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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

FGPA typically sends out newsletters to all graduate students every Thursday morning. If you have any questions, please email us at:

COVID-19 Updates

Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate students, click here.  International graduate students, please check out FAQs on the ISSO website. You can find out which buildings are open on campus by clicking here. If you missed it, please read yesterday’s COVID-19 update. Check out Carleton’s Updated Mask Policy.

Welcome Weeks and More

The Graduate Students’ Association is hosting a few more Welcome Weeks events. You can find out more by clicking here.

Also, you’re invited to attend the GSA’s community care sessions Healing Spaces, as part of the Graduate Peer Support Program. Students may register HERE or contact for more information. The next two sessions are Oct. 31st and Nov. 8th at 7 p.m.

Finally, the GSA offers low cost medical, dental, and accident insurance. All full-time students registered in the Fall term, including international students, are automatically covered by the plan for the entire September 1 to August 31 plan year. As things are quite complicated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the GSA has created a number of online forms to help ease the process of opting in and opting out.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

September 30th is the last day for a fee adjustment when withdrawing from fall term courses. Withdrawals after 11:59 p.m. on September 30th will have no fee adjustment applied. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal  from your courses. If you do not deregister yourself through Carleton Central, you will be responsible for paying fees for the term.  For more information on fee assessment, please visit

You are invited to the Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP) Launch event, to be held virtually on September 30th. Please join us as we celebrate this important milestone.

Carleton is developing an institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan and invites you to review and comment on the draft recommendations before they are finalized. Provide feedback online or participate in a Town Hall on Oct. 14.

Award Deadlines

The deadline to apply for a donor-funded award is Sept. 27. Other award deadlines are:
PhD NSERC  Sept. 28;  PhD SSHRC Oct. 1;  CIHR Oct. 1;  OGS  Nov. 15;  Master’s Tri-Council Dec. 1; Women’s Health Scholar’s Award Dec. 1;  Autism Award Dec. 1.  Check the Awards and Funding website for more information. The GSA has launched two new awards this September – an Indigenous Student Award and an International Student Award. Applications are due September 30th. 

Grad Café and Other Professional Development Opportunities

Our popular Grad Café virtual chats have started again. Check this web page for more information. Each one-hour session covers various topics relating to graduate student and postdoc life, with a focus on thesis writing and professional development. Click here to register. You can find out about this and other initiatives by perusing this brochure or by going to FGPA’s Graduate Professional Development website.

Payroll Info for TAs

For Teaching Assistants who have never been paid by Carleton, you IMMEDIATELY need to set up an account with Payroll Services in order to be paid.

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UHIP medical health coverage

Studying outside of Canada for Fall 2020?  You can opt out of fall term UHIP fees at

If you have dependents with you (spouse and/or children), you must enrol them in UHIP. Email for more details.

Were you previously approved for OHIP?  If so, check your student account to ensure you don’t have a UHIP charge.  If so, scan a copy of your OHIP health card to and request your UHIP fee be removed.

For International Students

You will want to review the ISSO’s Quarantine Planning Support web page. Just click here for details.

Reminder - Services for Graduate Students

Health and Counselling Services: HCS offers virtual counselling services (by phone or video conference). There is also virtual assistance through residence counselling and wellness services and the Centre of Indigenous Initiatives is providing virtual assistance for Indigenous students. Carleton has counsellors who are Indigenous and have specifically worked with different indigenous communities. The counselling services are free. You can book an appointment by calling 613-520-6774.

U-Pass This term, all students are eligible to opt out of the U-Pass service through Carleton Central. You can find out how to opt out by following the instructions found here: U-Pass Opt-Out Process. Unfortunately, the deadline has now passed for those who already activated their U-Pass for the fall 2020 semester. However, if you have not, and will not be activating your U-Pass for the upcoming academic year, then you have until April 30th, 2021 to submit your opt out through Carleton Central.

Athletics Fee Rebate:  Due to the limited capacity in Carleton Athletics in order to adhere to physical distancing requirements, Carleton has approved a 50% rebate on the Student Athletics Fee for the 2020-2021 academic year. Click here for more information.

Nominations Are Now Open for the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

Why not nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award? Nominations are open until Nov. 30.

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Scholarship Balance

If you are eligible to receive a scholarship balance, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on “Refund or Scholarship Balance Request”.  Students will also be able to request a refund of the RA amount applied to their account in excess of their tuition fees. Depending on the amount of your scholarship balance, you will have up to four options: campus card transfer, e-transfer, cheque, or donate to Carleton. Although you can submit your request prior to the financial drop date, it will not be processed until after September 30, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

Carleton's Art Gallery Re-opening Today

The Carleton University Art Gallery is re-opening today (Sept. 24th) at 1 p.m. with new exhibitions: Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: I Don’t Know Where Paradise Is and To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive. Admission is always free. CUAG’s new hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. All visits must be booked in advance, online or by phone. Visit CUAG’s new website for details on booking a visit and the measures they’ve put in place to ensure you have a safe, fun and relaxing visit.

Carleton’s James Meadowcroft Contributes to Final Report of Task Force for a Resilient Recovery

After 12 weeks of robust consultation, research and analysis, the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery that includes Carleton University Prof. James Meadowcroft, launched its final report. The 56-page report outlines five “bold moves” supported by 22 recommendations and a call for $55.4 billion in government investment over five years.

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FAQ Update

There have been no changes to our FAQs over the past week.