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FAQs

You have questions, we have the answers! These are the most frequently asked questions from our incoming students regarding New Student Orientation.  

What will I be doing during Orientation? 
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Brescia's orientation offers a variety of programming that will help you as you build new friendships, get acquainted with campus, explore the experiences and opportunities available at Brescia/Western, and prepare for your courses. 

To ensure the safety of our incoming students and the greater Brescia community during this time, all programming will adhere to local and provincial COVID-19 guidelines. 

To accommodate a wide-variety of individual needs, there will be programming that is offered virtually and/or blended (virtually and in-person).

As our programming and schedules develop we will be updating our "Schedule and Highlights" page. 

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What is included in the O-Pass fee? 
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Our goal is to ensure that all incoming Brescia students have access to the supports and resources needed to be successful in their first year. 

The O-Pass fee will ensure that you have access to all available Brescia and Western Orientation programming and that you receive your O-Kit.

What is an OKit and how will I get it?
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An OKit is your official "welcome to Brescia" gift. It includes a bunch of Brescia swag, important Orientation Week information, contributions from various departments at Brescia, and some additions from Western. 

Those students living in residence and off-campus will be able to pick-up their OKit on:

  • Sunday, September 5th from 1pm-6pm from the Curbside O-Kit Pickup available at Brescia Parking Lot C
  • Monday, September 6th from 9am-12pm from the Clare Hall Front Courtyard 
  • Tuesday, September 7th from 9am-12pm from the Clare Hall Front Courtyard

If you're unable to make it onto campus for the above pick-up dates and times, starting on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 you will be able to pick-up your OKit at The Hive.

International or out-of-province students who are unable to be on campus for Orientation Week can reserve an OKit (while supplies last) to then pick-up at a later date. 

How do I find my way around Brescia? 
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Don’t quite know your way around campus yet?  No problem – you’re not the only one! Thankfully, you can utilize a Brescia campus map, the Sophs, and the Brescia community to help you get around.  

We are also hosting a Soph Group Academic Q+A and Campus Tours event during Orientation Week. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 7th from 4:30pm-5:30pm.

If I want to attend an in-person Orientation event, what do I need to bring with me? 
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In order to participate in 'in-person' events, please come prepared with a face mask.

The events for that day will determine what you need to bring. Check out our Orientation Week schedule for more event details.

If you’re an off-campus student, we have information, supports and events that are unique to you! Head to our Off-Campus Students orientation page for more information.

Where can I park during Orientation Week?
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During Orientation Week, parking fees are waived for those not purchasing an annual pass in an effort to eliminate any barriers to participation. Those students who have not purchased a reserved parking permit are to park in LOT A (RED). This parking lot is the lower lot, east of the Mother St. James Building which can be accessed from Brescia Drive (entrance off Western Road).

Am I allowed guests during Orientation? 
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As stated in the Residence Handbook, no guests will be permitted to be signed-in to residence throughout Orientation Week (September 5-September 12). 

The remainder of the week’s activities and events will be restricted to students who have an O-Week bracelet (O-Pass). 

Who is assessed the O-Pass Fee?
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Those assessed the O-Pass fee are all incoming, new-to-Brescia students.

Note: Incoming students who were in Preliminary Year in the previous year have also been assessed the O-Pass Fee. Those who are not assessed the O-Pass Fee include preliminary, mature, and/or transfer students, any student admitted after August 15, 2021, and those who opted-out of the fee prior to the August 15, 2021 deadline. 

I was not assessed the O-Pass Fee but would like to – how do I opt-in? 
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New-to-Brescia students can opt-in to participate in New Student Orientation until Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4 pm. To opt-in, please fill out the O-Pass Opt-In Form. Your eligibility to participate will be assessed during business hours. 

Please note that by submitting the O-Pass Opt-In Form the O-Pass Fee will be added to your student account. The O-Pass grants you access to additional Western Orientation programming, and you will be sent the appropriate O-Kit. The Business Office will be processing changes to student accounts due to opt-ins/opt-outs during the month of September.

I’m a Brescia student; can I attend Western/Huron/King’s events? 
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All events being hosted by Western and the Affiliates will strictly adhere to current indoor and outdoor event capacities and guidelines as outlined by the Ontario government. As such, in-person events at Western and the Affiliates may have limited capacity. That being said, Brescia students have access to all Western Orientation Programming.

We will also be hosting viewing parties at Brescia for Western's campus-wide events, for those who would still like to participate with friends, but without going down to Western campus.

Orientation Programming goes on quite late each night; is it safe to be out on campus late at night?
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Every Orientation event is organized and attended by trained Orientation Staff, Soph volunteers, and security (for larger late-night programs) to ensure the safety and security of all student participants. Sophs will also be available at the end of late night programming to accompany students back to Brescia campus. All events hosted during Western and Brescia’s Orientation Week are dry and do not involve the sale or consumption of alcohol thereby promoting a safer and more inclusive community for all participants.

Where do I go to pick-up my Western OneCard?
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Western OneCard pick-up will be available to Brescia students from the Clare Hall Bottega on the following dates/times:

  • Sunday, September 5th, 2021 from 10am-4pm
  • Monday, September 6th from 10am-4pm
  • Tuesday, September 7th from 10am-4pm

If you're unable to make it onto campus for the above pick-up dates and times, starting on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 you will be able to pick-up your OneCard at The Hive.

Out-of-Province and international students need to contact Lissette Ochoa, International Program Coordinator (lochoa2@uwo.ca), as she has their OneCards.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Student Life Centre at bucstudent.life@uwo.ca.