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Submissions Invited for Code of Conduct Review

Western’s Code of Student Conduct defines the standard of conduct expected of students at Western, and sets out the disciplinary procedures that the University will follow. The Board of Governors is required to review the Code every five years. An ad hoc committee,  chaired by Western Law Dean Iain Scott, has been formed to oversee the review. Written and/or oral submissions from interested students should be addressed to Dean Iain Scott, Code of Student Conduct Review Committee, University Secretariat, Room 4101 Stevenson Hall, or to Individuals wishing to meet with the committee should indicate so in their written submissions. The code may be viewed at Deadline for submissions is Oct. 7, 2016.   The review committee’s report, including any recommended revisions to the code, will be submitted to the Board in early...

Wellness Education Centre and mental health guide created, work to promote better student holistic health

After months of advocacy, the University Students’ Council works with Western University to launch two new student wellness initiatives this semester. First, the OWL Mental Health and Wellness Resource Guide – a comprehensive guide available to every student online. Second, the Wellness Education Centre – a professionally run space operating from the basement of the University Community Centre hosting a number of full-time staff. The OWL resource guide and the Wellness Education Centre aim to maximize the number of avenues through which students can find support and advice. The guide in particular is designed to provide tools necessary in finding the best suited resources to students’ unique situations, differentiating all the on and off-campus services. In addition to being a source of personal relief, the guide will serve as a map for campus leaders like sophs, residence staff and teaching assistants in directing peers in need. A PDF copy of the guide can be found HERE. The Wellness Education Centre will operate with similar objectives, focusing on overall mental, physical, sexual and spiritual wellbeing. Modelled on spaces at other Ontario universities, the Wellness Education Centre will host two full-time coordinators as well as a number of work-study students. The Wellness Education Coordinator will work with students to find the best-suited services for individualized care. Moreover, the role will help students learn about wellness at any stage. “This is a space for anyone to learn about and be inspired by their overall wellness,” said Melanie-Anne Atkins, Wellness Education Coordinator. The second full-time staff coordinator, a Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator, will be a point-person for all issues pertaining to sexual violence, its...