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Message from Susan Gottheil, Vice-Provost (Students)

November 4, 2016 — 

The following is a message from Susan Gottheil, Vice-Provost (Students) that was sent on November 4, 2016.

Dear students,

Conciliation between the University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association is ongoing, and we are hopeful that we can reach a positive conclusion soon. Your successful completion of this academic term is our top priority.

You have told us that one of your top concerns is mid-term exams. If your class/section is on the official list of continuing classes, your mid-term exams may take place as scheduled. Check with your instructor.

If your class/section is not on the official list of continuing classes, you are not responsible for any coursework for this course while the labour disruption continues—including mid-term exams. Mid-term exams for these classes/sections will not take place during the strike, but may be rescheduled at the completion of the strike.

Mid-term exams for classes resuming at the end of a strike will not be held on the first day a course re-starts. An appropriate schedule to make up for lost time in courses will be determined once they appear on the list of courses being offered, or at the end of the strike. Please check the official list of continuing classes often as it will be updated regularly.

We are also able to confirm that the holiday break will proceed as originally planned. The University will be closed from December 23, 2016 to January 2, 2017.

We are working hard to answer all questions you may have through our FAQs and the strikeinfo [at] umanitoba [dot] ca email. We know that many of you have other questions that we haven’t yet answered—for example, the voluntary withdrawal deadline and the impact of the strike on the final examination schedule, as well as how much notice you will have before returning to class once an agreement between the University and UMFA has been reached. We are doing our best to answer these important questions, and will pass on that information as soon as we can.

Please continue to refer to www.umanitoba.ca/strikeinfo for the latest updates and answers to your frequently asked questions. We want to help guide and support you during this time of uncertainty.

We are hoping for an agreement to be reached as quickly as you are.

Susan Gottheil, Vice-Provost (Students)

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