Here is a message from our St. Clair College President Patti France:
Welcome! We’re glad you’ve joined us for your virtual orientation. We know how exciting and nerve-racking beginning college can be, especially during these unprecedented times, so we are here to provide you with some tips, as well as prepare you for what you can expect during your online classes.
Did you know that we have students from 62 countries on campus – from Tanzania to India to China and Colombia - so to our home town students and to those from around the globe – welcome to St. Clair College!
All 1st semester students at St. Clair College are enrolled in THRIVES - a course in Blackboard - designed to help you at college in your first few weeks and beyond. THRIVES is not mandatory but we believe that by participating in the modules, you will develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours that can help you transition to our college community and be more successful in your program. Completing modules also earns you entries in to our THRIVES $500 Tuition Bursary draws. To find out more, we invite you to review our THRIVES webpages!
THRIVES Essential Skills
The full THRIVES course will be available in Blackboard by Friday, January 8, 2021, but we wanted to share some Essential Skills to get your started preparing for the Winter semester. Before classes start, there are important online platforms that you need to know how to use to access your courses, communicate with your professors, and more. This is also an appropriate time to get yourself and your environment ready for online learning. Our Essential Skills from the creators of THRIVES can help!
There are two online platforms that you will use almost daily in your college career: SIS (Student Information System) and Blackboard. In our technical skills section, we will introduce you to the basics of accessing your account information in SIS and accessing your courses in Blackboard, our learning management system.
Your college email is your main communication tool and checking your email regularly will be vital. We will provide you with some training and tips on using emails to communicate with college faculty and staff. Another communication tool, MS Teams, is used for individual and small group virtual meetings and we will cover what you need to know to get started!
Attending college, particularly with online courses, requires you to manage much more of your learning on your own. We have advice for you on organizing your space and your time to get on track right from the first week of classes and to stay on track through the semester. As well, we will cover the many support services at the college that you can and should take advantage of when needed.
THRIVES Essential Skills is available on our THRIVES webpages and no log-in is required. You can get started right now!
Essential Blackboard Skills Online Seminar
As a new St. Clair College student, you will want to get to know Blackboard, our Learning Management System (LMS)! Our Essential Blackboard Skills online seminar will introduce you to Blackboard Learn - where all your courses will be housed - and Blackboard Collaborate - the virtual conferencing system within Blackboard Learn where your virtual lectures and class meetings will be held. This one-hour online seminar will show you the basics to find your courses, navigate within your courses, how to find and use help files and videos. This online seminar will be held in Blackboard Collaborate so you will be able to experience your first virtual class and gain experience with the tools including chat and polls. Simply register online and a guest link will be emailed to you before the online seminar.
Dates: Monday to Friday, January 11 - 15 at 10:00 am each day and Monday to Friday, January 18 - 22 at 2:00 pm each day.
Your Student Government
There are three exceptional student governing bodies at St. Clair College. The Student Representative Council (SRC) is at the Windsor Campus, along with the Student Athletic Association (SAA). Thames Students Inc. (TSI) oversees all of the activities at the Thames Campus.
Student Representative Council
SRC is an active student government that can give you the opportunity to learn how to run a large organization, plan events, and develop programs that benefit the student body at large. Why not run for office? Being a member of Council is a paid position, providing not only a great opportunity to earn money, but to be part of student governance on campus. Joining the Student Council is just one of the many ways you can make the most of college life.
Thames Students Inc.
Welcome to the voice of the students at St. Clair College - Chatham Campus! Please feel free to virtually meet us during our zoom office hours as well as on-campus Monday - Friday. We want to make your experience at St. Clair College the best it can be. Let us know how we can help! The St. Clair experience is about personal as well as academic growth, and Thames Students Inc. provides a vast array of services and programs to make your time at the college not only productive but enjoyable. All students are invited to get involved with Thames Students Inc. as volunteers, Class Reps and members. It's a great way to meet new people advocate for students and have a hand in planning programming. Please subscribe to the @thamesstudentsinc social media accounts to ensure you are up to date with all of our information.
Saints Student Athletic Association
SSAA is a group of students dedicated to improving the student experience through sport and recreation. They help with the facilitation of both the varsity and intramural programs within the college. Some of the activities offered by the SSAA include individual/team sports, intramural tournaments, day trips and special events. Get involved – and cheer on your SAINTS!
The Faculty Academic Session is an opportunity to hear from your program coordinator and faculty. In this session, you will learn more about your program, expectations of incoming students, labs, exams, textbooks and have the opportunity to ask questions. You will be receiving a Microsoft Teams invite from your program coordinator with the specific date and time of your session.
The College requires all staff and students to complete a mandatory online training module. Students can access this training via Blackboard by clicking the link and following the instructions.
Please be sure to follow the instructions as there are specific nuances that you must follow. For example, you must take this training from the webpage, through mySt.Clair, not your Blackboard app. Also, you must complete the training, including the questions at the end. Stopping prior to finishing will result in the training not showing as complete and you will not be able to complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
The training must be completed prior to the first day of classes on campus. Staff and students that do not complete the training will be denied access to the campus until it is completed.
This initial training will provide students with knowledge and protocol awareness that must always be adhered to in order to maintain a safe environment.
Additionally, there is a video in SIS that all students (new and returning) will need to watch in order to gain access to the health screening tool.
To access the video:
- Click on Self Service
- Click on COVID 19
- Click on Watch Covid Video
- Click on the “Please click to view the Covid Video” button
- Click on ‘Yes’ – I acknowledge that I will view the St. Clair College Covid Video
- After watching the video, close the tab and return to the Student System
- Click ‘OK’
Students will be required to access the COVID-19 screening questionnaire every morning before they come on campus. The COVID-19 screening questionnaire can be found on the SIS system, which is accessible through mySt.Clair. Instructions on completing the questionnaire are located on our website.
What are the Safety Protocols on Campus?
St. Clair College is asking that all students stay home if you are sick. The College will work with you to accommodate time missed due to illness. Please report your illness to your Faculty. We are asking for voluntary disclosure of COVID-19 related illnesses so that we can take additional measures for the health and safety of the College community.
Masks and Eye Protection
Due to the heightened cases in our community, the College has implemented the mandatory wearing of 3 ply Level 1 procedure masks on campus. Cloth masks or other face coverings (ie gators) are no longer permitted at this time. In addition, eye protection (safety glasses, goggles or face shield) are mandatory in labs and shops or anywhere else that maintaining a 2-metre distance from others cannot always be ensured. Eye protection is also highly recommended in common areas such as hallways and meeting rooms. Regular personal protective equipment (PPE) is also still required in your labs and shops and will be posted in each. You must always comply with the mandatory mask and PPE requirements.
Screening and Designated Entrances
Once the COVID-19 training is completed, students must access SIS on MYST.CLAIR to access the COVID Questionnaire. Students must complete this questionnaire each day before they come on campus. If granted access, students will receive an email to their St. Clair email (also accessible on MYST.CLAIR). This granted access email must be shown to Security at the designated entrance point along with student ID or any other government-issued photo ID.
Students must only access the campus through the designated entrance doors.
Food Services and Eating
The College has limited food services open. Students who purchase food or drink, or come in with food or drink, must only use the cafeteria or lounge areas, which are set up one chair per table, 2 metres apart. This is the only time that masks can be removed. Students are not permitted to move chairs or tables to sit together. There is no eating or drinking allowed in hallways or non-designated areas.
All students will be engaged in cleaning. We ask that you wash your hands or sanitize your hands as you walk in the building and several times throughout the day. We require you to clean any equipment and tools before and after use. Cleaning equipment will be provided.
The campus will also be continuously monitored for the enforcement of health and safety protocols so that safety for all is maintained.
Signs have been posted throughout the campuses. You are asked to follow directional arrows, entrance/exit points and physical distancing requirements.
The College has developed a Pandemic Policy on safety protocols which is available from the webpage under COVID19. The policy details all safety protocols and outlines a guide for enforcement measures that will be taken against any student who violates those safety protocols.
The safety of our staff and students is our priority. We thank all our staff and students for complying with the safety protocols that we have put forth on campus. We also ask that you follow all public health measures outside of the College, in order to keep our St. Clair College family safe as well as keep your own families safe.
"Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities"
The College is committed to the establishment of an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for the rights and responsibilities of all those associated with the College including students. Please become familiar with this document and the matters addressed in this Code. View this document.
"Just the Facts" Booklet
This information is produced by the Registrar’s Office and provides important information regarding policies, procedures and deadlines to drop/add courses, start and end dates of semesters, tuition payment information, re-admission policy, advanced standing etc. View this information online.
Access to College Systems
If you have not received your account activation information, are having trouble logging in, or need to reset your password, please contact the IT Help Desk.
Starting January 2020, all transfer credit requests will be processed through the Registrar's Office.
Please ensure that students provide the required documentation in order for the College to proceed with your request.
- Course outline of the course you wish to receive credit for
- Official transcript (unopened)
- A $25.00 fee per credit transfer evaluation will be assessed, up to a maximum of $100.00 per submission.
Please note that it is important that you do not drop the class you are seeking to gain credit for until you have been able to verify on your SIS that the request has been processed.
St. Clair College provides a variety of student support services including Academic Counselling, Personal Counselling, Career and Educational Planning, Crisis Intervention, Group Counselling and e-Counselling. Students with diagnosed learning, attentional, hearing, visual, emotional/psychological or temporary/long-term physical/medical disability are eligible for services through the Disability Services.
- Accommodation Plans
An Accommodation Plan is created by a College Counsellor, in consultation with the student that outlines reasonable and appropriate learning accommodations and supports that may assist in overcoming disability related learning barriers. This plan does not include modifications to the program and courses. Academic Accommodation Plans are prepared in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Tutoring Services provide FREE tutoring for students enrolled in full-time registered courses wishing to improve their academic performance. Individualized and group tutoring services are provided during the academic year.
Medical, nursing and social work professionals are available to provide primary health care services for all staff and students. The Campus Nurse and Nurse Practitioner may see patients virtually or by appointment (519-972-2380).
- Deaf and Interpreting
Deaf or hard of hearing students can request for American Sign Language/English Interpreter services as soon as they register with a counsellor through the Student Services office in Room 206.
- First Nations, Metis and Inuit Services
St. Clair College offers students a centre and services that provide a culturally-based support system to First Nation, Metis and Inuit students. The Centre is a place to gather, study, access computers and socialize.
- Library Resource Centre
The Library Resource Centre’s collection of scholarly resources offers access to knowledge in many formats to fill your research and recreational information needs. Library staff is ready to help virtually with one-to-one research assistance and consultations. Study from the comfort of your own home whenever you choose with 24/7 remote access to online resources, and extended virtual reference service hours through askON found on the library’s main page.
- Student Government
St. Clair College consists of three student government organizations. They are Student Representative Council, Student Athletic Association, and Thames Students Incorporated. These organizations are the voice and advocate for students. They offer a number of services for full-time students across all campuses including issuing the Student ID card, student life activities, food bank, Student Clubs, Class Rep program, and Student Health Plan.
Their web sites are:
- Do you have health insurance?
All full-time, domestic St. Clair College students pay into and are enrolled on a College health insurance plan. Beginning January 1, 2021, students who already have health insurance and wish to opt-out of our health insurance plan may do so until January 31, 2021 @ 4:00 PM.
No exceptions once the deadline has passed.
- Go to the following website: www.wespeakstudent.com
- Select "St. Clair College" as your school
- Click on the square labelled "Opt-Out"
- Fill out your personal and banking information along with the other health insurance provider which you are covered under.
If you’re an International student, please contact the International Department regarding your health insurance plan. 519-972-2727 ext. 2753
There is no charge for parking at the College for the winter semester. However, we ask that students please park in designated parking spots only within any student parking lot. We also ask that students register their vehicle(s) on our parking system. Instructions can be found on the College web page under Parking. This is to facilitate contacting students whose vehicle may be accidentally damaged, or we need to ask you to move your vehicle. Vehicles parked illegally (blocking access, parked in an unsafe manner) will continue to be addressed through enforcement.
Textbook and course material needs are available online through the St. Clair College Bookstore. Check out options for used, rental, and digital textbooks!
- Students attending through the Windsor Campus should visit www.stclairwindsorshop.ca
- Students attending through the Thames Campus should visit www.stclairthamesshop.ca
If you have any issues finding the material you need, please call or email your respective campus bookstore for assistance. Contact information for Windsor and Chatham Campus Bookstores can be found on the websites provided above.
Information about Winter 2021 Elective Choices will be emailed in early January.
General Education Electives
Your One Card is essential to campus life at St. Clair College. Currently, your OneCard is St. Clair College's official identification card, library card and print card.