Virtual Orientation | St. Clair College

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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 hometown students and to those from around the globe – welcome to St. Clair College!


Thrives

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 into 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, but we wanted to share some Essential Skills to get you 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!

Technical Skills

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.

Communication Skills

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!

Self-Management Skills

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 login is required. You can get started right now!

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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 Saints Student Athletic Association (SSAA). Thames Students Inc. (TSI) oversees all 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. Please subscribe to the @stclairSRC social media accounts to ensure you are up to date with all our information. Join the SRC Email list to make sure you stay on top of all of our active events and information by subscribing to our list.

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Thames Students Inc.

Welcome to the voice of the students at St. Clair College - Chatham Campus! Come and meet us on campus; we strive 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 and academic growth, and Thames Students Inc. provides a vast array of services and programs to make your time at the college productive and enjoyable. All students are invited to get involved with Thames Students Inc. as volunteers, class representatives, and members. Want to be part of creating the student experience? Join our team as a director. In this paid position, students earn money as well as be part of advocating for students. Follow us on social media @thamesstudentsinc!

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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!

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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.

Faculty Academic Sessions

COVID-19 Message to New Winter 2022 Students Attending Face-To-Face Classes

In preparation for the upcoming start of the Winter 2022 semester, St. Clair College continues to ensure that all  Public Health Regulations and Guidelines are implemented to keep our campuses safe. Safety protocols are mandatory for all staff, students, visitors, and contractors. Additional information is located on this page.

In order to attend St. Clair College, you must follow our Vaccine Policy as well as our COVID-19 Pandemic Policy. Under the Vaccine Policy, you must be fully vaccinated, or agree to rapid test 72 hours before coming on campus, each time you come on campus. You must go on to the Student Information System (SIS) before you come on campus and complete the vaccine election process outlined on the Campus Access Instruction sheet.

If you are not 14 days past your second dose of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine, you must complete rapid testing as per the policy. Information on rapid test kit pick-up can be found here. You must attest to your rapid test result on SIS, each time you use a rapid test. Additional instructions can be found on the Campus Access Instruction sheet.

Rapid test kits can be picked up from Security at the Main Campus, St. Clair College Centre for the Arts and Chatham campus between 8am and 10pm. Approach the front door screener and explain that you are there to pick up a rapid test. The Security Supervisor will meet you at the door and have you sign for a kit. You must have already uploaded your election in SIS to be eligible to pick up a rapid test kit.

Once you have completed your vaccine election process and uploaded your rapid test result (as required) on SIS, you then will have access to the daily COVID-19 screening questionnaire. Each day, before you come on campus, you must complete the screening questionnaire. You will either be sent a green "Granted Access" email or a red "Denied Access" email. If denied, please do not come on campus. Further instructions will be sent to you on the denied access email. If granted access, you can attend campus.

Students who have classes exclusively online and do not need to access campus are not required to rapid test if not vaccinated.

For those students participating in practical placements as part of their academic semester, it is important to note that many of our placement sites/industry partners are requiring that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A COVID-19 Vaccination is not a requirement to attend St. Clair College, however, vaccination may be required prior to attending your placement. Please check your program web page for detailed information on whether this may affect your ability to attend placement.

Security is stationed at designated entry points for each building. A map of designated entry points can be found here. You must enter only through the approved designated entry points and show Security your Granted Access email and your College or Government-issued photo ID.

The Pandemic Policy - Safety Procedures to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Campus can also be found on the webpage listed above. View the policy here.  All staff and students should read through this policy thoroughly.  

You will notice that security will have an increased role as safety ambassadors on-campus continuing to monitor COVID-19 compliance and ensuring protocols are followed such as mask use, issuing masks, and completing random checks on screenings. Adherence to safety protocols will be monitored by security and staff and violations will result in sanctions.    

Lastly, a Q&A has been posted on the internet to help with answering your questions. Again, please visit our webpage at https://www.stclaircollege.ca/covid-19.


What are the Safety Protocols on Campus?

COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fact Sheet

Vaccines

All employees and students must upload proof of full vaccination (14 days post a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine) through Student Information System (SIS) or you must attest to rapid test results every 72 hours.


Screening

Employees and students must complete the daily COVID screening questionnaire through SIS.  This will only be available to you if you have completed your vaccine requirements. You must show your “Granted Access” email and ID daily to the door screener. Faculty must review their class lists at the beginning of each class to ensure all students have properly answered their COVID questionnaire.


Illness

Students, employees, contractors, and visitors shall not come on campus if they are ill or if they answer yes to any of the COVID-19 screening questions. Students must notify their Faculty. Employees must report to their Manager. Faculty and Managers will follow protocols for reporting to Health and Safety. All must email covidtracker@stclaircollege.ca immediately.


Masks

Masks must always be worn while inside buildings, including while teaching in class (exceptions are outlined in the policy and include eating areas or staff at desks where 2-metre physical distancing can be achieved). Masks must be worn outdoors when within 2 metres of others.

Mask exemptions for supported, documented medical reasons must go through the process outlined in Appendix B (refer to Policy 3.35 Pandemic Policy - Safety Procedures to Mitigate the Impact on Campus).

Additional PPE may be required based on program requirements. Faculty will advise.


Eating Areas

Eating and drinking are only permitted in designated areas. These are clearly identified and set up for physical distancing. Eating and drinking in lounges or non-eating areas is not permitted, including classrooms. Masks must be worn in eating areas when not actively eating or drinking.


Lockers

Lockers may be used, however, lingering around lockers or sitting on the floors in front of lockers is prohibited.


Cleaning (Self and Work Surface/Equipment)

Students, employees, contractors, and visitors are asked to clean their work surfaces and any tools/equipment before and after use. Cleaning products will be supplied.

There is also an expectation that everyone on campus washes their hands thoroughly several times each day and/or sanitizes their hands several times each day. Proper cough/sneeze etiquette must also be adhered to.


Seating Plans

Faculty will set up and mandate seating plans for students in each classroom/lab. This is to assist with identifying close contacts in the event of a case.


Enforcement

Safety protocols will be strictly enforced by Administration, Faculty, Support Staff and Security.


Overall Safety

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.


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is integral to a student's academic success at St. Clair College. Academic integrity means to demonstrate learning honestly and honourably.

Academic integrity standards and practices may differ between education institutions, and it is important for new students to recognize and understand the academic integrity standards and practices at St. Clair College. Violations of the College's academic integrity standards can result in serious consequences for students.

You will be receiving an email about how to complete an Academic Integrity Tutorial prior to the start of classes. The Tutorial is mandatory and will ensure that students have a common understanding of what it means to have academic integrity at St. Clair College. The Tutorial will also provide you with resources and strategies to avoid violations of our academic integrity standards. More information coming soon to your St. Clair College email account.

Visit the Academic Integrity webpage to learn more.


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.


Advanced Standing

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.

  1. Course outline of the course you wish to receive credit for
  2. Official transcript (unopened)
  3. 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.


Student Services

  • Counselling/Accessibility

    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. Email StudentServices@stclaircollege.ca to make an appointment.

  • 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

    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.  How to apply for one-to-one tutoring

  • Health

    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).

  • Mental Health

    St. Clair College has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide Mental Health Counselling to our students. We provide coaching, counselling, psycho-education, as well as internal and external referrals. Visit our Mental Health webpage for more information about all the supports available to you as a student. We also have 24/7/365 professional and anonymous online and phone mental health counselling through RealCampus and WeConnect.

  • 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.

  • 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, 2022, students who already have health insurance and wish to opt-out of our health insurance plan may do so until January 31, 2022 @ 4:00 PM.

No exceptions once the deadline has passed.

Click here to opt-out: www.wespeakstudent.com


International Students:

If you're an International student, please contact the International Department regarding your health insurance plan. 519-972-2727 ext. 2753

Go to the following website: www.campuscare.ca

  1. Select Students
  2. Click on the square labelled "View my Policy card”
  3. Fill out your name, date of birth and student number to download your insurance card.

Parking

Parking fees and parking enforcement are in effect for all lot users during the 2021-2022 year. Parking rates from 2019/2020 will be maintained. Permits may be purchased online at www.stclaircollege.ca/parking. In-person purchases can be made at the Parking Office in the Main Lobby, of the Main Building at Chatham and South Campus.

Parking for the Downtown Garage must be purchased online at www.stclaircollege.ca/parking. Once purchased, these Access Cards will be available to pickup at Security Office at the Center for the Arts.

Additional information will be posted on the St. Clair College parking services webpage at www.stclaircollege.ca/parking.


Campus Bookstore

Textbook and course material needs are available online through the St. Clair College Bookstore. Check out options for used, rental, and digital textbooks!

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.


Elective Courses

Elective information will be released to students the week of December 6th for the Winter semester.

General Education Electives


One Card

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.