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Students

updated May 12, 2021 Latest COVID-19 updates and messages for UM students

  • Provincial and federal regulations

    • The province has announced that as of Sunday, May 9 at 12:01 a.m. new restrictions will be in place for a period of three weeks. Restrictions include closure of gyms, libraries and restaurants. All UM recreation facilities will close at the end of the day on Saturday, May 8 and remain closed until restrictions allow them to open. UM Libraries are also closed until further notice, but will continue with contactless pickup through the pickup lockers and all electronic collections and virtual services will continue to be available. Dining is restricted to take-out only. More details on how these restrictions will impact the UM community will be shared soon.
    • The Province of Manitoba remains at the critical/red level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. For information about updated health and safety protocols at UM, read this UM Today story.
    • As of January 29, anyone entering Manitoba from anywhere in Canada will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, including those entering from Northern and Western Canada and Ontario.
    • International students with, or approved for a study permit who will be attending an approved, designated learning institution (DLI), like UM, may be able to travel to Canada. Please visit the international students support page for more information.

    Campus updates

    • Spring Convocation 2021 will be held virtually, on a new, engaging event platform. Visit the Convocation website for the full schedule.
    • If you are required to come to campus, you must wear a 3-ply disposable or reusable mask at all times on UM grounds, including all indoor and outdoor spaces. 
    • Please review changes to the mask policy, vehicle occupancy and distancing in common spaces in the protocols section below.
    • While limited, approved on-site academic and research activities continue, UM takes a proactive approach to student and staff safety and security on our campuses. Find out more about current UM safety measures and what you can do to help keep yourself and our community safe.
    • Summer Term 2021 will be delivered primarily remotely, with the exception of a very small number of courses that require in-person delivery.
    • Grading accommodation options for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Terms are available. For more information, please please go to the Academic Support section on the Resources for Students page. 
    • Libraries are closed until further notice. Access the collections and other library services online.

April 15, 2021, 10:30 a.m. From Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) re: Exam resources, compassionate grading, Spring Convocation, student supports

Dear students,

Congratulations! We are almost at the close of an extraordinary school year, and you’ve shown incredible flexibility and tenacity. Well done, Bisons!

As we head into Winter exams, please take some time to review the exam resources that have been designed specifically for this remote learning period. Also consider the technology tips and resources that were developed to help you navigate virtual exams successfully. Lastly, I cannot stress enough how important it is to familiarize yourself with the University’s expectations regarding Academic Integrity and the five values that guide us in undertaking academic work: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. Further information, resources and helpful tips are found at this site.

As you know, UM’s compassionate grading options are currently in effect, and you have until May 31st to make your decision as to whether to exclude a Fall 2020 grade, a Winter 2021 grade, or the grade from one course that spans both of those terms. Until then, please focus on your final assignments and exams. If and when you would like to discuss this option, please contact an academic advisor.

If you have questions about exams, course registrations, resources, grading rules, or anything UM-related I encourage you to reach out to the new Virtual Advising Help Centre (VAHC). You can speak with someone by phone call, live chat or email seven days a week. Big questions or small, the VAHC can help you find an answer. Access this resource through the webpage, or UM Learn.

Spring Convocation 2021 will be held virtually June 15-17th, on an exciting, new interactive platform. While we can’t offer the in-person ceremony our grads hope for, our virtual convocation provides an opportunity for friends and family from around the world to witness this important milestone. Learn more here.

As you are finishing up papers and projects and preparing for final exams, remember that you can access help through the Libraries and the Academic Learning Centre.  Student supports are always available to you too!

I know this has been a tough year. Please know that we are here to help you get across the finish line.

Bonne chance! Good luck!

My best,

Laurie

Laurie M. Schnarr, MA (she/her)
Vice-Provost (Students)
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

March 22, 2021, 9:30 a.m. From Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) re: UM Together, academic and mental health/wellness supports, Fall Term 2021, Maclean's student survey

Dear Students,

The signs of Spring are all around us here in Manitoba. The vaccine is being administered to an increasing number of people, socially distanced patios are opening, and a strong sense of optimism is in the air! No matter where you are living during this remote learning period, I hope you are finding opportunities between your academic and other commitments to take time for yourselves. 

In this update, I am highlighting a few important upcoming events, reminding you of UM’s Fall 2021 plans, and sharing news of supports available to you as you complete your last month of classes.

UM Together: Reflecting on a year of COVID-19. Join us virtually on Tuesday, March 23rd as we gather together as a university community to pause and contemplate the last year of learning and working remotely. You’ll hear reflections from members of our community including President Benarroch, our Chancellor, students, faculty and staff. Together, we’ll reflect on what challenged us, what we learned, and what we are hopeful for in the weeks and months ahead. We will light candles to honour the lives lost to COVID-19 in Manitoba and around the world, and consider the promise that the future holds. I hope to see you there.

Winnipeg’s Anti-Racism Week March 21-27. Last week, we witnessed an abhorrent attack on Atlanta’s Asian community. I want to send my deepest condolences to colleagues, friends and family members in Atlanta. At the University of Manitoba, we are committed to fostering and upholding a campus environment where all students, staff and faculty feel a sense of safety, support, and belonging. We stand with our Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour (BIPOC) communities and reject all forms of racism. I encourage you to show your solidarity with our BIPOC communities by participating in the City of Winnipeg’s Anti-Racism Week. This virtual event will feature a range of discussions about how we move from talking about racism to actively learning, unlearning and standing against it. Stay tuned to @umstudent on Instagram for more details. I hope to “see” you there.

Academic and mental health and wellness supports are available. UM has many mental health and wellness supports to help you through the final weeks of the Winter term. The Academic Learning Centre is continuing to offer Virtual Study Halls, tutoring and a range of academic resources. Use the self-check up tool to find the support and resources you need.

I am really pleased to announce the launch of the new Virtual Advising Help Centre (VAHC). The VAHC is staffed by trained students who are available to meet with you via phone, email and instant online chat. Student Service Navigators can point you in the right direction if you need support and aren’t sure where to turn. They can help you with all things university such as declaring a major or minor, applying to specific programs, registration and more. They are your virtual connection to the campus community. The VAHC is open from 8:30am-9:00pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am-5:00pm on weekends. Check it out!

Fall Term 2021. As announced last week, in-person instruction will increase in the Fall Term 2021 and in spanned courses, in alignment with public health guidelines. When registration opens in the next few months, in-person requirements for courses will be outlined in Aurora. We are hopeful to be in a position to declare a full return to face-to-face operations in Winter Term 2022.

Share your UM Pride in Maclean’s student survey. Every year, Maclean’s magazine releases its annual university rankings. One of the ways the magazine determines the order of their lists is by surveying students at each university. Share your UM pride, and let Maclean’s know how great UM is by participating in the survey. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for a $500 Visa Gift Card courtesy of Maclean’s.

English survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MacleansStudents202102

French survey: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/MacleansEtudiants202102

As I mentioned at the outset - in addition to focusing on your academics, please take time to connect with others, do something that brings you joy, and soak in the sunshine! Know that we are here for you and cheering you on during these final weeks of the term.

Take care and stay safe.

My best,

Laurie

Laurie M. Schnarr, MA (she/her)
Vice-Provost (Students)
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Updated May 6, 2021 Fall Term 2021

What is happening with Fall Term 2021?

UM is initiating a phased reopening beginning with Fall Term 2021. We are planning for an increase of in-person instruction with the continued need for the remote delivery of large classes. Classes with a proposed maximum registration of between 2-20 students may be considered for in-person classes, as determined by the various academic units. This class size limitation will allow UM to insure the required physical distancing throughout our learning spaces. Labs will be limited to no more than 25, or to the COVID room-capacity limit, whichever is smaller. More details will be communicated when they become available.

Why is UM taking this approach for Fall Term 2021?

We will be balancing the desire for in-person connection and instruction with the health and safety of our community. As the vaccination rollout proceeds and public health orders permit, we will be offering non-instructional, and experiential learning activities.

When will I know which of my courses will require in-person activities?

Registration for Fall Term 2021, spanned courses and Winter Term 2022 will take place in late spring or early summer 2021. At that time, the in-person requirements for Fall Term 2021 and spanned courses will be clear in Aurora. The course delivery format for Winter Term 2022 classes will be determined at a later date and will be communicated at that time but we are hopeful most courses will be offered in-person in Winter 2022. You should register for Fall Term 2021, spanned and Winter Term 2022 courses during your registration time this summer in order to ensure you have the courses you require for progression in your program and to meet graduation requirements.

Will there be an option for people that would rather learn from home?

Faculties are currently determining the courses that will be conducted in-person or by remote teaching methods for the Fall Term and spanned courses (courses that are taught over both Fall and Winter Terms). At registration, the instructional approach for courses will be indicated.

Will UM ensure its students, staff and faculty are vaccinated before allowing them to attend classes?

There is unfortunately no way to ensure students, staff or faculty are vaccinated. The vaccination program is the responsibility of the federal and provincial governments.

Will Fall term classes be offered by remote or in-person instruction?

There will be a mix of in-person and remote delivery. Classes with a proposed maximum registration of between 2-20 students may be considered for in-person classes, as determined by the various academic units. Labs will be limited to no more than 25, or to the COVID room-capacity limit, whichever is smaller. More details will be communicated when they become available. When you register for Fall Term courses you will be aware if the course will be offered in-person or not.

Will there be a compassionate grading scheme for the Fall term?

There are currently no plans to provide a compassionate grading scheme for the Fall Term.

Will there be a grad ceremony if I am graduating after the Fall Term?

At this time we don’t know what the public health measures related to COVID-19 in Manitoba will be in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022. A celebration will be had either way (virtually or in-person) but we will resume in-person Convocation ceremonies when it is safe to do so.

Can I come to campus to study?

Because additional in-person classes will be taking place, we will continue to identify study spaces on campus for Fall 2021. The updated list of study spaces will be made available on this website over the next few months.

What services will be open on campus?

Planning for this is currently underway. When more information becomes available we will communicate it to you on this website. In the meantime, almost all student supports and resources are available online or by phone.

Are courses offered by Distance Education (DE) so international students don’t have to study in the middle of the night?

A full slate of DE courses will be offered again in the Fall Term. Students should refer to the course descriptions within the registration system to determine whether the course will be offered in a synchronous or asynchronous mode.

Synchronous content: Synchronous content is delivered live or interactively at a designated time. This could be a video lecture, a class test, or group work.

Asynchronous content Asynchronous delivery means that students can follow along with course material and interact with instructors at their own pace. As with DE courses, assignment deadlines and test dates are fixed.

I am an international student and returned home during the pandemic, can I return to Winnipeg for the Fall Term?

If you need to return to Canada for the Fall Term, it is important that you monitor ongoing updates with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regarding decisions around the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel restrictions and exemptions, as policies and decisions are constantly evolving and can change at any time, without notice. There is a specific section for international students that details related travel restrictions and exemptions.

All incoming international students must contact the international student arrivals coordinator at studentarrival@umanitoba.ca for the arrival form and quarantine information. You are required to complete a mandatory arrival form at least three weeks prior to your return.

You are also encouraged to contact an advisor at the International Centre to discuss your individual situation. Email international@umanitoba.ca with your name and student number to book an appointment with an advisor by email or pre-scheduled Zoom meeting. Please continue to monitor your UM student email account and the COVID-19 page for international students.

Do international students need to travel to Winnipeg if they register for in-person classes?

If you have registered for a Fall Term course with in-person requirements, you are expected to be in Winnipeg, and have completed any mandatory quarantine requirements in time to travel to campus to attend in-person classes.

International students should also become familiar with relevant laws, regulations and requirements related to your studies, including your study permit, post-graduation work permit eligibility, etc. Please refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

For additional considerations regarding travel to Winnipeg, please review the information on the UM’s COVID-19 page for international students, including information about completing the mandatory arrival form, which all incoming U of M international student are required to complete.

SPENDING TIME ON CAMPUS? Protocols and need-to-knows before you arrive

If you are required to come to campus, please follow all guidelines outlined by Manitoba Health.

If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, do not come to campus. 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.

While on campus you must wear a 3-ply disposable or reusable mask at all times.

  1. Please also practice proper hand hygiene, cough etiquette and maintaining physical distancing is essential when on campus for any reason. 
  2. If you are required to attend classes on campus and need academic accommodation(s) and/or accessibility supports, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 204-474-7423 or email student_accessibility@umanitoba.ca.
  3. Starting Tuesday, February 16, if you are coming to Fort Garry campus to study, you can pick up a mask at UMSU’s Service Centre in UMSU University Centre which is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

UM mask policy

If you are required to come to campus, you must wear a 3-ply disposable or reusable mask at all times on UM grounds, including all indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • A 3-ply mask must be worn while participating in UM-sanctioned activities off-campus at any time when 2m distancing is not possible.
  • The only exception is for short periods of time when someone is eating or drinking while physically distanced from others or if someone is alone in their office and physical distanced from others. 
  • Please do not take off your mask to cough or sneeze – that’s what it is there for!
  • Students living in residence are asked to wear a face mask in all common and designated areas.

Medical reasons for exemptions from mandatory mask use are limited and so it is anticipated that these requests will be rare. When medical documentation is provided to support a request to accommodate an exemption, these exemptions will be accommodated to the extent that the university is able to while balancing the need to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other members of the university community.


 

Starting Tuesday, February 16, if you are coming to Fort Garry campus to study, you can pick up a mask at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library which is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students will be given a reusable cloth mask.

In order to avoid congestion, you should pick up your masks only when you are coming to campus(es) and avoid making a special trip. Students may receive their masks at:

Fort Garry campus:

  • Elizabeth Dafoe Library: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • UMSU’s Service Centre in UMSU University Centre: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bannatyne Campus:

  • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Avenue from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Dentistry building, 780 Bannatyne Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Apotex side entrance, 750 McDermot Avenue from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Rehab Sciences building, 771 McDermot Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You should wear a personal cloth mask when you come to campus. When you enter your classroom, lab or study space you will be given a 3-ply mask to put on immediately. When you leave, you will remove the 3-ply mask and put on your personal cloth mask. Your 3-ply mask should be disposed of. You may see people wearing cloth masks on campus prior to arriving at their destination.

For more information on masks and how to wear them effectively, visit the Latest updates and safety information page.

Getting to and around campus

UM has temporarily reduced student parking fees to $10.00 per month until August 31st, 2021. Student summer parking permits are now on sale. Learn more about student parking for Summer Term 2021 and Winnipeg Transit times and safety protocols. 

For more information on lot locations, please review the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campus map. Payment for the permit will continue to be deducted on the 11th of each month, unless the 11th falls on a weekend or holiday.  For questions, please contact parking@umanitoba.ca

The Fort Garry campus shuttle bus is not running until further notice.

Minimize your exposure on campus – please go to your classes and study in designated spaces only. 

Vehicle occupancy

  • Ideally, occupancy must be restricted to a single person (i.e., the vehicle operator)
  • Under exceptional circumstances, deans/unit heads may authorize one additional occupant
    • Maximum distancing must be maintained while in the vehicle.
    • Both occupants must wear a 3 ply masks at all times.
    • Ventilation within the cabin should be maximized as much as possible by opening windows.

Distancing in common spaces

Mandatory minimum distancing in all lunch spaces is increased to 3 metres. However, all UM commercial dining spaces (e.g., Daily Bread, Degrees) will continue to abide by public health orders for eating establishments, which include capacity limits, and limits on group size and composition.

It is recommended that the UM ensure adequate outdoor dining spaces so that those required to work in person have spaces to enjoy their lunch safely.

Study spaces at Fort Garry campus

Effective May 3:Absolutely no food or drink will be allowed in study spaces. 3 ply masks must be worn at all times in these spaces.

UM Libraries also offers virtual help online, with many resources available for students and instructors. Reserve an appointment with one of our librarians.

Study spaces (outside of Libraries) will still be open through the Summer Term. 
Hours of operation are: 
7:30 a.m. · 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday 

**Fall Term spaces will be posted closer to start of the term.**

The study rooms in the Armes Building open from: 7:30 a.m. · 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (closed holidays). 

View study spaces on Fort Garry campus map   Updated November 19, 2020

Building name Room number Number of spaces
Isbister 235 20
Tier 213 18
Tier 214 12
Tier 215 19
Tier 303 17
Tier 308 17
Tier 312 19
Tier 401 14
Tier 403 15
Tier 406 15
University College (Lecture Hall) 235 14
University College (Lecture Hall) 236 14
University College (Lecture Hall) 238 14
University College (Lecture Hall) 241 14
University College (Lecture Hall) 244 18
Armes Lecture Theatre  111 18
Armes Lecture Theatre  200 25
Armes Lecture Theatre  201 20
Armes Lecture Theatre  204 25
Armes Lecture Theatre  205 20
Armes Lecture Theatre  208 25
EITC2 E2-125 20
EITC2 E2-130 19
EITC2 E2-150 19
EITC2 E2-155 20
EITC2 E2-160 19
EITC2 E2-165 20
Frank Kennedy Centre 133 A/B 24
Computer labs
EITC 2 E2-135 25
Machray Hall 108 10
Machray Hall 111 10
Machray Hall 112 8
Machray Hall 113 10
Machray Hall 115 10

Entry and study spaces at Bannatyne campus

Anyone planning to attend the University must complete the online COVID-19 self assessment tool prior to leaving their home and answer no to all of the questions. 

Once at the Bannatyne campus, entry will be restricted to the following entrances and hours: 

  • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Ave., 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  • Dentistry building, 780 Bannatyne Ave., 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Apotex side entrance, 750 McDermot Ave., 6:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Rehab Sciences building, 771 McDermot Ave., 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

You require your U of M ID to swipe into the above entrances. By swiping your card, you are acknowledging you have completed the online COVID-19 self assessment tool prior to arriving on campus. 

Once inside you will again be screened with the Shared Health questionnaire. We will no longer be conducting a temperature check. In addition, the screener(s) will record your name, college and building you are attending to manage our capacity. 

Masks are mandatory at all UM campuses, please ensure that you bring a mask with you when entering the campus as you will not be permitted to enter if you do not have one.

After-hours access will be through the 727 McDermot Brodie entrance. You will be required to swipe into the building using your ID. Anyone entering the Bannatyne campus after hours will be required to swipe through the Brodie main entrance for access. Entry to Apotex can be through HSC or Brodie. Card access will be monitored to ensure only those individuals allowed on campus are attending. Anyone entering the campus without a reason to be there may have their access denied. 

UM Libraries also offers virtual help online, with many resources available for students and instructors. Reserve an appointment with one of our librarians.

We recognize there will be a need to eat lunch on campus and have set up common lunch areas for access by all students. One is in the Joe Doupe Concourse (2nd floor BMSB outside of Frederic Gaspard Theatre) and the others in the Apotex atriums (first 3 floors of Apotex). Wipes and sanitizer are set up in these areas for students to clean their tables once finished eating and the seating has been arranged to enable physically distance while eating. 

Please note, there is a capacity of 64 students at the same time in these areas combined. All students will have access to their respective lounges for use of a fridge and microwave to store/heat their lunch; however you are not able to eat in these areas due to capacity limits with physical distancing. 

Food, water and coffee availability

  • Water fountains will be unavailable, so please bring your own water. 
  • Most food and coffee services on campus remain closed with some exceptions for take-out.

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Campus safety

While limited on-site academic and research activities continue, UM takes a proactive approach to student and staff safety and security on our campuses. Find out more about current UM safety measures and what you can do to help keep yourself and our community safe

UM Safe - campus safety app

If you are required to come to campus, Security Services has launched a campus safety app that you are encouraged to download – UM Safe. UM Safe sends safety alerts and provides instant access to campus safety resources.

It includes “Work Alone” and “FriendWalk” features, and a Mobile BlueLight safety feature similar to the stationary blue lights on our campuses.

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Common COVID-19 questions for students

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 protocols to ensure you have the information you need to make informed decisions and be prepared should you need to visit the UM campuses.

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

The health and safety of our UM community remains our top priority. If you are not feeling well, go home immediately or stay home and use the Shared Health Screening Tool to determine if you should be tested. You are required to self-isolate until you get a negative COVID-19 test, or until 14 days has passed.

The screening tool can be found online or you can call 1-877-308-9038 for the tool in an interactive voice response format (IVR). Please contact your instructor/advisor after you are home, to let them know.  

For additional resources to support you if you are ill, please visit the Resources for Students page.

What should I do if I need to go for COVID-19 testing?

Contact your instructor/advisor to let them know that you are going for COVID-19 testing. Please see the COVID-19 flow charts for next steps to follow in this process. 

What should I do if I have been told to self-isolate by Manitoba Public Health?

It is important that you follow all directives from Public Health and not attend campus. Please notify your instructor/advisor to let them know of the directive you have received from Public Health. Those individuals receiving the report will then connect with the campus reps for next steps.

Should I be letting others know (staff, faculty, students that I was around) I am going to for COVID-19 testing?

No, ensure that your instructor/advisor knows you are going for testing and they will follow the required next steps including who needs to be notified as per the COVID-19 reporting flow charts.

If Public Health notifies me I tested positive for COVID-19 what should I be doing next?

It is essential that you follow the directives Public Health provides related to self-isolation. If you test positive for COVID-19 and were on a UM campus, Public Health will notify the appropriate University of Manitoba contact to let them know. We will then determine the best way forward to minimize risk to the campus community.

There is no obligation for you to report your test result. However, if you are comfortable sharing your test result with your instructor/advisor please do so. This may speed up our response on campus as Public Health is currently inundated with requests. Anyone that is symptomatic and not willing to report their test results must stay off campus for at least ten days. If you expect to be absent from one or more classes, then you should contact your instructor; you may be required to provide medical documentation for extended absences.

What should I do if I came into close contact with someone who is getting tested or is positive for COVID-19?

If a close contact or someone in your household has COVID-19, you must immediately enter mandatory self-isolation until public health officials advise that you can end self-isolation. For more info on self-isolation for confirmed cases, visit the provincial COVID-19 website.

How will I know if I was in the same place as someone who tested positive on campus?

Public Health does an in-depth case investigation to identify close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. In general this means people who live in the same household, or people who spent more than 15 minutes within two meters of the case. If you are concerned that you meet this definition of a close contact you could self-isolate and wait to be contacted by Public Health for further direction.

How can I ensure my personal health information is being treated confidentially around COVID-19 reporting?

The University of Manitoba is obligated to comply with The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA). The UM is ensuring that personal health is protected and that only the minimum number of people will have access to testing information for an authorized purpose. If you have any questions, you may contact the Access and Privacy Officer at karen.meelker@umanitoba.ca.

When and where will I be provided the 3-ply mask that is required on campus?

You should wear a personal cloth mask when you come to campus. When you enter your classroom, lab or study space you will be given a 3-ply mask to put on immediately. When you leave, you will remove the 3-ply mask and put on your personal cloth mask. Your 3-ply mask should be disposed of. You may see people wearing cloth masks on campus prior to arriving at their destination.   

Can I take off my mask if my classmates and I are physically distanced in the theatre, classroom or lab where our in-person session is being held?

No, you must keep your mask on at all times even when physical distancing is possible.

The only times you can remove your mask briefly are when you are eating/drinking while physically distanced (3 metres) or when you are in an office alone with the door shut.

Can I take my mask off if I am studying in a classroom with a friend but we are two metres apart?

No, a mask must be work at all times even when physical distancing is possible, except briefly when eating, drinking or during strenuous exercise.

Can I take my mask off in the bathroom?

No, as bathrooms are small enclosed spaces, you need to wear your mask while in a bathroom.

Who is the Health and Safety Committee?

The UM Health and Safety Committee has been formed to work with Manitoba Public Health and UM faculty, staff and students if a positive case is identified in our community. UM will respect privacy protocols while ensuring we provide timely communications to support the health and safety of our university community and limit the spread of COVID-19.

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