Latest updates and information

May 14, 2020

  • Many student services available online or by phone.
  • The Libraries continue to provide collections and services online
  • Summer Term courses that begin on or after June 1 are now available for review on Aurora. Registration begins at 9 am on May 19 for all students. Students should consult with an academic advisor from home their faculty/college/school if they have questions about course selections. Check the Registrar's Office website for academic schedule dates and financial payment deadlines.
  • Contact an advisor in your home faculty, college or school for help in understanding the policy and scheduling changes, whether they impact your program, and the implications of particular grading decisions on your progress.
  • Medical notes not required if you are feeling ill and unable to meet a course requirement on time. Email an Academic Advisor in your home faculty, college or school to self-declare your illness in advance of the requirement, deadline or assessment.
  • The Sport and Recreation Fee will not be applied to tuition for Summer Term 2020.
  • We will be offering Fall Term 2020 primarily remotely, with the exception of a very small number of courses that require in-person delivery. Please see Classes, scheduling and other academic matters on this page for more information.

May 14, 2:00 p.m. - A message from Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) re: Fall Term, key dates

Dear students,

I hope you are well and enjoying the early days of spring, despite the unusual circumstances we are navigating together.

As many of you know, yesterday we announced the University’s plans for Fall Term. At the forefront of our considerations are the safety and well-being of the UM community, and our ongoing commitment to deliver an educational experience of the highest quality for our students. In keeping with public health and government directives, we will be offering the Fall Term primarily remotely, with the exception of a very small number of courses that require in-person delivery. Students will know in advance of registration which courses will be held in person, so you can make informed course selections.

While we are all disappointed that we will not be together in person in the Fall, please know that we are exploring every avenue to deliver a robust student experience virtually. We are working in collaboration with UMSU, UMGSA, teaching and learning experts, and the faculties to develop plans that promote student learning, engagement and academic success. This includes opportunities to connect with faculty, other students in your courses and programs; counselling, academic advising and career supports; clubs and much more. Stay tuned for further details as our plans evolve!

Here are some key dates to be aware of: 

  • June 15: Registration for Fall and Winter Terms opens for Bannatyne campus programs 
  • July 23: Registration for Fall & Winter Terms opens in Aurora for returning students  
  • September 9: Fall Term classes begin 
  • November 9-13: Fall Break Week
  • December 12-23: Fall Term exam period
  • January 5-15, 2021: critical in-person activities, such as labs, associated with some courses offered remotely from September through December 2020 will take place during this period
  • January 18, 2021: Winter Term 2021 classes begin

We understand that you will have many questions about the Fall Term, and we will do our best to answer those on our webpage here. If you still have questions, please direct those to an academic advisor in your home faculty/college/school. I will continue to keep you updated as decisions are made, including information about residences, access to campus buildings and facilities, textbooks, and more. As decisions are made, your health and safety and your academic success are our top priorities. We will continue to do all that we can to support you in this transition to remote learning; to ensure that you have opportunities to connect in meaningful ways; and to fully engage you in your learning experience. When the time is right and it is safe to do so, we will reopen buildings and resume in-person operations. We are eager to return to campus, as I know you are too!

All my best,

Laurie

Laurie M. Schnarr, MA
Vice-Provost (Students)
Student Affairs
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

May 1, 12:00 p.m. - A message from Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) re: Grading options, registering for Summer Term remote learning, Fall Term, sharing your voice

Dear Students,

We have received much in the way of good news this week as active cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba continue to decrease and some restrictions are lifted. Congratulations – our hard work is making a difference!

Now that exams are finished, many of you are looking ahead to your Summer and Fall Terms. Let me assure you that although campus may be closed right now, your university is open – and will remain open – to fully support your education.

As you know, it was announced several weeks ago that all summer term courses would be offered online – either in the usual Distance Education (DE) format (commencing May 4) or as Remote Learning courses (beginning June 1). I am highly encouraged by the number of students who have already registered to take DE courses – your eagerness to continue your studies inspires us all.

In this communication I have a few updates and reminders to share:

Consider your grading options. Students have four grading options for courses completed in the Winter Term 2020 and courses that spanned both the Fall and Winter Terms 2019-2020:

  1. You can keep your letter grades as they are.
  2. You can keep your letter grade but have it excluded from your GPA.
  3. If you receive a letter grade that you aren’t happy with, you can opt to have a “P” appear on your transcript instead. A number of faculties have created quick reference information to help you understand the different grading options, you can read about those here.
  4. You can voluntarily withdrawal from the course.

You will have until 11:59 pm on May 10, 2020 to decide which grading option is best for you. To make your choice, log into UM Learn and follow the instructions. Courses that have final grades in Aurora will be added to your record overnight, so if your grades aren’t there yet check back again the next day. If you receive a final grade after May 10th you have 10 calendar days to request a change through your home faculty.

Registering for Summer Term Remote Learning Courses. To help students who wish to get ahead in their studies, we will be offering an extensive list of Remote Learning courses for the Summer Term. The complete list of course offerings will be made available on Aurora on May 4. You can register for courses that begin on or after June 1 starting on May 19. (Registration is already open for Summer Term Distance Education courses and Masters/PhD Re-Reg thesis courses.) Check the Registrar’s Office website for more information.

Fall Term. The University of Manitoba is committed to delivering an educational experience of the highest quality and will do so in the Fall semester. We are monitoring Public Health and Provincial government directives and are actively exploring a range of course delivery methods, with the health and safety of our campus community at the forefront of our planning. Further details about modes of course delivery in the Fall will be communicated in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Sharing your voice. The University’s EDI Task Force wants to hear about your experiences with equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at UM. I encourage you to take the time to share your feedback though this survey so we can ensure that UM is a place where all students, staff and faculty feel recognized, valued, respected and treated fairly.

We are regularly updating our new COVID-19 website with dedicated information for students. Please check in often!

Enjoy the break between terms, and be sure to take some time to celebrate your tremendous accomplishments this year. Keep safe everyone.

All my best,

Laurie Schnarr

Laurie Schnarr MA
Vice-Provost (Students)
Student Affairs
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Personal support

Nothing is more important than your health and wellness during this time. Please follow guidelines from Manitoba Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada in order to keep yourself safe and healthy.

Your health

Concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, or think you may be experiencing symptoms? First, you should contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free). You can also use the province’s COVID-19 online screening tool to determine next steps – this tool is also available in an interactive voice response (IVR) format, at 1-877-308-9038.

If you are feeling ill, stay home. If you have to miss a class or test, please contact your instructor directly, right away. If you are unable to reach your instructor, please contact the dean’s office for your faculty.

You do not need a sick note to verify your illness at this time. In order to avoid overwhelming the medical system, we have suspended requirements for medical notes related to COVID-19 at this time.

For more information about COVID-19 in general, what social distancing and self-isolation mean and how to properly clean your home, visit Manitoba Health or the Government of Canada Public Health Agency.

For more health-related information for international students, please visit the international student COVID-19 page.

 

UM health and wellness resources

There are many UM health and wellness resources available to you during this time.

As an essential service, the Pharmacy in UMSU University Centre will remain open during regular hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. To access, please use the East main doors off of Chancellor's Circle on the lower level of UMSU University Centre. You can call in for a refill at 204-474-9323 or have your doctor’s office fax in the prescription at 204-474-7572 and it will be sent out to you on or off campus. 

For information on how to apply to Manitoba’s Pharmacare drug benefit program for Manitobans whose income is seriously affected by high prescription drug costs during the COVID-19 situation, visit the Pharmacare website.

UMSU Health and Dental Plan provides coverage for 80% of all prescribed medications up to $10,000 or covers the MB Pharmacare deductible. Find out more information on this website.

University Health Service (UHS) is open for telephone consultations. To book a virtual appointment, call 204-474-8411 8:30 am - 4:15 pm, Monday to Friday. If you are in need of prescription refills, please contact your pharmacy and they will fax or call the medical staff to fill your prescriptions. As a reminder, UHS has an on call service which can be reached at 204-474-8411 and is staffed 24 hours a day.

Individual counselling services are being offered to students by phone through the Student Counselling Centre (SCC) at 204-474-8592 - 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Only individual counselling services are being offered by phone at this time – all of our groups and workshops have been suspended for the time being. SCC has prepared a resource on emotional wellness during COVID-19 which includes helpful tips, links to apps and information on accessing mental health services on campus and within the community. Additional sources of information and resources are available.

Central Neighbourhoods has compiled a list of BIPOC mental health care professionals.

The Health and Wellness Office is available to all UM students to provide information and support for their health and wellbeing. The Health and Wellness Office continues to provide support through telephone and email. Please contact the Health and Wellness Educator 204-295-9032 or britt.harvey@umanitoba.ca for more information.

To access Naloxone kits at this time please visit the Street Connections website to find out where free (and for purchase) kits are available. 

The Sexual Violence Resource Centre remains open for services by phone and email. UM students, staff and community members who are seeking information on sexual violence, or who are seeking support regarding an experience of sexual violence are encouraged to contact SVRC staff at: svrc@umanitoba.ca, 204-474-6562. Staff hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. For information about getting support after hours, visit the Sexual Violence and Education website.

Student Advocacy and Case Management is accepting student intakes and inquiries by phone and email. To book a phone, email, or online appointment with a Student Advocate or Case Manager, please contact us by phone 204-474-7423 or email stadv@umanitoba.ca. Visit the Student Support Case Manager website for more information.

At its heart, spirituality reflects our human longing to find meaning and make sense of our place in life. Spiritual Care can provide services that include connecting you with spiritual leaders. To access services remotely please email edgar.french@umanitoba.ca or call 204-272-3190. To contact an Elder, please email isc@umanitoba.ca.

Student Services at Bannatyne Campus is available by phone or email. Operating hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, with extended hours for counselling. Connect with SS@BC by their confidential phone or email: 204 -272-3190 or bcss@umanitoba.ca.

Eating healthy

It’s important to eat well but it’s also getting more and more difficult to go out shopping. Some options for you include: grocery delivery or pick-up or try restaurant delivery – use an app, or check if your local favourite delivers. Just make sure to wash your hands and leave all excess packaging outside if you can.

If you go in person to pick up groceries, attempt to limit shopping to once/week, stay at least two metres away from others and wash your hands when you return home. Before you go, note that many retail stores, shopping malls and restaurants have changed their hours. Please check their websites or social media accounts, or call them directly, for the latest information. 

We also understand that money may be tight, and you may need to look to a food bank. Some options include:

  • Winnipeg Harvest (call 204-982-3660 to make an appointment to pick up food, and have your Manitoba Health card number ready when you call).
  • Agape Table provides $1 or free breakfast and has a foodbank. Monday to Friday from 8:00 am – 10:30 am. Located at 364 Furby Street. Contact at 204-786-2370 or find more information on the Agape Table website.
  • Oak Table provides free lunch service Monday- Thursday between 11 am – 3 pm. Located at 109 Pulford Street.
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. for emergency supplies of food, basic sanitary needs, baby needs. 9 am – 7 pm weekdays, 9 am-4 pm weekends. Call McGregor location at 204-925-0330/204-925-6816 or Spence location at 204-925-0352/204-925-0348.

If you are out of Winnipeg check out Food Banks Canada to find Food Banks located near you.

Staying active

As you continue to self-isolate during this time of physical distancing, it’s important for your mental health to stay active and keep moving. Although gyms are closed, there are many exercise options available to you within the comfort of your own home. 

UM Recreation Services’ has a number of home workout videos posted on their YouTube channel that you can do at anytime. Alternatively, you can tune in for real-time workouts and and take part in their Facebook Live sessions 3 times per week:

  • Monday 9:00am – Yoga Style class
  • Wednesday 9:00am – HIIT Style class
  • Friday 9:00am – Strength Style class

Download the UM Recreation Services App for additional details and schedules available for Apple and Android. #UMHomeWorkouts

There are many other online options for home workouts to match what you are looking for – from yoga and meditation to pilates, from cardio to weight bearing – and options for different levels of mobility and flexibility such as:

Caregiving

Caregiving responsibilities of children, elders, or other loved ones likely became more challenging with COVID-19. If you are experiencing challenges meeting your academic requirements due to family responsibilities the policies and procedures on the UM’s child care website may be applicable. If you encounter difficulty with these policies, please contact Student Advocacy and Case Management. The Government of Canada has a resource for caring for someone with COVID-19 at home.

Staying connected

It is important to stay connected with friends while adhering to social distancing directives. Some ideas to stay connected include: video conferencing with study groups, family and friends; or creating online events, workshops and activities to do things like watch movies, play games or have a dance party.

It is also important to attend to our spiritual, physical and emotional lives as we shift to self-isolation and adapt to new ways of addressing intellectual demands. We are encouraging all clubs and student groups to meet virtually or by alternative means (e.g., FaceTime) in keeping with best social distancing practices.

Some other things you can do between terms: start or revisit a hobby; try out new recipes or bake your favourite treats; clean or better organize your living space or explore free online courses on Coursera, like Mind Control: Managing your mental health during COVID-19, the Science of Wellbeing, or Indigenous Canada.

Need help or want to volunteer

 If you are considering volunteering your time from your home, or in the community, please check out our list of extensive resources at the Volunteering during COVID-19 website. Help Next Door MB is a network of helpers coming together as a community. If you are someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times you, or if you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or, this platform can connect you.

Transportation

If you need to leave the house for essential appointments or groceries, you’ve got a few options. If you are planning to take the bus, first visit Winnipeg Transit website COVID-19 webpage for updates and recommendations for when taking the bus. If you don’t have a car and would like access to one, Peg City Car Co-op is an option. The organization says it is taking extra steps to sanitize all of its vehicles. Get some fresh air and physical activity and consider walking to your destination.

Go to our Health and Wellness site for additional student supports.

Academic support

Though our campuses are closed, we are still here for you. There are many resources still available at the UM – you’ll just be connecting with them in a different way. There are plenty of people standing by to help you successfully complete your studies – don’t be afraid to reach out.

Academic advisors

It’s understandable that you might need help understanding all of the changes that impact your academic program. The academic advisors in your home faculty/college/school are available to answer your questions and to help you make informed decisions. In particular, you will need to contact an academic advisor if you: are unable to meet course requirements and need to self-declare a COVID-19 related illness; have questions about voluntarily withdrawing (VW) from a course(s); want to understand what it means to exclude Winter Term grades or if you should consider the pass/fail option; or need someone to talk to about your particular situation, including getting referrals to other services.

All first year students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor in the First Year Centre by emailing university_1@umanitoba.ca.

Visit the Academic Advising website for information and academic advisors in all faculty/college/schools.

Other academic supports

Many academic supports continue to be available through phone, email and/or video appointments. Some of the services available to you include:

The Academic Learning Centre will be providing online services, including individual tutoring (in writing, content, and study skills), supplemental instruction sessions, and workshops. Visit their website to make an appointment or to get more info.

Career Services is providing support through telephone, e-mail and video conferencing. Career consultants and staff can help with the process of faculty/major selection, establishing a career direction, work search and developing a resumé. Take advantage of one-on-one online or phone appointments, or take part in an information session or workshop. Register on careerCONNECT or contact the office at 204-474-9456 or cs.receptionist@umanitoba.ca to make an appointment.

The Student Accessibility Services office is still available to provide online, phone and email support. Please contact your Accessibility Coordinator directly, or contact the general office at 204-474-7423staccess@umanitoba.ca.

  • Please know that your accommodation support staff (Transcriptionists, ASL – English Interpreters, Academic Attendants and Assistants) will continue to be available during your scheduled class time to ensure content is ready for you. Please contact them directly. If you are not sure how to do this, please contact your Accessibility Coordinator.
  • Volunteer note-taking continues. Student Accessibility Services is reaching out to all volunteers to keep uploading notes from online course content.
  • For students registered with SAS, the SAS exam centre staff will be contacting your instructor regarding your tests or exams and will work with you and your instructor to figure out how to implement accommodations.

While all UM Libraries are closed, they are still available to help Ask Us!  Our team of librarians and support staff are online and ready to help you virtually with your research and information needs. A rich collection of digital resources continues to be available through Library Search. Online services for researchers are still available. See the Libraries’ COVID-19 update page for service details.

The Student Advocacy Office provides confidential centralized services (see Privacy Policy) for receiving student complaints and grievances. At this time the Student Advocacy and Case Management is only accepting student intakes and inquiries by phone and email. To book a phone, email, or online appointment with a Student Advocate or Case Manager, please contact us by phone 204-474-7423 or email stadv@umanitoba.ca. Visit the Student Advocacy website for further details.

Remote learning

While UM has many academic supports available to you at this time, remote learning can present some challenges as you continue to adapt– but we’ve developed some resources to help you do so. Get tips for structuring your time at home, navigating communications challenges and more on the Students Supports website.

Another challenge you may be facing is not having access to a computer or internet. Because the university campus is now closed, students will not have access to on-campus computer labs. If you do not have internet access or access to a computer, please advise your instructor as soon as possible.

If you have a computer, but you’re not sure it will function during an online exam, contact the IST service desk to ensure that your computers and devices are set up and ready.

Academic integrity

With remote learning you are still expected to uphold academic integrity during these stressful times, and that there are resources to support you. The Academic Integrity Coordinator is available to consult on any issues or questions you may have related to completing your courses with integrity and avoiding plagiarism, inappropriate collaboration, duplicate submission and other forms of academic misconduct. You can contact the Academic Integrity Coordinator at Loie.Gervais@umanitoba.ca. You can also visit the academic integrity website.

Additional academic supports and services can be found on the Current Students website.

Financial support

If you are concerned about your finances during this time, here are some resources that may be helpful to you.

The Financial Aid and Awards Office is offering remote service during normal office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Call 204-474-9531 or email awards@umanitoba.ca for info. For questions about government student loans, visit the Financial Aid and Awards website.

UM Emergency Loan

The UM Emergency Loan program has been in existence since before the COVID-19 crisis. This loan is available to full time students, is for short-term emergencies, and must be repaid at a later date. Applications for Emergency Loans for the Summer Term 2020 will be available soon, through Financial Aid and Awards.

 

Government resources

Manitoba Student Aid 
The Province of Manitoba has halted student loan payments from April 1 – September 30, 2020. They will still be giving out student loans, and should you choose to continue to pay student loans, it can be done electronically or by cheque. 

Students currently receiving Manitoba Government Student Aid will not be penalized for not completing their study period due to COVID-19.

This includes not meeting the full-time requirement, voluntary withdrawals, and incomplete classes.

Funding already approved for students’ current applications will not be affected, and they will not face an over-award when assessed for future applications. Students are not required to inform Manitoba Student Aid about these changes.

Students are encouraged to frequently check the Manitoba Student Aid website for updates at: www.manitobastudentaid.ca.

Under the Province’s new Manitoba Summer Student Jobs Recovery Plan program, up to $120 million is available for employers to access a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student. The program is open to Manitoba students aged 15 to 29, with an employment period from May 1 to Sept. 4. Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students. Reimbursement will be provided at the end of the employment period, upon proof of payment of student wages.

To be eligible, students must be a new hire for the spring/summer starting May 1 or later, and be:

  • High school or post-secondary students aged 15-29 living in Manitoba;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment;
  • and legally allowed to work in Manitoba.


Learn more about the Manitoba Summer Student Jobs Recovery Plan program.

The Province has also created the Student Aid Provisions Order which allows post-secondary students to remain eligible for aid, even if they temporarily stop qualifying during the state of emergency period. The provision lowers the minimum monthly repayment to $0 from $25, suspends the obligation for a student to start paying back their loan eight months after they end their studies, prevents borrowers from going into default during the state of emergency period and extends the maximum term for repayment. Those with existing loans are not obligated to pay back their loan for six months beginning March 30.

Learn more about the Student Aid Provisions Order.

Canada Student Loans and Grants
Additionally, the Government of Canada has made some changes to the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP). Students will be able to access additional loans and grants through the CSLP. Low income grants will be doubled to $6,000 per academic year and weekly maximum student loan levels will increase from $210 to $350. Student and spousal contribution limits will be removed to reflect the loss of personal and family income during the pandemic.

The federal government has also created the Canada Student Service Grant to support students and youth in volunteer placements. Applicants will be eligible for up to $5,000 in funding for their education in the fall.

$291.6 million has been allocated to the federal granting councils to support graduate students. The councils will extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships and supplement existing federal research grants. 

It has been recently announced that $75.2 million has been allocated to increase existing distinctions-based support for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education. As more information on this funding becomes available we will share it. 

Canada Summer Jobs Program 
As part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program, the federal government will expand skills development and youth programming measures to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements and other employment opportunities for students across Canada. This amounts to an additional 76,000 opportunities to those previously announced as part of the program. Some of these opportunities will be focused on frontline sectors including health, agriculture, food processing, transportation and retail.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides $1,250/month over the summer (May to August) to eligible post-secondary students, including those that are set to begin their studies in the summer or fall and recent graduates. Recent graduates who completed their studies from December 2019 onward are included in the program. This benefit is only available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Students with dependents or with disabilities will be eligible for an additional $750/month. Students who are working over the summer are also eligible for the benefit if they earn less than $1000/month. Part-time students may also quality for the benefit, although their eligibility may depend on other factors such as if they are working and qualify for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit. To receive the benefit, students will have to attest that they had planned to work full- or part-time but that this work is no longer available. Similar to other emergency benefits available, students will need to reapply every four weeks. Students will be able to apply for this benefit in the coming days and weeks. Visit the Government of Canada student grants website for more details. 

Employment Income Assistance is a provincial program to assist with rent, food and life costs if you have no employment. This assistance is only available for Canadian Citizens or permanent Residents. You can apply online or download forms and get program information on their website. Call 204-948-2888 or 1-855-944-8111 (toll free outside Winnipeg) to register or you can email eia@gov.mb.ca.

Rent Assist is available for those on Employment Income Assistance (EIA) and individuals/families working in certain income levels. Non-EIA Rent Assist contacts are 1-204-948-7369 or 1-877-587-6224 (toll free) or email incsup@gov.mb.ca. Find program information on their website. The Non-EIA Rent Assist Application Form  and direct deposit form can both be downloaded from their site.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Manitoba Hydro Program provides assistance for paying utility bills. This program is available for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and international students. Call 204-949-2106 or visit the Manitoba Hydro website for more info.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to ask banks, and other financial institutions for deferred payment plans at this time.

Filing your taxes

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program has advised that individuals can use the free tax software found on the Government of Canada website to file their tax returns. If you have any questions regarding how to file, where to claim items, etc., call 1-800-959-8282.

Housing

For off-campus housing, visit Places 4 Students.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, including questions about rent payment and evictions visit the Residential Tenancies Branch.

Landlords may be open to work with tenants to defer a portion of rents. Landlords are able to access the deferral programs offered on taxes and utilities, and in some cases mortgage payments. 

For homeowners, the City of Winnipeg is deferring the deadline for payment of property taxes and allowing a stop on TIPP payments.

Parking at UM

Since the University is now closed, UM Parking Services has notified all student parking permit holders that the April portion of their parking permit will be refunded. No action by the student is required. For permits paid by credit card, the refund will be returned to the card used for purchase. Cash or debit payments will be refunded via cheques issued by the University and mailed. Due to the large volume, the April fee refund may take some time to process.

Sport and Recreation Fee

The Sport and Recreation Fee will not be applied to tuition for Summer Term 2020. No action by the student is required. If fees have been paid, a refund will be processed, otherwise this fee will not be applied.

Classes, scheduling and other academic matters

Summer Term 2020

Summer Term courses that begin on or after June 1 are now available for review on Aurora. Registration begins at 9 am on May 19 for all students. Students should consult with an academic advisor from their home faculty/college/school if they have questions about course selections. Check the Registrar's Office website for academic schedule dates and financial payment deadlines.

  • May 4 to 19    Students are able to review the full schedule of Summer Term course options
  • May 19            Summer Term registration opens
  • June 1             Summer Term begins

Fall Term 2020

The University of Manitoba will be offering Fall Term primarily remotely, with the exception of a very small number of courses that require in-person delivery. Students will know in advance of registration which courses will be held in person, so you can make informed course selections. We are working in collaboration with UMSU, UMGSA, teaching and learning experts, and faculties to develop plans that promote student learning, engagement and academic success. This includes opportunities to connect with faculty, other students in your courses and programs; counselling, academic advising and career supports; clubs and much more. As more information becomes available, this page will be updated.

Key dates:

  • June 15: Registration for Fall and Winter Terms opens for Bannatyne campus programs 
  • July 23: Registration for Fall & Winter Terms opens in Aurora for returning students  
  • September 9: Fall Term classes begin 
  • November 9-13: Fall Break Week
  • December 12-23: Fall Term exam period
  • January 5-15, 2021: critical in-person activities, such as labs, associated with some courses offered remotely from September through December 2020 will take place during this period
  • January 18, 2021: Winter Term 2021 classes begin

Graduation and Convocation

The current university closure will not affect students’ graduation status. Those scheduled to graduate this spring will still graduate as the class of 2020, however, the 2020 Spring Convocation event is cancelled. The University is exploring creative options to fully celebrate the academic success of our graduands.

Parchments will be mailed to the current address noted in Aurora. All graduating students should ensure that their address in Aurora is current and correct.

International exchanges

International travel (exchanges, internships, etc.) Student travel for University purposes (exchanges, co-op, research, internships, etc.) to international destinations is suspended for Fall Term 2020. Students are encouraged to work with their program coordinators to make alternate arrangements, where possible.

This suspension does not include travel for degree-seeking international students to and from UM. International students should continue to check the international student supports page for the latest information.

A decision on international travel for Winter Term 2021 will be made at a later date.

Registrar's Office services

At this time, the Registrar’s Office is providing limited services.

To order documents, fill out the required PDF form and email it to Registrar.Office@umanitoba.ca. You will receive a phone call from the Registrar's Office to confirm payment, and documents will be delivered to your address. If you have already ordered documents, contact the Registrar’s Office to submit an address for delivery.

For fee appeal applications, email fee.appeals@umanitoba.ca with the accompanying attachments. Fee appeals will only be accepted through this email.

To contact the Registrar's Office, call 204.474.9425 or email Registrar.Office@UManitoba.ca. Working hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Wednesdays from 9:15 am to 4:30 pm.

For students who have applied to other UM programs and have questions about their application or undergraduate admissions questions, visit the Admissions FAQ page.

UM Libraries

UM Libraries continue to provide collections and services online for students and faculty. Library Search provides access to many of our collections, and we are working to bring you more digitized content.   

Librarians are also available to help with your research or information needs and can be reached a number of ways. Ask a question through AskUs online, email your subject librarian, or book an online appointment with a librarian to discuss your research question and get some help.  

For assignments, our Learn at the Libraries pages are a great place to get started and will help you learn about university level writing, how to search the library, finding appropriate books and articles for your paper, and the correct way to cite those books and articles.  

See the Libraries’ COVID-19 update page for more service details.

Grades

The University of Manitoba formulated a number of options for students whose grades may have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 situation.

Students had four grading options for courses completed in the Winter Term 2020 and courses that spanned both the Fall and Winter Terms 2019-2020. The deadline to choose an option was May 10, 2020.

These options did not apply to students in the Faculty of Law who will only had the option of receiving pass/fail grades.

  • Option 1 (standard approach): You did not need to take any action. You accepted the letter grade you received. This is the default grading approach and your letter grade will be used in GPA calculations. 
  • Option 2: You accepted the letter grade received, but it will be excluded from your UM GPA calculations. Your letter grade will appear on the transcript, with a note that you chose to exclude it from UM GPA calculations. Grades excluded from UM GPA calculations will still be used to determine AGPA (Adjusted Grade Point Average) for admission purposes.
  • Option 3: You chose to receive a “pass” grade if you received a grade of D or higher. No letter grade will be recorded on your transcript and a note will indicate that you chose this approach. The “pass” grade will be excluded from UM GPA calculations, which is the normal way “pass” grades are treated at UM because they have no letter grade equivalent.
  • Option 4: You voluntarily withdrew from the course.

If you had a failing grade, it will automatically be excluded from your UM GPA calculation. The grade will be identified as being excluded due to the COVID-19 situation.

Regardless of the grading option you chose, you must still have met all existing admission, prerequisite, progression, degree, and graduation policies and requirements for your programs and faculty as well as any program or faculty you may wish to pursue in the future.

If you have questions about the grading option you chose or if you have made an error in your grading option selection on UM Learn, please contact your faculty advising office.

Prospective students

Please visit this Admissions FAQ page for COVID-19-specific information related to applications and more.