Current Residents

Welcome to Seneca College Residence. The Residence Life staff at the Seneca College Residence is here to provide Programming and to ensure you are supported in this transition to residence so that you have the opportunity to live in an environment that supports academic and personal growth.

Your stay in residence will be one of the most memorable and rewarding aspects of your College career. Residence is more than just a place to study, eat, and sleep. It is an opportunity for students to build a community with each other through involvement in various academic, social, and recreational activities. In residence you will learn a lot about yourself and relationships with others. The residence experience is intended to provide an environment where you gain academic support and an opportunity to establish new and long lasting friendships.

We are committed to providing a safe environment that is supportive and responsive to your needs. We are looking forward to meeting you and hope that you will take advantage of all the opportunities we offer in residence.

Moving into residence is an exciting time, but it can also be challenging. Our residence life program offers you the resources and services to help you be successful. There are many resources available to you in residence and on campus. The residence website has a list of all resources available to you, including crisis lines, counselling centres, and friendly people you should talk to, like your RA or a residence manager.

1st Generation
Email: karen.white@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x77209
Location: Newnham Campus – D2339

Career Services
Email: beverley.stevens@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55007
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2102 (Inside Student Services)

Counselling & Disability Services
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55157
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2118

International Student Services
Email: sarah.tan-sese@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x26491
Location: Newnham Campus – D2029

Learning Centre
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55138
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2203 (Inside Library)

Library
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55108
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2200

Security Services
Email: security.kg@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55265
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – Main Lobby

Student Conduct
Email: student.conduct@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55008
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2103

Student Services
Email: pari.ghazi@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55048
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2100

2-1-1 Resources, Services and Help Line
Email: N/A
Phone: 211
Location: Toll-Free Helpline (24/7, All Languages)

AIDS Committee of York Region
Email: info@acyr.org
Phone: 1-800-243-7717
Location: 10909 Yonge St. Suite 203, Newmarket, ON L4C3E3

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Email: info@camh.net
Phone: 416-535-8501
Location: 1001 Queen St. W Toronto ON

Drugs & Alcohol Helpline
Email: N/A
Phone: 1-800-565-8603
Location: N/A

Fred Victor Community Resource Connections of Toronto
Email: crct@crct.org
Phone: 416-482-4103
Location: 210 Dundas St. 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 2E8

Interval House – Domestic Violence Hotline
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-924-1491
Location: 24hr Crisis phone line

Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre 
Email: info@oatc.ca
Phone: 416-736-6279
Location: 1111 Finch Ave. W. Suite 100 North York, ON M3J 2E5

Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket)
Email: N/A
Phone: 905-895-4521
Location: 596 Davis Drive, Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P9

Toronto Distress Centre – Mental Health
Email: info@torontodistresscentre.com
Phone: 416-408-4357
Location: Toll-Free Helpline

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-597-8808
Location: N/A

Women’s Sexual Assault Helpline & Outreach Services of York Region
Email: N/A
Phone: 1-800-263-6734
Location: Toll-Free Helpline

Yellow Brick House – Place for Abused Women and Children
Email: info@yellowbrickhouse.org
Phone: 1-800-263-3247
Location: N/A

York Medical – Located in No Frills Plaza (Walk In Clinic)
Email: N/A
Phone: 905-853-0404
Location: 17215 Leslie St. Newmarket, ON L3Y 8E4

1st Generation
Email: karen.white@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x77209
Location: Newnham Campus – D2339

Counselling, Learning Centres, Disability and Health Services – Newnham Campus
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x22900
Location: Newnham Campus – E2427

Counselling, Learning Centres, Disability and Health Services – Markham Campus
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x77508
Location: Markham Campus – 280

Counselling, Learning Centres, Disability and Health Services – York Campus
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x33150
Location: York Campus – S1175

Health Centre Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x22965
Location: Newnham Campus – G2652 Sports Centre

International Student Services
Email: sarah.tan-sese@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x26491
Location: Newnham Campus – D2029

Learning Centre
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x22421
Location: Newnham Campus – B2100

Library
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x22099
Location: Newnham Campus – B2030

Student Services – Newnham Campus
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x22956
Location: Newnham Campus – D2000

Student Services – York Campus
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x33024
Location: York Campus – 1161

Student Services – Markham Campus
Email: isabelle.babici@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x77190
Location: Markham Campus – 180

Student Conduct – Newnham Campus
Email: student.conduct@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x22078
Location: Newnham Campus – D1025

Student Conduct – York Campus
Email: student.conduct@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x33088
Location: York Campus – F1172

Student Conduct – Markham Campus
Email: student.conduct@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x77470
Location: Markham Campus – M189

Security Services
Email: nh.security@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x22566
Location: Newnham Campus – B2000

1st Generation
Email: karen.white@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x77209
Location: Newnham Campus – D2339

Career Services
Email: beverley.stevens@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55007
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2102 (Inside Student Services)

Counselling & Disability Services
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55157
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2118

International Student Services
Email: sarah.tan-sese@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x26491
Location: Newnham Campus – D2029

Learning Centre
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55138
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2203 (Inside Library)

Library
Email: N/A
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55108
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2200

Security Services
Email: security.kg@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55265
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – Main Lobby

Student Conduct
Email: student.conduct@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55008
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2103

Student Services
Email: pari.ghazi@senecacollege.ca
Phone: 416-491-5050 x55048
Location: King Campus – Garriock Hall – GH2100

eCHECKUP TO GO programs were developed by counselors and psychologists at San Diego State University to motivate students to reduce their consumption of substances such as alcohol and marijuana. These programs are used by more than 600 post-secondary institutions in four countries.

     

Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO and Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO are interactive web surveys that allow Conestoga Residence residents to enter information about their drinking and or marijuana use patterns and receive feedback. The assessments take about 10-15 minutes each to complete, are self-guided, and require no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.

What does eCHECKUP TO GO do?
When you access these tools, you are prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, you will be asked information about your drinking and or marijuana habits. Once you have completed a survey, submit the form and eCHECKUP TO GO will calculate a number of variables and compare your responses to national and local college norms.

What do I need to use eCHECKUP TO GO?
You need to have a JavaScript enabled internet browser to access this tool.

Knowfire Fire Safety Campaign

This fire safety awareness campaign is designed for students living on and off campus.

Self-injury outreach and support is here when you need it.

Life as a student can be stressful – assignments, part-time jobs, sports, clubs, relationships, family responsibilities. In fact, during your years as a student, you will face some of the most intense pressures of any point in your life. HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus. The goal: Keeping your mind healthy.

Click here to download the app for Android or iPhone: http://www.theroyal.ca/mental-health-centre/apps/healthymindsapp/

Helping Your Student Transition to College

As a parent or guardian, you will want to ensure you go over the acceptance package with your child. This will make sure that you are all aware of the payment schedules, deadlines and the rules and regulations of residence.

We treat each student as an adult and for most students, the experience of living in residence will be the first time they will be on their own. The residence staff are here to help with the transition into their educational careers and provide as much support and assistance as possible to each of our residents.

Making the adjustment to college life

Living away from home for the first time can be an intimidating and lonely experience for some students. Send child a card or care package whenever you have a chance. This special little something makes all the difference when they are dealing with the stress of academics and living away from home.

When your child starts college, they will be extremely busy over the first few weeks. Social activities, academics and settling into a new home and community will take up a lot of their time. We remind you that you may not always be able to get a hold of your child when you call and that this is an expected result of joining a college community.

Confidentiality

All statements, invoices, and refunds are delivered to the student and we are unable to give out information regarding a student without his or her permission. In regards to refunds; cheques are made payable in the student’s name and therefore it becomes their responsibly to ensure all deadlines are met. By placing this responsibly on the students, it is our hope that it helps them develop a better sense of personal financial management.

Role of the Primary and Secondary Contact

These contacts are used if concerns or problems arise with the resident. In most circumstances will be treated without reference to their parents or primary/secondary contacts. The manager of Institution may contact the primary or secondary contact at any time and of for any purpose including to advise them of an incident or injury; overdue finance; termination of residence agreement; any situation where the resident may cause harm to themselves or others; or if the resident is placed on probation and or issue behavioral contract or eviction by manager. The manager or the institution may disclose the resident personal information in such communications, and the resident hereby consent to this discloser.

Moving into residence is an exciting time for everyone, and there are many different people to meet! The most important person you are going to meet will be your roommate. In most cases, you will not have met your roommate before this day! You will have many questions about who they are, what they are about, how they spend their time, and will you get along for the next eight (8) months? This part of the Handbook is devoted to making sure you have as much information as you need to get to know your roommate and adjust to this new life experience. Many residents come to college with great expectations about their roommate. Hopefully these impressions will be true, but stress levels have a tendency to increase during certain times of the year (e.g. Exams, Holidays, etc.). It is important to be aware and appreciate these stressful times as you and your roommate may experience some rough spots. It is very important that you communicate about things early so you can begin to understand each other.

Communication Tips

Communication is key to any relationship and it is no different with your roommate. Remember that communication is an ongoing process and that leaving those “small” things alone will eventually catch up with you. Make sure you discuss the challenges as they arise and deal with them in a mature and responsible way. Remember it is up to you on how much you wish to share and how you choose to share it. Common rule of thumb is being upfront and honest and letting your roommate know what you are about and what limits you have. It is important to know your roommate and develop trust with them.

Things to Remember

  • Keep communication open and be honest about how you feel and what you are thinking
  • Be willing to make compromises
  • Give your roommate the respect, consideration and understanding you want in return
  • Discuss problems as they arise with your roommate, and not others.
  • If things change, be sure to let your roommate know. It is normal for your ideas, feelings and even habits to change throughout the year. Situations change too!
  • If you run into challenges speak to your Resident Advisor – they are there to help
  • Ask your RA for help if you need it.

Roommate Conflict

If you have problems with your roommate we recommend that you speak to your RA, they may be able to help mediate the conflict. If this step is unsuccessful please feel free to come to the Residence Life Office and speak with your Residence Life Coordinator. Roommate changes are the last step in the roommate conflict mediation process and are subject to availability of rooms. Roommate changes are put on hold for the month of September.

Resident Advisors
As a Resident Advisor (RA), your job is to plan educational and social activities in the residence. RAs provide valuable support and guidance to residents while at the same time acting as a liaison with residence management. You will be expected to complete nightly rounds of the building and to be available to provide assistance to residents.

Apply to be a Resident Advisor!

Residents’ Council
Residents’ Council provides students with opportunity to become leaders amongst their peers. Residents’ Council serve a number of purposes committed to ensure a successful Residence Life Program.

If you are a passionate advocate for community involvement who is looking for new and exciting experiences. Residents’ Council is a great way to keep active and involved with student issues and a chance to gain experience both personally and professionally.

Residents’ Council offers opportunities to attend conferences, develop critical skills like time management and meet new people who share a passion for the student experience. Council members represent the student body living in residence as a student leader and provides students living in Residence with a venue to voice their concerns in an open and welcoming environment where student input can be heard.

Apply to be part of our Residents’ Council!

Residence Security

The Residence offers great security from the moment you pass through the controlled main entrance, until you slide your electronic card into your suite door to let yourself in. We believe the safety and security of our students and staff is paramount. To that end, we require that all visitors in the building be registered prior to entry and provide a valid piece of photo-identification. All of the common areas are video recorded and we have staff on duty 24 hours a day.

Safety and security is also the responsibility of every resident. All the safeguards and rules put in place by the Residence management and the Institution are for your safety and protection. Circumventing rules by lending key cards or letting in visitors without permission can only lead to problems. Lock your suite door at all times and do not leave your valuables unattended as neither the Residence nor the Institution is responsible for missing items. Do not leave your suite door open at anytime. This would include having your door “propped open”.

Fire

If there is a fire in your suite:

  • Advise all suite occupants to leave
  • Close all doors behind you
  • Pull the fire alarm on your floor and yell “FIRE”
  • Leave the building using the nearest stairwell
  • Contact the fire department
  • Meet the firefighters at the front entrance and tell them where the fire is located

If you Hear the Fire Alarm:
Check the door to your suite. If smoke is entering from around the door, do not open it. Protect yourself from smoke inside your suite as described under the Alarms/Smoke Detectors section. If there is no smoke, brace yourself, and open the door a little. If you see smoke or feel heat, close the door quickly and protect yourself. If the corridor is clear, take your keycard, close your door behind you and leave the building using the nearest exit.

DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR!

Check the nearest stairwell door for heat and smoke, if not hot to touch, open the door carefully and use the stairwell to leave the building. If there is smoke or the door is hot, do not enter. Close the door and try other stairways. If there are no other stairways, return to your suite and protect yourself from the smoke. Never go to the roof. Smoke usually rises to the top of the stairway. Doors leading to the roof are locked and you could be trapped. Remember, if there is smoke stay low and crawl under it.

If you Remain in Your Suite:
You must protect yourself from smoke by staying low. Stay in your suite until you are rescued or until you are told to leave. This may take time. Do not try to leave your suite a long time after the alarm has sounded because there is greater the risk that heavy smoke has spread into the hallways. To keep smoke from entering your suite, use duct tape to seal the cracks around the door, air vents and ducts, and place wet towels at the bottom. If smoke enters your suite, phone the fire department and tell them where you are. If there is no smoke coming in from outside, open the window for fresh air. Show your rescuers where you are by hanging a sheet from the window.

DO NOT RETURN UNTIL IT IS DECLARED SAFE DO TO SO BY A FIRE OFFICIAL.

Residents With Disabilities

For residents with mobility impairments, please contact the Residence management upon move-in to discuss evacuation procedures. Residents with a hearing impairment will be placed in a suite that is equipped with a strobe light that will notify them of a fire alarm.

Health Emergency Procedures

Take the proper steps if you or a friend needs emergency health care while in the Residence. Call “0” for all concerns in the Algonquin College Residence and the Front Desk Representative and request that an ambulance be contacted. Provide the Front Desk with your name, room number, location, and brief details of the problem. This will allow us to direct emergency service personnel to you as quickly as possible. Remember that the Residence Staff are trained and are available to you 24 hours a day. Put your safety first!

Alarms/Smoke Detectors

Residence suites are equipped with two types of fire alarms, both an audible smoke detector and a heat detector. The smoke detector is activated by minor smoke within the suite. Once the smoke detector has been triggered, only the alarm within the suite will be activated. Do not open the door to the hallway. Open your windows and turn on the bathroom fan to clear the smoke from the room. If the smoke is serious, exit the room and inform the Front Desk. The heat detector is set off by excessive heat within the suite. Once the heat detector has been triggered, it will set off the main building alarm.

The Residence hallways are equipped with a smoke detector/heat sensor. Minor smoke or excessive heat will activate the building alarm. Everyone must evacuate the Residence immediately. If someone activates the building alarm; under the Provincial Fire Code, a fine could be applied.

The Fire Department has a zero tolerance regarding smoke alarms that are tampered with. Please note the Residence staff will be testing the smoke detector bi-weekly in your suite. Testing the smoke detector ensures that it has not been intentionally disabled. Any occurrence could result in disciplinary sanctions from Management and/or a charge under the Fire Protection and Preventions Act with a maximum fine of $25,000.00.