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Frequently Asked Questions - For Admitted Students!
29 May, 2020

The following information is divided by question type: 

Residence and Student Life - General

Residence and Student Life – Form, Fees, and Deposit

Residence and Student Life – Winter 2021 and Future Terms

Courses, Classes, and Studying

Administration and Co-Registration 

 

 

Residence and Student Life - General: 

 

Q: Would residences even be open? 

A: Yes, residences will be open in Fall 2020. They are going to look differently from what you may have seen in a tour and/or online - see the following questions and answers below for more on this.  

 

Q: Since residences will be open this Fall, are students still expected to live on campus, or can we study remotely from home because of the pandemic? 

A: You are not expected to live on campus, no, although you are absolutely welcome to. You are equally welcome to stay living at home and begin your studies remotely – see more on this below in “Courses, Classes, and Studying” category.  

 

Q: If a student has food allergies how do they let SJU know? 

A: After the June 1st deadline, you will be contacted to fill out an intake form that asks life styles questions including food allergies, so it will be at that point of intake that you will let us know about any food allergies as well as other important details we will need to know to ensure you are safe, happy, and healthy. For other supports around allergies  

 

Q: With quarantine affecting the ability for people to connect in person through clubs, dorms, etc., how will we be able to connect with other students in our classes and at the university? Will clubs still be something running? 

A: Absolutely, they will be! We are currently working on many exciting virtual student life opportunities that will include ones (such as off-campus dons who will connect with every SJU students) as well as existing ones (such as, to name only just two, Students’ Union and the Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) who are moving to online and virtual work, connections, and events. We will have lots of ways to build community whether you are on campus or not! 

 

Q: Are all the residence rooms cable-ready? 

A: No, unfortunately, they are not. All residence rooms do have WiFi.  

 

Q: Are there many students who are in sciences and engineering etc., who live in SJU? 

A: YES! This is one of the most exciting parts of living at SJU – and of being a part of the SJU community – is that even though we are an Arts university in terms of our academics, students from all 6 Faculties across campus (Arts, Math, Science, Engineering, Environment, and Applied Health Sciences) can live, study, and work at SJU. You will absolutely meet and become great friends with students from all corners of campus.  

 

Q: Are you able to list which residence services that may not be available this Fall? 

A: Residence services that are traditionally available but that either will not be this Fall and/or will look differently this Fall are: 

  • There will only be single-room occupancy, not doubles. 

  • The common spaces (Student lounge, TV room, Games Room, Music Room, Creative Space, Fitness room) will be closed until we get directions otherwise from Health professionals. 

  • The cafeteria usually operates on a self-serve basis, but it will be full-serve 

  • Physical Distancing will be encouraged, with measures put in place throughout the residence building to ensure it is top of mind for students to keep our community safe.  

And although most of our students will not be living on campus for the start of the Fall term, and while having in-person student programming will not be an option, we have student leaders and plans in place for Off Campus Dons! All students will be connected with their Don and virtual floor over the summer. This goes for the students living on campus as well. There will be no loss of community connection nor ability to participate in SJU programming if a student chooses not to be in residence this Fall. 

 

Q: Can I still be part of LLC if I choose not to live on residence in the Fall? 

A: We do not have any specific Living Learning Communities here at SJU, so cannot speak to this specifically; More information around the LLC options on campus can be found: https://uwaterloo.ca/housing/living-learning, and contact information for the LLC programs can be found: https://uwaterloo.ca/housing/living-learning/frequently-asked-questions 

 

 

 

Residence and Student Life – Form, Fees, and Deposit: 

 

Q: If we choose to stay at home this year, do we still fill out the Residence Community Ranking Form and pay the deposit? 

A: No, you should only fill out the Residence Community Ranking Form and pay the deposit if you intend to live on campus this year.  

 

Q: If we fill out the Residence Community Ranking Form and pay the deposit but then decide to stay at home in the Fall, will we get refunded? 

A: The June 1st, 2020 deadline remains the same, and students must complete the Residence Community Ranking Form and pay their deposit to be considered for residence.  

There will be a window of time after the June 1st, 2020, for students that have submitted their form & deposit, in which, yes, refunds will be available. Keep an eye on your e-mail for more information from Waterloo that will be coming.  
 

Q: Where can we find the Residence Community Ranking Form? 

A: You can find it online, and here is the link:  https://rezhomeforms.uwaterloo.ca/RankingForm/Index.aspx 

 

Q: Is a reduction in residence fees being considered? 

A: Fees for the Fall 2020 term are under review - information will be updated on the SJU Website as it becomes available, and it will be communicated by e-mail to those Residents who accept their residence offers.  
 
While services will look differently in the Fall 2020 term, most services will continue to be accessible to students in Residence: either through virtual programming and connections in Residence, inclusive food service, WiFi, etc. Common spaces (i.e., Student lounge, TV room, Games Room, Music Room, Creative Space, Fitness room) will be closed until we get directions otherwise from Health professionals, and they would be opened again accordingly to those recommendations.  
 
There will be additional services within Residence: additional cleaning of washrooms and high traffic spaces; access to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for use of the Residence space; as well as this year we’re introducing laundry as being inclusive to the residence cost.  

Last year’s fees are posted on the SJU website for context: https://www.sju.ca/fees-payments  
 

 

 

Residence and Student Life – Winter 2021 and Future Terms: 

 

Q: If we do not attend residence in the Fall and the current situation changes, what are the chances of getting into residence for the Winter semester? 

A: Our occupancy for Winter 2021 and for Spring 2021 will be dependent on recommendations from Public Health, and unfortunately, it is too far for us to know what this will look like at this time.  
 
If we are able to intake more residents for Winter 2021 and/or Spring 2021, there will be an application process for these students to apply. However, at this time, at St. Jerome’s, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be guaranteed a space.  

Further details about Winter will be made available throughout the Fall term, and information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.  

 

Q: If we complete the Residence Community Ranking Form and pay the deposit, but then choose to stay at home for just the Fall term and live in residence in the Winter term, can the deposit be applied to the Winter 2021 term? 

A: At St. Jerome's Residence, if students do not want to complete their residence term for Fall 2020, they will automatically not have a contract for Winter 2021 or Spring 2021. (Please see response above for details around Winter term).  

 

Q: I have already paid my deposit and want to see if I can live there later in the academic year, so should I still try to get my refund (during the refund period when it’s open)? 

A: If you do not want to live in Residence for the Fall term, you should apply to get your refund. Deposits will not be carried to the Winter or Spring terms. (Please see responses above for details around Winter term). 

 

Q: If students starting their studies in Fall 2020 do not choose to live in residence in the Fall semester, will they get a residence guarantee in a future term and/or future year? 

A: Our occupancy for all future terms will be dependent on recommendations from Public Health, and unfortunately, it is too far for us to know what this will look like at this time.  
 
If we are able to intake more residents for Winter 2021 and/or Spring 2021, there will be an application process for these students to apply. However, at this time, at St. Jerome’s, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be guaranteed a space.  

Further details about Winter will be made available throughout the Fall term, and information will be posted on our website as it becomes available. 

We do have Upper-Years who live at St. Jerome’s Residence each year, who apply through an application process directly to SJU. We really value having Upper-Years living in the Residence, as they are an important part of our SJU Community and bring such a wealth of knowledge to the first-years who live alongside them in the Residence. However, we can never guarantee that all Upper-Years who apply will be offered a room at SJU.  

 

Q: How difficult is it to get in if you were to try and live on campus second year (when hopefully the pandemic is more under control)? 

A: We do have Upper-Years who live at St. Jerome’s Residence each year, who apply through an application process. We really value having Upper-Years living in the Residence, as they are an important part of our SJU Community and bring such a wealth of knowledge to the first-years who live alongside them in the Residence. However, we can never guarantee that all Upper-Years who apply will be offered a room at SJU. 

 

 

 

Courses, Classes, and Studying: 

 

Q: Waterloo said that they’re considering a combined approach this Fall and that some classes, like labs, might take place in person, but as an Honoured Arts and/or Business student, does that apply to me as well, or is that mainly for students in the sciences? 

A: For the Fall 2020 semester, yes, all Arts courses are going to be online. Certain classes that have essential face-to-face components (such as labs, which are mainly in Math, Science, and Engineering courses) will still meet and do so safely in accordance with physically distancing protocols.  

 

Q: Are all first-year courses going to be online for both semesters? 

A: At this point, we only know that the Fall courses are online and we are working and waiting on the Winter semester for how the pandemic and health protocols develop. 

 

Q: Are all classes offered at SJU, or would I take some at the main Waterloo campus? Can I also take some at the other University Colleges, too? 

A: Many of your classes will be offered at SJU, and some will be on main campus and/or at the other University Colleges (Renison, St. Paul’s, Conrad Grebel). It is up to you when choosing your classes to pick the ones offered that are best for your needs and preferences. You have the best of all worlds here, so you cannot go wrong – and your Academic Advisor, Joe Varamo, is here with you every step of the way! 

 

Q: When will we get to choose and know what classes we will be taking first semester? 

A: Classes will become available later in the summer, and Joe (our Academic Advisor) will be reaching out to you individually on this when the time comes. Keep an eye out for that e-mail! 

 

Q: Can we access the library in the Fall? 

A: Physically, no, but virtually, yes. The physical stacks in the library as well as the study spaces there are closed and will not be accessible; however, our fantastic librarians and library staff are available via e-mail to process requests and are working to get many resources, books, and articles online for digital access.  

 

 

 

Administration and Co-Registration: 

 

Q: What are the advantages to co-registering with St. Jerome’s University, and what does it change for students? 

A: Co-registering with SJU means that you get all of the benefits and resources of being a University of Waterloo students...and then more! Co-registering with SJU gives you preference for SJU classes and access to our Academic Advisor, Wellness Coordinator, and whole team of Student Affairs folks, and it also makes you eligible for scholarships and bursaries beyond first year. You also get priority for our residence (you must, though, still fill out the Residence Community Ranking Form, rank SJU #1, and pay the deposit by the June 1st deadline), and upon graduation, you become an alumn of both UW and SJU to get alumn access and benefits from both!  

See more details of co-registration here: https://www.sju.ca/coregister - you literally and truly lose nothing in co-registration but gain a ton!  

 

Q: If I were to co-register, would I automatically be enrolled at SJU, or could there now be a waiting list?  

A: When you co-register, you automatically get enrolled at SJU – no waitlist, no waiting! You will be in! (And, again, you don’t lose or give up anything from UW main either.)  

 

Q: Are all deferral requests being okayed? 

A: Yes, deferral requests are being okayed. It is important to accept your offer by the June 1st deadline in order to be eligible to defer – “deferral” means you are accepting your offer and are coming to SJU but are requesting to do so at a later date. You can request to defer for one term (i.e., to start in Winter 2021), for two terms (i.e., to start in Spring 2021), or for three terms (i.e., to start in Fall 2021). The maximum you  can defer is three terms (one calendar year). 

For more information on deferrals, deadlines, and forms, see here: https://uwaterloo.ca/future-students/admissions/deferring-offer 

 

 

Have a question that was not answered in the information above? Get in touch with us for more information!

 

 

Tommy Mayberry (he/she/they) - Manager, Outreach and Recruitment

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Olivia Carvalho (she/her) - Admissions and Recrutiment Coordinator

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