VIU Student Pulse News: August 26, 2020

Learn about the fall semester at VIU

We are excited about the start of the school year, and hope you are too! Your teachers are hard at work getting ready for the fall semester, and you can expect to hear from each of them with specific course details by the time classes start. As always, if you have any questions, just hit reply to this email. 

Need to Know

Student Job Applications Open 
Looking for a convenient way to earn a few dollars while building your experience in a flexible environment made for busy students? Here are 7 reasons to consider a student job on the VIU Blog.

Buying Textbooks 
Wondering how to buy textbooks and other supplies, as well as discounted bus passes? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details on that and many other topics.
 
Changes to Parking 
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, VIU is temporarily suspending the annual parking pass. A one-month pass will be the longest-term period available. The good news is it will mean reduced parking fees for all. Learn more.

Connect

Student Orientation Update

It’s not too late to sign up for our Rock VIU new student orientation event, happening August 31 to September 4 with a soft launch this week. Hear more from the organizers in this VIU News story, and don’t forget to download the Co-Curricular Involvement App from the App Store or Google Play to join in the conversations and add events to your schedule.

International Student Orientation
International student orientation begins this Saturday (August 29) and is a great way to connect with other international students and learn about VIU services. More info

Athletics & Recreation Reopening
VIU Mariners Athletics and Recreation is reopening on Tuesday, September 8, under enhanced health and safety protocols. In this phase we will be open to students and staff only, with access to the weight room, student activities (outdoor recreation, intramurals, fitness) and our varsity athletes will be back on campus training. Learn more.
 
Join Your Students’ Union Executive
Running for a position on the VIU Students' Union Board of Directors is a great way to get involved and become a leader on camFood Services on the Nanaimo Campus
VIU Food Services is excited to announce a grab and go outlet in the Campus Store (Building 305 – the Library) this fall called the Mount Benson Market. Learn more.

Supports & Services

Food Services on the Nanaimo Campus
VIU Food Services is excited to announce a grab and go outlet in the Campus Store (Building 305 – the Library) this fall called the Mount Benson Market. Learn more.
 
Accessing Services and Supports during COVID-19
Visit our Accessing Services and Supports webpage to learn more about everything from counselling, to advising, to library services and tutoring.

Everything you need to know about VIULearn
Wondering what VIULearn, the system you’ll be using to access your course outlines and materials, is all about? Join in one of the webinars on offer until Sept. 25. Sign up now

Student Technology Guide
Need help with your computer account and password or accessing courses and software online? Check out the Student Technology Guide for all your technology questions and for information on how to contact Student Tech Support help.

Accessing Study Areas on the Nanaimo Campus
A reminder that you need a student card to access study spaces such as the Library and the Upper Cafeteria this fall. Study spaces are only available for registered VIU students. Get your student card now.
 
Student Reminder
Are you emailing someone about a VIU service or support? Anytime you reach out, please include your student ID number in the email and send the email from the official address listed on your Student Record to ensure our staff can help you quickly.

Mark Your Calendar

Wait List Deadlines
Tuesday, September 15 is the last day of active wait list for the fall semester courses. After this date, adding a course requires instructor permission, so be sure to check your Student Record multiple times before this date if you are on a wait list. Don’t miss important deadlines – bookmark VIU Registration’s Dates and Deadlines webpage!

COVID-19 Updates

VIU Launches Safety Ambassador Program
Are you coming on campus and have questions about VIU’s health and safety protocols? VIU’s COVID-19 Safety Ambassadors are here to help. Learn more.

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