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Fall term 2020 resources for graduate students

Note: Because of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the information provided on this page is as accurate as possible at the time of publication and will be updated as needed (Last updated: October 14, 2020).

Graduate Courses - Research - GAs/TAs - General HelpInternational Students - Prospective Students (GRE and GMAT)Online learning resources

Graduate Courses

All courses and final exams will be offered primarily in an online format for Fall 2020. If your courses are online, you will not need to come to campus in Fall 2020. For everyone’s safety, exceptions are being kept to a minimum. You will be able to see when you register whether any of your courses are face-to-face, and we are anticipating very few on campus courses for graduate students. For thesis and dissertation courses, access to facilitities will fall under the University's plan for the resumption of research activity. Please see articles on graduate research.

Research

If you are in the midst of a research project that has been or will be affected by circumstances related to COVID-19, we encourage you to discuss with your supervisor whether you have enough data or samples to meet the learning outcomes of the degree. If you do not please work with your supervisor and department regarding the resumption of research activities in consultation with the directives and guidelines on research posted by the university.

The University's plan for the resumption of research is in effect June 1, 2020. Please review this plan with your advisor to see where your research will fall with respect to the phased approach. The progression of timelines for resumption will be done in accordance with Provincial guidelines.

Review the University's plan for the resumption of research (PDF).

All defenses are moving ahead and are being hosted through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Please speak with your graduate coordinator for more information. 

Graduate/Teaching Assistants

All incoming students for Fall 2020 were sent communication that outlines the steps for a student to apply for an Individual Tax Number (ITN) in Canada. Once processed this will allow a student living outside of Canada to be employed as an RA and/or GA on campus. Once the graduate student transitions to Canada they will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number to replace the ITN.

The same process would apply to students who started in Summer term 2020 if living outside Canada.

Get a copy of the communication sent to incoming students.

Graduate/Teaching Assistants may be required to be on campus to support class activities (e.g., lab demonstration). In these situations there will be no face-to-face interaction with students and appropriate physical distancing will be practiced.

Graduate/ Teaching Assistantships that involve face-to-face responsibilities will be identified accordingly in position postings.

If you already have a study or work permit and a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) you are eligible to apply for postings for which you are qualified. If your SIN has expired please contact Human Resources directly at hr@uwindsor.ca

All incoming students for Fall 2020 were sent communication that outlines the steps for a student to apply for an Individual Tax Number (ITN) in Canada. Once processed this will allow a student living outside of Canada to be employed as an RA and/or GA on campus. Once the graduate student transitions to Canada they will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number to replace the ITN.

The same process would apply to students who started in Summer term 2020 if living outside Canada.

Get a copy of the communication sent to incoming students.

GAs and TAs in online courses can have a number of roles in supporting the course, just as they can in on-campus courses including marking some of the assessments, answering questions, running tutorials and office hours. Your instructor will set the specific tasks your GAs or TAs will undertake in the course.

Review information regarding responsibilities of graduate students who will be working on campus over the Fall term as an employee

This would include a students employeed as a research assistant-employee, or a GA who has been approved to come to campus in their capacity as an employee.  

The supervisor of the student is responsible for ensuring compliance with the return to campus protocol.

General Help

A variety of resources and FAQs regarding Fall 2020 are evailable from ask.uwindsor.ca.

Please contact the graduate support staff or graduate coordinator for your program. They will be identified on the program homepage.

The physical office in Chrysler Hall tower is not currently open. Our staff however are working remotely. You may reach us for all inquiries at the Faculty of Graduate Studies contacts.

Transcripts are due before the end of your first term of registration. Please consult your offer letter. Digital transcripts can be sent to transcripts@uwindsor.ca

International Students

A variety of resources and FAQs for international students regarding Fall 2020 are evailable from ask.uwindsor.ca.

With Fall 2020 being primarily online you are welcome to start your program from outside of Canada. You will connect remotely to your classes to access lectures and course materials.

A study permit is not required to start a program of study outside of Canada, however, this time would not be counted towards Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility or the length of the PGWP issued. A study permit is required to travel to Canada to continue studies.

Eligibility will not be affected for international students who have/have been approved for a study permit who begin spring, summer or fall 2020 courses online due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning. In addition, they will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

The University is supporting two tests that can be completed from your home.

  1. Duolingo English Test (DET) with a minimum score of 120 will satisfy your english requirement. Only tests taken after July 15, 2019 will be considered. Please check the DET website.   
  2. TOEFL iBT is available in a limited number of countries. Please check the TOEFL iBT website and the qualifying score will be the one defined by the program to which you are applying.

As per the travel ban exemptions, only international students issued study permits or study permit approvals on or before March 18, 2020 can travel to Canada at this time.

A Travel Plan will need to be presented to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) upon your arrival at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Details are outlined in the following document (PDF): Travel Plan from the Toronto International Airport to the University of Windsor AND 14-Day Isolation Plan.

Ensure you have made all necessary travel arrangements before you leave for Canada.

Prospective Students - GRE and GMAT

For prospective graduate applicants who are required to sit for the GRE, the University will accept the GRE General Test at Home as a temporary alternative to the GRE to assess the verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing of applicants in countries where delivery of the GRE has been suspended due to Covid-19. There is no change to our required mimum scores for either version of the test.

For prospective graduate business applicants who are required to sit for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), the University will accept the GMAT Online exam, an interim, online, proctored solution. There is no change to our required minimum scores for either version of the test.

Online learning resources

Resources for online learning are posted at: http://learn.uwindsor.ca/uwin-online

A variety of learnign and teaching resources are available from the CTL website: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/ctl/52/