Students socially distancing on campus wearing masks

Students

updated September 24, 2021 Latest COVID-19 updates and messages for UM students

    • UM is initiating a phased reopening beginning with Fall Term 2021. Please see the Fall Term 2021 section below for more information.
    • 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.

    Provincial and federal regulations

    • Manitoba's provincial response level is caution/yellow. Current public health orders will remain in effect until at least September 7, 2021.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals can travel within Canada without being required to self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who has received one or no vaccine doses is still required to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Manitoba from other areas in Canada. Those who have travelled to Manitoba from international destinations must follow federal testing and isolation requirements. As of August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated students from the U.S. can also travel to CanAda without being required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
    • Visit manitoba.ca/covid for full details about self-isolation.
    • 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

    • If you are required to come to campus, you must wear a 3-ply disposable or reusable mask at all times indoors. Three-ply masks must be worn outdoors where 2m physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • 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.
    • The Active Living Centre, Joe Doupe Recreation Centre, Max Bell Centre and Frank Kennedy Centre have increased to 75% capacity and workout blocks have been extended from 90 minutes to two hours effective August 9.

      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 for:
      • All users of UM’s indoor sport and recreation facilities
      • All spectators attending Bisons home games
      • At this time only those who can provide proof of approved COVID-19 vaccination will be admitted.
      • As of Thursday, September 23, participants using indoor UM sport and recreation facilities can remove their face masks when engaging in physical activity and while in their individual workout spaces (i.e., at equipment). Movement in and between equipment/activities will require masking at all times.
    • Over 500 single occupancy residence spaces in both Pembina Hall and Arthur Mauro residences will be made available initially for the Fall Term, but more spaces – including double occupancy in Arthur Mauro - will be added if public health orders permit.
    • Beginning July 26, 2021, Elizabeth Dafoe and Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Libraries are open for individual student study space. See the Libraries COVID-19 updates for details.

September 23, 2021, 4:30 p.m. From Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) re: resources and supports for students, vaccine information, new tools for UM, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Dear students,

With the rush of the first days of Fall Term behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to check in and remind you of the resources and supports available to you at the University of Manitoba. They have been adapted to our current circumstances with your personal and academic success in mind. Read more about them on UM Today and below.

Indigenous students can access a number of services, resources and programming at the Indigenous Student Centre, where student advisors can help you achieve your personal and academic goals. Learn more about Indigenous student programming at UM.

The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) team has announced that grants up to $4000 are available for students with disabilities through Manitoba Student Aid.  Please call or email us to talk about supports, services and grant options. We are here for you!

The International Centre provides international students with a variety of services and resources including an event series for new international students on culture and connection that spans the Fall Term.

As members of the University of Manitoba community, we all have the right to feel safe and accepted. We also have a responsibility to act with integrity, to be accountable, and to demonstrate respectful behaviour, online or in person. View this video from students, staff and faculty that affirm the values of the UM community and check out this website for information including where to go for help.

The Food Bank remains closed to in-person visits however, it is offering contactless delivery from our partner, Food Fare Winnipeg. To be eligible, students must be enrolled (full or part-time) in the current academic term. If you are in need of a hamper, please see the following link for full details and how to place your order: https://umanitoba.ca/financial-aid-and-awards/u-m-food-bank

Every year, the University of Manitoba offers over $6 million in bursaries to both new and continuing full-time and part-time students who have a demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic standing. Eligibility criteria and application requirements vary by award. Most require that you submit the UM General Bursary application, and some require additional forms or attachments. Please be sure to read the details of each bursary carefully before applying. Full details and how to apply, can be found at: https://umanitoba.ca/financial-aid-and-awards/bursaries

Keeping our community safe - COVID-19 vaccine verification and asymptomatic testing

You will have received an email from our Safe Return email address that outlines how to provide proof of your full vaccination. Thank you to the thousands of students who have already done this! Even if you are not planning to attend campus this Fall Term, it’s critical that you provide us with this information to help us better plan for a full return to campus.

The same email message announced that we are now requiring all students and employees who are not yet fully vaccinated to undergo COVID-19 asymptomatic rapid testing prior to participating in any activity on campus.

  • On Fort Garry campus, the testing site is in rooms 303 and 304 of the Fitzgerald Building between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.
  • Test results will be valid for 72 hours or 48 hours for anyone accessing a Rady Faculty of Health Sciences building.

For details on vaccine verification and rapid testing, visit the UM vaccine info website. 

New tools for UM

You may be asked by your instructors to access Yuja Video, UM's new video platform that allows you to securely create, manage, discover, collaborate and view live stream video content across any device. It is available as a menu option under the “Integrations” heading in UM LearnGet started today.

Earlier this year the Virtual Advising Help Centre (VAHC) opened and is available in the evenings and on weekends, too. The friendly team of students at VAHC can help answer your questions about life at UM including those you may have about your academic progress and more. Check it out!

Learn, reflect, connect and celebrate at upcoming events

UM will be closed to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30. I encourage you to take part in one of the many opportunities hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the UM community to listen, learn and reflect on this important day.

Connect with your UM community at Homecoming. This annual celebration includes many events where you can learn new skills, meet people, and have fun. Check out virtual Trivia Night, attend a Bisons football game for free, sign up for a job search webinar and more. 

For those who are graduating this Fall, be sure to fill out your virtual Convocation slide by noon on Monday, September 27 to be included in the ceremony. With the event being virtual, graduates, their families and friends can join the celebration whether they are here in Winnipeg or afar.

I’ll be in touch soon with more updates, information and resources to help you make the most of your time as a student at UM. Until then…

My best,

Laurie

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

September 8, 2021, 9:00 a.m. From Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) re: COVID-19 protocols, navigating UM, new student resources, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, stay connected

Dear Students,

Welcome to the first day of Fall Term! Whether you’re new to the University of Manitoba, coming to campus for the first time, or a returning student, I wish you the very best as you embark upon a new academic year.

Throughout the term, I’ll be sending you emails regularly to keep you up to date on information that affects students, and to highlight various resources that I hope you will find helpful. Today, I’m sharing important details on UM’s COVID protocols, university services, resources for new students, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and strategies for staying connected.

COVID-19 Protocols

All UM students, faculty, staff and campus visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals over age 12 are required to have their first dose by September 22, 2021 and their second dose by the end of October 2021. The University is holding vaccine clinics on campus, but you can also book a vaccine appointment directly through Shared Health or with the University Health Service on the Fort Garry campus.

When you come to campus, you’ll need to wear a 3-ply mask and maintain physical distancing. The pandemic is ever-changing, so I encourage you to regularly check UM’s COVID-19 website to learn what is required of you as a student.  

We were pleased to learn last week that international students are now eligible to receive a Manitoba immunization card. Further details on the number to call to receive a card can be found on the Manitoba Government website.

Navigating the University

During the Fall Term most programs, services and supports will continue to be delivered remotely. To find out how you can access the libraries, study spaces, and food and beverage services, visit this webpage.

If you are on campus during September 8-10, stop by UM Commons: Live in the Quad (look for the signs) and say “Hi!”. Students, faculty and staff from Student Affairs and other units will be on hand to answer questions, provide tours of campus and other helpful information.  

Planning to park on campus? There are a variety of permits available to suit your needs, whether you are on campus regularly, occasionally or on a flex schedule.

Take in a Bisons game or visit our campus fitness facilities – it’s a great way to meet new people and stay healthy. Students have access to these facilities and all Bisons home games through the Sport and Rec Fee applied to your tuition . This fee was approved by the student body several years ago and was instrumental in building the state-of-the-art facilities students enjoy today. Check out the Recreation Services website to book workout appointments and learn other important information. Remember that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required in all recreation facilities, as per public health restrictions.

Have questions and not sure who to ask? Visit the Virtual Advising Help Centre. Our team of Student Service Navigators are available seven days a week to help you find the answers you need or direct you to the right resources.

New to UM?

Check out the online hub UM Commons. It is filled with important information and resources to help you get ready for university study, thrive, and excel!

International students are encouraged to check out the supports and services provided by the International Centre. Visit the IC's website for events and programming opportunities, including, for example, the Culture and Connection series for students new to UM and Winnipeg.

Students with disabilities who are seeking accommodations, and haven’t yet contacted Student Accessibility Services, are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Arranging academic accommodations and supports takes time and we want to set you up for success.

Indigenous students will find a circle of support including staff, faculty and Elders who will help to make your university experience beneficial, accessible and successful. Visit here for more information. Connect with and build community by joining a campus group.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on Treaty 1 Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. In the spirit of reconciliation, UM will be closed on September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this important day of learning and reflection, I encourage you to take part in the many events and activities hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and members of our local community. More details will be shared through the NCTR website as they become available.

Stay Connected

Every week, you’ll receive UM’s student e-newsletter Student Weekly. It is the easiest way to get all the key information you need, like deadlines, events, scholarships, student supports and opportunities.

You can also follow @umstudent on Instagram. From Q & As with Academic Advisors to takeovers on yoga and meditation, this account is a key resource for students.

Whether you are learning remotely or attending some in-person classes, I wish you all good things as you pursue your studies. The path back to UM has begun and we are all excited to see you on our campuses soon!

All my best,

Laurie Schnarr

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

Updated August 27, 2021 Fall Term 2021

What is happening with Fall Term 2021?

UM is initiating a phased reopening beginning with Fall Term 2021. We have planned 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 have been considered for in-person classes, as determined by the various academic units. This class size limitation allows UM to ensure the required physical distancing as indicated by public health at the time of planning throughout our learning spaces. Labs will be limited to no more than 25, or to the COVID-19 room-capacity limit, whichever is smaller. 

Why is UM taking this approach for Fall Term 2021?

We are 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?

When you register for Fall Term 2021, spanned courses and Winter Term 2022 courses, 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 have determined 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. 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.

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

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.

Visit ProtectMB to book your vaccine appointment today.

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 have been 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. 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?

A number of spaces have been allocated to general use study spaces on the Fort Garry Campus, similar to spaces that were made available during the previous academic year. Additionally, two computer labs and the Libraries have space for students to study. Please refer to Study Spaces at Fort Garry campus in the Protocols and need-to-knows section below for specific locations and opening hours.

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. Read this UM Today story to see what businesses and services are currently open on both campuses.

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 are offered again for 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 two 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.

UPDATED AUGUST 27, 2021 Protocols and need-to-knows before you arrive on campus

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.

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.


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: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Science Library, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting September 7

At Bannatyne Campus:

  • Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Libary, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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

  • Students have the opetion to purchase flexible permits that are valid only for a specific day of the week.
  • Learn more about student parking for Fall 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.

 

Vehicle occupancy

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.

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

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

The following spaces have been allocated to general use study spaces on the Fort Garry Campus, similar to spaces that were made available during the previous academic year:

Due to the number of in-person classes taking place and the continued physical distancing requirements, the total number of general use study spaces is limited to approximately 150 spaces.

In addition, the Multipurpose Room in University Centre is planned to provide ‘course connection space’ for those students that may need to take a remote class before or after an in-person and may not have time to return home. We estimate that 76 spaces will be available (WIFI connectivity is available)
PLEASE NOTE: This room will not be available due to convocation and related activities from October 18th through 24th.. 

As well, two computer labs (007 Dafoe and 108-115 Machray Hall) will be available for students. In addition to the desktop computers, there is also space for students to plug in their own devices.

All of these spaces will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each weekday.

View map to see where study spaces are located
(Fort Garry campus)

 

The Libraries also has study spaces available:

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

Hours: Starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Library Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
Elizabeth Dafoe 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Bannatyne 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Science 8:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. Closed Closed

Finally, individual Faculties and programs may also set aside specific study spaces for their students so please check with your faculty/program administrative office.

 

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.

Pembina Hall Fresh Food Co.

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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.

Download UM Safe for Apple Download UM Safe for Android

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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