming activities, so why not for your academic account? Learn more and enroll.
Temporary Elective Grading System: A new, temporary undergraduate elective grading system of Pass/Credit/No Credit has been introduced for the 2021 spring, summer, and fall terms only.
Virtual Study Hall: Are you feeling isolated working alone? Is it more difficult than ever to stay focused and motivated? Are your best time management efforts being put to the test? Study Hall @Home will provide you with a dedicated time and space to work in a supported environment alongside other students. Writing & Learning Peer Educators and Math & Science Peer Tutors will be on hand to provide academic support at your request.
Check out the SLC: The Library’s Student Learning Commons offers several workshops and webinars that can help you. Some are recorded to view as you have time.
Office of Student Support, Rights & Responsibilities: The Office of Student Support, Rights & Responsibilities (SSRR) is available to support students who experience physical or mental health issues that may impact their studies.
Centre for Accessible Learning: If you are a student with a mental health or physical disability and want to explore possible academic supports please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) as early as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org; 778-782-3112). For more information regarding registering at the CAL, please visit the Centre's website.
Health and wellness resources
Your Health Matters Newsletter: Health & Counselling has a newsletter that you can subscribe to! Stay updated on all the events and resources we are offering this term.
Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office: SVSPO is a university resource designed to support any member of the university community impacted by sexual violence and misconduct. Reach out to us for support regardless of when or where the incident took place.
Mental Health Support available with My SSP (Student Support Program) SFU students can access free, immediate support 24/7 (chat or phone) with My SSP. Multiple language options available. Ongoing support, by video or phone, can be pre-booked by phone. Download the My SSP app to connect and access additional well-being articles and resources or call 1.844.451.9700 (CAN/ US) or 001.416.380.6578 (international, charges may apply).
Creative Collective: At Creative Collective, you can download art tutorial PDFs, such as how to fold origami, how to start a bullet journal, and how to choreograph a dance. Take a look at our collection.
Call for Small File Media: Use your artistic voice to contribute to climate change action and cool down the planet. The SFMF makes HD, 4K, and 5G look unnecessary! So pre-pandemic! Small-file movies are exquisite, intensive, inexpensive, attractive, creative, and fun. We encourage you to experiment with low-energy technologies and deconstruct the fetishization of the pristine image. Submission deadline is June 4. Start now!
Tandem Language Exchange “Tandem” is a method of language learning that pairs up two people who want to learn each others’ languages. Learn French while teaching Spanish, or improve your English while helping someone upgrade their Mandarin. SFU Tandem will pair you with someone on campus while facilitating casual language learning and conversation sessions! Register today. Deadline to apply is April 25.
Live here. Learn here. SFU Residence. Live where you learn right on the Burnaby Mountain campus in your own private room at an affordable price. Be part of SFU’s vibrant and diverse academic resident community with students from around the world. Summer and Fall 2021 applications are currently open. Apply today.
Discover a global education: Explore Exchanges, (NEW) Virtual Exchanges, and/or Short-Term Summer Programs at one of our 130+ partner institutions in 45 countries around the world. Exchange Applications for in-person and virtual exchanges Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 are now open! Our new Virtual Exchange program options for an accessible way to explore one of our partners currently in Australia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, and the USA. You can also consider taking a part-time Virtual Exchange toward your degree while also taking courses at SFU. Deadlines ongoing.
Lunch together: Meet, Greet, and Eat is a safe and inclusive space for students to hang out, meet new people, eat lunch together, and participate in fun and creative crafts. Sessions are on Tuesdays, spread out throughout the term.
Integrate mindfulness practices into your back-to-school routine. Mindfulness Meditation is back! Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 1:00pm.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Group: When you feel anxious or stressed, one of the ways your body responds is with muscle tension. Progressive muscle relaxation is a relaxation technique that teaches you to recognize that tension and relieve it. Drop-in sessions, no registration required.
Starry Nights: Gaze at the stars from the comfort of your home. Join astrophysicist @JoannaAstro livestreaming on YouTube from the Trottier Observatory for Starry Nights on clear Friday nights.
For international students
Important Medical Insurance Reminder: The International Student Medical Insurance, guard.me@SFU, is for your first term at SFU only. Ensure you have an adequate medical insurance coverage for subsequent terms. Visit the SFU Medical Insurance page for more information.
Employment and volunteer opportunties
Beware of job scammers: Finding a job is not always easy and job scammers are aware of this. We hope this guide can help you get educated, to be able to recognize fraudulent tactics, and to help you protect yourself. Please see this infographic and document and let us know if you are suspicious of anything by calling 778-782-3106 or emailing email@example.com.
Want to start a business, but don’t know how? Venture Connection has been helping SFU students with their startups since 2008. Our services are open to members of ALL faculties and are absolutely free. Join us in an entrepreneurship workshop or apply directly for the incubator!
Career & Volunteer Services: Career Education Specialists are working remotely and can answer questions related to resumes, work search, interviews, where to find and apply for work and volunteer opportunities and can help bring clarity to your ideas. Connect with us via social media, phone, and email. More info at www.sfu.ca/students/career.html
Interviewing 101 (free online opportunity): Interviewing for a job requires a lot of preparation. In Interviewing 101 you’ll find several helpful tips on how to succeed in a Canadian workplace interview. Free Canvas resource.
Job Search Success workshop online: Receive expert feedback on your cover letter and résumé, and engage in activities relevant in today's diverse workplace. Think differently about your experiences and how your unique background can positively contribute to your job search. Job Search Success costs $20; non-refundable after course start date.
Effective Intercultural Communication: Want to be a culturally competent and sought-after professional in today’s globalized workforce? Effective Intercultural Communication is a free self-paced online course.
Videos on Career Development: Head on over to our Youtube Channel for videos on career thinking, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviews, and much more. We are here to inspire you to pursue your career dreams and possibilities.
Undergraduate dates and deadlines: For a list of term deadlines related to adding and dropping classes and other important deadlines, please visit Deadlines.
Is your SIN in goSFU? Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires ALL students to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Individual Tax Number (ITN) provided on their tax forms (T2202 and T4A). Please visit www.sfu.ca/students/fees/social-insurance for details.
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
All students returning to campus must complete COVID-19 safety training and daily self-assessments:
• The Student Safety training module on Canvas: COVID-19 Awareness for Students
• A daily self-assessment using BC’s Self-Assessment Tool is also required before arriving on campus. If the assessment identifies that you have possible symptoms, do not come to campus.
Access to campus buildings is only available to current members of the SFU community (students, faculty, staff) who present SFU identification, which can include your SFU ID. Please also remember that you must wear a mask in all indoor common areas on SFU campuses, and that your mask must cover both mouth and nose. For more information on the latest COVID-19 and SFU updates, please visit this page.