Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.38
Liaison Jennifer Martel
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of the Fraser Valley
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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Are the following students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability?:
Yes or No
First-year students Yes
Transfer students Yes
Entering graduate students Yes

Percentage of all entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

All new students to UFV are offered the Smart Start online Student Orientation course for free which provides an overview of UFV content that supports different SDGs.

Campus Tours
All new students to UFV can sign up for a free campus tour that covers many sustainability-related areas and services on campus. The following is taken from the tour script that includes sustainability-related content:
- Peer Resource & Leadership Centre (PRLC) - They have specially trained student volunteers that are full of helpful information about almost everything on campus, and are also available for one-on-one peer support sessions if you just need someone to talk to. You can find them up on the 3rd floor in room S3127
- Food Bank- The UFV-SUS Food Bank offers food + toiletry hampers for students which can be picked up from any of UFV's campuses. Any UFV students who are struggling to afford basic groceries and toiletries can request a food hamper through the Food Bank's website.
- Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) - access support as Indigenous students, and learn more about UFV’s commitment to Indigenization. This is a place of support for those self-identifying as Indigenous.
- Non-gendered washrooms - available on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors, including multi- stalled non-gendered washrooms on the second floor.
- Water bottle fill stations- here is one of our many water bottle fill stations, where you can place a reusable water bottle over the sensor to fill up. Another area where UFV meets its promise of sustainability.
- Land Acknowledgement. "I'd like to begin by acknowledging that we are currently situated on the territories of the Stòlō First Nations. We are privileged to be able to laugh, learn, grow, and play on these lands."
- Counselling - as a student, you have access to free, one-hour appointments for personal, career, or study skills counselling. You can call our front desk to book an appointment between 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday.
- Student Services - your one-stop shop for personal, professional, and academic support.
- Centre for Accessibility Services - provides accommodations and services for students with documented permanent or temporary disabilities while at UFV. This support can include additional time for exams, note-taking assistance, applications for disability-related funding, and more. Even if for example, you break your arm mid-semester, CAS can help you succeed under any circumstance.
- If you are unsure if the CAS is right for you, Advisors are happy to meet with you to discuss further. You can learn more about registering for support on the ufv.ca CAS webpage.
- Student Services - your one-stop shop for personal, professional, and academic support.
- Financial Aid - receive assistance in applying for or cashing in scholarships, and applying for bursaries or student loans. Applications can also be done online. Make sure to check out the Financial aid website for updates on current and upcoming financial aid opportunities.
- Waste management system - these 4-bin waste disposal stations are in various locations on all of our UFV campuses. At UFV, we practice sustainable waste management by sorting out recyclable and compostable to reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in a landfill. If you're confused about what goes where the pictures above the bin tell you how to use them. In 2019 alone, UFV diverted 65% of all UFV waste from being deposited in a landfill
- Student Life department - find ways to get involved on campus, or enjoy the student lounge. Sometimes therapy dogs stop by!
- Foot wash station - available on the 3rd-floor washroom
- Multi-faith prayer space - available on the 3rd floor for prayer or quiet reflection. There are three semi-private areas available from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. any day that UFV is open.
- Academic Advising Centre - found on the 3rd floor of the SUB. One of the most important places to remember on campus. Here, you can speak with your academic advisor, who will give you advice on course planning, changing or completing programs, career planning, and more. You can book these appointments online or in person and the appointments are offered in person, virtually or by phone. It is recommended that you meet with an Academic Advisor at least once per year to make sure you are on track.
- Centre for Experiential and Career Education (CECE) – helps students with their future careers. Get assistance with writing and polishing resumes and cover letters, and practice interview skills. Gain meaningful paid work experience on campus through the WorkStudy program. Test out a future career by enrolling in the Co-Operative Education program and earning both academic credit and a paycheque.
- SASI - Brings together South Asia scholars and students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to create a nexus point for programs and activities that support their vision. The Institute fosters inter-disciplinary scholarly research, community and public engagement on issues related to South Asia and the Canadian South Asian Diaspora.
- Math and Stats Centre (MSC) - get help independently or in small groups. MSC offers free tutoring for math and stats classes and drop-in services. The schedule is located on the door if you're interested in receiving help in-person or online! They also offer student employment opportunities
- Academic Success Centre (ASC) - Free student peer tutoring, resources, workshops and walk-in study space. This is a great place to go if you're looking for a quiet and supportive environment or have questions about academic integrity. They have workspaces on both CEP and AB campuses.

UFV office of sustainability also makes available a new Employee and Student Orientation guide that outlines Sustainability initiatives on campus.


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