Important things to know the week of April 8 to 15
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, thank you for your efforts, and those of your family and friends, to ensure the safety and well-being of others during this challenging time. Updates in the past week include:
Voluntary Withdrawal Date: Senate Executive approved a further extension of the voluntary withdrawal date to May 10, 2020, for courses taught in the 2020 Winter Term, including spanned courses scheduled over the 2019 Fall – 2020 Winter Terms. This will allow students more time to consider their decisions and to consult with academic advisors. In addition, this date also aligns with the date by which students are required to declare their grading preferences. A COVID-19 webpage for students provides detailed information and resources.
We are continuing to provide supports, programs and services for students even though we are not physically located on campus. Please visit umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/students which has the most up-to-date information and resources for students on and off-campus.
Students who are experiencing any technical difficulties during their exam should contact the IST Service Desk right away at 204-474-8600 or toll free (North America) 1-844-626-1756.
The Academic Learning Centre continues to provide academic supports. All Academic Learning Centre supports are available online including individual tutoring (in writing, content study skills), supplemental instruction sessions, and workshops. To make an appointment and for more information visit the COVID-19 academic supports website.
Staff and student parking fees will be refunded or waived for the month of April. For staff, the April fee will not be withdrawn from your bank account. Please continue to check the parking website for updates.
All employees continue to work from home with only limited access for employees deemed as essential to our work. Research, scholarly works and creative activities have been suspended (with exceptions approved by VPRI) for most on-campus/field sites. Researchers will continue as much research as possible remotely. All events have been cancelled or postponed, including Spring Convocation.
What’s happening with mailed items? See information about mail and other essential onsite services during buildings closure.
Support from the Libraries – The Libraries continue to provide collections and services online:
- Librarians continue to provide course support for online classes during Summer Term.
- Support for researchers in data management, data visualization and GIS, and open scholarship are available including online consultations and access to data sharing and storage platforms such as Dataverse.
- Open Education Resources (teaching resources with open copyright) are available for faculty and instructors.
- Student and faculty support is available through the AskUs online chat service and by contacting the appropriate subject liaison librarian
Books, Course Packs and The Bookstore (Summer Term 2020) – Instructors are requested to submit course materials requirements to the Bookstore as soon as possible.
Mental health supports are available for staff and their dependents through the UM Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) plan. Members and their dependents can contact Lifeworks by Morneau Shepell at 1-800-387-4765 (English) or 1-800-361-5676 (French).
Winnipeg Transit rapid transit schedule changed on April 12 with the launch of the BLUE rapid transit line.
Monitor the umanitoba.ca/coronavirus website for daily updates.