December 17, 2021

KINGSTON, ON – Yesterday afternoon, Queen’s University sent an email detailing an update about Winter Term. An excerpt is shown below:  

“With some very limited exceptions, which are themselves subject to change should public health considerations require it, all courses will be taught remotely until Feb. 28, 2022. A decision on the format for classes on and after that date will be made in early February. For those academic activities that will continue in person in January, comprehensive safety measures will be in place to ensure students can meet the academic requirements of their program. Students will receive further communications in the coming days from their faculty or school office regarding the delivery mode for all activities in their particular program.”  

The AMS recognizes that this is a hard decision for the University to make. We are extremely saddened that most of our peers will not be attending classes on campus, and realize the different impacts this may have on members of our community.   

Although COVID-19 has posed many challenges for our campus community, we will continue to advocate for safe and accessible ways for students to engage in social activities and access study space on campus. We will also continue ongoing discussions with the University to ensure delivery of instruction is continuously reviewed and updated, identifying where we can utilize remote/hybrid models that not only accommodate students but provides them with quality education. We are optimistic that in collaborating and working with Queen’s University, we can provide a positive experience to the students this upcoming term.   

The AMS is here to support you as we navigate this change together. We are always open to feedback and allow students avenues to have their voices heard. We have an anonymous feedback form on our website, you can find it here, if you wish to do so.  

Although this is not the term we have hoped or planned for; we are committed to delivering a beneficial student experience. We will continue to advocate for students and serve and represent the diversity of our fellow classmates.   

Please email covid@ams.queensu.ca if you have any questions or concerns you wish to be addressed, or refer to our anonymous feedback form

Students in need of support can access the following resources: 

AMS President  

Zaid Kasim – president@ams.queensu.ca 

EmpowerMe  

Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counselors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. The password required to access the service is studentcare. 

Good2Talk  

Good2Talk is a free confidential mental health helpline.  

Telephone Aid Line Kingston  

TALK is a confidential, anonymous, and non-judgemental volunteer-based support service. 

Queen’s Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) 

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) 

AMS Covid-19 Resources Page 

Queen’s Safe Return 

Please direct all media inquiries to Maddie Zarb, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca  

BACKGROUNDER   

Alma Mater Society (AMS) – //www.myams.org   

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 19,500 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff.  

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