O-Month Submissions must meet standards set by the Council Advancement of Standards (CAS) for Higher Education. These standards express the expectations of the University Students’ Council and Western University regarding the design and execution of Orientation Month events.
The mission of Orientation events is to facilitate the transition of new students into Western University and should prepare students for the institution’s educational opportunities and student responsibilities. Orientation events should initiate “the integration of new students into the intellectual, cultural, and social climate of the institution….”
Orientation events must “contribute to or support students’ learning…[and] aid students and their families (parents, guardians, partners, children) in understanding the nature and purpose of the institution, [and] their membership in the academic community.” All O-Month events must be available to all students new to the institution with specific attention given to the needs of sub-groups such as students with disabilities, athletes, adult learners, under-prepared students, under-represented students, and international and exchange students. Additionally, events submitted for review must align with at least one of the program requirements listed below. O-Month events must:
Persons involved in the delivery and presentation of Orientation events must adhere to the highest principles of ethical behaviour. They must strive to ensure the fair, objective, and impartial treatment of all persons with whom they interact. Promotional information and descriptive information must be accurate and free of deception. No research pertaining to students can occur without the express permission of the Vice Provost of Western University.
Persons involved in the delivery and presentation of Orientation events must:
Orientation events must be provided on a fair, equitable, and non-discriminatory basis in accordance with Western University’s policies and applicable provincial and federal statutes. Discrimination must be avoided on the basis of age, cultural heritage, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, nationality, political affiliation, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, economic, marital, social, or veteran status. There must be access to all events for persons with disabilities.
Orientation events must create and nurture environments that are welcoming to and bring together persons of diverse backgrounds.