Student Services Bulletin

News for currently enrolled SFU undergraduates, emailed twice monthly, or as needed.

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We can't always fit everything in the Bulletin email, so here are some things you've seen in earlier editions.

Ongoing resources and support

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.  

Snow clearing: If you are driving to campus, we recommend that you park in covered parking if possible (West Mall, Discovery, etc.) when snow is expected or piled up. The following outdoor lots will be partially cleared as staff and equipment are available:  East Lot upper level (including EV charging), North Lot upper level, and Residence West Lot paved portion. Other lots will not be cleared. See SFU Road Report.

Residence and Housing: Interested in living within the residence community at SFU? Applications are open for the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 term. Go to the MyPlace@SFU Housing Portal to start your application. Looking for availability for the current term? Contact our office at housing@sfu.ca for more information.

FASS student advising sessions: Finding remote learning a challenge? Want help? Talk live with an advisor! We recognize that remote learning can be challenging for new students. First year FASS advisors Meghan and Rachel hold bi-weekly live advising sessions over Zoom for new and first year FASS students every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 – 2:30pm. No question is too big or too small! Students who register have access to all sessions being offered.

Are you new to SFU? Or have you just returned to BC? Check out our step-by-step Welcome Guides for new students from international pathways. This is your go-to place for all the resources and to-do items before and after you start at SFU.

Health and wellness resources  

Coming to campus? Learn more about how to protect yourself and others while on an SFU campus with this brief Canvas module "COVID-19 Awareness for Students”.

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 (caladmin@sfu.ca; 778-782-3112). For more information regarding registering at the CAL, please visit the Centre's website.

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.

Free book: “You Matter” from The Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO) is a self-care guide for survivors and supporters of those impacted by sexual violence. “You Matter” is a free download on the SVSPO site.

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).

AMSR Colouring Video: Creative Collective has created an ASMR colouring video! You can also our colouring sheets to follow along. 

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.

Opportunities

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.

Recurring events

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.

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

Arriving from outside of Canada? If you are arriving from outside of Canada, the Government of Canada has implemented travel restrictions, including a 14 day mandatory self-isolation upon arrival. If you are arriving from another country, please register your plan with SFU. We have an online guide to assist you before you arrive, as you prepare the correct information and documentation needed to satisfy government requirements, and help us support correct information and documentation needed to satisfy government requirements, and help us support you after your arrival.

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 careers@sfu.ca.

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

We the future. Find your why. Tell your story. Get career-ready. Book a 1-on-1 session or workshop with us about anything career-related, from work search to future plans. Career Educators and Career Peers can help you with your resume, cover letter, online profiles, volunteering, virtual networking and interview tips. We look forward to continuing to inspire you in 2021! More information.

Interviewing 101 (free online opportunity)

Interviewing for a job requires a lot of preparation. If you’re adjusting to speaking English or adapting to Canadian culture, in Interviewing 101 you’ll find several helpful tips on how to succeed in a Canadian workplace interview. This free Canvas resource is built with videos and infographics so there is not a lot of reading, and the material covers what to do before, during, and after an interview and where you can get additional support on campus.

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 gives you the opportunity to integrate theory and practice of understanding and navigating cultural differences at school or in the workplace, have an increased awareness of how your cultural influences can affect your intercultural interactions, as well as understand the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous cultures in Canada.

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.

Student Services

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.

MASKS EXPECTED

Everyone on campus is expected to wear a non-medical mask in all indoor and common areas. Common areas include building entryways and atriums, hallways, stairwells, washrooms, study areas, coffee shops, dining halls, libraries, and other high-traffic areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

SFU ID REQUIRED FOR ACCESS TO CAMPUS

Access to campus buildings is only available to current students, faculty, and staff who present SFU identification. Alumni, family, and friends of community members should not be on campus at this time. For more information about current restrictions and how to access specific campus buildings, please visit the campus services page.