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Important updates for MSVU students (June 30, 2020)
Hello from your MSVU Student Experience team who are hard at work planning for your start or return to studies this September!
While the university will offer all courses online this fall due to the pandemic, we continue to detail our summer and fall campus/operational plans and wanted to share a few updates with you.
The most updated timetable outlining courses to be offered in the fall 2020 semester has now been posted – you can find it on myMount or in the MSVU App. Timetables are subject to change, but the only anticipated adjustments are the addition of courses as circumstances permit. Use the MSVU App or the Registration Centre in myMount to register for courses. A reminder that you can contact the Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success (email@example.com) or Registrar’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for course advice or assistance registering.
Summer Advising event July 6 – New MSVU students
Do you still need to register for fall and winter courses? Join the Recruitment and Academic Advising teams as they co-host a webinar all about selecting and registering for your first-year courses. The webinar will start at 10 a.m. AT and the access link and login information will be available on our Summer Advising and Registration webpage. Academic advisors will then be available from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for same day academic advising support through email, telephone, or Skype for Business. Contact email@example.com for more information. Be sure to check out the New to MSVU 2020/2021 Facebook group and @NewToMSVU Instagram account – these are great places for incoming undergraduate students to ask questions, get helpful information, and start to build a community with your peers! Graduate students should contact their academic advisor listed on their letter of acceptance.
In consultation with Nova Scotia Public Health, and with student safety at the forefront, we have determined that we will be able to safely operate our student residences at 54% capacity for the fall 2020 term – or 214 students. A message was sent last week to all those who have applied to live in residence this fall. You can read that message in full here.
Due to the pandemic, the MSVU Library & Archives switched exclusively to virtual operations on March 18, 2020. Most of the services and resources they have always offered are still available via online delivery and online formats. A phased-in approach will be used to return to on-campus Library operations to enhance the support for teaching, learning, and research. These efforts are ongoing and may change as determined by the Province’s health directives. At present, the Library is now offering all MSVU students the ability to borrow physical material (books, DVDs) by making these available via on-campus pick-up and home mail delivery. You can learn more about the current status of library services here.
The book store is one of the on-campus operations being considered as part of phase one of our return-to-campus planning. In the meantime, they are working on a curbside pick-up program which they hope to announce soon, and the bookstore remains open virtually. Currently, students are able to order their textbooks online. The bookstore is shipping orders, or sending Digital Access Codes via email. The bookstore is covering shipping up to $10 per order. Our shipping partner, UPS, has been quick and reliable throughout the pandemic and is providing us with reasonable rates. Check the bookstore’s social media pages for updates (Facebook / Instagram), or contact bookstore manager Karen Mathieu with questions: Karen.Mathieu@msvu.ca.
Flourish at MSVU
At MSVU, we believe that to truly flourish, you need to be nurtured – meaning you need the right environment and the right supports. We’re committed to supporting you at each step of your university journey and recently launched a new website hub featuring the supports available to help you thrive in your new virtual university environment. New this year: every single new and returning student will be assigned a Personal Advisor who will reach out to you over the summer to answer questions and make sure you have what you need to succeed. Check out the Flourish hub here.
Also, in our new video, learn more about next steps and meet some of the folks who are working hard to ensure your start at MSVU goes as smoothly as possible!