Return to Campus Questionnaire
All campuses at Western (including Brescia) will require a daily check-in through
the “Take Care Western” web portal. Students with in-person classes will get an automatic
email reminder to fill out the online questionnaire prior to visiting campus, however,
all students must submit this questionnaire if they are coming to campus for any reason.
The Take Care Western online student questionnaire will assist us with contact tracing
if there is a need to follow-up on a confirmed COVID-19 case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should I contact if I have a question?
Brescia students should contact The Hive at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519.858.5151. You are welcome to fill out our contact form and someone will call you back from The Hive team.
The Hive staff are trained to answer questions in all areas related to academics,
registration, fees and programming and are able to refer to departments as appropriate.
Hive staff are also able to connect you with faculty, academic advisors, financial
aid staff, librarians or support services on campus.
As of Monday August 24, 2020 we are available for in person visits at the Hive from
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday -Friday. We continue to remain available via phone at
519.858.5151 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or you can email us at email@example.com, or use the live chat feature on The Hive's website.
I am currently abroad and I wish to travel to Brescia to study. Is this possible?
There hae been some important updates to COVID-19 travel restrictions provided by
Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada (IRCC).
As of October 20, 2020, international students CANNOT travel to Canada from abroad
unless their institution's COVID-19 readiness plan is approved by the provincial government.
Western and Brescia's plan has been submitted to the Government of Ontario. While
awaiting for approval, the following advisories are in effect:
- International students at Brescia who are currently aborad will not be allowed to
travle to Canada until further notice.
- International students who are in Canada and choose to travel internationally will
not be able to return until Western and Brescia's COVID-19 readiness plan is approved.
The Government of Ontario is reviewing institutional COVID-19 readiness plans in phases.
We anticipate approval for our plan will be received in mid-to late-November.
This means that international students planning to travel between October 20, 2020
and the time of approval will need to cancel or postpone plans. This includes those
who may have international travel planned during the fall reading week (Nov 2-8) unless
they are intending to remain outsideo f Canada for an extended period of time.
What if I need to fill out a form at the Hive?
Great news! All of our forms are now available online here
. Please fill out the form electronically and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I still make an appointment with my Academic Advisor?
Academic Advisors are available for meetings by phone, or through email. Questions
can be emailed to email@example.com
and online bookings for phone academic advising appointments can be made online on
our Academic Advising website.
How will courses be offered for Fall/Winter 2020/2021?
For the upcoming academic year, we will have four different types of courses:
- Traditional in-person courses: where physical distancing measures are in place. These courses will show up on the
timetable with both class times and room locations. Brescia sections are 530-539.
- Blended (that include both an online and in-person requirement): sections for blended courses at Brescia are 230-239.
- Online only: these courses are identified in the “notes” section of the timetable and will not
have a course meeting time.
- Online with class times: for these classes there will be live virtual lectures/discussions that will also
be recorded for students to view at a later time. Some of these courses may be referred
to as “synchronous”. These courses have class times, but no room locations.*All Food
and Nutrition labs will be offered in person, with physical distancing. Lab students
will be offered appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment.
Do I still need to make payments to the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC)
at this time?
To support student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of
Canada has announced a plan to pause the repayment of Canada Student Loans until September
30, 2020, with no accrual of interest. This will include pre-authorized debits.
Please visit the NSLSC website for more information. This is an automatic process.
If you wish to continue with your payments, please contact the NSLSC directly. Ontario
government is now inline with the Federal government. Both governments are pausing
interest accrual and pausing payments until September 30th in response to COVID-19.
Will I still be able to access the Writing Centre?
The Writing Centre has moved to virtual appointments. To set up an online / virtual
appointment please email Dr. Kubow at firstname.lastname@example.org who can advise you on how to make an appointment.
For more information, please visit the Writing Centre website.
Is there a food bank that I can access?
The USC food bank is closed but the food hamper system is still operating. Students
can order pre-made food hampers for pick up in the UCC lockers on main campus.
I am concerned I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?
How do I get more information on, and apply to the Brescia Emergency Fund?
Brescia recognizes this is an especially challenging time for our students, some of
whom are facing significant financial challenges as a direct result of COVID-19. We
are working to identify and respond to students with immediate short-term financial
For more information, visit the Brescia Emergency Fund page.
Beryl Ivey Library
The Beryl Ivey Library, as of Friday September 18, 2020, is operating under modified
services model. To learn more, visit Changes to Library Services.
The Mercato is operating for both Clare Hall residence students and on-campus students,
staff and faculty. To learn more, visit Dining on Campus.
Stay active: Western Campus Recreation Fitness is going LIVE on Instagram @Western_Rec every day
starting Wednesday, March 25, with some of your favourite classes. Visit, Staying Active at Home for more details.
Stay connected: Brescia’s Student Life Centre continues to virtually support all of our students
to help them manage their academic success, while staying safe, healthy and well.
Visit, the SLC for more resources.
New web tool: Western Student Experience has created a new website with tools and resources help
students thrive as they transition to online/remote learning. Most of the supports
offered through Visit the Digital Student Experience website to find information on academic supports, health & well-being, career development,
social connection supports, and fitness and nutrition, all designed for students learning
Academic Questions? The Office of the Registrar has posted a number of questions related to the changes
in assessment and delivery of courses. To learn more visit the Office of Registrar Updates and FAQs.