General FAQ

General FAQ

Please be aware that provincial COVID-19 health guidelines and federal travel regulations continue to evolve. We will update this page and share additional information via email as it becomes available. It is important to stay updated by reading all communication coming from Western. We encourage students to regularly check the Health Canada website and this FAQ page. 

Academic Year 2022-23

The following information is for students who live in residence for the 2022-23 academic year. 

COVID-19 Vaccination

Updated as of August 18, 2022

Accordion Info

1. Are vaccinations mandatory in residence?

The health and safety of our campus community is a shared responsibility. Vaccination against COVID-19 is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself, each other and our community. The University, in consultation with public health and other medical experts, have updated its COVID-19 vaccination policy effective August 16.  

Students living in residence must have the primary series plus one booster before moving in. We are asking the Western community to submit proof of vaccination status by October 1, 2022, through a new online process. 

Students living in residence will need to get their booster dose before moving in. However, Western will offer a two-week grace period—and easy access to the campus vaccination clinic—for those students unable to get a booster before they arrive. 
Those who for medical or other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code cannot be vaccinated may request an accommodation.

2. What proof of vaccination will be needed when I move in? How do I submit it?

All community members are required to submit their up-to-date proof of vaccination to the University by October 1, 2022.  

More information about a new online process that will make it easier to submit your proof of vaccination status can be found in the FAQs section. 

3. How do I submit a request for an accommodation?

New members of the community may request an exemption due to a medical condition or other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Student can complete a religious exemption request (statement of creed/religious belief) or medical condition and submit the requests to 

4. Does Western require proof of any other vaccinations for students in residence?

Western does not require students living in residence to verify proof of vaccination for other illnessess, however all students are encouraged to take responsibility for their health and well-being by following public health immunization recommendations and ensuring their immunizations are up to date before beginning university studies.