Winter Break Extension for Students

Winter Break Extension for Students

Students received an email from President Alan Shepard on Friday, December 17, 2021 with information regarding the winter break extension.  

Student Central will be closed for both in-person and chat services beginning December 23.

Transcripts*, Third Party Forms and Official Western Letters will not be completed after December 22 while the office is closed until we reopen January 4, 2022.
* eTranscripts will be run once a day during the break

We will reopen for chat and in-person services on January 4, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. For our business hours, visit our Contact us page.

The holiday break has been extended; undergraduate classes will now resume on January 10, 2022.

Students in graduate and professional programs should consult their home programs for more information on activities that will start January 4.

Students with placements and internships should consult with their employer.

Western Residences will reopen on January 27, 2022.

Other Undergraduate 2022 adjusted sessional dates include:




Monday, January 3, 2022 

Monday, January 10, 2022 

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Last day to add a second-term half course or a second-term full course.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Monday, March 14, 2022 

Last day to drop a second-term half course, or a second-term full course without academic penalty.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022

Fall/Winter Term classes end.

Saturday April 2, 2022 to Sunday April 3, 2022

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Study Day.

This change will mean a few updates to our sessional dates will need to be made over the coming weeks on Student Center and in the Western Calendar/Important Dates. We are aiming to have all the updates made in January 2022. 

Note: Special Examinations and make-ups should not be scheduled to occur until classes have resumed on January 10, 2022. The Special Examinations policy will remain in effect, with alternative dates approved by the Dean of the student’s Faculty of registration in consultation with the Instructor and Chair of the Department offering the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my Virtual Helpline inquiry be answered while Western is closed?

No, we will begin responding to emails and Virtual Helpline inquiries January 4, 2022.

Will my grades be updated on Student Center while Western is closed?

No, grades will not be updated while the university is closed. Check back after January 4, 2022.

What supports are available for students?

Various workshops, counselling and peer-to-peer supports are available:

How do I contact my Academic Counsellor?

Please view our list of the Academic Counselling offices.