The Tier Building with snow on ground on Fort Garry campus in November 2021. // Photo by Chris Reid

COVID-19 information for students

Latest updates

    • Updated UM COVID protocols apply on all campuses from May 4 until the end of Summer Term. 
    • Masks are required in all indoor spaces: KN95 strongly recommended, minimum standard is 3-ply medical ASTM Grade 2.
    • Students who are required to be on campus and will be provided with KN95 masks, visit the health and safety website for distribution locations and hours. 
    • Please stay home if you are sick. Work directly with your instructors to seek reasonable accommodation. If you have to miss class due to illness info under Resources for Students.  
  • BOOK YOUR COVID-19 BOOSTER

    All adults (age 18+) can receive a booster shot (third dose) of a COVID-19 vaccine and it is strongly recommended to receive your booster as soon as you are eligible. Boosters are available at any location that offers the COVID-19 vaccine. A shorter timeline is recommended for some groups. Visit the Province of Manitoba website for eligibility criteria and information on where to book a vaccine.

    University Health Service is offering both Pfizer and Moderna boosters. Call 204-474-8411 to book an appointment. 

    For more information about vaccines, please visit our Vaccine Information page.

Your health and safety on campus are paramount.

Resources for students

UM is committed to supporting our students during this time. Learn about resources available if you are experiencing health or financial issues, or looking for information to help you succeed and stay connected.

Finding a doctor or a clinic near you

If you are living in Manitoba and do not have a family or primary care doctor, visit the Government of Manitoba Family Doctor Finder page to find one in your area. If you search “doctor near me” online, you will find a list of all the walk-in and private clinics nearest to your home.

Access to health care for international students

Any international student who is registered with the University of Manitoba will be covered by the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP). This includes degree-seeking students, English Language Centre program students, and those in Extended Education certificate programs.

MISHP provides you with primary health coverage, which allows you to access medical services in Canada from doctors, clinics and hospitals. To find out where to go for the health issue you are experiencing, visit myrightcare.ca or mishp.ca.

For eligible international students covered by MISHP who are required to be tested for COVID-19 in approved testing sites, the medical expenses incurred for testing will be covered under your plan. For more information, please visit mishp.ca.

Please note that newly enrolled international students are covered on an emergency basis for up to one (1) calendar month prior to the start of their first academic term. During this period, medical treatment and testing for COVID-19 will only be covered if symptoms began after departure from your home country.

If you have to miss class due to illness

If you are unable to meet a course requirement due to medical circumstances you are currently not required to submit a medical note. However, you are required to contact your instructor or academic advisor by email to inform of the missed work and to make arrangements for extensions, deferrals, or make-up assignments. Please follow these guidelines if you are unable to meet an academic requirement for your courses:

  • Contact your instructor for term work such as a class, quiz, midterm/test, assignment, lab;
  • Email your instructor/advisor from a UM email address, and include your full name, student number, course number, and academic work that was missed.
  • Inform your instructor/advisor as soon as possible do not delay. Note for final exams, you must contact within 48 hours of the date of the final exam; and
  • Contact an advisor in your faculty/college/school of registration for a missed final exam (scheduled by the Registrar’s Office, during the official exam period).

Use this Missed Academic Work Form (PDF) to help you to communicate with your instructor or academic advisor.

Health and wellness resources

If you are in need of supports or resources, you’ll find a variety of mental health and well-being supports accessible to students.

Find the full list of student supports and campus services, and how to contact them at Student supports.

Financial supports

UM emergency loans

If you are experiencing an unexpected financial expense, the UM emergency loan programs may be able to assist you with short-term (interest/payment free) loans.

Financial support for Indigenous students

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) has compiled additional financial resources that may be useful if COVID-19 has impacted Indigenous students’ work or income.

Healthy eating options

It’s important to eat well but we also understand that money may be tight, and you may need to look to a food bank. Some options include:

  • UM’s Foodbank is now open for in-person service. Visit the UM Food Bank website for more info on who is eligible.
  • Harvest Manitoba (formerly Winnipeg Harvest) is another food bank option. Find out more on the Harvest Manitoba website.
  • Agape Table provides $1 or free bagged breakfasts and distributes hampers on behalf of Harvest Manitoba. Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Located at 364 Furby Street. Contact at 204-786-2370 or find more information on the Agape Table website.
  • Oak Table provides free lunch service Monday- Thursday between 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m. Located at 109 Pulford Street.
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. for emergency supplies of food, basic sanitary needs, baby needs. 8:30 am-4:30 weekdays. Call McGregor location at 204-925-0330/204-925-6816 or Spence location at 204-925-0352/204-925-0348.

If you are out of Winnipeg check out Food Banks Canada to find Food Banks located near you.

On-campus services

Study spaces at Fort Garry campus

Absolutely no food or drink will be allowed in study spaces. KN 95 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:

Building Name

Floor Level

Room Number

Comments

Isbister

2

231

Quiet study space

Isbister

2

235

 

Tier

2

206

Quiet study space

Tier

3

306

Quiet study space

Tier

4

408

Quiet study space

University College (Lecture Hall)

2

237

Quiet study space

University College (Lecture Hall)

2

244

 

Robert B Schultz Lecture Theatre

1

172

Quiet study space

Armes Lecture Theatre

2

208

Quiet study space

Parker Chemistry Building

2

256

 

Duff Roblin

2

P230

 

Helen Glass Centre

2

260

Quiet study space

EITC 3

1

E3-360

Quiet study space

EITC 3

1

E3-362

 

All of these spaces will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday. Armes and Education will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each weekday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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

Need help? Just Ask Us or make an appointment with a librarian. Access the collections and other library services online.

Visit our COVID-19 updates page for current library hours and service

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

Computer labs at Fort Garry campus

Building Name

Floor Level

Room Number

Machray Hall

1

108

Machray Hall

1

111

Machray Hall

1

112

Machray Hall

1

113

Elizabeth Dafoe

0

008

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.

You require your UM 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.

KN95 masks are mandatory on all UM campuses. You may enter the campus with your own mask and then change into a KN95 mask which will be provided by your College, Department, Program, Unit.

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

The Brodie Centre Atrium is set up with physically distanced lunch spaces for students to have their lunch. This is only area where eating is permitted on campus.

Food, water and coffee availability

The water has been turned back on for most buildings, and most water fountains — including all water fountains in UMSU University Centre — have been re-opened for use and are fully functional.

Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses

Check the status and hours of available food and coffee services on our Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.

Messages from the Vice Provost (Students)

Welcome to Summer Term, Bisons!

Message from Laurie Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) – May 9, 2022

For those of you studying over Summer Term, we are beyond excited to welcome you back! We have missed your energy on campus these past two years and are looking forward to seeing you in person.

Whether you are a new student joining us for the first time, or a continuing student looking to get ahead in your degree, there are some important things to know for the return to in-person classes.

COVID-19 Protocols

Wearing a mask is still required for Summer Term. KN95 masks are highly recommended, but 3-ply medical masks (ASTM Grade 2) will be the minimum acceptable. UM will supply all necessary masks.

Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces, including all common spaces, classrooms, labs, doorways, corridors, workspaces, libraries and study spaces. Masks are not required when you are alone in a closed-door space, when consuming food or beverages in a location designed for food consumption (no food or drink is allowed in study spaces), or any outdoor space.

Proof of vaccination is no longer required on UM’s campuses for Summer Term, however, vaccination is still strongly recommended as the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

To ensure the continued safety of our campus community, please stay home when you are sick and work directly with your instructor to seek reasonable accommodation.

Supports

University is an exciting, challenging time. If you are a new student, a current student, or are taking a break from your studies for Summer Term, there are resources available to support you. The Student Supports web page features a diverse range of resources to help you succeed, including those focused on health and wellness, academic success, and supports for everyday life.

On that website you will also find specific resources for Indigenous students, international students, new students, graduate students, and military members and dependents. I encourage you to check it out!

Weekly Wednesday Conversation Group for International students

The International Centre is hosting a weekly conversation group for international students during the summer and all students are welcome. This is a great opportunity to learn about Canadian culture and how to adapt to your new home, get tips for making connections on campus, and practice your Canadian “small talk”. The sessions are every Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.. Meet at the International Centre, Room 541 UMSU University Centre, and set off to explore campus with new meeting locations every week.

Manitoba International Student Health Plan

International students, I encourage you to attend the International Centre’s Manitoba International Student Health Plan information session on May 12, where you will learn about your health coverage and how it works before you need it.

Stay active with Rec Services

Don’t put your health and wellness on hold this summer! Even if you’re not taking courses, you can still access the UM Sport and Recreation facilities during the Summer Term. Contact rec_services [at] umanitoba [dot] ca for more information or visit the Recreation Services website.

Check out employment Opportunities with Mini U

Looking for an exciting summer employment opportunity on campus? Mini U Programs has a number of positions available for July and August. If you are a passionate leader who thrives in a fast-paced, team environment, have an interest in physical activity, and have experience working with children, visit the Mini U Programs employment page today.

Maclean’s Student Satisfaction Survey

This is your opportunity to show your UM pride by sharing your student experience! Every year, Maclean’s magazine rates post-secondary institutions across Canada and a key part of their assessment is based on student opinion. Take the survey and you could win a $500 Visa gift card! 

Convocation

Celebrate the success of your fellow students. Spring convocation is happening on the Fort Garry Campus from June 7-10. There will be separate ceremonies for graduating students from the Bannatyne Campus on May 19.

I will be in touch again as Summer Term progresses. Meanwhile, be sure to check your UM email, read the Student Weekly e-newsletter, and follow UM Student social media channels like @umstudent and @umfirstyearcentre.

I am wishing each of you good health and much personal and academic success this term. And remember, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

April 22, 2022: Update to UM students

Dear Students,

As we approach the end of Winter Term and prepare for exams, I’m checking in with you one last time to see how you’re doing and to remind you of the academic resources and supports that are available to you. I also want to echo President Benarroch’s message to you earlier this week and acknowledge the tenacity and adaptability that brought you to this point in your studies. As he said, “you are living through an historic period, one that has changed our global society in ways we don’t fully know yet”. May this motivate you to achieve your highest potential and, ultimately, to apply all that you are learning beyond our campus borders – in our communities, businesses, labs, clinics, and concert halls. Indeed, each of you has the potential to contribute to lasting, positive change.

To ensure that you are prioritizing your own self-care during this time, we have compiled a series of articles on exam-related topics and supports for you:

If you need motivation or are tired of preparing for exams on your own, join a virtual study hall for final exam prep.

As always, there are also a range of student supports available to you at the University of Manitoba, and I encourage you to reach out if needed. We are here for you.

To find your Final Exam schedule, view your exam location, and familiarize yourself with university policies and procedures before writing your exams, click here.

Register for Summer Term

We are excited to welcome you back for fully in-person course delivery for Summer Term 2022.

Registration for Summer Term is now open. If you wish to register, registration access times for students at the Bannatyne and Fort Garry campuses are available in your Aurora account.

To view your registration time:

  1. Log into Aurora.
  2. Select ‘Enrolment and Academic Records.’
  3. Select ‘Registration & Exams.’
  4. Select ‘Registration Time and Status.’

Choose the academic term from the dropdown menu – your registration access time for the selected term will be displayed.

I also encourage returning students to check out the Summer Term Planning Guide. Although primarily designed for students who are beginning their studies at UM, it also contains useful information for current students registering in the Summer Term for the first time. 

To access a complete list of important dates and deadlines for the Summer Term, click here.

Celebrate at Spring Convocation

We are pleased to announce that this spring our Convocation ceremonies will be held in person. Convocation will also offer a virtual experience for those who aren’t able to attend in person or don’t feel ready to attend a large in-person gathering.

Convocation ceremonies for February and Spring Graduates from the Fort Garry campus will be held from June 7- 10, 2022.

Separate ceremonies will be held for graduating students from the Bannatyne campus (May 19, 2022), Extended Education (June 9, evening) and Université de Saint-Boniface (June 13, 2022).

To view the ceremony schedules, visit the Convocation Dates and Times page.

Graduation Pow Wow

Join the Indigenous Student Centre for UM’s Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Everyone is welcome.

All Canadian Indigenous graduates (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) are encouraged to register so they can be honoured at the celebration. To register, visit the Graduation Pow Wow webpage. The deadline to register is April 29, 2022.

Stay on track with UM Achieve

As you navigate your undergraduate studies, please remember that UM Achieve can provide you with degree progression information at your fingertips. For example, if you are making the transition from U1 to your chosen faculty, UM Achieve will look at the courses you have taken to date and identify what you still need to complete to meet the requirements of your program.

To learn more about how UM Achieve can help you stay on track in your program, click here.

Stay active with Rec Services

Don’t put your health and wellness on hold this summer!

Even if you’re not signed up for classes, you can still access the UM Sport and Recreation facilities during the summer term. Contact rec_services [at] umanitoba [dot] ca for more information or visit the Recreation Services website.

Check out employment Opportunities with Mini U

Looking for an exciting summer employment opportunity on campus? Mini U has several positions available for July and August! If you are a passionate leader who thrives in a fast-paced, team environment, have an interest in physical activity, and have experience working with children, visit the Mini U Programs employment page today.

Explore Post-Graduation Work Permit Information for international students

The International Centre is organizing an information session for international students about the Post-Graduation Work Permit on May 6 at 10 a.m. At this session, you will learn about eligibility requirements and program criteria, including how to apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), required documents, creating an online MyCIC account, and potential benefits of obtaining Canadian work experience as the holder of a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Advance registration is required. To find out more, click here.

I am sending you all good wishes for a productive and fulfilling exam period. As grueling as it might feel at times, remember that this is your moment to demonstrate all that you have learned this term. Pace yourselves. Be kind to yourself and others. And continue to show us all what Bisons are made of. You’ve got this. 

Take good care,

Laurie

March 22, 2022: Update for students on Summer Term, resources and COVID-19 protocols

Message from Laurie Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) – March 22, 2022

With the return of the Canada geese and warmer weather on the way, that means a new academic term is on the horizon. I know that many of you have been asking about the status of in-person learning and COVID protocols for the Summer Term. I am writing to reinforce key information conveyed in the President’s message yesterday and to provide important updates.

Changes to UM COVID-19 protocols

President Benarroch has announced that as of May 4, UM will no longer require students, staff, faculty and visitors to show proof of vaccination when attending campus, and Summer Term will be in-person. UM will also continue to offer a wide variety of Distance Education courses.

We have heard from many of you that masking is still welcome, and based on advice from our health experts, masks will continue to be required in all indoor spaces.

If you are sick, please stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for a minimum of five days. Immediately contact your instructor to make arrangements for extensions, deferrals or make-up assignments without academic penalty. The missed academic work form can be used to help communicate with your instructor.

Your health and safety, and that of our UM community, are priorities. As President Benarroch said, we will remain nimble and will reassess our plans if the public health situation changes significantly before Summer Term. 

Until May 4, please remember that current UM COVID protocols remain in place.

Resources and supports

While our return to in-person learning is welcome news, I know that some of you may feel anxious – especially if you haven’t attended the campus in-person for two years – or ever! I want you to know that UM continues to offer a variety of student supports to help you with this transition. Whether it’s academicshealth and wellness or support for everyday life, there are resources available, regardless of your circumstance. 

If you are looking for tips to manage anxietythis new article on UM Today includes some grounding techniques from a Healthy U volunteer. 

There is also a highly trained team of Peer Helpers who are available for one-on-one appointments to discuss anything from your experiences during the pandemic to challenges that you are having in your classes to strategies for navigating the campus in person. They can also help you find ways to get involved in university life and meet new people. On March 28 and 31, they are facilitating two “Taking Time for Self-Care” events – check them out!

The latest resources, programs and supports for Indigenous students can be found on the COVID-19 Indigenous supports page. Follow @umindigenous on Instagram for the latest information on Indigenous news and events at UM.

New international students are encouraged to attend the International Centre’s Lessons Learned and Future Goals session on April 7 to meet experienced international students, hear their tips and strategies for success, and ask questions. Join us!

As we get closer to Summer Term, I will communicate additional information about programming that the Student Affairs team is planning to help you with your transition back to campus life – stay tuned! 

Manitoba student loan payments affected by the war in Ukraine

If you have been affected financially by the war in Ukraine and need help making existing student loan payments, contact the Manitoba Student Aid office at 204-945-6321 or toll-free at 1-800-204-1685 to fast-track your application for the Repayment Assistance Plan. Otherwise, impacted students who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the war in Ukraine are encouraged to contact Jane Lastra, Associate Registrar and Director, Financial Aid and Awards.

Get involved!

Two years ago, on March 23, UM closed its buildings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You are invited to join the campus community as we reflect on the past two years – how we worked together to overcome the many challenges that we faced, and will draw on collective hope as we look toward the future, at Riding the Waves: Reflecting on Two Years of Pandemic LivingWednesday, March 23, at 11:30 am. This event is hosted by St. John’s College Chaplaincy and UM Spiritual Care and Multi-Faith Centre, in person at the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, or you can attend virtually by viewing from this site.

Also on Wednesday, March 23, the University of Manitoba is inviting all students to Building the Student Experience, an informal come-and-go community conversation on the future of student housing developments on campus. Drop by 204 University Centre between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to provide your input and identify housing priorities for the University of Manitoba. Refreshments will be served.

On April 7, attend Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and watch graduate students go head-to-head (virtually), summing up their theses in three minutes flat! If you’re interested in research, future grad studies, or want to cheer on other students, check it out!

Stay active

Taking cake care of your physical and mental health helps to relieve stress. Recreation Services, now operating at 100 per cent, offers in-person and virtual options to help you stay active. 

We are all Bisons!

Get involved as a volunteer or cheer on the Bisons this month when the best in the country come to play. Visit gobisons.ca for details: U SPORTS Men’s Volleyball Championship March 25-27

It has been great to see so many of you back on campus this term. A walk through the Price Engineering complex, for example, serves as a reminder of the vibrant campus community we dearly miss and look forward to experiencing again very soon. 

Wishing you all my best in the latter weeks of the Winter Term. Until next time…

Take good care.

 …Laurie

March 14, 2022: Update for UM students on resources, health protocols until end of Winter Term

Dear students,

With many of you making the transition back to in-person learning and studying, we want to assure you – and all students – that we are continuing to take precautions to keep you safe.

As you know, the provincial government is beginning the process of loosening their pandemic-related restrictions this week. However, we expect our UM community to continue to follow the updated UM health and safety guidelines. The health and well-being of our students remains a top priority, and it is up to everyone on campus to work together to contribute to this effort.

The following protocols are effective until the end of Winter Term on May 3.

Mandatory vaccination

UM’s vaccine mandate requires all students and employees on campus to be double vaccinated and to have uploaded proof of vaccination on UM’s website, or to have received an approved medical or religious exemption. Rapid testing is no longer an alternative to vaccination.

Masking required

KN95 masks must be worn in all indoor spaces on UM campuses. The only exceptions are if you are alone in a room with the door closed or eating in areas designated for food consumption. Masks are not required outdoors.

If you visit the COVID-19 health and safety website, you’ll find a list of places where you can pick up a mask, and the hours of operation for each.

If you are coming to campus and do not have a KN95 mask, you can wear your own cloth or 3-ply mask while you go immediately to the closest mask pick-up location. After the initial mask pick-up, it’s expected that you will have a supply of KN95 masks to wear, even when attending the distribution locations to access more masks.

Reporting illness

If you are not feeling well, stay at home or immediately go home.

We strongly advise you to follow UM’s existing self-isolation protocols. Updated process charts are available on the COVID-19 website health and safety page for those who are on campus and begin to feel ill, and another chart if you were a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Close contacts are people who have shared space with a COVID-positive person during their period of communicability.  Specifically, these are people who were within two metres/six feet of a COVID-positive individual for a total of 10 minutes over a 24-hour period. 

If you are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 and need to self-isolate:

Students should immediately contact their instructor to make arrangements for extensions, deferrals or make-up assignments without academic penalty. The missed academic work form can be used to help communicate with your instructor.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, our team of experts will advise as to when it will be appropriate to adjust the health and safety protocols in place. For up-to-date information on UM’s COVID-19 response and protocols, please visit the COVID-19 website

Additional information regarding resources and supports

The latest resources, programs and supports for Indigenous students can be found on the COVID-19 Indigenous supports page. All Indigenous Student Centre programming is still available – this page lets you know how to connect with each.

New international students can meet fellow international students and share experiences at the Lessons Learned and Future Goals session of the International Centre’s Culture and Connection series for new students.

Get involved!

Two years ago on March 23 UM closed its buildings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You are invited to reflect on the challenges we have faced over the past two years, recognize how we have worked together to overcome them, and find collective hope in the future at Riding the Waves: Reflecting on Two Years of Pandemic Living, Wednesday, March 23, at 11:30 am. Please join St. John’s College Chaplaincy and UM Spiritual Care and Multi-Faith Centre in person at the Chapel of St John the Evangelist or you can attend virtually by viewing from this site.

On March 17th from 1-2 pm, the Faculty of Graduate Studies is offering a session to help graduate students establish the most effective online research profiles: ORCID, Scopus, Publons, Google Scholar: Making Sense of Research Profiles.

On Wednesday, March 23, all students are invited to Building the Student Experience, an informal come-and-go community conversation on the future of on-campus housing development at UM. Drop by 204 UMSU University Centre between 11:30 am -1:00 pm to provide your input and identify housing priorities for UM. Refreshments will be served.

Stay active

Taking cake care of your physical and mental health helps to relieve stress. Recreation Services, now operating at 100 per cent, offers in-person and virtual options to help you stay active.

We are all Bisons!

Get involved as a volunteer or cheer on the Bisons this month when the best in the country come to play. Visit gobisons.ca for details:

Canada West Track and Field Championships March 18-19

U SPORTS Men’s Volleyball Championship March 25-27

As I observe our many UM community members making the full return to our campuses, I am hopeful that we can continue to help and support one other with the same empathy and kindness that I have witnessed countless times throughout the past two years. I hope this reminder of our COVID-related protocols and the many resources, programs and supports available to you has been helpful.

All my best,

Laurie

February 28, 2022: Update to Winter Term

Whether you are returning to campus for classes or studying remotely, I hope you’ve had a restful week, with the opportunity to recharge, catch up on some studying, and reconnect with friends and family.

While we are all encouraged by the easing of pandemic-related restrictions in our community, troubling events elsewhere in the world continue to occupy our minds. My thoughts are with our Ukrainian students and those with ties to Russia and Eastern Europe who have been affected by the invasion of Ukraine. UM has many student supports and I encourage you to reach out. We are here for you.

Those looking for avenues to show your support are encouraged to consider a donation to the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. Last week, the Federal government announced that it will match all eligible donations made between February 24 and March 18, 2022.

THE RETURN TO CAMPUS
For those returning to in-person learning and studying, check out the return to campus website and the following information that you may find useful:

MASKS
KN95 masks must be worn in all indoor spaces on UM campuses. The only exceptions are if you are alone in a room with the door closed, or eating in areas designated for food consumption. Masks are not required outdoors.

Several mask distribution tables will be located across campus. Say hi to the friendly staff members in blue shirts who, in addition to providing you with a KN95 mask, can offer you wayfinding advice and a campus map of study/computer lab locations that are open. Masks will be available at the tables Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. until March 11 at the locations on the covid-19 health and safety website. On that site you’ll also find a list of Libraries and other areas where you can pick up a mask, and the hours of operation for each.

If you are coming to campus and do not have a KN95 mask, you can wear your own cloth or 3-ply mask while you go immediately to the closest mask pick-up location. After the initial mask pick-up, it’s expected that you will have a supply of KN95 masks to wear, even when attending the distribution locations to access more masks.

STUDY SPACES ON CAMPUS
Study spaces are available to you on both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. Detailed information can be found on this web page under “On-campus services”. The Libraries also have study spaces available. 

If you are looking for a place to eat on either the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campus, please visit the where to eat on campus web page.

PARKING
If you are commuting to campus for the remainder of Winter Term, you can now purchase a monthly student parking permit for March and April at the same per-month price as a full student permit. The March monthly permit includes February 28, so you won’t need to worry about paying for parking on that additional day.

If you are only going to be on campus certain days of the week, you can also purchase a flexible student parking permit that is valid for select days. Please visit the parking website for details on how to purchase a permit.

CAMPUS TOURS
If you haven’t been to campus yet, or you would just like a refresher, Student Life is offering campus tours every Wednesday in March featuring key buildings, study spots and offices. Visit the return to campus website for details and to register.

Outside of class time, I encourage you to participate in the “Where’s Billy?” scavenger hunt that begins on Monday morning (February 28) on Instagram. Find all nine Billy the Bison posters at various campus locations by March 11 for your chance to win great prizes from the Bookstore.

STUDENT SERVICES AND SUPPORTS
Below is an update on the status of Student Affairs services and supports for the remainder of Winter Term:

OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR AND ENROLMENT SERVICES
Financial Aid and Awards, the Registrar’s Office and Admissions offices will continue to offer services remotely for the remainder of Winter Term, with the following exceptions:

Students who request emergency pick-ups of Transcripts, Enrolment Verifications and other documents.

STUDENT SUPPORT
Student Counselling, Student Accessibility Services, Student Advocacy and Case Management, Spiritual Care, Health and Wellness, the Sexual Violence Resource Centre, and Student Services at Bannatyne will continue to offer services and programming remotely, however:

In-person front office staffing and/or drop-in hours are available for students on campus who visit these offices. Please contact the offices directly to identify available times.
University Health Service (UHS) is open for virtual or in-person appointments in its temporary location in the trailer (ACW parking lot).

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT & SUCCESS
All programming and services will continue to be delivered remotely, including tutoring supports, and advising activities, however:

The First Year Centre and Career Services receptions are open for those students who are on campus.
The International Centre reception will be open in April.
Some Student Life programming (e.g., tours and programming for students engaged in in-person learning) will be taking place on campus.

MENTAL HEALTH
If you are feeling stress or anxiety, whether you are returning to campus or are continuing with remote learning, there are many student supports in place to help you and a range of self-care tips you can add to your toolkit. Regardless of your level of need there is support available. 

ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS
The UMGSA, in collaboration with campus partners, is offering two virtual workshops on March 8th as part of their new Mental Health Morning program:

  • Resiliency & Hope: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Climate Anxiety: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration is required

STAY ACTIVE
Be sure to take care of your physical and mental health during this time. Recreation Services offers in-person and virtual options to help you stay active and relieve stress.

GET INVOLVED!
Register to attend a session on March 3rd from 3-4 p.m. with Peer Helpers and campus experts to learn more about joining clubs, volunteering opportunities, recreation and more!

WE ARE ALL BISONS!
Cheer on the Bisons later this month when the best in the country come to play. Visit gobisons.ca for details:

Throughout the remainder of Winter Term I will share updates with you by email, but I encourage you to  continue visiting the COVID-19 website for up-to-date health and safety information, and follow @umstudent on Instagram.

Welcome back. I wish you all the best as you resume your Winter Term studies.

Take good care.

February 18, 2022: Update to UM students

Dear students,

Next week is Winter Term break. I encourage you to take advantage of this time to recharge by getting outside or connecting with friends. Start the week off by celebrating Louis Riel Day at one of the many local events honouring the Founding Father of Manitoba, and be sure to take part in today’s #MétisTakeover on Instagram.

On February 28th we will begin the transition back to in-person learning. I want to assure you that your health, well-being and academic success remain our priority. As noted in today’s health and safety message from the Provost and the Vice-President (Administration), COVID-19 protocols on campus have been updated and will take effect on February 22nd. You can read more about those updates on the COVID health and safety page.

A reminder that KN95 masks will be available in the following buildings, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. until March 11:

Beginning Feb. 22:
Fletcher Argue close to IT Service Centre
UMSU University Centre

Beginning Feb. 28:
Machray Hall Lobby
Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC) Atrium
Extended Education
Libraries (varying hours – refer to the update):

  • Elizabeth Dafoe Library
  • Science & Technology Library
  • E. K. Williams Law Library
  • Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library
  • Architecture/Fine Arts Library
  • Archives & Special Collections
  • Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library
  • Father Harold Drake (St. Paul’s College) Library

Brief and Temporary Absences
Based on recent questions from students, I would like to remind you that if you become ill during the term and are unable to attend class and/or meet a course requirement, it is important to inform your instructor by email and to make arrangements for extensions, deferrals or make-up assignments. Follow the guidelines outlined on the COVID Students page and fill out the missed academic work form to help in your communications with your instructor.

Returning to Campus
Students returning to in-person learning are encouraged to visit the new “Return to Campus” website regularly to take advantage of the programs and resources being developed to support you. Some highlights:

Get oriented to campus:
Whether it's your first time on campus, or you just need a bit of a refresher, the Student Life team is here to help you find your way. Register for an in-person tour of the Fort Garry campus during the Winter Term break (all tours will run 1:30-3:00 p.m.):

 
Study Spaces
Throughout Winter Term Break, study spaces will continue to be available in various buildings across the Fort Garry campus and at the Bannatyne campus. Complete details regarding study spaces for the remainder of Winter Term, including extended hours and spaces earmarked for students attending remote classes while on campus, will be available on the website prior to February 28.

If you are navigating between in-person and remote classes, the UM BookStore is offering a selection of earbuds with a built-in microphone ($12.99-$14.99) and will be open during Reading Week, Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Libraries
I am excited to announce that effective February 28 the Libraries will be reopening as follows:

  • Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Science and Technology Library, E.K. Williams Law Library and Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Architecture/Fine Arts Library, Archives and Special Collections, Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library and Father Harold Drake Library (St. Paul’s College) (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.) 

The Albert D. Cohen Management Library, Donald W. Craik Engineering Library, St. John’s College Library and William R. Newman Agricultural Library will remain closed for the remainder of Winter Term.

Attention Graduate Students
The UMGSA in partnership with Student Counselling Services is offering the following virtual workshop and has asked that you hold this date, with registration details to be communicated soon by the UMGSA and Faculty of Graduate Studies:

Resiliency and Hope: Moving Forward with Post-pandemic relationships, communication and life in graduate studies
Date:     March 8
Time:     9:00 a.m. -10:30 am

We are here for you!
If you are feeling stress or anxiety, whether you are returning to campus or are continuing with remote learning, there are many student supports in place to help you find ways to cope or add self-care tips to your toolkit. There is support available, regardless of your level of need.

Get involved
There are plenty of opportunities to connect or reconnect with peers and the community as we progress through the shift to in-person activities. Here are a few examples:

Where’s Billy? In the pre-dawn hours of February 28th, images of Billy the Bison will be posted across the Fort Garry campus. When you’re not in class, have some fun with this scavenger hunt, and you’ll be eligible to win some prizes!

  • The first clue to get you started on February 28: Billy will be hiding out at the entrance to the place you’ll need to go when you’re writing your first arts/humanities essay! HINT: EDL are important initials here.

Trivia time! Connect with your peers, test your knowledge of campus and familiarize yourself with important resources on campus and how to access them at the Campus Resources Trivia  event, February 22 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Stay active. Be sure to take care of your physical and mental health during this time. Recreation Services offers in-person and virtual options to help you stay active and relieve stress.

We are all Bisons!
The Bisons women’s hockey team will host the Canada West quarter-finals at the Wayne Fleming Arena on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m. (if necessary). Students get in free, game day protocols are in effect.

Later in March, Bisons will also host:      

#weareallbisons
I am feeling hopeful and excited as we make our way back to in-person activity. As always, I am inspired by your resilience and unwavering commitment as members of our UM community of learners. 

I will continue to provide you with updates regarding the safe return to campus and ask that you monitor your official UM inbox and follow @umstudent on Instagram.

Until then – I wish you a restful and restorative Reading Week!

My best,

…Laurie

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

February 18, 2022: Update on course delivery for the remainder of Winter Term

Dear students,

Last Friday, the University announced plans for a partial return of in-person classes effective February 28. I’m writing today to provide a brief update and to share information regarding the resources available to students to support your academic and personal success.

Decisions regarding course delivery for the remainder of Winter Term have been made and all courses that are designated as Remote Learning (RL) and those that are In-Person (TBA) effective February 28th are now appearing in Aurora. Rooms/locations for in-person courses will be assigned next week. As always, please check Aurora before you return to classes on the 28th in the event that changes have been made.

As a reminder, Aurora is your definitive source of information regarding course delivery for the remainder of Winter Term:

  • Courses marked RL are courses that are being delivered entirely remotely
  • Courses marked DE are distance education courses that are being delivered entirely online
  • Courses marked TBA are courses that will be delivered in-person with the physical location to be announced before February 28.

Your health, well-being and academic success remain our priority. Deans, department heads, faculty and staff across UM have been working together to plan Winter Term course delivery – balancing academic requirements for in-person learning with the safety of our community. I would like to thank all those involved for responding so quickly to facilitate this planning.

For those returning to in-person learning, we are continuing to take precautions to keep you safe. Health and safety protocols are being reviewed and updated regularly. Programs and resources have also been designed specifically for students transitioning back to in-person learning:

  • Ease your academic and physical transition. On Monday, February 14 from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. learn from your peers at A Phased Return to Campus: What Students Need to Know. During this virtual session you’ll find out how to determine course locations (in-person and online), navigating COVID-19 rules and regulations, and connecting with other students in the UM community.
  • Get oriented to campus. Physical tours of the Fort Garry campus will be available over Winter Term break and for two weeks following the break to support you in locating key academic buildings, study spaces, and more. We are also working with campus partners to develop some fun ways to help you navigate the physical campus that will include the opportunity to win some prizes.

In next Friday’s all-student email I will provide more details about plans to support your transition to in-person learning.

Stay active. Be sure to take care of your physical and mental health during this time. Recreation Services offers in-person and virtual options to help you stay active and relieve stress. If you'd prefer something outdoors, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management has arranged freshly groomed crosscountry ski trails at Southwood Lands that you can access with your own equipment at any time. If you don't have equipment or would like to try crosscountry skiing, Winterpeg.org will have their Mobile Ski Library available with free ski rentals on Friday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Southwood Lands.

All change, even positive change, can bring forward feelings of stress or apprehension. Student supports will continue to be available to ease the transition back to on-campus learning. Please remember – whether you are an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or a student in one of our professional programs – an array of services and resources is always available to support you.

I’ve promised to connect regularly and will continue to update you with developments as we navigate this ever-evolving situation. Please continue to monitor your official UM inbox, follow @umstudent on Instagram, and check UM’s COVID-19 website for updates.

Let’s continue to support each other as we have been throughout the last two years. As I think about the weeks ahead, I am feeling tremendous optimism and am really looking forward to seeing our UM community return fully to our campuses in the coming months!

All my best,

Laurie

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

November 26, 2021, 10:30 a.m. re: mandatory vaccination enforcement

November 26, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Dear students,

Thank you to the 26,000+ individuals – 81 per cent of the student population – who have already uploaded your proof of vaccination. We appreciate your commitment to the health and safety of our campus community by uploading your proof of vaccination by the November 14 deadline.

I am so pleased that after nearly two years, we will be returning to in-person classes in Winter Term 2022, as so many of us have hoped for. To support this, I will reiterate that everyone must be fully vaccinated and upload their proof of vaccination to be on campus, commencing Winter Term 2022.

Rapid testing alternatives will not be available to those who have chosen not to submit their proof of vaccination, unless they have received an approved exemption.

To protect the safety of our UM community, all students who have not uploaded their proof of vaccination and who have not received an approved exemption will be identified and de-registered from in-person Winter Term courses.

Vaccination appointments are available at University Health Service or on the province’s website.

If you are fully vaccinated and have not already done so, visit the vaccination registration site right away, to upload your proof of vaccination. If you have already uploaded your proof for the Fall term, you do not need to resubmit your proof of vaccination.

For the remainder of Fall Term, anyone who has not uploaded proof of vaccination must participate in UM’s rapid testing program and have a negative COVID-19 test result before participating in on-campus activities.

For more information, visit UM’s COVID-19 website. If you have questions, please direct them to safereturn@umanitoba.ca.

I recognize that these have been challenging times for you. I want to stress that the measures the university is taking underscore our fundamental commitment to the health and well-being of our campus community and to a safe return to the in-person experience that we all miss.

I look forward to seeing you on campus in Winter Term!

All my best,

Laurie

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

October 8, 2021, 11:30 a.m. re: resources and supports for students, UM bursary program, vaccine update, bargaining update, UM Bookstore update

Dear students,

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to send a brief update, a few reminders, and wish you a happy, restful long weekend.

Did you realize that October is Student Success Month at UM?! Whether you are a new student or returning, our priority is your success – both academically and personally. Now is the best time to access the supports that will help you build and refine the skills you need to achieve your goals. Throughout the month all students are invited to participate in free workshops focusing on career prep, stress management, academic writing, research skills, cultural adaptation and identity, and more. Check them out!

Indigenous students can also access a number of services, resources and programming at the Indigenous Student Centre, and meet with student advisors or take part in Indigenous student programming at UM. For cultural learning and other activities, follow the Indigenous events calendar.

UM bursary program

The application window for the 2021/22 UM Bursary Program closed on October 1st. There was a very positive response to the program, and we have seen an increase in applicants over last year! Assessments are now underway, and awards for successful students will be applied directly to winter fees, by December 1st. Please continue to check your Aurora student account for updates.

The health and safety of our campus community

Another UM priority is your health and safety. Earlier this term it was announced that all students, staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination by November 14. This deadline applies to you whether you are attending classes in-person or remotely. Please upload your proof of vaccination as soon as possible. This is critical information the university needs to prepare for a full return to in-person learning in the Winter Term. Uploading is quick and easy – it took me less than 5 minutes.

If you are headed to campus, take time to review the Return-to-campus FAQs, which address common questions, and the COVID website, which is the best source for UM safety protocols and the current health and safety measures being taken on our campuses.

Please remember that if you are not vaccinated and are coming to campus, you must undergo rapid testing. If you are attending the Bannatyne campus or the Helen Glass Building on Fort Garry campus, you will receive on-site rapid testing. For all other buildings on Fort Garry campus, visit the Fitzgerald Building, 55 Chancellor’s Circle (rooms 303 and 304) between 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Test results will be valid for 72 hours (48 hours for College of Nursing). If you are coming to the Fort Garry campus after hours, you’ll need to visit the testing site during their open hours to pick up a testing kit, and then email UofM.rapidtesting@umanitoba.ca.

Regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated, if you are experiencing any symptoms, even mild ones, do not come to campus - get tested for COVID-19. Ensure that your instructor/advisor knows you are ill and follow the guidelines here if you are unable to meet an academic requirement for your courses.

Keep active and have fun

Recreation Services is back in full swing! Staying active promotes a variety of health benefits, mental well-being and can help relieve stress and anxiety. Through the Sport and Rec fee, UM students have access to sport and recreation facilities, casual rec use and group fitness classes at the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. Students also have the option to participate in UM REC Clubs, Intramural Sports and instructional programs at an additional cost. Visit UM Recreation Services and take advantage of everything available to you.

Claim your free tickets and cheer on the Bisons all month long! Women's hockey opens their season on Friday, October 15 against the Calgary Dinos. Football returns to IG Field looking for a 3-0 record against the Dinos on October 16, and UBC faces off against men's hockey on October 22. Visit gobisons.ca for details. I hope to see you at the games! #wearellbisons

Bargaining update

You may have seen or heard that the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) has recently voted to hold a strike vote later this month. A strike vote is a vote by the employees in a bargaining unit (in this case UMFA). The vote's outcome determines if the employees in a bargaining unit are authorized to call a strike, though it doesn't necessarily mean a strike will be called. Regardless of the outcome of this vote, please be assured that we are committed to providing stability for students through the timely conclusion of bargaining with UMFA. For regular updates I encourage you to visit this site.

An update from the UM Bookstore

As of October 12, proof of vaccination plus a government-issued or UM staff/student ID are required to enter the UM Bookstore. Orders can be placed online or by phone for delivery or pick-up at the Customer Service window. Visit umanitoba.ca/bookstore or call 204-474-8321.

Finally, congratulations to Fall graduates! As you celebrate your many accomplishments from October 18-21 and on November 10, members of the UM community will be cheering you on virtually! The digital platform we’re using for the event will offer a safe and immersive celebration. In addition to the ceremonies, you can access a digital photo booth, a live chat, a downloadable digital yearbook, faculty after-parties and a virtual tour through the Gallery of Awards. Find out more about making the most of your convocation experience and how to use the platform.

I hope that this message has been helpful to you. I’ll be in touch again soon with more updates and resources to help you thrive at UM. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Take good care.

My best,

Laurie

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

September 23, 2021, 4:30 p.m. 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 Learn. Get 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)

More information

If you are feeling unwell, have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 health and safety protocols webpage for information on what to do.