Why Complete this Survey?

The cost of textbooks and other required resources poses significant financial barriers to university students within the academic year. The University Affairs Department of the Wilfrid Laurier Students’ Union, in partnership with the Wilfrid Laurier Bookstore, and in consultation with the Laurier Library, is interested in understanding the potential impact of these types of educational resources on students at Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

Specifically, the COVID-19 Pandemic has greatly changed many aspects of course delivery in post-secondary education. The results of this survey could be used to assess the use of affordable resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implications of the use of these resources for the future.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to complete this brief survey to inform our advocacy efforts regarding affordable educational resources.

Is the Survey Confidential?

Yes. The information of participants who complete this survey will be collected confidentially. Participants will not be asked for their name, student number, or information regarding their financial status. You will be asked to provide your year of study, as well as your faculty, although this information is not mandatory.

Are there any Risks to Completing the Survey?

There are no known risks to participating in this study. Under no circumstance are participants required to complete the survey in its entirety. Participants are free to discontinue the survey at any time. The information collected by participants who do not complete the survey in its entirety will be discarded. Once you have submitted the survey, the data cannot be withdrawn as the survey is anonymous.

How will my Survey Responses be Used?

Any information provided by participants will be used to help inform advocacy efforts in regards to making academic resources more affordable for students. Quotes provided by participants in this study may be used in future studies or presentations but will be quoted anonymously.

How Can I Enter to Win a Prize?

Participants who complete this study are eligible for a $100 Laurier Bookstore gift card provided by the University Affairs Department in partnership with the Wilfrid Laurier Bookstore. Participants who wish to be entered in the prize draw will be prompted to a new page where they will be asked for their @mylaurier email, name and phone number. On the new page, participants will be asked for their contact information including their name, phone number, and email. 

All contact information will be destroyed once the winner of the draw is selected. The winner will be determined by random draw and will be notified through email by October 30th, 2020.

Who Can I Contact for More Information?

For more information about this survey, please contact:

Brook Snider, Associate Vice President: University Affairs (Brantford); or

Owen Bourrie, Associate Vice President: University Affairs (Waterloo)

This survey will be open from October 5th - 26th
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