Winter 2021 Information and Resources

Winter 2021 Information and Resources

Supporting Your Success

As temperatures begin to drop and you look ahead to the new year, you likely have questions about what winter term will look like. This website offers answers to frequently asked questions about winter term, as well as a place to learn about the many services and resources available to support you on your journey as a Laker.

Winter term classes will continue to be delivered primarily online, however some on campus courses will be available - click here for a list of courses available for on campus delivery this Winter term. The University continues to monitor and follow public health guidelines and will adapt as necessary to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and community. We all have an important role to play in limiting the risk of COVID-19 on campus and in our communities.

At Nipissing, we remain focused on supporting student success and creating an enriching university experience. We’ve introduced a number of new services and resources to help you remain connected during these uncertain times including the NU Gateway Program, an online support program for first year students, as well as Online Learning Partners who provide peer support to students as they transition to online learning. The University continues to offer a full suite of student services through online, remote or in-person delivery. This includes support for students in financial difficulty, those who require mental health advice and those who need academic support.

We look forward to welcoming both new and returning Lakers to the Nipissing community this winter.

This page was last updated on Friday, October 30, 2020.


Winter Term FAQs

Will any courses be offered on campus in winter term?

Click here for a list of courses available for on campus delivery this Winter term.

Note: For any courses offered on campus, an online delivery option will also be available.

The University will continue to monitor and follow public health guidelines and will adapt as necessary to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and community.

Since most courses will be delivered online, do I need to re-register in online course sections?

No. Following the announcement that winter term courses would be delivered primarily online, the Registrar’s Office began the process of moving your current course registrations to online sections. You do NOT need to re-register in winter term courses. You will be able to view your updated winter term schedule and register for new courses on November 9 in WebAdvisor. Note: if you are currently on a waitlist, you will remain on the waitlist.

If I'm planning to come back to North Bay for a course, is residence still available?

Yes, residence spaces remain available. Students can apply online through the eRezlife portal to register for the semester. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Please contact residence@nipissingu.ca for information about shorter term stays related to variable academic commitments.

Can I access the main Education Centre building?

Students and community members will be able to access the main education building through the front entrance for pre-arranged services. Nipissing University staff will be onsite at the front entrance to screen individuals and direct them to the services they need.

Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

The Nipissing Parry Sound District Health Unit mandated the use of face coverings while in certain enclosed spaces, effective Friday, July 24, 2020. Face coverings are required in all common spaces on campus.

Do I need a parking pass to park on campus?

The online parking permit registration is now open to Nipissing University students. Students living in residence who have a vehicle are required to register for a parking pass and will be charged the regular fee. Instructions to access the registration have been sent to you via WebAdvisor.

Students periodically accessing services on the main campus this fall are asked to park in the visitor's lot and must immediately report to Security Services to provide their license plate number in order to receive complimentary parking. This process must be followed each time a student visits campus.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the Campus Security office directly at ext. 5555.

I’m Moving to North Bay in January, how do I get a bus pass?

The University has reached an agreement with the City to offer a one-term bus-pass for the Winter 2021 Term only. The bus pass will be offered as an opt-in option for students who will be residing in North Bay this Winter term. You will be able to opt-in for the bus pass when requesting your student ID card. The cost for a winter semester bus pass is $101.07, which is half of the full year rate of $202.14. Click here to request a bus pass-enabled student card.

Please note that if you have a photo on file, that image will be used for your card. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests to update existing photos at this time unless there is demonstrated need. If you do not have a photo on file, you will receive an invitation in your student email to submit one.

If you live outside of North Bay, your bus pass-enabled student card will be mailed to you. Please note that the bus pass is only usable with North Bay City Transit. Please verify your mailing address on WebAdvisor prior to completing the request form. If you live in North Bay, your bus pass-enabled student card will be available 3 business days after you have submitted your request on WebAdvisor, and can be picked up at the UTS Help Desk in room A139 on main campus.

How do I get my student card?

Click here to request a student card.

Note: Student ID cards will not automatically be issued this year. You must request one if needed.

Please note that if you have a photo on file, that image will be used for your card. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests to update existing photos at this time unless there is demonstrated need. If you do not have a photo on file, you will receive an invitation in your student email to submit one.

If you live outside of North Bay, your student card will be mailed to you. Please verify your mailing address on WebAdvisor prior to completing the request form. Your bus student card will be available 3 business days after you have submitted your request on WebAdvisor, and can be picked up at the UTS Help Desk in room A139 on main campus.

What are my UserID and password for Blackboard, myNipissing and WebAdvisor?

Credentials (user ID and password)

Your user ID and password are the same whether you log into Blackboard, myNipissing or WebAdvisor. If you change your password in one area (i.e. WebAdvisor) the change will be reflected on all sites.

Credentials for New Students (Blackboard, myNipissing, WebAdvisor)

Your user name is provided to you in the acknowledgment package you received from the Registrar's Office. If you have misplaced this information and cannot remember your user name, you can go to the myNipissing home page and select "What's my User ID?" in the sign in area.

** If you have not received this information at all, please contact the Registrar’s Office by email at registrar@nipissingu.ca or by phone at 705-474-3450 ext. 4521. **

Your myNipissing password is initially set up to be your birthday in the format Mmmddyyyy. Therefore, if your birthday is January 9th 1984, your password would be Jan091984. Please note that passwords are case sensitive. This means that "Secret" and "secret" are different passwords, and typing in one when you mean the other will not work.

** If you are unable to access either Blackboard, myNipissing or WebAdvisor, please contact the University Technology Services (UTS) team by submitting a ticket at: helpdesk.nipissingu.ca. **

Credentials for Returning Students (Blackboard, myNipissing, WebAdvisor If you are a returning student and you have used the Nipissing University portal in the past, the user ID and password that you used previously are your current credentials. Therefore, if you registered for your course online via WebAdvisor (which is part of myNipissing), the credentials that you used to sign up for your course will also get you into Blackboard.

If you realize that you cannot remember your user ID and/or password, there are links on the myNipissing home page that can help you troubleshoot (see image above).

** If neither of these utilities help, please contact the University Technology Services (UTS) team by submitting a ticket at: helpdesk.nipissingu.ca. **

Are there any places open to eat on campus?

At this time there are no food services available on the Nipissing campus. Twiggs is open at the Canadore College entrance.

Am I able to go to the bookstore to buy my books?

At this time, the Campus Shop is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers must set up an appointment (email 0914asm@follett.com), pass the COVID screening, and wear a mask to access the store. Online shopping is encouraged. There is a pick-up process available as well as a shipping option.

Are student lounges open?

At this time, student lounges are not open. More information in regards to a staged reopening of student lounges will be communicated as more information becomes available.

Is the library open?

The Harris Learning Library has reopened effective Tuesday, October 13. Access to the library is now available for Nipissing and Canadore students, staff and instructors.

For more information regarding access to HLL, please refer to our COVID-19 FAQs or the Library website.

COVID-19 Procedures & Guidelines

To ensure the health and safety of everyone, anyone entering the library must show proof of the completed self assessment and follow public health guidelines which include wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing and washing or sanitizing your hands frequently.

Seating is available for 166 people. If all seats are full, you will have to leave the library and return at another time.

Eating is permitted provided you bring your own food and ensure your area is clean before you leave. Food delivery is not permitted.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: Library hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Library staff will be pleased to provide assistance.

Saturday/Sunday: The library will not be open Saturdays and Sundays, however, Library staff are available from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to provide assistance via phone or email:

Curbside Service - Nipissing library users

Curbside service continues to be available Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sundays. Library items can be requested from within Nipissing Search. Once you've identified an item you would like to borrow, you can request it from the item detail page. For assistance with requests, contact either the Info Desk or Circulation Services.

Community Borrowers

At this time, library access and library services are not available for community borrowers.

Is the R.J. Surtees Athletics Centre open?

The R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre is currently in stage two (of three) of its staged reopening as of September 28, 2020. Details regarding what is open in stage two can be found on the Nipissing University Athletics website here. Updates on the next stage of opening will be provided when possible.

Is the Campus Health Centre open?

Currently the Campus Health Centre is operational for essential appointments only. The Centre is reachable by phone for questions and booking purposes. If you wish to book an appointment or speak with a staff member please call the office at 705-474-7600 ext. 5261.

We are committed to supporting your success as a Laker and helping you make the most of your Nipissing University experience. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the services and resources available to support you.

NU Promise

The NU Promise is a multi-year program designed to enrich your student experience at Nipissing University by helping you navigate life as a Laker and your university journey. The NU Promise Program provides a Student Success Coordinator to help you navigate its three core pillars that students will engage with: Academic Success, Engagement and Self-Development, and Career Development.

» Click here to learn more about the NU Promise program.

NU Gateway

We know the transition to online learning brought about by COVID-19 has led to feelings of uncertainty amongst students and their families. To ensure all incoming students feel connected to the Lakers community and have a successful transition to university life, Nipissing University has launched a brand new online support program for first-year students called the NU Gateway.

» Click here to learn more about the NU Gateway program.

Online Learning Partners

To assist students in the transition to online learning, Nipissing University has introduced Online Learning Partners (OLPs). OLPs are Nipissing students who provide peer support to other students as they transition to online learning. This includes fielding inquiries related to online learning systems, and reaching out to other University departments as needed.

Online Learning Partners can be reached by email at olp@nipissingu.ca, Monday-Friday.

Academics & Finances

Explore the resources below available to help you navigate your academic journey and finance your education:

Campus Life

We understand life on campus looks different this year. For more information about what’s open, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Technology Support

Our team is here to assist you with technology issues you may encounter as you transition to online learning. If you are having difficulty logging into myNipissing, Blackboard or your Nipissing University student email account, please contact University Technology Services by creating your own ticket at helpdesk.nipissingu.ca.

Your Health & Safety

The health and safety of our Nipissing community is paramount. For COVID-19 updates and details regarding our phased return to campus, visit the links below:

Useful Contacts

University Technology Services

Telephone: 705-474-3450 x 4342
Email: techsrv@nipissingu.ca
Location: A139
Website: helpdesk.nipissingu.ca

Library

Telephone: 705-474-3450 x 4221
Email: info@eclibrary.ca
Location: Harris Learning Library
Website: eclibrary.ca

Academic Advising

Telephone: 705-474-3450 x 4358
Email: advising@nipissingu.ca
Location: A207
Website: nipissingu.ca/advising