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FOCA Soph Applications

 – Faculty Soph | Off Campus Soph | Charity Soph | Huron Soph | Brescia Soph | King’s Soph – 

The Soph application portal will open on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 9:00am.

Apply online under the “Orientation” tab on Western Connect.

The deadline to submit a Faculty, OC, or HBK Soph application is Monday, January 20 at 9:00am.

The Charity Soph application will open on Monday, January 13 at 9:00am, and is due on Monday, January 27 at 9:00AM.

What is a Soph?

Sophs are Western’s beloved orientation leaders who help welcome new students to campus every year. Sophs volunteer their time as spirit leaders, academic mentors, and social guides to help new students thrive in their first year and connect with campus resources.

Don’t worry if you feel you’re too shy or too timid to be a Soph. We’re looking for all kinds of leaders, not just the loudest and outgoing students.

Interested in being a Faculty, Off Campus, Charity, Huron, Brescia, or King’s Soph? Attend our Info Session to find out more about the application process and to learn what all the hype is about!

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Location: Health Sciences Building, Rm. 40
Time: 9:30PM

Soph Behaviour Management

The Orientation program behaviour management system functions under a complaints-driven model. Any person may file a complaint against, or raise an issue involving, an orientation leader, Soph, or Soph team, where it is perceived that the individual(s) or group(s) acted in a manner not in compliance with the Orientation Leader Contract, constituency-specific contract(s), Western University’s Code of Student Conduct and Affiliated University College Codes of Student Conduct, and/or the spirit and goals of the Orientation program.

Complaints can be submitted in three ways:

  1. Through an online form found here: https://westernusc.forms-db.com/view.php?id=179959
  2. To report a complaint in person, complainants can request an appointment by emailing studentconduct@uwo.ca
  3. Complaints may also be submitted through email to studentconduct@uwo.ca.  The complainant’s name, contact number and brief description of the concern must be included in the email.

For more information about how to submit a complaint, the investigation process, what possible infractions warrant a complaint, and/or how to submit an appeal, please read our Soph Behaviour Management Policy below.

Soph Behaviour Management

Western Student Code of Conduct

Huron Student Code of Conduct

Brescia Student Code of Conduct

King’s Student Code of Conduct

Western OPass

Canada's Best Orientation Experience

The Orientation Pass is your all-access pass to all events during Orientation Week. For almost all incoming students, the OPass fee is automatically included in your tuition. For those who do not have the OPass automatically added to their accounts, you may still be eligible to attend OWeek. We will be sending you an email mid-August with information on where/when/how you can opt-in.

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What is OWeek?

The Orientation Program at Western University is a large source of pride at Western. The program is a campus wide effort and is nationally regarded as a model of student orientation for all students new to the University and its Affiliated Colleges.

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Charity & OServes

Charity Sophs connect incoming students with the London community. The Charity team is responsible for organizing events such as Orientation Serves, BBQs, and the Terry Fox Run. Orientation Serves provides students with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the community through an afternoon of volunteering. Last year thousands of students gave back through partnerships with 60 organizations.

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Equity. Diversity. Inclusion. Consent.

We are so excited to welcome each and every one of you to Western.

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive community. Our campus celebrates all races, nationalities, gender identities, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, spiritual practices, abilities, and any other dimension of personal lifestyle.

Every person has equal worth and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. There is no room for hate on this campus. We are all part of Western’s community, and we all look out for each other. Have a safe and enjoyable OWeek!

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Sophs - your new automatic friends

Sophs are Western’s beloved orientation leaders who help welcome new students and provide an orientation to campus life.

Meet the Teams


Western is committed to achieving barrier free accessibility for everyone studying, visiting and working at Western. If there is anything we can do to help make sure that you can access everything that OWeek has to offer, please contact us.

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Welcome to London, Ontario, Canada 🇨🇦

International and Exchange students

We offer an early move-in option for International and Exchange Students who are moving into on-campus housing and we will be having International and Exchange Student Welcome Day on August 31.

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Our Affiliated University Colleges

Welcome to Western University and King's, Brescia, or Huron University College. Here is some information that pertains specifically to OWeek at the Affiliate Colleges and some FAQ from Affiliate students.

King's University College
Huron University College
Brescia University College
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Our Campus

Acknowledging the Land

Western University is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lunaapeewak and Attawandaron peoples who have longstanding relationships to the land and region of southwestern Ontario and the City of London. The local First Nation communities of this area include Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delaware Nation. In the region, there are eleven First Nation communities and a growing Indigenous urban population. Western values the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations and all of the Original peoples of Turtle Island (North America).