COVID Frequently Asked Questions

September 11, 20201

Where can I find the latest information the University’s responses to COVID?

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) provides up-to-date information on their website.

Where can I find information about petitions for leaves of absences?

Forms for Petitions of Leave of Absences found on the FGS website. For more information on the types of leave possible see the FGS Regulations on Leaves of Absence.

Are there funds to upgrade my technology?

CUPE 3903 might have funds for upgrading your technology. According to the union’s website, “York has committed to $140 000 in support of members facing financial hardships, up to $50 000 in reimbursement of expenses and some monies for members attending instructional design training.” For more information see CUPE 3903's website.

Finally, if you are not reimbursed for upgrading your technology, keep your receipts and you may be able to write it off your taxes. Consult your financial expert to determine eligibility.

What are York Libraries doing to help with COVID?

The Library staff has been hard at work all summer providing resources for us. The Library has numerous online resources to continue to support academic progression in a remote setting. While the physical library remains closed, e-books, journals, and other resources can still be accessed online. York libraries will not collect late fees for overdue books during the closure. For additional information about Library Services and Operations please go to the library website.

To expand access to content not available online, Scott Library is offering safe “curbside pickup” of library materials and services not available digitally.

You can find additional information on available services offered by the library during COVID on the Libraries website. History’s subject librarian is Stacy Allison-Cassin and her email is

What funding and awards are available right now?

York awards and bursaries

There is a Fall/Winter bursary that is a needs-based bursary administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Student Financial Profile (SFP) for the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 application cycle will be available from Monday, November 16, 2020 until the deadline of Friday, January 22, 2021.

For more information see the FGS website on bursaries.

Within that bursary application, you could be considered for other smaller internal awards.

Where do I find information on the upcoming SSHRC and OGS competitions?

Visit the FGS website for information on Tri-Council Scholarships.

How will we conclude Comprehensive Exams this year?

The matter of Comprehensive Examinations is still an evolving issue and conditions my change as the current COVID environment develops over the course of the Fall semester. Comps are usually written in early November and April and we are planning to follow the traditional schedule this year. Exam questions will be emailed to students on the dates of their examinations and students will send answers back to Karen by a predetermined set time. Until further notice, oral exams will likely be conducted by Zoom. Students who need sample questions, should email Karen. She will send you old exams. Students with other concerns should contact me at

1 Please note, this is an evolving document. If there are additional questions you would like answered, please email me at