Find support as the workload gets heavier
Achieve academic and personal success with these campus resources
Students begin the academic year full of vim and vigour, but as assignments pile up and exams are scheduled in quick succession, it can take a toll on health and well-being. Many university students in Alberta report feeling anxious, stressed and overwhelmed, and the pressure of managing coursework, employment and extracurricular activities can add up.
Mount Royal University has supports to help students navigate personal and academic challenges. Here’s a comprehensive list of resources available on campus to help you manage stress and achieve your goals:
One-stop support for all aspects of life
Students struggling with academic or non-academic concerns can connect with Early Support. The team is equipped to guide students through university life and help prevent small issues from turning into big problems.
Missing an important deadline, such as paying full fees or adjusting registration, can result in serious consequences. Stay organized and on top of Mount Royal’s critical dates by following the critical dates calendar. The calendar also lists University closures, final exam information and semester changes.
The team at Academic Advising Services is ready to help students reach their educational goals. Advisors answer questions about all things related to courses and programs, as well as how to address academic warnings, how to add, drop or withdraw from classes, and managing deadlines.
Student Learning Services
Creating integral learning experiences is what the team at Student Learning Services does.
Learning strategists help students take charge of a variety of tasks such as managing time, planning a presentation, math strategies, academic reading, exam preparation, organizing ideas, editing techniques and more.
The Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program matches students with a professional in industry or post-graduate programs to discuss career paths and gain new perspectives. It is available to students from all programs. Students are often introduced to various facets of industry that they never knew existed, which broadens their horizons and results in transformational mentorship experiences. Learn more about the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program.
Tech help for students
Technology tutorials are available 24 hours a day to help students take the stress out of using a variety of common applications. Learn the basics of your Mount Royal account or advanced Microsoft Office techniques at mru.ca/TechTuts.
Meet with a subject librarian
The Library has a team of experts called subject librarians who can provide instruction and guidance for a specific assignment or project. Students can also access subject librarians to work through questions around a particular project or topic, reinforce instruction and get help with research skills.
Book a personalized research consultation or get help online with guides that cover a wide variety of subjects and programs offered at MRU.
Accessibility Services assists in creating an accessible learning environment that encourages full participation in academic courses for students experiencing disability-related barriers. Students must be registered with Accessibility Services to access academic accommodations.
Withdraw from a course
In most circumstances, withdrawing from a class is better than receiving an “F.” Students are encouraged to meet with their professor or an academic advisor to discuss the consequences of withdrawing versus receiving a failing grade.
Students can withdraw from classes online or in person at the Office of the Registrar in Kerby Hall. This must be done on or before the last day to withdraw.
The last day to withdraw from courses for the fall semester is Friday, Nov. 15. Withdrawing will not impact your GPA.
Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion
The Office of Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion promotes an equitable and meaningfully inclusive campus for all members of the Mount Royal community.
The team listens to concerns while maintaining strict confidentiality, explores informal methods of resolution and, if necessary, explains the process for a formal complaint. They also deliver educational programming, workshops, training and presentations, and promote a respectful campus community.
Support and advocacy for individuals with questions, concerns or complaints about discrimination, harassment and accommodation can be discussed with a human rights advisor.
A sexual violence advocate provides confidential information and support to those who have experienced dating, domestic and/or sexual violence. They also support survivors in understanding and accessing the different options and resources available.
Career Services offers students the opportunity to achieve their career and employment goals. Meet with members of the career development team to discuss what program or major to choose to land your dream job, discuss if graduate school is an option and explore career options related to your chosen program of study.
Indigenous Mount Royal
The Iniskim Centre offers programs and services to increase the engagement and success of Indigenous students while raising awareness of Indigenous peoples and cultures.
In addition to student success programming, the Iniskim Centre provides cultural teachings through the Medicine Trail (Naato’ohsokoy) program, oversees the Indigenous student housing program and assists with other specialized supports such as the Aboriginal Science and Technology Program.
Find the Iniskim Centre online or in room T110.
Live well at MRU
MRU is focused on well-being and has implemented a holistic approach to student wellness. This team is respectful of privacy, and counselling sessions and records are confidential.
Student counselling supports students when they struggle with personal concerns and helps students who face barriers with their educational and career goals.
The Ask a Counsellor blog is also in place for students to anonymously submit questions related to personal, educational or career concerns. Each week, an MRU counsellor will select a question, give a response and post the Q&A online. Call 403.440.6362 to make an appointment.
Sept. 30, 2019 — Rob Petrollini