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Know Your Services: Funding and Work Q&A
Tuesday September 1, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us on the 1st of September from 11am-12pm for a Q&A Session about funding and work at Queen’s University.

This session is designed to answer any questions you may have after having watched the orientation videos for this stream.

If you have not already watched the videos, please head over to https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/current-students/orientation.

To attend this session please register at the link below.

Register Here to Attend This Session
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Know Your Services: Looking After Yourself and Your Loved Ones Q&A
Wednesday September 2, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us on the 2nd of September from 11am-12pm for a Q&A Session about looking after yourself and your loved ones while at Queen’s University.

This session is designed to answer any questions you may have after having watched the orientation videos for this stream.

If you have not already watched the videos, please head over to https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/current-students/orientation.

To attend this session please register at the link below.

Register Here to Attend This Session
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Know Your Services: Thriving as a Student Q&A
Thursday September 3, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us on the 3rd of September from 11am-12pm for a Q&A Session about thriving as a student Queen’s University.

This session is designed to answer any questions you may have after having watched the orientation videos for this stream.

If you have not already watched the videos, please head over to https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/current-students/orientation.

To attend this session please register at the link below.

Register Here to Attend This Session
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What’s in a place? Discussing Land Acknowledgement with the SGPS Indigenous Graduate Liaison
September 7, 2020 11 AM - 12 PM


Join Paige Van Tassel and fellow anishinaabekwe, Taylor Tye, on September 7th at 11 am for a one-hour Zoom webinar as they explore what it means to acknowledge, respect, and engage with the land and place that Queen’s University occupies.

Send in questions using the registration form linked below or attend the webinar for a Q and A session.

Register Here to Attend This Session
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Physical Distancing Physical Activity at Queen'sSeptember 9, 2020 4 PM - 5:15 PM

The SGPS has partnered up with the Queen’s ARC to provide a Zoom meeting in motion!

Register to learn the ins and outs of how you can be physically active on campus and virtually this semester.

Then, get ready to stand up and get moving, as we will be hosting a live all-abilities, low impact physically active session!

Register Here to Attend This Session
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Speed Meeting & Grad Club Trivia
September 10, 2020 7:30 PM - 11 PM

Do you like playing 20 questions or talking about how awesome cheese is? If you’re looking for quality conversation, look no further!

The SGPS presents its Orientation Speed Meet and Trivia night. Join us on Zoom at 7:30 PM to meet the community and make some friends before we head over to CFRC 101.9 FM’s social media for a virtual Trivia Night hosted by CFRC 101.9 and the Grad Club at 9:00 PM!

Click Here to Access the Event on September 10 @ 7:30 PM
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Museum MashupSeptember 11, 2020 10:30 AM - 12 PM

There are many archives in the Kingston/Katarokwi region, whether in your apartment or in museums.

During Museum Mashup, we will here from a variety of curators in the Kingston area about some of their favourite archived items and why they are passionate about the museums they work in.

We will also hear about other museums, galleries, and historic sites in the area from our friends at the Kingston Association of Museum, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites.

Finally, we will introduce an exciting series of museum-related events that we will be hosting this academic year, during which you can share some of your archived items with us and learn more about different locations in the area!

Register Here to Attend This Session
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Couch Disco: 2007 Called, It Wants Akon Back
September 12, 2020 8 PM - 10 PM

Stuck at home? Don’t have a time machine to go back to the 2007 dance scene? No problem!

SGPS presents Couch Disco: 2007 Called, It Wants Akon Back, featuring 2 hours of bops from the late 2000s.

Tune in on September 12th at 8:00 PM at CFRC 101.9 FM, cfrc.ca, and at https://sgps.click/discord.

Show off your couch moves on Discord for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Marble Slab Creamery!

Click Here to Access the Discord on September 12 @ 8 PM
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Scavenger Hunt Grad School in the Time of CoronaSeptember 13, 2020 9 AM - 11:59 PM

Well, it is the start of a semester the likes of which we have never seen before! Instead of exploring the scenic campus, meeting new people and getting repeatedly lost, this year, we will mark the beginning of the semester from the comfort of our own homes. But, staying apart does not mean we cannot come together to mark the beginning of the semester.

On Sunday, September 13, join new and continuing Queen’s graduate students from across the world for a virtual scavenger hunt!

Your phone and an internet connection is all you need to share your favorite quarantine memes, discover the Queen’s campus and enter for a chance to win one of three $25.00 gift cards!

More details to come!

If you wish to opt-out of optional student fees (otherwise known as optional ancillary fees) there are two separate processes you must complete.

Step One - SOLUS Optional Fee Opt-Out

Students can opt-out of optional fees, online through SOLUS, between Tuesday September 8, 2020 – Wednesday September 30, 2020.

The opt-out process can only be completed once per year and late opt-outs are not accepted.

Students are encouraged to learn about the fees so they are able to make informed decisions about their choices since once confirmed, selections are final.

Click here to learn more about Optional Student Fees (otherwise known as Optional Ancillary Fees).

If you have any questions about the SOLUS optional fee opt-out, please contact solus@queensu.ca

Step Two - StudentCare Health and Dental Plan Opt-Out

If you are already covered under another plan (not including basic provincial health care or UHIP), you may opt out of the SGPS Health and Dental Plan and receive a credit to your SOLUS account.

You can only opt out of the Health and Dental Plan upon showing proof of other equivalent health and dental coverage.

You can opt-out at StudentCare.ca between Tuesday September 8, 2020 – Wednesday September 30, 2020. Late opt-outs will not be accepted.

The entire opt-put process occurs online through StudentCare. Any issues with the opt-out process should be reported to StudentCare directly.

If you lose your equivalent coverage after opting out of the SGPS Health and Dental Plan due to unforeseen circumstances, you may re-enrol in the Plan within 30 days of losing your other coverage by contacting healthdental@sgps.ca. You will have to provide proof of the loss of coverage.

Please note, students who opt out absolve the SGPS, the insurance company(s), Queen’s University, StudentCare, and any other involved party of all liability whatsoever for any loss suffered by the student. Students (or their parents in the case of minors) are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the contents of this website before they opt out.

Not sure if you should opt-out? Check out this primer from StudentCare to learn about what you might be missing out on.

Both opt-out processes occur independently of the SGPS. If you have any questions or concerns regarding…

  • the SOLUS optional fee opt-out, please contact solus@queensu.ca
  • the StudentCare Health and Dental Plan opt-out, please contact StudentCare.

Please note, charges for ancillary fees (otherwise know as Student Activity Fees) will not be put on your SOLUS account until mid-August. If you do not currently see a charge on your account, please check again in mid- to late-August.

To see if you have been assessed, check out your “printable fee statement” on SOLUS. If you have a charge labeled “SGPS Health and Dental Plan” you have been assessed the fee.
Instructions on how to find your “printable fee statement” can be found at www.queensu.ca/registrar/solus/finances
If you have any questions about the fees you have been assessed, please contact solus@queensu.ca

If you are registered as a full-time, on-campus student for the Fall 2020 semester you are automatically assessed Health and Dental for yourself in September.
You do not need to opt yourself in.

I need coverage but I have not been automatically assessed the SGPS Health and Dental fee on SOLUS.

If you still do not see an SGPS Health and Dental Plan charge on your SOLUS account after September 1, 2020 please contact healthdental@sgps.ca in order to receive information about how you can opt yourself into the SGPS Health and Dental plan.
Please note, you must contact healthdental@sgps.ca before the end of enrolment period to be added to the plan. The enrolment period ends Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Late opt-ins will not be accepted.

Self-enrolment costs $610.00 plus the SGPS Society Fee, which is an additional $70.00.

Please note, if you are enrolling yourself into the SGPS Health and Dental plan you must also have active primary coverage. This can be OHIP (or another province’s equivalent) or UHIP. You cannot access the SGPS Health and Dental plan if you do not have have active primary coverage.

To learn more about what is covered under the SGPS Health and Dental plan, check out StudentCare.ca

I need to opt in my partner and/or my children.

You can enrol your partner and/or your children online at StudentCare.ca between Tuesday September 8, 2020 – Wednesday September 30, 2020. Late opt-ins will not be accepted.

The entire enrolment process occurs online through StudentCare. Any issues with the enrolment process should be reported to StudentCare directly.

Enrolling your partner/spouse or one child will cost $610.00.
Enrolling your family (spouse + unlimited number of children) will cost $1,220.00.
The costs associated with adding dependants to the plan cannot be added to your SOLUS account. You will be expected to pay online at the StudentCare website at the time of enrolment.

Please note, if you are enrolling your dependants into the SGPS Health and Dental plan they must also have active primary coverage. This can be OHIP (or another province’s equivalent) or UHIP. Your dependants cannot access the SGPS Health and Dental plan if they do not have have active primary coverage.

To learn more about what is covered under the SGPS Health and Dental plan, check out StudentCare.ca

I already have supplementary health and dental coverage and I would like to opt-out.

If you are already covered under another plan (not including basic provincial health care or UHIP), you may opt out of the SGPS Health and Dental Plan and receive a credit to your SOLUS account.

You can only opt out of the Health and Dental Plan upon showing proof of other equivalent health and dental coverage.

You can opt-out at StudentCare.ca between Tuesday September 8, 2020 – Wednesday September 30, 2020. Late opt-outs will not be accepted.

The entire opt-put process occurs online through StudentCare. Any issues with the opt-out process should be reported to StudentCare directly.

If you lose your equivalent coverage after opting out of the SGPS Health and Dental Plan due to unforeseen circumstances, you may re-enrol in the Plan within 30 days of losing your other coverage by contacting healthdental@sgps.ca. You will have to provide proof of the loss of coverage.

Please note, students who opt out absolve the SGPS, the insurance company(s), Queen’s University, StudentCare, and any other involved party of all liability whatsoever for any loss suffered by the student. Students (or their parents in the case of minors) are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the contents of this website before they opt out.

Not sure if you should opt-out? Check out this primer from StudentCare to learn about what you might be missing out on.

I am an international student who will be located outside of Ontario for the Fall 2020 term.

As per the Queen’s UHIP website:

If your studies are not in Ontario for this period, your enrolment in UHIP may not be mandatory.

To inquire, email uhip@queensu.ca (include your student number and a brief explanation of your circumstances).

If you will be located outside of Ontario during the Fall 2020 term and you will not have UHIP, OHIP, or another province’s primary coverage equivalent, you may opt out of the SGPS Health and Dental Plan and receive a credit to your SOLUS account.

Please note, if you are located outside of Canada the SGPS Health and Dental Plan may not provide any coverage to you. You cannot use the coverage in your home country and due to various travel advisories you may not be able use your coverage elsewhere internationally. For more information, please check out this link.

You can only opt out of the Health and Dental Plan upon providing proof that you will not be present in Ontario during the Fall 2020 term.
This website will be updated in the coming weeks with information about what proof will be required.

You can opt-out at StudentCare.ca between Tuesday September 8, 2020 – Wednesday September 30, 2020. Late opt-outs will not be accepted.

The entire opt-put process occurs online through StudentCare. Any issues with the opt-out process should be reported to StudentCare directly.

Please note, students who opt out absolve the SGPS, the insurance company(s), Queen’s University, StudentCare, and any other involved party of all liability whatsoever for any loss suffered by the student. Students (or their parents in the case of minors) are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the contents of this website before they opt out.

Questions about the SGPS Health and Dental Plan?

As students prepare for their return to campus it is likely that many are looking to public transport to navigate Kingston.

As you know, the Bus-It contract was suspended for this year given the reduced capacities, lack of Queen’s specific route provisions, and that transit is currently free to all.

We are still actively working with the AMS and the City of Kingston to ensure students who need access, have access.

The SGPS is committed to ensuring financial supports to students to keep the cost affordable.

As of this moment discussions on what the pass will look like (digital, additional stickers, separate card) are occurring as many issues with distribution arise when considering public health guidelines.

Until we communicate otherwise, you can ride the bus for free. When the situation changes, we will communicate any changes to you via the SGPS newsletter and our social media accounts (@QueensSGPS on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram).

I have questions about…

Accessibility Queen’s Accessibility Hub
https://www.queensu.ca/accessibility/


Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)
https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/accessibility-services/

Becoming a Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant Your Department
You can find the appropriate contact for your department at the link below
https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/contact-us/program-contacts
Financial Assistance Student Awards
https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/
awards@queensu.ca
Funding Packages Your Department
You can find the appropriate contact for your department at the link below
https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/contact-us/program-contacts
Getting Involved Queen’s Clubs Office
https://myams.org/home/clubs/
SGPS VP Community
vp.community@sgps.ca
Library Access Queen’s University Library
https://library.queensu.ca/help-services/covid-19-updates-library-services-operations
Living in Kingston/Housing SGS Habitat
You can find information about living in Kingston at the link below.
https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/sgs-habitat/moving-and-living-kingston


Queen’s Community Housing Accommodations Listing Service (ALS)
Neither Queen’s or the SGPS endorse or warrant the quality of the rental units provided through this listing service. It is a tool to help students in need of rental accommodation connect with landlords who have rental properties available.
https://listingservice.housing.queensu.ca/index.php/rental/rentalsearch/action/search/

Office/Study Space Your Department
You can find the appropriate contact for your department at the link below
https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/contact-us/program-contacts
Orientation Activities SGPS Events
https://sgps.ca/eventscalendar/


School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Events
https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/current-students/orientation


Your Department
You can find the appropriate contact for your department at the link below
https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/contact-us/program-contacts

Primary Health Coverage for International Students UHIP
https://quic.queensu.ca/uhip/
uhip@queensu.ca
Purchasing Textbooks and Course Materials Campus Bookstore
https://www.campusbookstore.com/welcome
Resources for BIPOC Students Queen’s Coalition against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination
https://qcredcoordinator.wordpress.com/about/


Queen’s Black Academic Society
https://qbasqueensu.wordpress.com/


Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
https://www.queensu.ca/fourdirections/


Queen’s Asian Students’ Association
https://www.facebook.com/queens.qasa/


Queen’s Equity Services
https://www.queensu.ca/equity/

Seeing a Doctor or a Counsellor Queen’s Student Wellness Services
https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/
Setting up my Queen’s NetID/Accessing OnQ Queen’s Information Technology Services (ITS)
https://www.queensu.ca/its/getting-started/student
Students with Children Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) FAQ
https://quic.queensu.ca/living-in-kingston/students-with-children/


Queen’s Division of Student Affairs Resource Page
https://www.queensu.ca/studentaffairs/current-students/students-children

Study Permit, Work Permits and Visa Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)
https://quic.queensu.ca/arrival/permits-and-visas/
Supplemental Health and Dental Coverage StudentCare
http://www.studentcare.ca/View.aspx?locale=en&uid=IHaveAPlan_SGPS_Home
healthdental@sgps.ca
Tuition and Fees Office of the University Registrar
http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/home
solus@queensu.caInformation regarding Ancillary Fees can be found at https://sgps.ca/sgps-activity-fees/
Questions about ancillary fees? Contact director@sgps.ca
Queen's Office of the University Registrar

In response to operational changes at the university due to the ongoing global pandemic, the university has implemented initiatives and process changes to help smooth out tuition and fee payments, awards disbursement and registration processes for students. To learn more about these changes, check out the link below.

Click here to access Office of the University Registrar’s Dates & Deadlines site

Queen's Information Technology Services (ITS)

With the majority of Queen’s teaching and learning resources being moved online for Fall 2020, it is imperative that you make sure you are set-up with your Queen’s NetID. Queen’s ITS has put together a “getting started” guide for new students to help you get set up.

Click here to access ITS’ New Student IT Guide


The move to online learning means it is more important than ever to make sure that you know how to access everything you need for your classes remotely. Queen’s ITS has put together a page to help you prepare to teach and learn remotely.

Click here to access ITS’ “Preparing to Teach and Learn Remotely” Page

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

Check out the School of Graduate Studies’ 20-21 Orientation page for live webinars, online modules, and pre-recorded videos all devoted to ensuring you have access to the information you need for a smooth transition to the new academic year.

Click here to access the SGS 20-21 Orientation Page


The School of Graduate Studies understands that uncertainties around the Fall term have generated many questions from our community – students, fellows, staff, and faculty. In an effort to address your questions and concerns, the SGS has compiled a website answering Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to access the SGS Fall 2020 FAQs

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)

Check out the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) 20-21 Orientation page for live webinars and prerecorded videos, geared specifically to assist international students transition into the new academic year.

Click here to access QUIC’s 20-21 Orientation Page


COVID-19 has changed a lot of things for 2020 – 2021 academic year, especially for international students. QUIC has pulled together a resource page to assist international students in finding the information they need to answer any questions they may have.

Click here to access QUIC’s Fall 2020 FAQs

President

Justine Aman


VP Community

Anthony Lomax


VP Finance and Services

Tamara Mitterer


VP Graduate

Courtney Bannerman


VP Professional

John Jeyaratnam


Athletics & Wellness Commissioner

Madison Danford


Equity & Diversity Commissioner

Fikir Haile


SGPS Indigenous Graduate Liaison

Paige Van Tassel


International Commissioner

Claudia Hirtenfelder


Social Commissioner

Rose Conlin


SGPS Council Speaker

Mary Rita Holland


Health and Dental Questions