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FROSH FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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FAQ

  • How do I register?
    Tickets open in July! We strongly encourage you to purchase early as spots fill up quickly! Remember that your spot is not guaranteed until your payment has been processed so please be sure to check @FCSSONLINE Instagram for when payment of the All-in pass opens.
  • When is my Academic Orientation and when is Frosh Week?
    The Mandatory FCS Academic Orientation is occurring Tuesday, August 27, 2024, in the morning, with a smooth transition into the FCSS Frosh Week at noon. Our advice is to block off the following dates, as you do not want to miss out on all the exciting activities we have in store for our tenth annual frosh, which is our Orientation Week: (Full Day) Tuesday, August 27, (Full Day) Wednesday, August 28, (Full Day) Thursday, August 29, and (Full Day) Friday, August 30.
  • Why should I do Frosh?
    Frosh week is an invaluable start to your Toronto Met experience, and it will be one of the main ways to meet fellow Community Services students and make lasting connections. Whether the students be study buddies or lifelong friends, the relationships you make at Frosh can help you get the most out of your time at Toronto Met. You won’t want to miss out on the memories and friendships that Frosh Week creates! I am a mature student why should I do frosh? Over half of our students entering first year are above the age of 21. Our events and activities our planned to ensure a wide audience in mind.
  • What kind of activities does Frosh have?
    Frosh activities varies from year to year. Frosh will consist of a variety of exciting interactive events and bonding activities. Students will be led through all Frosh activities by their Frosh Leaders. Events will include a Toronto crawl and scavenger hunt, concerts, club/services fair, dance clubs (ages 17+), splash party, yoga by the docks, beach BBQ, island day, and a boat cruise! During the four days, froshies will interact with smaller groups of their fellow Community Services peers and meet froshies from other faculties.
  • What is the FCSS?
    The FCSS, also known as the "Faculty of Community Services Society '' is Canada's largest Community Services faculty student society. We are a democratic student-led activity government within the Faculty. We focus on sustaining and maintaining the student experience under our four pillars of Unity, Mental Health, Professional Development, and Academic Advocacy. Did your secondary school have a student council or student activity council? We are similar in concept but for over 6,000+ undergraduate students and for real change. We can change and vastly improve the spaces we as students move, study, socialize and work in through events, initiatives, and new infrastructure. The FCSS has an at-large first-year director position open and operates many committees and councils you can get involved with as a first-year; applications roll out very soon. Make sure to follow us on Instagram to stay in the know @fcssonline.
  • Who are Frosh Coordinators?
    A team of 6 Frosh Coordinators (upper-year students) spent the winter semester and summer organizing the four-day event, with responsibilities such as funding Frosh through sponsorships, booking venues, coming up with the theme, and hiring Frosh Leaders. During the week, they will wear tie-dye lab coats (Coats). If you ever need help before or during Frosh, contact a coordinator, who will try their best to assist you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or say hi! This Frosh committee is hired by and overseen by the Executive Director of the Faculty of Community Services Society (FCSS). If you’d like to be involved in the Community Services faculty or Toronto Met community and possibly be interested in Frosh next year, check out more opportunities at the FCSS fcs.society.ca
  • How do I sign up for Frosh? Is it necessary to register?
    YES! Registration is required to participate in Frosh. Links to registration and All-in Pass purchases are located in the menu tab at Frosh Pass or through our Instagram. Keep an eye on this site or our social media channels to stay informed about upcoming Frosh news.
  • I provided incorrect information on my Frosh signup form online, how do I go about correcting it?
    Send an email to the Frosh Week staff at fcssociety@torontomu.ca Note: if any information on your form turns out to be false (ie. your age), you will not be allowed to participate in Frosh.
  • I’m from Toronto, should I still do Frosh?
    We highly encourage all incoming Community Services students to participate in FCSS Frosh! It is a great way to make friends in the Community Services faculty and get acquainted with upper-year mentors (Frosh Leaders) and the Toronto Met campus. Even if students have lived in Toronto their entire lives, we guarantee Frosh will show them something they have yet to see and will allow them to meet many people new to Toronto!
  • Why does FCSS Frosh cost money?
    Frosh costs money for events the student society cannot fund due to many different factors. Here are them listed below: University Policy: FCSS has to follow the university policy when it comes to events involving trips from campus. Events outside of the main campus area of the university must be a ticketed event. Budget of the FCSS: FCSS is subsidizing frosh to a certain extent. If the FCSS funded the entire frosh week to be 'free' we would nearly use our entire budget for the year. That would be taking away from all of our other amazing events, initiatives, priority projects, support for our student clubs, support for you our students, and sending students to compete at competitions.
  • I can’t make all of Frosh, can I only pay for certain events?
    No, unfortunately, it is not logistically possible for us to let students pay per event or per day.
  • Can I arrive late to events?
    Our organized bonding activities will require you to be there on time and present for the entire event. Your Frosh leaders and the schedule will keep you informed on which events these are. Transit delays do happen a lot in Toronto so please message your leader if any delays are occuring.
  • Are any Frosh events mandatory?
    The only mandatory part of Frosh is to set up and register your Frosh account. Frosh itself operates on an opt-in system, so you can choose which events you want to go to! Just ensure that you communicate with your Frosh leaders for safety. However, we do highly encourage attending as many events as possible!
  • Can upper year students attend frosh?
    Only a select amount of upper year programs may come out to frosh. These programs include: Direct Entry students entering their first year onto TMU Campus. Advanced standing students entering their first year onto TMU Campus. Collaborative Nursing students entering their first year onto TMU Campus (year one and year three from GBC and CC are more than welcome). Collaborative ECS students from GBC entering their first year onto TMU Campus. PLAD/PLAB students entering their first year onto TMU Campus. SOPHe Fast track students entering their first year onto TMU Campus. Upper year students not listed on this list are more than welcome to volunteer as a frosh leader, and or wait for Week of Welcome activities to help integrate you back onto campus.
  • What is the drinking age and what if I am not of age?
    The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19. Frosh is about the events and activities, not about drinking alcohol. All FCSS events and activities are considered dry. Underage students find their Frosh experience mostly stays the same with age, and they still have a fantastic time! More information on which your leaders and the schedule will provide events, and you can purchase alcohol at a cash bar.
  • Is there alcohol present at Frosh?
    Community Services Frosh does acknowledge that many incoming students will be of legal drinking age. While Frosh is mainly made up of social events, please remember that it does not entail the consumption of alcohol or other substances, and only a select few events will of age students be able to purchase alcohol.
  • Aren't Dance Clubs in Toronto 19+? So why am I paying for that?
    The FCSS has received special permission to allow all ages 17+ to attend the Dance Club venues we are going to. Students who are 19+ will receive a wristband to distinguish between of legal-age and not of age.
  • If I’m underage during Frosh (or for part of it) is it still worth it?
    Yes! The FCSS FOSC strives to make every effort to ensure everyone is included. Frosh is about events and activities; the tickets do not cover alcohol, and our events are not centred around alcohol. Underage students find their age hardly changes their Frosh experience, and they still have a blast!
  • If I choose to drink, how can I consume alcohol in a safe way?
    Students who decide to consume alcohol during Frosh Week should be aware that alcohol affects different people differently. Here are a few tips to make sure Frosh stays a safe and fun environment for all: Count your drinks: It takes one hour to metabolize a glass (12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor). Just because the alcohol doesn’t hit you immediately doesn’t mean it isn’t there! Inform a friend: Make sure you consume alcohol with people you feel safe and comfortable around. It’s best to stick with your Frosh Group! Your Leaders are a great resource if you think you have consumed too much or are unsure if you have finished too much. Don’t drink on an empty stomach: Eating before drinking decreases the absorption rate of alcohol. Alcohol affects people differently: Alcohol tends to substantially affect females more than males due to females’ lower levels of alcohol dehydrogenase. This enzyme aids in the metabolism of alcohol. Additionally, your body’s water content plays a role in how your body metabolizes alcohol, which is why frequently when a male and a female are the same weight, the man will have a higher tolerance. Nicotine: Smoking slows the emptying of your stomach, delaying alcohol absorption. Just because you don’t feel the alcohol immediately doesn’t mean you won’t later! Tylenol: Alcohol and Tylenol separately can already cause liver failure. When Alcohol and Tylenol are taken together during the consumption of alcohol or before can increase the risk of liver failure even more. Benadryl: Mixing an antihistamine with alcohol will cause an increase in drowsiness.
  • What should I have with me while attending Frosh events?
    You must wear your Frosh shirt and bracelet to access events. For every in-person event, wear your frosh t-shirt and wristband. You should bring your keys, wallet, government ID, Student ID, sunscreen, bug spray, reusable water bottle, a charged phone, phone charger, and running shoes. The Welcome Booklet will provide more details on what to bring, and your leaders will also provide reminders throughout Frosh!
  • How will I get my Frosh Kit?
    Once you’ve registered and paid, The FCSS FOSC will send all pass holders a Welcome Booklet containing important information about Frosh will be sent to you by email. You can pick up your kit and bracelet at the registration table on the first day of Frosh, August 26-27th.
  • What is Consent?
    Consent is an informed and uninhibited agreement from all participating and affected parties regarding an action or activity. Consent is continuous, meaning it can be revoked for any reason. It can be recognized by the presence of an enthusiastic “yes” and not by the absence of a “no”. This applies to all circumstances and situations during Frosh, including sexual acts, photo sharing, and alcohol consumption. Consent from all involved and affected members is required for all actions people choose to take. Consent can never be assumed and can never be given if a person is incapacitated by alcohol and drugs or unconscious. All Frosh participants are required to take a virtual course about consent made. Consent Comes First on D2L. This ensures that the meaning of consent is unambiguous and unanimous among all Frosh participants. Many (notably, but not exclusively, sexual) acts committed without consent in the context of Frosh are eligible for consequences imposed by respective Frosh Committees and the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • How does Consent translate to an online setting?
    Specifically, if a person were to share a photo or video of other people, it is crucial that everyone in the image or video has agreed to have it be shared and where. Someone unreachable online (asleep due to time zones, not logged in, unable to access a strong internet connection) cannot provide consent. This person is also unable to ask for or receive authorization. It is important to remember that consent is never implied, especially in an online context where socializing can often leave more implications than in an in-person setting.
  • What is Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault?
    Sexual violence is an umbrella term that encapsulates two behaviours; sexual harassment and sexual assault. Sexual harassment is any form of unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual acts, and verbal sexual aggressions. This includes harassment online or in person. Examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to, unwelcome sexual teasing, jokes, remarks, questions, or suggestive signals. Sexual assault is any act of a sexual nature that the done without unambiguous and enthusiastic consent. Sexual harassment becomes sexual assault when physical contact is made. Any gender can commit both sexual assault and harassment. If you or someone you know is affected by sexual assault or harassment during Frosh, please do not hesitate to contact the Inclusivity Coordinator. They will explain the various courses of action available, offer on and off-campus resources and support, and provide confidential, non-judgmental, and pro-survivor support. Regardless of the nature of the sexual act or type of harassment, if the incident made you uncomfortable, we encourage you to contact the Inclusivity Coordinator immediately. Unless there is imminent danger, your disclosure will remain completely confidential. Please note: you do not have to contact the Inclusivity Coordinator directly; leaders and other coordinators are all prepared and trained to receive and help with such information.
  • I have mental health challenges, how could Frosh affect that?
    Frosh is an exciting week full of new experiences and meeting tons of other incoming students. But just as much as it is exciting, it can also be mentally taxing and stress-inducing. Students are encouraged to speak up when they are struggling with their mental health challenges. Toronto Met has a number of resources available to students during Orientation Week that serves this purpose: Student Health Assistance & Resilience Peer Program: https://www.torontomu.ca/student-wellbeing/sharp/ Access Allies: Frosh Leaders with additional and more specific training that makes them well-equipped to refer Frosh participants to the correct services for a variety of mental or physical challenges. They will be identifiably distinct from other leaders during Frosh and you may contact any access ally from any group. TMU Student Counselling: https://www.torontomu.ca/student-wellbeing/counselling/ ThriveTMU - Resources https://www.torontomu.ca/thriveru/ Hard Feelings TO (Short-term Counselling). Hard Feelings | Hard Feelings
  • I have another issue that the Frosh Coordinators should know about, how can I tell them?
    Please remember that we will be better equipped to help you if you tell us of any potential issues before Frosh begins. You are also welcome to contact any Frosh Coordinator to share any problems during the event. Please do not worry about approaching us; we are here to ensure your safety and fun at Frosh! Issues with the Frosh Leaders: Please fill out the anonymous problem form during the week, so we can provide solutions to increase your and your peer's enjoyment of the week.
  • During Frosh, where can I receive extra support for my accessibility challenges?
    Student Frosh Leaders help you every step of the way during Frosh. Always feel free to contact your Leaders if you require extra assistance at any point during the week. Additionally, there will be one Access Ally leader per group, who will receive additional accessibility and mental health training. The Community Services Inclusivity Coordinator will be present during Frosh to ensure all accessibility concerns are addressed and students receive adequate support. This Coordinator’s phone number will be accessible once you sign up for Frosh. You may also fill out our accessibility form to express your concerns.
  • Refund Policy
    Unfortunately, refunds are not possible due to the sizing of items, merchandise, and personally led experiences.

 We are building community in:

  1. Urban and Regional Planning
  2. Social Work
  3. Public Health and Safety
4. Midwifery Education Program
5. Early Childhood Studies​
6. Nursing
7. Child and Youth Care 
8. Nutritional and Food
9. Occupational Health and Safety

These majors together makeup the Faculty of Community Services which is a professional based health and community care faculty.

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