SASS is a free network of services and programs designed to give you the tools and information you need to succeed from your first day on campus until you receive your diploma and go out into the world to pursue your dreams. Delivered by professionals and fellow students who care about your success and your well-being, the programs and services of SASS complement your classroom learning and support you in achieving your academic and professional goals.
Through student mentoring, you pick up strategies and skills that help you succeed in first year, plan for a future career based on your program of study in second, third and fourth years or get ready for graduate studies.
- Support with your transition to university
- Study groups and workshops
- Study skills techniques
- Individual meetings with mentors
Come to the Academic Writing Help Centre (AWHC) and learn to properly structure your essays and assignments, to understand and correct your mistakes, and to avoid plagiarism.
- Individual sessions with writing advisors
- A Resource Centre equipped with computers that have writing-help software and reference works
- Online guides and references: writing process, reference styles, essay structure, grammar, etc.
If you have a learning disability or any other functional limitation (cognitive, psychological, psychiatric, medical, physical or sensory), book an appointment with one of our Learning Specialists to develop and implement a learning plan to support the full actualization of your student potential.
- Needs assessment and personalized follow-up
- Adaptive measures for exam
- Braille and alternative format transcription service
- Training in the use of learning technologies
- Adaptations to the physical environment
- Bursaries to access specialized services and adaptive equipment
Our counsellors and coaches guide you when you have to overcome personal challenges and help you bring your personal and professional objectives into focus to keep you at your best throughout your studies.
- Career counselling and personal counselling
- Career coaching and personal coaching
- Psychoeducational groups
At Career Services, you’ll find a range of resources and services designed to ease your transition into the labour market.
- Online resources to plan your career in Canada or abroad
- Workshops and individual consultations with professional counsellors
- Resumé and cover-letter critiques, mock interviews
- Networking activities: career fairs, information sessions and employer receptions
The Aboriginal Resource Centre provides First Nations, Inuit and Métis students with a comfortable, culturally sensitive and welcoming climate.
- Help with the transition into university life
- Information on university resources and services
- Information on employment programs
- Social and cultural activities, and meetings with Elders
Approximately 20% of first-year University of Ottawa students are First Generation. As a First Generation student, you may be unsure of what is needed to succeed at university, or you may not be able to count on the same type of familial support as your "traditional student" peers. This is why SASS, in collaboration with the university's faculties, has developed a number of personalized programs and services to help you succeed academically and to enrich your university experience as a First Generation student.
At the Office for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment, you can safely discuss, report and resolve situations where you feel discrimination or harassment have taken place.
- Confidential consultations with advisers
- Individual support and resolution of student complaints
- Training and Workshops