Laurier is making daily decisions and service adjustments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to keep the Laurier community informed of these updates in a timely and accurate manner. Visit the wlu.ca/coronavirus website for the latest information and the Remote Learning Student Hub site for academic, mental health and social supports.
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April 15 key updates:
Financial support through Laurier COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Many students are facing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, and the university has put a number of options in place to help you mitigate these unexpected issues. The Laurier COVID-19 Emergency Fund provides immediate, short-term grants up to $500 to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who are having difficulty meeting essential living expenses because of COVID-19. Available Phase 1 funding will apply to eligible March and April expenses. Phase 2 will extend into the summer months as additional funds become available through a fundraising campaign and the generosity of donors, including a recent $50,000 donation from the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association. Students are encouraged to visit the website for full details, along with a link to the application form and FAQs.
Spring, intersession and summer term incidental fees: The university, along with Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) leaders, will reduce incidental fees for the spring, intersession and summer terms in light of service changes in the remote learning environment. Invoices reflecting these changes will be available in LORIS by April 15. To further assist students, the university has extended the due date for spring tuition and fees to June 9 from May 11. Visit the website for full details.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: A number of graduate students have expressed concerns about how the emergency measures in response to COVID-19 will impact their graduate studies. While Laurier, like many Canadian universities, is not able to waive or reduce graduate tuition for the spring term (May-August), support is available for academic, personal and financial issues. Douglas Deutschman, dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies lists a number of resources in this letter to students.
Library Research Guide to Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19): The Library has created a subject guide to learn about and research the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19). The guide provides search strategies and highlights key Library and open access online data and resources to study the disease and its impact. This is a guide for research purposes and not for personal health questions and concerns.
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