The Duckworth Quadrangle with the Administration Building on Fort Garry campus. A graphic over top of the campus says THE PATH BACK TO UM.

Academics

Updated August 19, 2021

Fall class delivery

  • Classes with a maximum registration of 20 students can proceed with in-person instruction, as our spaces permit (430 classes total). 
  • Lab classes will be limited to no more than 25, or to the COVID-19 room-capacity limit, whichever is smaller (360 labs will resume total). 
  • Large classes will continue with remote delivery. 
  • Check your courses in Aurora for in-person requirements

This reduced capacity ensures we maintain two metres of distance between individuals, adhering to the public health regulations. The majority of course registration for Fall Term has taken place. Course delivery method (in-person or remote) is indicated in the course registration system. 

We anticipate a full return to our campuses by Winter Term (January 2022), so long as public health advice allows.

For up-to-date parking information, refer to Student parking.

Universities in other provinces are fully returning to in-person classes this fall, why not UM?

Ensuring the health and safety of our UM community is our top priority. While some universities in other provinces are opening more fully this fall, the UM remains committed to our approach.    

Manitoba’s third wave of COVID-19 hit later than other places in Canada. While restrictions have begun to lessen, and we remain committed to our phased approach over the Fall Term 2021 and we anticipate a full return to our campuses by Winter Term (January 2022), so long as public health advice allows.  

We know that UM thrives in as an in-person working and learning community and we’re looking forward to welcoming our entire community back to campus in the new year.  

When will there be a full return to in-person classes?

While the UM looks forward to welcoming more of our community back to campus in the Fall Term 2021 we remain committed to a phased reopening plan to ensure the health and safety of our UM community.  

When we bring all students, staff and faculty back, we will be integrating more than 30,000 people from across the province and globe together, and then having them go back out into the community. When we consider the activity that takes place on our campuses (labs, theatre, musical performances, patient care, athletics, contact sports, large classes etc.), it is prudent to gradually move toward this level of activity. 

Activity will increase throughout the Fall Term, with a planned full return for Winter Term 2022, so long as public health advice allows.

What if I feel unsafe returning to campus?

Being able to safely return to in-person classes and learning is exciting and welcome news for many students. We also understand that some of you may be uncertain and have concerns about your health and well-being.

UM will continue to take into consideration and accommodate special circumstances for students, staff and faculty, including health conditions.

For students returning to in-person classes on campus, if you face barriers or have any serious health concerns, please talk to an academic advisor or connect with Student Accessibility Services.

Working together on campus

Updated September 13, 2021

We are excited to begin a return to our campuses! The UM community anticipates a positive return to campus this fall as we bring our dynamic in-person learning and work community back to campus in safe way. The return of faculty and staff to working on campus will follow a phased approach.

Beginning September 1, all senior leadership at UM (directors and above) have returned to work in-person on campus.

We are aiming for a full return to campus in January, recognizing that planning will be in accordance with health regulations at the time.

If you have questions on how these plans affect you specifically, please connect directly with your supervisor.

For up-to-date parking information, refer to Staff parking.

What if I feel unsafe returning to in-person work on campus?

Being able to safely ramp-up in-person activity is exciting and welcome news for many who are eager to be back together on campus. We also understand that some of you remain uncertain and have concerns about your health and well-being. UM will continue to take into consideration and accommodate special circumstances for students, staff and faculty, including health conditions. 

For any employees returning to campus, please discuss any questions or concerns you have directly with your supervisor.  

Will there be options for employees to work remotely on an ongoing basis?

We recognize that there may be some cases where it is ideal for an employee to continue to do some work remotely or to have a flexible work arrangement. As we all adjust to the new normal, the University of Manitoba is developing limited flexible work guidelines. We look forward to continuing to consult with our community and expect to share completed guidelines in early 2022.

Can I continue to work remotely in Winter Term 2022?

Applications for UM’s interim Winter Term remote work program are now open. Support staff who desire to work remotely for the Winter Term are encouraged to apply, though for operational reasons, not all those who apply can be accepted. This particular program is available for support staff only (members of AESES, UNIFOR, and EMAPS). Those who are interested in remote work, but do not meet the criteria for this program, may discuss it with their supervisor. Learn more about the program here.

On-campus health and safety

On-campus activity

Updated Sept. 3, 2021

All UM supports and services are available.

UM is a dynamic in-person working and learning community and we are excited to offer more opportunities to connect in-person safely.  In accordance with public health orders, UM plans to offer some in-person programming in the fall, such as essential health and wellness supports, cultural connections, facility tours, learning and skills sessions, and running in-person student and faculty support systems. Students can visit the COVID-19 student webpage for more information as it becomes available.

We’re also excited to bring our community back together to recognize achievements and celebrate accomplishments in a safe way. Some in-person events are being planned for the fall and will require attendees to be fully vaccinated.

All level of activity will be guided by public health orders and UM protocols.

Student supports

Academic advising, Student Counselling Centre, Student Advocacy and Case Management, Student Services at Bannatyne Campus, the Sexual Violence Resource Centre, Spiritual Care and other services and supports are open for telephone or email appointments and online services. Find the full list of student supports and campus services, and how to contact them at Student supports.

Up-to-date COVID-19 resources

Our COVID website is the best source for UM safety protocols and the current health and safety measures being taken on our campuses.

You will see regular COVID updates posted to UM Today, and shared through Week At A Glance, student newsletters and our UM social channels.

Faculty and staff can also access information on the Return to campus page on UM Intranet.

Any questions you have that are not addressed here can be sent to safereturn@umanitoba.ca.