October 28, 2020

Plan Your Reading Week

October 28, 2020

Hope you are keeping well as you are approaching the halfway point in your first term. As you continue to prepare for your midterms and plan for the upcoming Reading Week break, we want to share some important updates and reminders with you.

Flu Shot Clinic

A flu shot is the best way to reduce your chances of getting influenza. Starting Thursday, October 29, Western will offer free influenza immunization clinics for Western students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars in the Western Student Recreation Centre (WSRC) lower gymnasium. If we all get immunized, together we help preserve medical resources for those suffering more severe symptoms of the flu and COVID-19. Find out the clinic hours.

Building Access

Students are reminded that non-necessary access to other residences is suspended. While we understand that London Hall students will need to access Essex Hall’s dining hall, and Alumni House students will need to access Elgin Hall’s dining hall, all other inter-residence access is paused. If your front desk is closed, you are permitted to attend the front desk of the adjacent residence for assistance.

Plan Your Travel

It’s important to note that the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) continues to discourage non-essential travel to Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and the Greater Toronto Area, including Peel and York Regions. If you must travel, please use extra caution, limit your in-person interactions as much as possible, and continue to follow health and safety protocols.

Western is strongly discouraging travel outside of Canada. If you do travel abroad, upon your return, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days as dictated by the Federal Government’s Quarantine Act. Please note you will have to quarantine off campus, and only return to residence after your quarantine period ends. If you are planning to leave Canada for the upcoming Reading Week, please inform us at housing@uwo.ca.

Lock Your Windows and Doors

Should you be leaving residence for the week, please ensure that your windows and doors are locked, and your valuables are taken with you or stored out of sight. Please note you will be held financially liable for any and all damage to residence buildings or property that results from willful or negligent actions, for example, damage costs resulting from frozen and/or burst pipes due to your failure to keep your windows closed in cold temperatures.

Dining Hall Hours

During Reading Week, all residence dining halls will remain open to serve students staying in residence. Hours will be reduced to 10:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m. on Saturday October 31, and starting Sunday November 1, from 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. All dining halls will return to normal hours as of dinner on Sunday, November 8. You can view the detailed hours here for your dining hall.

Room Inspection

Between Monday–Friday, November 2–6, inspections will be conducted of residence rooms to ensure proper sanitation and that no hazardous conditions are present. The inspection will be conducted by Facilities Management Building Service staff, along with a Housing representative. This will be a visual inspection only, and there will be no handling of personal belongings. If you are present in your room when the inspection team arrives, you will be asked to confirm that you have not traveled internationally in the past 14 days, have not come into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, or have symptoms associated with COVID-19. If any of those conditions are present or if you have been required to self-isolate, the inspection will be rescheduled for a later date.

Internet Support Hotline

To support those who will be staying in residence over the reading week break, the RezNet Hotline will be open with limited hours of operation: Monday–Friday, November 2–6, 2:00 p.m.–4 p.m. Call us at 519-661-4225 or email us at reznet@uwo.ca, if you need any help with your internet connection.

Your health and safety are important to us. Should you have any questions or need any support, please reach out to your front desk or email us at housing@uwo.ca.

May this break allow you the opportunity to catch up on your studies, rest and rejuvenate.