Students socially distancing on campus wearing masks


updated January 14, 2021 Latest COVID-19 updates and messages for UM students

    • Winter Term 2021 and Summer Term 2021 will be delivered primarily remotely, with the exception of a very small number of courses that require in-person delivery.
    • If you are a student who is ill and unable to get food, medical or other necessary supplies, visit the Resources for students page for options to help you.
    • Grading accommodation options for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Terms are in place. For more information, please please go to the Academic Support section on the Resources for Students page.
    • The Province of Manitoba has announced remains at the critical/red level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, as of Thursday, November 12. Pandemic restrictions are in place to reduce close contacts among Manitobans and help stop the growing community transmission of COVID-19. For information about updated health and safety protocols at UM, read this UM Today story.
    • UM has implemented reduced student parking fees to $10.00 per month from January 1st, 2021 until April 30th, 2021.  Parking privileges will be reactivated as of January 1st, 2021 and will be valid in any reserved student parking lot on campus. 
    • All UM sport and recreation facilities will be closed until further notice. Visit the Virtual Health and Fitness website for online programming.
    • All study spaces in libraries are closed. Online libraries services are still available. 
    • Study spaces will remain open except for those located in the Libraries.
    • If you are required to come to campus, you must wear a 3-ply disposable mask at all times on UM grounds.
    • Public health officials are advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID test results. Learn more.
    • As of Oct. 20, 2020, 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 student supports page for more information.
    • Many student services available online or by phone.
    • Check the Registrar's Office website for academic schedule dates and financial payment deadlines.

January 14, 9:00 a.m. From Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) re: Summer Term, Student supports, Resources webpage, UM Career Fair

Dear students,

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2021 Winter Term! I hope that you had a restorative and restful break.

Whether you are new to the UM community or continuing in your studies, we are here to support your personal and academic success. There are a wide range of student supports available to you – please take advantage of them as needed throughout your academic journey.

As you will have read in President Benarroch’s message this week, in keeping with our continued commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the UM community, Summer Term 2021 will be delivered primarily remotely. Please note that registration for Summer Term will open in Aurora on April 5th

While we are all encouraged by the news that vaccinations are slowly rolling out in Manitoba, each of us must continue to be vigilant in ensuring our own health and safety and that of others in our community. We have created a webpage about COVID-19, specifically for students, that provides a great deal of useful information and resources, including protocols aimed at keeping our community safe, a list of on-campus study spaces, and much more. If you are required to come to campus, the webpage also features a list of what is open on campus, and how to access those areas.

As you prepare to launch into your courses, please check out the presentation, “Are you ready for Winter term?” delivered by undergraduate academic advisors. It includes an overview of grading options and how to prepare for a successful semester.

I also encourage you to register for the virtual UM Annual Career Fair taking place January 21st. Over seventy employers are participating! Remember, it’s never too early to explore your career options.

And, lastly, if you are new to the University, I encourage you to participate in the winter welcome this week. Many outstanding sessions are being offered and, if you missed some of them, recordings will be available.

I will be in touch again as things continue to evolve. Meanwhile, be sure to check your UM email, read the Student Weekly e-newsletter, follow UM Student social media channels, and check the student COVID-19 webpage regularly.

I am wishing each of you good health and much personal and academic success this term. Remember that we are in this together, and above all, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

My best,

Laurie Schnarr

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

January 13, 2:30 p.m. President Michael Benarroch update on Summer Term and supporting our collective success

Tansi. Happy New Year.

As we embark on 2021, we know that together we will continue to make our community proud. Looking forward with optimism and hope, I want to share an update on Summer Term 2021 as well as some of the innovative ways we are supporting our collective success.


The health, safety, and well-being of our community continues to guide all decisions. That is why the University of Manitoba has decided that Summer Term 2021 will be delivered primarily remotely, with the exception of a small number of in-person courses, similar to your Winter Term experience.

We made this prudent decision as early as possible to supporting planning the rest of our academic year. Further communications regarding Summer Term will follow, and I encourage everyone to keep using the resources on our COVID-19 page, which is updated regularly and provides information on support services, study spaces, precautions and programming.

Thank you to faculty, students, staff and everyone for your continued resilience and commitment to UM’s mission and vision.


I encourage everyone to continue to follow public health advice, despite the immense sacrifices that requires for so many of us. We all look forward to the day we can begin to safely welcome our community back to campus, but for now, we must stay the course while we continue to find new ways to support each other—students especially.


I am excited about the many new initiatives we are piloting, including the launch of a Virtual Advising Help Centre, expanded options for virtual study halls, improved digital communications to students, as well as expanded workshops and counselling services.

We are also looking forward to offering an additional intake for student bursaries this winter term. More information will be coming soon. In recognition of how challenging this time has been for our students, the provincial government has provided an additional $3.1M through their Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI). Thanks to this support and the generosity of UM alumni and donors, an additional $4 million in bursary support will be made available to provide immediate financial assistance to over 5,000 UM students.

Donors have also partnered with the University to help eligible students acquire financial support for needed technology. The COVID-19 UM Student Technology Fund has raised $245,000 to offer meaningful support to students in continuing their studies remotely.


I am proud to lead a community that continues to advance equity, diversity and inclusion. As part of that effort, the University of Manitoba is releasing an important document: Upholding the Principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion During COVID-19. I encourage everyone to watch for the release of this handbook in the coming weeks as we work together to ensure EDI is embedded in all that we do.  


Thank you again to our community for supporting enriching research and scholarship, and empowering students with a world-class education. As I look forward to 2021, I believe we have a bright year ahead. Our hard work, innovation and resilience have truly been worth it and we will make it to the other side of this pandemic with renewed strength and vision.


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 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

UM mask policy

The wearing of masks is now mandatory on all UM campuses.

  • This applies when indoors at all times on UM campuses even when physical distancing is 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.

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:

  • Welcome Centre, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bannatyne Campus:

  • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Avenue from 5:30 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.

Study spaces at Fort Garry campus

Please note that designated study spaces in Libraries have been closed due to the Provincial Code Red.All libraries, including Elizabeth Dafoe, Sciences & Technology, and Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Libraries, are now closed.

Study spaces (except for those in Libraries) are still open.
Hours of operation are: 
7:30 a.m. · 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday .

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. 

All study spaces at Bannatyne campus will be temporarily closed until further notice. 

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.

Pembina Hall Fresh Food Co.

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  1. Sign up for an account
  2. App prompts for a café access code. Use code: UOFMB to access UM locations.
St. John's College

Getting to and around campus

If you need to travel to campus, you can learn more about student parking for Winter Term 2020 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

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. 

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.

More information about UM Safe.

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

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, during strenuous exercise or when you are in an office 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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