Before classes start, there are Welcome Week where new Dawson students get a first look at the tools and resources offered by the college.
Date depends which program you have been accepted in. We will be greeting you in the Lower Atrium of the College, so be sure to enter via the Atwater Metro entrance. Please refer to our website for the specific date and time of your Welcome Day.
First, look on our Welcome Week dates & times list on our website to see if there is another “Group” that you can join (same program). If not, then don’t worry. You can either come in on another day during the Welcome Week (refer to our schedule of dates & times posted on-line). You will still be able to pick up your ID card, locker info, etc.
No, it’s not necessary.
If my friend is in the same program as I am but they have been assigned a different time to attend Welcome Day, may I switch to go with my friend?
We try to evenly spread out the groups so that it is not overcrowded but if you really want to join your friend(s) in another group (but same program), you may do so.
There are numerous reasons why you haven’t received your Welcome Week letter and here are some of the reasons: Your mailing address is incorrect. Your letter was lost in the mail. Whatever the reason may be, please check the website for the Welcome Week schedule and attend the session that applies to you.
Student ID card
It is mandatory for all Dawson students to carry a valid Dawson ID card. Your student I.D. card will allow you to borrow books at the library and use the photocopying machines. Students must present valid Dawson ID cards in order to be admitted to final examinations.
During the semester, you can have your student I.D. card made Monday to Friday between 8:30-11:30, 13:00-15:00, and 17:00-18:45 at the print shop, room 2E.01. Schedule is subject to change.
Your student ID number, class schedule, and a piece of I.D.
The first card is free, but there is a $10.00 (cash only) replacement fee if another card has to be issued.
The books you need to buy for your classes will be listed on the course outlines provided by your teachers during the first week of classes.
To find out if the books you need are available at the bookstore, login to your My Dawson portal and click on Bookstore Course List under the My College Services tab.
You can buy your books at the Bookstore located in the Lower Atrium, 1F.2.
You can also look for used books on the Dawson Used Book Exchange or Sale Facebook page.
If you are a day time student, it is possible for you to rent a locker once you have finalized your schedule. Unfortunately, lockers are not available to Continuing Education students.
You can rent a locker online through the My Dawson portal under My Omnivox Services. There are single, double, and portfolio lockers.
The cost to rent a locker is $10.00 and is payable online by Visa or MasterCard credit cards only. Please note that in order to access the locker selection module, you must have already finalized your schedule.
- Portfolio lockers → Although technically shared between two people, they are actually single lockers and single locker option must be selected
- Your friend is in Continuing Education. Cont. Ed. Students aren’t assigned lockers.
On the locker rental page of the Campus Life and Leadership page, there is a locker locator. There is also a locker map located next to the CLL office, in front of the bathroom.
Your locker number and combination are available on your My Dawson portal. If you are still having a problem, you can go to room 2E.6 with your Dawson student ID card to retrieve it.
Locker rentals are good for the entire academic year, September to May. Lockers are not available to students during the summer.
There are computers available to students in library and in the 2F.26 computer lab. There are also other computer labs located in the 2F and 5B wing, but they are only available when they aren’t being used by a class. You can check lab availability on the schedule usually posted right outside of the computer lab or at the Service Desk in 2H.12.
You can also sign out laptops for in-library use only.
Printers are located in the library and in the computer labs located in the 2F and the 5B wing. Photocopiers are located in the 2C wing and the print shop in 2E.01. Some labs support Wi-Fi printing allowing you to print directly from your wireless devices.
There are two Wi-Fi networks available, Dawson_open for a quick, temporary connection to surf the Web, and Dawson_secure for an encrypted communication. In order to connect, you need to log on with your network account user name and password. You can create your network account through your My Dawson portal under My Dawson Life on the left hand side.
You can find answers to most questions on the Information Systems and Technology articles page. You can also go to the computer Service Desk in 2H.12.
You can add money to your student ID card for photocopying at the refill station located in the 2C wing. To add money to your printing account, you can find refill stations in the library and in the 2H wing near the computer Service Desk.
You can find peer tutors and other academic help in the Academic Skill Centre located in the library, room 6D.2. For help with French, you should go to CLEO in room 4E.10. There are also Math, Physics, and Chemistry tutorial rooms available to students. See individual program pages for tutorial room locations and schedule.
You can find your teachers local and office number online using the People Search option on the Dawson site. There is also a binder with a full faculty list located at the information desk, 2F.0.
Class cancellations appear on the flat screen monitors located around the College. You can also find class cancellations on the MyDawson portal and on the Dawson site.
Students with special needs
Any student with a registered disability or temporary disability with the proper documentation can benefit from the services offered by the AccesAbility Centre. If you have not been diagnosed with a disability but feel that you might have a disability that is affecting your academic success, the AccessAbility Centre can help guide you through the process of getting an assessment.
The AccessAbility Centre offers preregistration and course selection assistance, note takers, attendant service, specialized computer labs, and adaptive technology to help students with registered or temporary disabilities. Students will have to meet with an AccessAbility counsellor in order to determine the accommodations needed for their classes.
You will need to submit your assessment or medical document explaining your condition. Documentation must be from a licensed practitioner (e.g. doctor, psychologist).
Individualized Education Program, IEP, is not required but is a good supporting document to bring to your appointment.
The college is equipped with elevators and ramps around the college and at the de Maisonneuve entrance. During pre-registration, staff at the AccessAbility Centre can help you select and verify that classes are easily accessible. For more information, please visit the AccessAbility Centre in 2E.8.
- The Campus Life and Leadership department
- Sustainable Dawson
- Blue Ring Society
Events are regularly posted on the Dawson site, the main page of the portal, as well as the Daily Bulletin located on the portal and the information desk. Around the college there are various bulletin boards and flat screen monitors promoting various events throughout the semester.