Guelph Lingo

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016

For a complete listing of the University of Guelph's lingo see The University of Guelph’s complete Acronym Dictionary.


The Athletic Centre is formally named the W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre. It includes 2 pools, 3 gyms, 5 squash courts, 3 dance/multi-purpose rooms, weight room, cardio theatre, fitness circuit and wrestling/combatives room.


Academic Clusters are small groups or “clusters” of first-year students in the same academic program who share classes, living space and friendships, with support of a cluster leader, study sessions and events designed to help with the adjustment to the challenges of university life and study.


Students who experience exceptional circumstances that interfere with their abilities to fulfil academic activities or who have identified a misapplication of procedures may apply for academic consideration. Depending on the point in the semester, this can be to a specific instructor or the Academic Review Sub-Committee. The process is detailed in Section VIII of the current Undergraduate Calendar.


The ADCs are open after-hours, 7-9pm, Monday-Thursday to provide additional academic support to students. Each evening has a theme based on academic disciplines.


The add period at the beginning of each semester is the time when students can add courses to their schedule. Both dates are in Section III – Schedule of Dates in the current Undergraduate Calendar. Courses can be dropped, without penalty, until the 40th class day.


“Aggies” is the historical nickname given to Ontario Agriculture College students.


The Airport Lounge is an open seating area on the south side of University Centre overlooking a large indoor courtyard area.


The Arboretum spans 165 hectares (408 acres) on the east side of campus and is open to the public year-round. It contains examples of every tree and shrub indigenous to southern Ontario. 38 species of mammals, 188 bird species, 39 species of butterflies, 18 herptiles and 1,700 types of trees and shrubs.


The Aboriginal Resource Centre provides a culturally supportive environment that promotes academic excellence and the intellectual, spiritual and emotional development of Aboriginal students.


The Summerlee Science Complex Atrium is formed by the three wings of the building that house classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, meeting rooms, staff offices, and is a favourite gathering space for students, faculty and staff.


This 7½-foot- tall sculpture is a beloved icon to Guelph residents. The bear can often be found decorated or dressed up and stands outside the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (MSAC), a must- see for passersby on Gordon Street.


The bike centre is a do-it-yourself bike repair shop operated by the CSA. It is fully stocked with all the tools, fluids, equipment (and knowledge) needed to keep your bike working safely on the road and trails.


Bob is a long-standing and beloved member of the U of G community. He serves hot dogs and pop from his little stand on the Bullring patio (right across from the Rozanski Hall).


The Board of Governors is the highest decision making body at the University of Guelph for all non- academic matters and is responsible for overseeing the governance, conduct, management and control of the University and its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs.


Braniion Plaza is a gathering place in the centre of campus; where the Cannon (named Old Jeremiah) is located. Bordered by McNaughton, the UC, Thornbrough, the Library, Day Hall, the Bullring, and Raithby House.


Originally an arena for the showing of cattle, this circular building has served a number of different roles over the last 100+ years. Its recent renovation into a coffee shop completes a multi-year CSA program to make the space open all day as a lounge for students.


A student-facilitated coming out discussion group designed to put students at ease who are questioning or newly identifying their sexual orientation or gender identity.


An orientation week presentation about asking first and getting consent before any sexual activity. Organized by the Wellness Education Centre.


The College of Arts Student Union ensures that students in the College of Arts have a voice in the decision-making of the university. It also provides social interaction through clubs and events.


College of Business and Economics is the newest college at the University of Guelph and opened its doors in May 2006.


College of Biological Sciences includes the following departments: Integrative Biology (Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Animal Physiology), Human Health & Nutritional Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology.


Computing and Communication Services is the department responsible for much of the campus’ IT needs, including internet connectivity, networking and central file storage, email, phones, website publishing, and software downloads, in addition to help, support, and training.


93.3 FM is Radio Gryphon, a volunteer-staffed student and community radio station broadcast from the University Centre.


Serving as the head of the University, the current Chancellor of the University of Guelph is David Mirvish. The Chancellor is elected by Senate and serves as a member of our Board of Governors. As the University’s senior volunteer, he represents its interests to all government levels, presides at convocations, confers all University degrees and acts as an ambassador.


A mentorship program connecting first-year students from racially diverse backgrounds with faculty, staff or graduate students.


The Centre for International Programs assists U of G students interested in studying, working or volunteering abroad. The Centre fosters international learning among members of our campus community to stimulate a sense of partnership and global responsibility as scholars and citizens.


Formerly known as the C.J. Munford Centre, the GBSA is a resource centre for racialized students and promotes diversity on campus. It strives to educate students, faculty, staff and the general Guelph community about race- related issues in our society and provides a sense of community for students of racially diverse backgrounds.


Seven elected student groups associated with each of the University’s colleges that cover all academic programs. Each college government advocates on behalf of its students, represents them on a variety of boards and committees, offers both academic and non-academic events, and sponsors numerous academic/program related clubs.


A student-run and student-coordinated open house that occurs annually (mid-March) and encompasses the entire University of Guelph campus. College Royal attracts over 30,000 visitors every year and involves the coordination of over 3,000 student volunteers.


A program for international and English as an additional language students who wish to improve their spoken English. Students meet individually or attend conversation cafes.


Courselink is a software program which assists with course administration, acts as a grades book tool, and allows for the set-up of course functions such as on-line quizzes and conferencing.


The UC Courtyard is located on the main floor of the University Centre (indoors) and is a common meeting place and location for many campus events.


This is the name given to the gravel path that runs alongside the Dairy Bush and that leads from the south-west corner of the Science Complex (pedestrian crossing at Gordon Street) to Edinburgh Road.


The College of Physical and Engineering Science includes the following departments and/or schools: Chemistry, Computing and Information Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, and Engineering.


Creelman Hall has an open-market concept with a variety of specialized shops, and exhibition cooking including Casa Domenico (pizza and pasta), Mom's Home Cooking and Nature's Best (vegetarian shop), a Harvey's, and Swiss Chalet. Creelman Marketplace is only a three minute walk from North Campus residences.


The Central Student Association is a legally recognized student union, to which all undergraduate students are members. The CSA offers numerous services, advocates for student interests and administers the student organization fees, which covers the bus pass, health and dental plans, and many other student programs.


The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences includes the following departments and/or schools: Consumer Studies, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology.


The Canadian Union of Public Employees has two locals on campus: 1334 represents trades, custodial and maintenance workers; and 3913 represents teaching assistants and sessional lecturers.


The Office of Diversity & Human Rights is a department on campus that helps to maintain an environment within which all persons, regardless of their personal characteristics, feel that they are treated with dignity and respect. This office also administers U of G policies pertaining to Human Rights and provides education about inclusiveness.


The Eccles Centre is an addition to the east side of Maritime Hall (South Residence) that is often used for residence events, exam study space and meetings.


Faculty Advisors have particular expertise in a specific specialization (major, minor, area of concentration, or area of emphasis) within a degree program and are located in a specific academic department.


A juried craft show and sale featuring independent artisans, this event draws many visitors to the campus from the local community.


Accommodation for students with families (living with their partner or children) is available in apartment and townhouse units located on two sites near the west end of the campus.


In an effort to combat hunger and poverty on campus and in the greater Guelph community, the CSA Food Bank provides members of the University community access to emergency food, anti- poverty resources, and referrals to other food security and anti-poverty groups.


Fire Place Lounge; refers to lounge areas in some residences (East, Lambton, L/A, Watson, Arts House, MacDonald and Mills) that have fireplaces.


First Response Team is a student-run, not-for profit team of volunteers, and a division of St. John Ambulance. They provide on-call and special event coverage to the University of Guelph community and its visitors in the form of emergency first aid services.


Guelph Queer Equality provides a safe space and a supportive environment for all people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, intersexed, queer and questioning communities and their allies.

The 5th

Formerly known as the Grad Lounge, it is a restaurant on the 5th floor of the University Centre (UC) accessed via the elevators at the north end of the building that provides inexpensive food to everyone in the university community (not just graduate students).


The Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity (formerly the Women’s Resource Centre) provides information and support around gender and related oppression issues within a feminist framework.



GryphLife is a gateway to the Gryphon out-of- classroom experience. Through this platform, students can join organizations, register for events, track their involvement in the co-curriculum and see what’s happening on campus.


Gryph Mail is the University of Guelph's integrated collaboration suite. It features email, calendars, address books, document editing, and file storage (briefcase). It is the main point of communication between the University of Guelph and new students. Students are encouraged to check their GryphMail accounts early and regularly.


A Greek mythological guardian of treasure that is part eagle and part lion and that is the mascot of the University of Guelph athletics teams. Also a colloquial term for a U of G student (#gryphon). Visitors using the main entranceway to the University of Guelph campus are now greeted by a giant bronzed Gryphon statue unveiled in 2014.


Gryphs Sports Lounge is a sports bar located on the second floor of the Gryphon Centre (twin pad arena complex) that overlooks a rink and accepts meal cards for food purchases.

GUEST PASS (Residence)

For security purposes, guests staying in residence past 9:00 pm are required to be registered with the residence desk and wear a guest wristband.


The Health Clinic is located in the J.T. Powell Building and offers female and male physicians, a psychiatrist, nurses, dieticians, and a wellness educator.


The Health and Performance Centre specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic orthopedic, musculoskeletal, sport and activity related injuries. The HPC's multidisciplinary team includes: sport medicine physicians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, kinesiologists, chiropractors, and pedorthist.


When students come to Guelph they become part of a strong and engaged community – The Guelph Gryphon community. #iamagryphon is about sharing what it means to be a part of the Guelph Gryphon community with the world; showing others our values through how we treat each other and ourselves.


A service provided by Student Life, located just inside the main entrance of the UC. Peer Helpers answer questions about the campus and the City of Guelph, provide commuters with inter-city transit information and sell tickets for GO Transit and Greyhound.


The International Student Advisor will help international students with, among other things, immigration matters, advisor-student relationships, personal advising, financial assistance, and family issues.


The International Student Organization strives to voice the concerns of international students, promote cultural adversity, and build bridges between international students and domestic students by organizing a number of events, activities, workshops, leadership and involvement opportunities, counselling and other services.


A large grassy area that is located in front of Johnston Hall; a favourite spot for fun, relaxation and pickup sports.


The University’s Judicial Committee is a tribunal of students, staff and faculty that hears cases/ allegations of student misconduct (non-academic). It is empowered to impose outcomes up to and including a recommendation that a student be suspended or expelled from the University.


A security precaution taken by Residence Life Staff to protect students’ comfort, safety and property in residence at specific times during the semester. Everyone entering the building is required to show their residence keys or guest wristband to demonstrate that they belong in the building.


Guelph Transit, in partnership with the University and the CSA, offers a Tuesday to Saturday late night bus service, including a 5-minute shuttle from the downtown area to the UC and several loops.


Located on the first floor of the Library, the Learning Commons offers a range of services including one-on- one support, workshops, tip sheets, online information and much more by both professional staff and Peer Helpers. Developing more advanced learning, writing, research, time management and IT skills will help students to succeed and the Learning Commons has the tools to help make it happen.


From workshops to individual advice to online information, Learning Services helps first-year students learn more effectively, study more strategically, and work less stressfully. A team of staff professionals and senior students address a wide array of university-level academic skills including time management, exam preparation, group work, and reading academic textbooks.


Living-Learning Centre; refers to close-knit residence communities comprised of students with similar interests (Arts House, International House, La Maison Française, Innovation House, Design House, Leadership House and Eco-House).


A program facilitated by the CSA that is dedicated to empowering students to solve the hunger problem in our community. Students donate points from their meal cards to contribute to food and supply purchases that in turn are donated to community organizations such as food banks, drop-in centres, shelters and emergency pantries.


The Multi-Faith Resource Team is a team of representatives from different faiths, all working together to meet the religious and spiritual needs of the University community by promoting friendliness, religious understanding, harmony in diversity, and spiritual growth on campus.


The Ontario Agriculture College offers both associate diploma and degree programs focused on agricultural areas of study in Guelph and other regional campuses.


Off-Campus Living offers commuter services through the Information Desk in the UC, tenant resources and advising, lease reviews, rental listings at, Move Out Madness, and events about off-campus living.


Off Campus University Students is a club for students who do not live in residence. They have a lounge in the basement of the University Centre and provide many ways to get involved and meet new people.



The Office of Intercultural Affairs offers a variety of student services for Aboriginal, international, students of various faiths, and students from racially diverse backgrounds. OIA may assist with arranging transportation to Guelph, health insurance, finances, personal and academic counselling, housing, and a variety of family focused services.


A senior student who represents the concerns of undergraduates to Hospitality Services.


An independent student newspaper published weekly (Thursdays).


The Ontario Public Interest Research Group — Guelph is a volunteer non-profit organization that focuses on social, political, economic and environmental issues of public concern. Funded by undergraduate and graduate students and a member of a network of eleven such groups on university campuses throughout the province.


The Office of Registrarial Services is responsible for everything related to being registered as a student including financial assistance, registering for courses, student ID cards, class and final exam scheduling, and transcripts. Located on the 3rd floor of the University Centre.


A campus volunteer organization that provides anonymous and confidential information and support pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity.


The Ontario Veterinary College was established in 1862 as the first college in Canada to offer courses in veterinary medicine. The college, originally affiliated with the University of Toronto, was moved to Guelph in 1922. OVC is located at the corner of College Avenue and Gordon Street and is home to a branch of the University library as well as the following departments: Biomedical Science, Clinical Studies, Pathology, and Population Medicine.


Unlike most other “halls” on campus, Peter Clark Hall is not a building in-and- of itself. It is located in the basement of the University Centre (“the UC”) and is a facility for concerts, speakers and other gatherings.

Peer Helpers

The Peer Helper Program provides students opportunities to develop communication, leadership, problem-solving and other valuable transferrable skills by serving as Peer Helpers - students helping students - in more than 25 units/departments across campus. This program was approved by Senate as an official University of Guelph experiential learning program, which appears on Peer Helpers’ academic transcript.


Builds, operates and maintains the physical infrastructure of the University, including new buildings, renovations, maintenance, custodial work and grounds.


PJs Restaurant in the Atrium is a restaurant on-campus that also offers a venue for HAFA Restaurants, delivered by upper year HAFA Majors in the B.Comm. program.


A food service outlet offering a wide variety of hot and cold beverages, Pizza Pizza, salad bar, grill, made-to-order deli counter, snack foods and more. Open late; meal card accepted.


This Policy sets out the University’s expectations regarding student conduct as members of the University of Guelph community.


Located on Johnston Green near Mills Hall, the Portico was the original entrance to the former Ontario Agricultural Building (now Johnston Hall). Also the name of the Alumni Association’s magazine.


This is an old stone house (built in 1882) that is located at the north end of campus. Many U of G Presidents have resided here, though it is currently used for special events.


In this role, Dr. Franco J. Vaccarino acts as the senior academic and administrative officer of the University.


A computer system that provides access to the library’s resources and to a wide range of external information sources from both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.


Experts who advise students on degree program requirements, regulations and procedures (e.g. course selection, academic consideration) and assist in academic problem-solving and long-term planning.


The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is the chief academic officer of the institution and the principal advisor to the President on all academic affairs, serving as the highest ranking officer after the President and the Acting President in the President’s absence.

RAITHBY HOUSE (ray-th-bee)

This little stone cottage located next to the cannon is a well-known historical campus landmark. It is also the home of the Student Support Network, Student Volunteer Connections, and the Multi-Faith Resource Team.


Significant changes to student fees (not tuition) are typically put to a referendum late in the winter semester where all students who are members of the group that would be affected have a chance to vote on the proposed change. Previous referendum questions have led to the adoption/ratification of the student dental and health insurance plans, the bus pass, and financial support for many student groups and campus services.


The University of Guelph-Humber is a collaborative project with Humber College where students receive both an honours degree and a diploma after four years of full-time study in Toronto. In addition, U of G’s Ontario Agriculture College has a network of campuses and research stations throughout the province. Courses are offered in English at Kemptville and Ridgetown, and in French at Collège d’Alfred.


There are three staffed service desks for students are living in residence (located one each in North, East and South areas). Among its many functions, it offers spare keys, irons, mail sorting, vacuums, maintenance and custodial work orders, and receives noise complaints. North and South are open 24 hours a day; East Desk is open until midnight).


This document clearly outline the standards of appropriate conduct expected within our residence communities and serve as guidelines to the creation of a residence community where residents can live and learn in a conducive atmosphere.


More than 150 part-time student staff members (e.g., RAs) who live in residence and offer information, support, community development and assist in protecting personal safety. Each residence hall also has a Residence Life Manager, a full-time professional staff person who lives on campus and oversees activities within their building(s) as well as acting as a frontline support for problems and concerns.


Residences are student’s homes on campus. The University of Guelph was recently ranked # 1 in campus student housing among our Canadian university comparators (Globe and Mail, October 25, 2011).


Rozanski Hall consists of four lecture halls (600, 400, 200 and 120 seats) and five classrooms (60, 40 and three 30 seats) and is located in the centre of campus, opposite the Bullring.


The Student Athlete Mentorship Program enhances the academic performance of student- athletes by providing resources and assistance tailored to their unique needs. The program content is delivered by Student Athlete Mentors, who are upper year, academically successful student-athletes trained in learning strategies and referral processes. Study sessions take place in the Library.


Student Accessibility Services offers services for students who are visually or hearing impaired, have a learning disability, and/or either a temporary or permanent physical disability.


Student Executive Council is made up of representatives from each college government, the Graduate Student Association, the Central Student Association, Student Senate Caucus, and Interhall Council.


This is the highest decision-making body on campus for all academic matters and works in tandem with the Board of Governors.


A course instructor who usually does not conduct research, is not tenure-track (but rather on contract) and in many cases is an expert working in a professional setting beyond the university. Lecturing is thus usually a part-time job for them.


The Student Help and Advocacy Centre is a student run advocacy and referral centre with resources to assist with the following topics: academic, financial, housing/tenancy, human rights, legal, university processes, etc.

SHS (Residence)

Student Housing Services is a Student Affairs department that deals with all issues related to living on campus, including residence, family housing and graduate housing.

SHS (Medical)

Student Health Services is a medical clinic that functions as the personal family physician for students and their families. It is located in the J.T. Powell Building and offers female and male physicians, a psychiatrist, nurses, dieticians, and a wellness educator.


Supported Learning Groups are coordinated by the Learning Commons and are available for a variety of challenging first and second year courses. Weekly sessions are facilitated by successful upper year students who provide different study strategies and encourage students to work together to solve problems. Details are announced in courses during the first couple weeks of classes.


The Student Nutrition Awareness Program is sponsored by Hospitality Services to make nutritional information about the food served on campus available for students in order to encourage informed choices.


The Student Transition Office offers two support programs for first year students: Start on Track in the fall semester and Bounce Back in the winter semester. Using a peer-support model, these programs provide ongoing, one-on-one assistance to empower students to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to address and overcome various transition challenges of living and learning at university.


Local 4120 of the Steelworkers union represents administrative and technical support staff on campus.


A “directorate” or division of the University that includes part of Athletics; Child Care & Learning Centre; Co-operative Education & Career Services; Student Wellness; Student Housing Services; Student Experience; Student Accessibility Services. The Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs) is a part of the senior administration of the University.


At first glance, the thought of financing a university education might be overwhelming. SFS provides students with the best possible financial service and counselling in support of their educational goals. Services include information on tuition, fees, payments, scholarships to reward academic achievement, bursaries for students with financial need, OSAP Ontario, out-of- province government loans & grants, US student loans, on-campus work opportunities through the Work Study, and financial aid counselling.


These health programs are negotiated with a private insurance company by the Central Student Association on behalf of all undergraduates. Students who have proof of other coverage may opt out of the dental plan in early September, but not out of the health plan. Although fees for these programs are collected with tuition and other fees, the University is not generally involved in the coverage provided. An office does exist in the University Centre to help students maximize their access to these services.


A peer-support program that provides immediate, confidential, non-judgmental listening and support, information and referrals for students struggling with academic or personal difficulties. Service is provided in person on a drop-in basis between noon and 10pm, Monday through Friday, in Raithby House.


A CSA service offered almost every Sunday night in War Memorial Hall (or occasionally in Thornbrough) featuring recent Hollywood blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films for only $3.


Offered by Counselling Services, many groups are available covering topics such as assertiveness training, bereavement, depression, mindfulness, anxiety, eating disorders & body image, coming out issues, relationships, self-esteem, survivors of sexual assault, men’s issues, and women of colour.


Student Volunteer Connections provides assistance for students who seek volunteer opportunities on campus and in the City of Guelph community.



Teaching Assistants (and Graduate Teaching Assistants) are typically graduate students (either Masters or PhD) who facilitate seminars, grade assignments and exams, occasionally deliver lectures and offer other support to faculty members, especially in larger classes.


This is allowing someone to follow you into a residence building who does not have a key and is often a way that those who are up to mischief or do not belong in the building gain access. Tailgating is a serious problem for residence security.


Officially known as the Brass Taps, this bar/lounge is located on the second floor of the University Centre. It is famous for its weekly Tuesday Night Trivia. Alumni still call it by its original name, “The Keg”.


The Undergraduate Academic Information Centre offers general academic information to students and, provides referrals to specialized advising resources, as appropriate. Information is provided by Peer Helpers and other student staff in person, by phone, or by email. Resources are also available on the UAIC website.


The University Centre is the home of many student clubs, administrative offices and services for students. It also includes a food court (Centre Six), ATMs, a campus pub, the Information Desk, lounge space, a dentist and much more.


University of Guelph Ambassadors are student volunteers that assist Admission Services at liaison events for visiting prospective students, such as Fall Preview Day and Campus Days.


The War Memorial Hall was built in June of 1924 from Georgetown limestone. Students forced administration’s hand in choosing the hall’s location by cutting down a stand of Norway spruce and digging the foundation one night. It was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of OAC and to honour students who had enlisted and died in the First World War.


WebAdvisor provides access to the following services for students and faculty: Course registration, class/exam schedules, billing, account summary, payments, application status, and documents received/required. The Tutorial is a great place to start if you are new to WebAdvisor.


This is the educational arm of Student Health Services and is also a Peer Helper Program unit on campus. The Wellness Education Centre offers information and workshops covering a wide range of topics, including mental health, self-esteem, sexuality, substance abuse, body image, healthy eating and much more; located on the second floor of the JT Powell Building (above Student Health Services).


The name of a red brick high-traffic walkway that runs through the centre of campus and extends from College Avenue at the north end of campus to South Ring Road at the south end of campus.


An on-campus part-time job program to assist students with financial need meet their educational costs by working part-time during the study year.


The Writing Services team supports University of Guelph students of all levels in becoming stronger, more confident writers. This in-demand service provides free, confidential, individual, and group writing appointments to help improve writing. Writing appointments can be pre-booked, or students can drop in for same-day writing appointments.

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