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

Will Fall Term 2021 be in-person or remote delivery?

This Fall, we are looking forward to welcoming more students, faculty and staff back to campus. The UM is planning to resume more in-person instruction. The health and safety of our community remains our first priority, and we believe that a phased transition is prudent.  

This September:  

  • 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. 

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.  

Visit the COVID-19 website student page for more information as it becomes available.

Universities in other provinces are fully returning to in-person classes this fall, will 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.

Will I be accommodated if I have health reasons for not being able to return to in-person learning on campus? 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.  

Will I be accommodated if I have health reasons for not being able to return to in-person learning on campus? 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

Are faculty and staff able to work in-person on campus?

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.

Will I be accommodated if I have health reasons for not being able to return to in-person work on campus? 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.

On-campus health and safety

Updated August 27, 2021

If I am double vaccinated, do I need to wear a mask while on campus?

Yes. With health and safety as our overarching priority, it’s important that we all do our part to ensure our UM and wider community stays healthy by wearing the required 3-ply reusable or disposable masks on campus.  

This applies to everyone on UM campuses, including those that have been double dose vaccinated.  

The wearing of 3-ply reusable or disposable masks is mandatory for all activities on all UM campuses. This applies when indoors at all times on UM campuses even when physical distancing is possible. A 3-ply mask is also required when outdoors on UM campuses or while participating in UM-sanctioned activities off-campus at any time when two metres distancing is not possible. 

Questions and additional information on mask wearing and compliance can be found on the UM COVID-19 updates page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to return to campus?

Yes. On August 19, 2021 UM announced all faculty, staff, students and campus visitors will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals aged 12 and over are required to have their first dose by September 22, 2021 and their second dose by the end of October 2021. As more details become available they will be posted here.

To book an appointment for a vaccine, visit https://protectmb.ca/. Appointments can be made at one of the provincial supersites or mobile vaccination clinics. You can also book your appointment by calling 1-844-626-8222. 

On campus, pop up mobile clinics will take place in the coming months. Currently, the University Health Services is also administering vaccines, call now to book an appointment.

For more information, visit UM’s Vaccine Information page.

What health and safety measure are being taken as more of the UM community returns to campus?

As we welcome our UM community to come back together in-person, we are following or exceeding the province’s public health orders. 

These four guiding principles from UM’s Returning to Campus Safely plan provide the foundation for a safe and strong start of the Fall Term: 

  1. The health and safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors are the overarching priority. 
  2. Any activity on campus, whatever its nature, will be carried out while strictly respecting the constraints of public health authorities and in accordance with government guidelines and directives.  
  3. Recovery of on-campus activities will occur over the course of the fall term with a planned full return for the Winter term and in keeping with the University’s stated principles and recovery plan. 
  4. The University will continue to take into consideration and accommodate special circumstances for students, staff and faculty, including health conditions. 

Masking: The wearing of 3-ply reusable or disposable masks is mandatory for all activities on all UM campuses. This applies when indoors at all times on UM campuses even when physical distancing is possible. A 3-ply mask is also required when outdoors on UM campuses or while participating in UM-sanctioned activities off-campus at any time when two metres distancing is not possible. 

A variety of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – i.e. specific types of masks or face coverings, gloves, etc. – is required for a range of regular activities that occur on UM campuses including certain lab and research activities, cleaning, construction and so on. PPE will be distributed by faculties/instructors or supervisors. 

Physical distancing: Two metres distancing is required at all times, indoors and outdoors on UM campuses. 3-ply masking is mandatory while indoors at all times and outdoors when distancing cannot be maintained. 

Lunch and common spaces: Mandatory minimum distancing in all lunch spaces is two metres. In addition, absolutely no food or drink is allowed in study spaces. Three-ply masks must be worn at all times in these spaces. Eating outside is encouraged, while still maintaining social distancing of two metres.  

Air filtration and building ventilation: UM heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems meet or exceed standards supported by the Government of Canada and are part of the guidance for ventilation created by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to prevent COVID-19 transmission. 

To support the anticipated increase of in-person activity on campus, UM has enhanced ventilation protocols—many of which have been in place since early 2020—by reviewing ventilation systems and working to optimize the capabilities of these systems. 

Improved ventilation measures across UM campuses include:  

  1. Increasing outdoor air intake - a key measure which may help in reducing the spread of COVID-19 within buildings. 
  2. Increasing air exchanges by extending fan run-times. COVID-19 safety recommendations include this practice to increase the amount of air exchanges within building spaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
  3. Checking filters: To ensure ventilation system filtration is working optimally within system designs.  
  4. Preventative maintenance: All campus ventilation systems receive regular preventative maintenance service routines.   
  5. Air purifiers: Local air purification systems may be considered in areas without sufficient ventilation systems. For the few buildings identified as unsuitable for use by more than 2 or 3 persons at a time, faculty have been notified. 

Full details are available on the COVID-19 website safety measures and information page under environmental measures.  

Cleaning/sanitizing of public areas: Caretaking Services will be continuing its enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection of public spaces and high touch areas including washrooms, doors and entranceways (door handles, plates and push bars), elevators, drinking fountains, kitchenettes, handrails, and other high touch horizontal and vertical surfaces. 

Cleaning of work areas and workspaces: Individual units will be responsible for creating a plan to keep their spaces clean. Caretaking Services will clean the floor and empty regular waste and recycling bins depending on the space. Units are responsible for:  

  • Cleaning of workspace at the beginning and end of each shift. 
  • Disinfecting high touch areas in the immediate workspace using a disinfectant wipe, such as a Lysol wipe, or other cleaning product. This includes administrative as well as research and teaching equipment - tables / desks, keyboards, telephones, interior door handles, faucets, etc. 
  • Any equipment (i.e. computers, microwaves, lab equipment) used by multiple users must be disinfected using a Lysol wipe or similar cleaning product in between each user. 
  • For additional guidance see Public Health Agency of Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID 19) cleaning and disinfecting public spaces (PDF) 
  • Questions about the cleaning of your workspace or supplies for cleaning your workspace should be directed to your supervisor. Unit managers may obtain cleaning and PPE supplies are available for units to order through Central Procurement

Cleaning of UM vehicles: All UM-owned vehicles must be disinfected at the beginning of a shift and between drivers. High touch surfaces in vehicles that must be regularly cleaned include but are not limited to: 

  • Keys or FOBs, starter button on vehicles with FOBs 
  • Inside and outside door handles, inside door grab handles, pads and armrests; (all doors including rear hatches) 
  • Steering wheel, shift lever and console; 
  • Dashboard; 
  • Door locks and window controls 
  • Radio and climate control buttons; 
  • Turn signal and wiper stalks; 
  • Seat and seat adjuster; 
  • Touch screen; 
  • Rear view mirrors 
  • Gas cap 
  • Any other parts that are commonly used and that may have been touched (glove compartment, hood, trunk, van panel door handles, pick-up tailgate handle, sleeping areas, for example). 

UM vehicle use: If possible or practical, vehicle occupancy should be restricted to a single person (i.e., the operator), but we recognize that for some university-related business and research activities this is not feasible. Going forward, the following guidelines should be used in determining vehicle occupancy: 

  • The number of passengers in a vehicle should be restricted as much as possible and practical. 
  • Occupants should be spaced as far apart as possible. 
  • In no case should more than 2 passengers occupy the same seating row (i.e., larger cargo vans may allow 6 persons). 
  • Ventilation within the cabin should be maximized as much as is reasonable by opening windows. 
  • When multiple occupants are in a vehicle, then all must wear a 3-ply mask at all times. 
  • When carpooling, every effort should be made to do so including only members of a small group/cohort. 

For more information, visit UM’s COVID-19 page.

How will my office space be set up in a safe way when I return to campus?

Working together safely is a top priority for the University and as part of a phased return to campus, workspaces, seating and distancing will be evaluated to optimize safety.   

Please connect with your supervisor about how your unit will be implementing a workspace plan that aligns with current public health orders and UM protocols.

What will happen if COVID-19 cases increase in Manitoba?

The health and safety of our community remains our first priority. While we remain hopeful that Manitoba will continue on its current trajectory of declining COVID-19 case numbers and increasing vaccination rates, we recognize that nothing is absolutely certain when it comes to the pandemic.  

In the event that there are major changes in the COVID-19 situation in Manitoba, UM will at a minimum, follow all public health orders and adjust our operations as required. Information on any change in plans would be communicated to the UM community as soon as possible.

Are masks available on campus?

3-ply masks are available for pick up for people who need one, including UM community and visitors to campus.

  • FORT GARRY CAMPUS Mask pick up locations: 
    • Elizabeth Dafoe Library, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
    • Science Library, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, beginning September 7.
    • UMSU's Service Centre, 101 UMSU University Centre, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
       
  • BANNATYNE CAMPUS Mask pick up locations: 
    • Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
    • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Avenue from 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Supplies of masks are available for units to order through Central Procurement, for distribution as required.

Can I get a plexiglass barrier installed in my workspace?

If you work in an area that involves regularly interacting with other employees, students or member of the public, and you cannot maintain 2m of separation, then you may qualify for a plexiglass barrier. High traffic areas with many interactions with other people are prime areas where plexiglass barriers should be implemented. The cost of installation will be covered by individual units. Employees can discuss the request with their supervisors, and then submit a work order here.

On-campus activity

Updated Sept. 3, 2021

Will there be opportunities to attend events and activities on campus?

Yes, UM is 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. Deans and managers will receive more information in the coming weeks to help them plan for these increases in activity. Students can visit the COVID-19 website student page 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.

What services are open on campus?

As our UM community returns to our beautiful and vibrant campuses, more services will return to being open. 

For up to date information on the status of campuses businesses and services, please see the UM Today story What’s open on both campuses.  

For information on student supports and services please visit the COVID-19 website student page.

What about sport and recreational facilities?

Effective Friday, September 3, in accordance with public health restrictions, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status and government-issued identification is required at entry to University of Manitoba sport and recreational facilities for:

  • All users of UM’s gyms/fitness/workout facilities, aged 12 years and older
  • All participants in recreational/sport programs aged 18 and older (verification of age may be requested)
  • All guardians/spectators accompanying recreational/sport program participants 17 years and younger
  • All spectators over the age of 12 who are attending Bisons home games
  • Children 11 years and younger must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

At this time only those who can provide proof of approved COVID-19 vaccination status will be admitted.

Please be reminded that 3-ply masks are required indoors at all times, as well as outdoor when physical distance cannot be maintained.

Parking on campus

Updated August 18, 2021

How will parking work for employees during our return to campus?

As of September 1, 2021, regular parking fees will be reinstated. No further action is required if you want to have your staff parking permit activated for a monthly fee. Staff permit holders who choose to keep their parking permit assignment active will be required to park in their regularly assigned parking lot starting September 1, 2021. The regular monthly fee for your parking permit will be deducted by way of direct withdrawal on a monthly basis on the 11th of each month, or the next business day. 

If you do not require monthly parking on campus as of September 1, 2021, you may place your staff parking permit on hold for $10 per month. This will allow you to hold your parking space in your designated parking lot until you return to campus. Parking privileges will be suspended while your parking permit assignment is on hold. To review the details on the permit hold process, please review the Staff Permit Hold Form.  

Once all staff permit hold requests have been processed, Parking & Transportation Services will send out confirmation by way of email to those who have sent in their form. If you had previously placed your permit on hold, a new hold request form will be required for September 1, 2021. 

If you wish to cancel your parking permit, please complete the Staff Parking Cancellation Form

Permit cancellation and hold requests will be required prior to August 27, 2021 in order to become effective for September 1, 2021. No refunds will be processed if received after the deadline. 

New flexible parking for staff 

As of September 1st, 2021, staff will have the ability to park less often than full time, at a rate much closer to that of a permit rate, saving them from having to pay the casual parking rates. 

Staff who opt in for flexible parking will have their Parkmobile accounts offer them a discounted rate to park in one of four areas on Fort Garry campus (parking lots B, Q, U, and E). Staff will pay through the app with a credit card each time they are on campus. More information will be made available regarding flexible parking options at Bannatyne campus shortly. 

The pricing structure of $4.50 per day is intended to offer a discount for anyone working 15 days or less in a month. Staff who consistently work over 15 days can choose to use Parkmobile, or purchase a full monthly permit for $75. 

Visit the Parking Portal Help Page for instructions on how to opt in for the flexible parking option. 

For more information, please review these parking FAQ’s.

As a new staff person who has never worked on campus in-person, how do I get a parking pass?

To find out about staff parking options visit the staff parking webpage, including  the ‘Staff Parking Permits Explained’ section.

As a student, what are my parking options for the fall?

Student parking for the Fall Term will be available for sale in late August. More information about permit options and fees will be posted as it becomes available.

Up-to-date COVID-19 resources

Speak to your supervisor if you have questions about the UM’s transition back to campus. 

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

Our COVID website is the best source for UM safety protocols and the current health and safety measures being taken on our campuses: umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/latest-updates-and-safety. You can also access the information at the Return to campus page on UM Intranet.