Athabasca University students contact the Library from every Canadian province and territory, the United States, and overseas. Library requests from unique locations are not unusual. You may call the Library, toll free, through the automated attendant (1-800-788-9041, extension 6432); you may dial direct to (780) 675-6432; you may fax a request to (780) 675-6477; or you may make your request by mail or in person.
You may also access the Library through their home page http://library.athabascau.ca/.
Using a library is central to the graduate student experience. At Athabasca University the library system is much more than a catalogue of library holdings, we support student access to a growing range of library collections world wide. As a graduate student working at a distance, we recommend that you develop a strategy for maximizing access to research and learning materials. Athabasca University Library supports your need for resources in various ways:
Finally, we strive to help graduate students who live and work outside Canada in countries where English language library materials are hard to come by. Most Canadian Embassies and international libraries carry English language journals and newspapers; likewise if the local university has a Canadian or North American Studies program, the library will have reading materials of interest. Contact the Athabasca University Librarian for a letter of introduction to your local university librarian, to request access to the collection and to request borrowing or user privileges.
Athabasca University has a long-standing tradition of encouraging individuals with disabilities to seek admission to courses and programs. In keeping with this initiative, the MA-IS is committed to providing students who have disabilities with reasonable accommodations and support services to attempt to facilitate the successful completion of their courses.
Accommodations may range from the use of a tutor, a reader, or assistive technology, to requesting a professor provide additional time or additional mentoring (or all of the above). As some accommodation requests may be beyond what the MA-IS can provide, students who require special accommodation are encouraged to first contact the Access to Students with Disabilities (ASD) Office for assistance so that they may develop a learning plan/strategy. This must be done well in advance of the intended start date(s) of their course(s). Please refer to the ASD website for more details.
In assisting students with disabilities, the University's criteria for academic excellence will not be compromised.
Graduate students sometimes find student-related concerns arising because of the greater academic demands of their studies program. Athabasca University makes learning support resources available to its graduate students through Counselling Services, as well as other areas of the university. For information or assistance in strengthening the academic results of your graduate studies, contact Athabasca University’s Counselling Services by phone at 1-800-788-9041, extension 6723 (toll free from anywhere in Canada or the United States); at (780) 675-6723 (direct line); or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are advised that PCs are the primary equipment supported by Athabasca University's Computing Services (CS) Helpdesk. Only limited assistance for other hardware and software platforms is offered. The CS Helpdesk can assist students with the following inquiries:
You may contact the Helpdesk online filling out their form https://secure3.athabascau.ca/inter/helpdesk/contacthd.htm. You may phone the Helpdesk at 1-800-788-9041, extension 6405 (toll free from anywhere in Canada or the United States), or direct at (780) 675-6405.
Unlike campus seminars where students and instructors debate readings and ideas around the table, MA-IS courses may require students to type their thoughts into a computer and post them to an Internet discussion board. The faculty will try to facilitate the learning process as much as possible; however, if students are struggling with their writing and language skills, they have additional options. For more information see the Handbook section titled "Learning Support" and visit Athabasca University's ESL course page.
Athabasca University now has an On Line Transcript Request form. To order a transcript, please LOG INTO myAu and click on "Transcript Request" in the left margin.
You may request more than one copy to be sent and you can preview your transcript before it is sent.
The student's entire record (including date admitted, program, transfer credit, course registrations, grades, dates completed, dates withdrawn, failures, etc.) is shown on each transcript. Most institutions and agencies require that official transcripts be sent directly from Athabasca University. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for the receipt of a transcript.
Updated February 25 2016 by Student & Academic Services