Post-Strike Information - FAQ for Students

To help students navigate modified Fall and Winter Terms, we will continue updating this website with information and answers to commonly asked questions - even if that answer is, "we don't know yet."

General information

How will I receive updates now that the strike is over?
This website will continue to be updated with any new developments. Important updates affecting students will be communicated to you directly in all-student emails from Vice-Provost (Students), Susan Gottheil. Please pay close attention to all future communications from the University on this matter.

I am feeling overwhelmed, where can I get support?
We recognize that the labour disruption has created uncertainty in the lives of many students. If you are experiencing heightened levels of distress, please visit the strike supports for students page for sources of support.

NEW (Dec. 22) Is the University covering the cost of bus passes for students returning for Fall Term classes in January?
Yes, the University will be covering the cost to extend the Fall Student U-Passes for students with strike-affected classes. An email from UMSU will be sent directly to all eligible students with instructions on how to obtain their January bus passes.

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Your classes

(Dec 5): Can I appeal my fees for a strike-affected course I had to VW from?
If you have withdrawn from a strike-affected course, you may appeal for a credit of the tuition fees associated with the affected course(s) using the Fee Appeal Due to Faculty Strike form. You must have support of the dean of the teaching faculty and supporting documentation, and must have withdrawn from the course(s) after November 1, 2016. This appeal is distinct from the general fee appeal procedure. The form is available here.

What happens to mid-term exams or papers that were handed in to be marked prior to the strike?
It is anticipated that mid-term exams written prior to the strike and papers handed in prior to the strike will be graded and returned now that the strike is over.

When will the Fall Term end?
For classes that continued during the strike, the Fall Term will end on December 9. Classes that were affected by the strike and resumed on November 22 will continue until December 22, will break for the holiday closure period, and then resume January 3 to January 6.

How will the December exam period be affected?
Final examinations for classes that continued during the strike will proceed December 12-22. Some exams have been rescheduled from the original date. Please see the updated exam schedule in Aurora through MyExams for any updates. For courses that were affected by the strike, exams will be held January 9-17.

(Dec. 5): Where can I find the January exam schedule for Fall Term exams that were affected by the strike?
The January exam schedule for Fall Term exams that were affected by the strike is now posted on the Registrar’s Office website. Please note that January exams will not appear on your MyExams schedule until early January after December exams are completed.

What is happening with the holiday break?
The University will be closed December 23 - January 2 as originally scheduled.

I have booked travel based on the original academic schedule. What accommodation will be made for this situation?
We expect that instructors will be sympathetic and that alternative arrangements can be made to ensure students can make up course work or write deferred exams so that travel booked before the strike, with appropriate documentation, won't be interrupted. This should be discussed with the course instructor(s) or academic advisor in your faculty, school or college.

What happens if I have an exam for a continuing course at the same time as a lecture for a course resuming post-strike?
In the event of a timetabling conflict, alternative arrangements may be sought in consultation with your faculty, college or school office.

How will the start of Winter Term be affected?
All classes, including those that span Fall and Winter Terms, will begin for Winter Term on January 18. Please see the revised academic schedule here.

Will Winter Term Break (Reading Week) be affected by the strike?
No, Winter Term Break (Reading Week) will proceed as originally scheduled, on February 21-24.

UPDATED (Nov. 25) What is the Voluntary Withdrawal (VW) deadline for my course?
For classes that continued during the strike and classes that resumed before November 15, the VW deadline is December 1. For classes that resumed on or after November 15, the VW deadline is December 7.

If I Voluntary Withdraw (VW) from a Fall 2016 term course, will I be subject to Limited Access if I wish to take the course again?
Due to the UMFA Strike, Senate has decided to delay the implementation of the Limited Access Policy until Winter Term 2018. This means that if you VW or complete a course in Fall 2016 and wish to retake it, you will not be subject to Limited Access. You may register to retake the course on your registration day subject to space availability. Students who are concerned about the need to repeat courses should consult with an academic advisor in their faculty, school, college or the University 1 First Year Centre to discuss academic implications.

How does the strike affect my co-op program or practicum placement?
Please contact your program co-ordinator.

When is the first day of classes that were on hold due to the strike?
As of Tuesday, November 22, classes are resuming at their usual time and day.

Will spring convocation be affected?
No, spring convocation will be held as originally scheduled.

NEW (Nov. 25) Is a final exam required in the January examination period for my strike-interrupted classes?
Yes, if your strike-interrupted Fall Term course had a final exam scheduled in your course outline. Senate extended the Fall Term dates to ensure students have an adequate opportunity to complete the Fall Term course material and prepare for a final exam. Students have the option of applying for a deferred exam.

NEW (Nov. 25) Do instructors need to adhere to the new schedule passed by Senate?
Yes. However, there may be circumstances that make it impractical to follow the previously prescribed course schedule. In such cases, the Dean may approve changes to the course schedule. If in doubt, check with your Faculty, College, School or Program office.

NEW (Nov. 25) What if I was due to complete my program in December, have a job offer, or I am moving to another program or school?
Students intending to graduate following the completion of studies in December, and for whom extending the term creates undue hardship (for example, students who have job offers or positions requiring certification prior to the completion of the extended Fall Term; students who intend to move to another program or school, etc.), can request by written application to the Dean, Director or Department Head, as appropriate alternative arrangements for final evaluation of performance in Fall Term courses, practica or theses.

NEW (Nov. 25) What do I do if my instructor’s alternative arrangements don’t work for me?
If the alternative arrangements worked out with the class do not work for you, contact your Faculty, College, School or Program office.

NEW (Nov. 25) Can my instructor reschedule my strike-interrupted class to finish by the original end of class date of December 9?
No. When Senate altered the schedule for the strike-interrupted Fall Term it was doing so to ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete all course material. January 6, 2017 is the confirmed date for the end of all classes interrupted by the strike and the examination period for all strike interrupted classes is January 9 to January 17, 2017.
 
NEW (Nov. 25) Can my instructor require that I come to campus over the Holiday Break (December 23, 2016-January 2, 2017) to access materials?
No.
 
NEW (Nov. 25) Can my instructor reschedule the final exam for my strike-interrupted class outside of the revised examination period for strike-interrupted classes (January 9 to 17)?
No. When Senate altered the schedule for the strike-interrupted Fall Term it was doing so to ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete all course material. January 6, 2017 is the confirmed date for the end of classes interrupted by the strike and the examination period for strike interrupted classes is January 9 to January 17, 2017.
 
NEW (Nov. 25) I am expecting to graduate in February. How will the strike affect my graduation?
There will be two graduations for undergraduate programs in February. For students who complete all requirements according to the schedule for continuing classes (final grades submitted by January 9), graduates will be presented for approval at the Senate meeting of February 1, 2017. For students who complete all requirements according to the modified schedule for strike-interrupted classes (final grades submitted by January 23), your graduation will be presented for approval in mid-February. Graduating students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies should refer to the Graduate Student FAQ.

(Nov. 28) What is the final grade appeal deadline for Fall Term 2016 courses?
The final grade appeal deadline for all Fall Term 2016 courses has been extended to February 7, 2017.

NEW (Dec. 12) Will Libraries be open extended hours to accommodate students studying for January exams?
Yes, the Elizabeth Dafoe Library will be open during the holiday closure. Please visit this page for hours.

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Financial information

(Dec. 1) When are Winter Term tuition fees due?
February 15.

(Nov. 30) I am experiencing unexpected financial hardship as a result of the strike. Are there any additional financial supports available to me?
Additional supports in the form of emergency loans and general bursaries are available. Students should fill out and submit Emergency Student Assistance Application Forms to the Financial Aid and Awards office or to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for review.

How does the strike affect me financially (i.e. tuition, refunds and scholarships)?
The University will provide students with a reasonable opportunity to complete all courses. Awards (scholarships, bursaries and prizes) will not be affected. Students will continue to receive their government student aid, as long as they do not reduce their credit hours below what was reported to their provincial loan agency. Given this, students should consult with an Academic Advisor prior to withdrawing from classes.

Can I be refunded for my parking pass?
Yes, you can cancel your parking permit at any time. Parking Services issues refunds for the remaining months left in the academic year, so if you were to cancel your permit now, you would receive a refund from December to April. Cancellation forms can be picked up at the Welcome Centre.

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Online or distance courses

How has the strike affected off-site, monitored exams for online and distance courses?
Remote or off-campus distance and online education exams for strike affected courses only will be rescheduled. Exams for continuing courses will take place as previously scheduled.

Registration for online and distance Winter/Summer term spanning courses was scheduled to start on November 21 - what is happening now?
Registration for online and distance Winter/Summer term spanning courses did not begin on November 21, and has been rescheduled for December 8, 2016. As this date nears, a reminder email will be sent to students.

NEW (Nov. 25) What if I am a student enrolled in online or distance courses and need alternative arrangements for exam scheduling or other course considerations?
Students taking online or distance courses whose terms have been impacted by the interruption in classes can, upon written application, seek alternative arrangements. Please contact de_info@umanitoba.ca and provide the pertinent information for consideration.

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Graduate students

I'd like to study at the University of Manitoba - can I still apply for admission?
Yes. You can still apply for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

NEW (Nov. 25) I am a graduate student and am intending to graduate in February. What are the deadlines for applying to graduate?
In recognition of the possibility that students may have been delayed in defending theses or completing degree requirements as a result of the strike, two winter graduation deadlines have been put into place.
 
Students who have completed all degree requirements by the original date of January 4, 2017 will be presented for approval for graduation at the Senate meeting of February 1, 2017.  For these students, January 4, 2017, is the last date for receipt by the Faculty of Graduate Studies of theses/practica and reports on theses/practica, comprehensive examinations, and project reports from students (it is the student’s responsibility to ensure these requirements are met), and lists of potential graduands from departments.
 
Students who complete all degree requirements by February 6, 2017 will be presented for approval for graduation in late February or early March, 2017. For these students, February 6, 2017, is the last date for receipt by the Faculty of Graduate Studies of theses/practica and reports on theses/practica, comprehensive examinations, and project reports from students (it is the student’s responsibility to ensure these requirements are met), and lists of potential graduands from departments. 
 
NEW (Nov. 25) Are graduate students intending to graduate in February required to register?
Students who meet either the January 4, 2017, or February 6, 2017, deadline dates for graduation will not be required to register for the Winter Term.

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Exchange students

I'm on an international exchange. How does the strike affect me?
There will be no impact on students during their time away from campus on an international exchange. If you are returning to campus from an international exchange, please note classes will begin for Winter Term on January 18.

I'm attending the U of M on an exchange. How does the strike affect me?
If you are nearing your exchange term end and have any questions, for Asper students contact asper.exchange@umanitoba.ca, for all other exchange students contact student_exchange@umanitoba.ca.

I'm on a Visitor Visa studying in Canada for six months or less. How does the strike affect my status in Canada if I need to stay longer to complete my courses?
Please contact your U of M Exchange Coordinator.

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Registered international students

Will I be in trouble with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a result of the strike?
No. There are provisions in the IRCC regulations for situations beyond a student's control, such as a strike. Please see an International Student Advisor at the International Centre if you have further questions.

Did the strike affect my study permit?
If you maintained your legal status with IRCC and continued to comply with the terms and conditions of your permits and visas, no. The strike was not considered a scheduled break and you were still considered enrolled as a U of M student.

How does the strike affect the U of M's reporting of my status to IRCC?
The Registrar's Office responded to requests from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to confirm a student's academic/enrolment status based on course or program registration information on the day the request was received. If one or more of your classes was interrupted due to the strike, you were still considered to be registered in the course during the strike period. Graduate Students maintained registration status during the strike period.

What if I am an international or exchange student who has to return home before my Fall Term course is complete?
International and exchange students whose terms have been impacted by the interruption in classes can, upon written application to their Dean, Director or Department Head, seek alternative arrangements for the final evaluation of performance in First Term courses.

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Newly admitted Winter 2017 international students (including Exchange students)

I have been admitted to start classes in January. Should I still book a flight to Canada?
Yes, classes will begin for Winter Term on January 18.

Will the strike affect my study permit?
No. There are provisions in the IRCC regulations for situations beyond a student's control, such as the strike. Please refer to the IRCC website and/or the Visa Office processing your application.

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Admissions

(Nov. 14) What do I do if I want to submit an application for a program that begins in the Fall of 2017 and requires completion of university prerequisite courses (advanced entry) to be eligible?
The application deadlines for the Fall 2017 intake remains the same. Please ensure that you submit your application by the deadlines indicated in each program's Applicant Information Bulletin. Due to the strike we will be adjusting documentation deadlines and other deadlines to accommodate U of M students. Please visit our application page for more information on program requirements and application deadlines.

(Nov. 14) I am a high school student who is interested in applying to the University of Manitoba for the Fall 2017 intake. Will I be affected?
The strike will not affect your application. Please submit your application by the posted application deadline. Please visit our application page for more information on program requirements and application deadlines.

(Nov. 14) What if I have applied to a program that begins in January 2017?
The admissions process for the January 2017 intake is in progress and will continue without delay; classes will begin for Winter Term on January 18.

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New students for Winter Term 2017

(Nov. 21) I'm a new student for Winter 2017 and I have questions about my student loans/scholarship, and the delayed start date for the Winter term - where should I go for answers?
If you have questions about your student loans or scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office directly.

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Student Residences

I am currently living in residence but am only contracted to stay for the Fall term. Am I allowed to stay beyond December into January when my exams are now scheduled?
Yes, Student Residences will honour the revised academic schedule and all students with a first-term only contract will be permitted to stay in residence until 24 hours after their last scheduled exam. Any extension to the current accommodations and/or meal plans for this purpose would be offered at no additional cost. Standard move-out policies apply (see section 1.2 of the Residence Contract for more information). Please note: A first-term only contract requires a previously submitted official withdrawal form. Please contact the Student Residence office for more information.

I am a residence student here for the entire academic year. How do the changes to the academic schedule affect my stay?
All students with a contract for the entire academic year will be permitted to stay in residence for the duration of the Winter term and until 24 hours after their last scheduled exam period. Any extension to the current accommodations and/or meal plans for this purpose would be offered at no additional cost. Standard move-out policies apply (see section 1.2 of the Residence Contract for more information).

Now that my exams are scheduled in January, I do not plan on going home over the holiday break. Can I stay in residence?
Yes, all students wishing to stay over the holiday break may do so at no additional cost. However, all students MUST declare their intention to stay over the break in order to be eligible. An online declaration form will be sent out to all residence students over the next few days. Please complete it and submit it as soon as possible. Further communication will follow in terms of the extent of services available during this period.

I am supposed to move into residence in January. Has the strike affected this and when can I move in?
We started offering residence contracts for Winter term on Monday, November 21 to students that have received prior confirmation of a room reservation. The contract move-in date may be for either January 3, 2017 or the delayed Winter term start date of January 18 – whichever is preferred by the student. We anticipate that additional residence contracts will be offered to other students who have submitted applicationsover the next few weeks. Please continue to check your email as our contingency plans develop.

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