Virtual Orientation | St. Clair College

A message from your St. Clair College Student Government

Here is a message from our St. Clair College President Patti France:

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve joined us for your virtual orientation. We know how exciting and nerve-racking beginning college can be, especially during these unprecedented times, so we are here to provide you with some tips, as well as prepare you for what you can expect during your online classes.

Did you know that we have students from 62 countries on campus – from Tanzania to India to China and Colombia - so to our home town students and to those from around the globe – welcome to St. Clair College!


We have developed a resource for you that will help you get introduced to the college and to help you to be successful. THRIVES is a toolbox of information and resources that will be available through Blackboard. This will help in your transition in to this new education environment by highlighting St. Clair's culture and expectations of students. You can explore study skills and strategies useful for learning at the college level. You will become aware of the many services available to you. Learn about ways to improve your physical, mental and financial wellness.

We believe this resource is so important for your success, we are going to offer up some prizes, including a $500 bursary as incentive for you to complete the modules.

The more module completion tests you do, the more entries you will have in the draw! So do them all for more chances to win.

The modules we recommend you complete are:

  • Introduction to Thrives
  • Successful Students Have Goals
  • Successful Students Attend Class
  • Successful Students Ask for Help
  • Successful Students Take Responsibility
  • Successful Students Get Involved

To get started with THRIVES in Blackboard, we have provided instructions on how to log in and find the course and modules. Again, welcome to St. Clair College. We are here to help you with your education journey.



Your Student Government

There are three exceptional student governing bodies at St. Clair College. The Student Representative Council (SRC) is at the Windsor Campus, along with the Student Athletic Association (SAA). Thames Students Inc. (TSI) oversees all of the activities at the Thames Campus.

Student Representative Council

SRC is an active student government that can give you the opportunity to learn how to run a large organization, plan events, and develop programs that benefit the student body at large. Why not run for office? Being a member of Council is a paid position, providing not only a great opportunity to earn money, but to be part of student governance on campus. Joining the Student Council is just one of the many ways you can make the most of college life.

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Thames Students Inc.

TSI in Chatham also has a very active student government and provides lots of opportunities for students to get involved. Plan events, hold fundraisers, and get involved in the community, both inside the college and outside as well.

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Student Athletic Association

SAA is a group of students dedicated to improving the student experience through sport and recreation. They help with the facilitation of both the varsity and intramural programs within the college. Some of the activities offered by the SAA include individual/team sports, intramural tournaments, day trips and special events. Get involved – and cheer on your SAINTS!

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The Faculty Academic Session is an opportunity to hear from your program coordinator and faculty. In this session, you will learn more about your program, expectations of incoming students, labs, exams, textbooks and have the opportunity to ask questions. You will be receiving a Microsoft Teams invite from your program coordinator with the specific date and time of your session.

Programs starting Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Faculty Academic Sessions

Programs starting Monday, September 21st, 2020


The College requires all staff and students to complete a mandatory online training module. Students can access this training via Blackboard by clicking the link and following the instructions.

Please be sure to follow the instructions as there are specific nuances that you must follow. For example, you must take this training from the webpage, through mySt.Clair, not your Blackboard app. Also, you must complete the training, including the questions at the end.  Stopping prior to finishing will result in the training not showing as complete and you will not be able to complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaire.

The training must be completed prior to the first day of classes on campus. Staff and students that do not complete the training will be denied access to the campus until it is completed.

This initial training will provide students with knowledge and protocol awareness that must always be adhered to in order to maintain a safe environment.

Students will be required to access the COVID-19 screening questionnaire every morning before they come on campus. The COVID-19 screening questionnaire can be found on the SIS system, which is accessible through mySt.Clair. Instructions on completing the questionnaire are located on our website.

Will I have to wear a mask on campus?

The College has implemented the mandatory wearing of masks in all common areas (hallways, stairwells, lounge areas) on campus. In addition, masks are mandatory in labs, shops and classrooms. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is also required in your labs and shops and will be posted in each. You must always comply with the mandatory mask and PPE requirements.

The campus will also be continuously monitored for the enforcement of health and safety protocols so that safety for all is maintained.
Signs have been posted throughout the campuses. You are asked to follow directional arrows, entrance/exit points and physical distancing requirements. Students may only access the building in which they are scheduled.

"Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities"

The College is committed to the establishment of an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for the rights and responsibilities of all those associated with the College including students. Please become familiar with this document and the matters addressed in this Code. View this document.

"Just the Facts" Booklet

This information is produced by the Registrar’s Office and provides important information regarding policies, procedures and deadlines to drop/add courses, start and end dates of semesters, tuition payment information, re-admission policy, advanced standing etc. View this information online.

Access to College Systems

If you have not received your account activation information, are having trouble logging in, or need to reset your password, please contact the IT Help Desk.

Advanced Standing

Starting January 2020, all transfer credit requests will be processed through the Registrar's Office.

Please ensure that students provide the required documentation in order for the College to proceed with your request.

  1. Course outline of the course you wish to receive credit for
  2. Official transcript (unopened)
  3. A $25.00 fee per credit transfer evaluation will be assessed, up to a maximum of $100.00 per submission.

Please note that it is important that you do not drop the class you are seeking to gain credit for until you have been able to verify on your SIS that the request has been processed.

Student Services

  • Counselling/Accessibility

    St. Clair College provides a variety of student support services including Academic Counselling, Personal Counselling, Career and Educational Planning, Crisis Intervention, Group Counselling and e-Counselling. Students with diagnosed learning, attentional, hearing, visual, emotional/psychological or temporary/long-term physical/medical disability are eligible for services through the Disability Services.

  • Accommodation Plans

    An Accommodation Plan is created by a College Counsellor, in consultation with the student that outlines reasonable and appropriate learning accommodations and supports that may assist in overcoming disability related learning barriers. This plan does not include modifications to the program and courses. Academic Accommodation Plans are prepared in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

  • Tutoring

    Tutoring Services provide FREE tutoring for students enrolled in full-time registered courses wishing to improve their academic performance. Individualized and group tutoring services are provided during the academic year.

  • Health

    Medical, nursing and social work professionals are available to provide primary health care services for all staff and students. The Campus Nurse and Nurse Practitioner may see patients virtually or by appointment (519-972-2380).

  • Deaf and Interpreting

    Deaf or hard of hearing students can request for American Sign Language/English Interpreter services as soon as they register with a counsellor through the Student Services office in Room 206.

  • First Nations, Metis and Inuit Services

    St. Clair College offers students a centre and services that provide a culturally-based support system to First Nation, Metis and Inuit students. The Centre is a place to gather, study, access computers and socialize.

  • Library Resource Centre

    The Library Resource Centre’s collection of scholarly resources offers access to knowledge in many formats to fill your research and recreational information needs. Library staff is ready to help virtually with one-to-one research assistance and consultations. Study from the comfort of your own home whenever you choose  with 24/7 remote access to online resources, and extended virtual reference service hours through askON found on the library’s main page.

  • Student Government

    St. Clair College consists of three student government organizations. They are Student Representative Council, Student Athletic Association, and Thames Students Incorporated. These organizations are the voice and advocate for students. They offer a number of services for full-time students across all campuses including issuing the Student ID card, student life activities, food bank, Student Clubs, Class Rep program, and Student Health Plan.
    Their web sites are:

  • Do you have health insurance?

    All full-time, domestic St. Clair College students pay into and are enrolled on a College health insurance plan. Beginning September 1st, 2020, students who already have health insurance and wish to opt-out of our health insurance plan may do so until October 23, 2020 @ 4:00 PM.

    No exceptions once the deadline has passed.

    1. Go to the following website:
    2. Select "St. Clair College" as your school
    3. Click on the square labelled "Opt-Out"
    4. Fill out your personal and banking information along with the other health insurance provider which you are covered under.

    International Students:

    If you’re an International student, please contact the International Department regarding your health insurance plan. 519-972-2727 ext. 2753

  • Parking

    There is no charge for parking at the College for the fall semester. However, we ask that students please park in designated parking spots only within any student parking lot. We also ask that students register their vehicle on our parking system. Instructions can be found on the College web page under Parking. This is to facilitate contacting students whose vehicle may be accidentally damaged, or we need to ask you to move your vehicle. Vehicles parked illegally (blocking access, parked in an unsafe manner) will continue to be addressed through enforcement.

Campus Bookstore

Textbook and course material needs are available online through the St. Clair College Bookstore. Check out options for used, rental, and digital textbooks!

If you have any issues finding the material you need, please call 519-972-2722 or email for assistance.

Elective Courses

You will start to choose your elective courses September 1. The courses will be available on a first come, first served basis.

General Education Electives

One Card

Your One Card is essential to campus life at St. Clair College. Currently your OneCard is St. Clair College's official identification card, library card and print card.