Fanshawe looks to expand in-person learning, residence capacity limits

Header image for the article Fanshawe looks to expand in-person learning, residence capacity limits Credit: HANNAH THEODORE
Residences, which so far this year have been operating at a decreased capacity, will return to full capacity in the winter term.

Starting Jan. 2022, Fanshawe College plans to expand in-person learning options as well as capacity limits for various campus experiences.

Students can expect to hear form their respective programs directly in the coming week in regards to any changes to their learning models. The winter semester, which begins Jan. 5, 2022, is expected to include increased in-person class delivery, and more in-person campus activities. Winter orientation, set to take place Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, will also combine virtual and in-person experiences.

“We’re also preparing innovative virtual learning experiences and tools to support remote access where required,” said the college in a recent statement.

Silence is not consent. Beckett Persoal Injury Lawyers

Residences, which so far this year have been operating at a decreased capacity, will return to full capacity in the winter term. Fanshawe offers three on-campus student residence buildings (Falcon, Peregrine and Merlin House) with capacity for 1,220 students, along with 66 townhouse accommodations nearby that can house another 396 students. “We are excited about seeing more students back in our hallways this winter – we know students have been missing the experience of studying and working together in person,” said Janice Lamoureux, Dean of Students. “Our student services teams are looking forward to providing students with a full suite of in-person services and more vibrant experiences on campus.”

Access to athletics facilities, fitness centre and dining options will also be increasing. There is little information at this time as to how these services will increase. During the fall term, only Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) funded dining options have been open, including Oasis and Out Back Shack, while Chartwells eateries like Starbucks, Tim Hortons and Subway have remained closed.

“As Ontario continues to re-open, we will work in partnership with public health and the provincial government to determine the extent to which on-campus services and activities will be available this winter,” added the college.

The college’s vaccination policy will remain in effect as well, with all staff, students, faculty, visitors and contractors needing to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of classes in January. Returning students will have already received information regarding how to upload proof of a vaccination. New and incoming students, meanwhile, will receive more information soon about providing proof of a vaccine later this year.

More details are still to come, but for now, students can expect a more populated and active on-campus experience in the winter term. Visit fanshawec.ca/covid-19 for more information.