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2021 COVID-19 UPDATES

For all MacEwan updates, visit macewan.ca/coronavirus.

update september 16, 2021

All in-person classes and lab work will be cancelled for Thursday, September 16 and Friday, September 17. Students currently enrolled in practicums, co-op positions or field placements should follow the guidelines of their host organizations. Online classes will continue as planned.

On-campus social events and extracurricular activities will be paused until further notice as we determine how these activities will be impacted by the new measures. Information regarding sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities will be provided prior to September 20.

Please refer back later for updated information on impacts to SAMU scheduled events and services.

Update September 3, 2021

Masks and physical distancing are required within the SAMU Building and throughout MacEwan Campus.

Update July 1, 2021

Masks and physical distancing are no longer required in the SAMU building.

Update June 17, 2021

The SAMU Building is now open for students to use. Students are expected to wear a mask and social distance at all times in the building. We thank you for your cooperation.

2020 COVID-19 UPDATES

The Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) is a new grant available to students who do community volunteer work to help fight COVID-19. Students will receive a one-time $1000 – $5000 payment based on hours volunteered. Students can use this portal to find opportunities: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/volunteer

All of the advertised opportunities on the hub are approved by the program. If a student is already volunteering and wants their hours recognized, they have to submit their opportunity for approval before August 21, 2020.

To be eligible for the grant, students or recent graduates must:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, refugee, First Nations, Metis or Inuit aged 30 years old or younger. You must be aged 30 or under as of December 31st, 2020.
  2. Be enrolled part time or full time in a recognized post-secondary education program in Spring/Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, or have completed your post-secondary studies in December 2019 or later.

You are ineligible for the grant if you have received money from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

The deadline for applications is August, 21 2020. Students can learn more about the program and apply here: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/volunteer/initiative

The Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) is now live. More information can be found here.

U-Pass will not be distributed for the Spring/Summer semester. Students will not be charged for the U-Pass.

Peer Support is closed on campus, but is operating through a live chat samu.ca/peersupport Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

All SAMU services will be closed until further notice.

We are currently accepting hamper requests for The Pantry, and hoping to issue hampers to clients in two week intervals (unless otherwise stated). Our team will respond to all submitted requests with more information. We will make our best efforts to continue operation of The Pantry despite COVID-19.

The SAMU building will be closed to the public until further notice. Information on affected services can be found at samu.ca/cancelled-or-postponed-samu-events.

 

A six-month interest-free moratorium on the collection of federal student loan debt will be implemented. csnpe-nslsc.canada.ca/en/home

We will be reducing the SAMU building hours to be in line with the rest of MacEwan campus. If MacEwan decides to close all buildings except 6 and 7, the SAMU building will close as well.

 

The Health and Dental office will be closed until further notice. Here is their official statement:

“The SAMU Benefit Plan Office is closed due to the current COVID-19 situation.

The voice mail will be monitored regularly and messages left will be answered within 48 hours.

Ph: 780-497-4675 If your concern is urgent, please call 1-877-746-5566 ext 2.

You can also email: macewanplan@mystudentplan.ca, or info@mystudentplan.ca, or visit the plan website at www.mystudentplan.ca.

For claims related inquiries, you can contact Canada Life at 1-800-957-9777 and provide your group plan #59355 and ID#, which is the same as your student ID#.

Thank you & we apologize for the inconvenience.

SAMU Benefit Plan Office”

A full list of SAMU affected programs, services and events can be found at samu.ca/cancelled-or-postponed-samu-events.

 We’ve received more than 130 suggestions regarding how to fairly calculate marks if classes were cancelled. Our Student Executives are compiling all of these to present to the MacEwan Provost this afternoon. Your voice has been heard and we are working as quickly as possible to update you further.

MacEwan University has suspended classes March 16-18. For the full statement, visit macewan.ca/coronavirus.

Due to the growing concern over COVID-19 and its impact to students, the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) is making some changes to our upcoming events, programming and services in order to prevent the spread of the virus. We are following recommendations from Alberta Health Services (AHS) by attempting to limit large gatherings of people on campus. Therefore, many of our remaining events this semester will be cancelled or postponed until further notice. Tickets for the Onstage Series will be refunded as soon as possible.

SAMU will continue to operate for, and be available to, students so long as the University remains open. However, in order to limit exposure, SAMU will be modifying our availability for many of our services and altering our scheduled programming. These changes will take effect March 16, and will continue until further notice.

Safe Walk will now only operate out of the Welcome Desk (Building 7).

Peer Support will be available only via phone between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and can be reached at 780-497-5679.

The Pantry will remain open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be by appointment only. Clients will be provided with two hampers instead of one.

SAMU’s Executive Committee is working closely with the University to monitor the situation and to plan accordingly. All buildings, including our SAMU building, have enhanced cleaning schedules and frequency. This includes specific cleaning to high-touch points (ie. elevator buttons, handrails, door handles and tables). In hot spot areas (areas that allow for a higher concentration of persons), tables and chairs have been removed or dispersed to conform with AHS recommendations. More changes may be coming to SAMU’s schedule, but we will continue to be as transparent as possible as we make our decisions.

All updates regarding SAMU can be found on our website www.samu.ca/covid19 and all MacEwan updates can be found at www.macewan.ca/coronavirus. Our full list of altered or cancelled programs, services and events can be found at samu.ca/cancelled-or-postponed-samu-events.

Thank you,

The Students’ Association of MacEwan University

Book a Goal Session!

Do you find it difficult to stay on track with your assignments? Struggling to hit your deadlines? Goal sessions can be a helpful way to motivate yourself to keep your nose to the grindstone, and get stuff done. Goal sessions are an optional service within Study Buddies.

What to expect with a Goal Session:

  1. Volunteer check-ins on your goal – beginning, middle and end of your session.
  2. Referrals and suggestions on studying if you get stuck.
  3. A cheerleader to help you focus on your goal!

We want your feedback

Let us know how Study Buddies is doing or if you have any suggestions for how we can improve the service.

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Student Refugee Program

Each term, $2.50 of your student fees goes towards supporting SAMU’s Student Refugee Program (SRP). Working with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), SRP funds the tuition and housing of a refugee student for four years. With the help of a local committee group made up of students and staff, SAMU ensures all the sponsored student’s needs are met throughout their time at MacEwan.

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Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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