The University of Guelph-Humber said on Thursday the school will resume some classes digitally starting Monday regardless of the college union strike. 

The school says students will not be expected to face a picket line or go to the campus.

Only faculty employed by the University of Guelph will have their classes start back up again, with courses taught by their Humber counterparts unaccessible for the duration of the college union’s strike.

An email went out to students via Registrarial Services at 12:09 pm saying that “all course instruction will resume in an alternative format”, for example, online.

“Course delivery may include greater use of CourseLink, podcasts, livestreaming, voice-over PowerPoint and video-recorded lectures,” reads the email.

It appears GH university faculty, who are not part of the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union but the U of G Faculty Association, will not have to go on campus either.

The email requests students check their Courselink class websites for more information on their specific classes, and for general information, the updates page on the GH website.

Two weeks of striking

Due to a deadline passing for negotiations between the Ontario Public Services Employees Union and the Ontario Employers Council on Sunday, a strike came into effect Oct. 16 for Ontario’s 24 public colleges.

The University of Guelph-Humber is in the unique position of having both Humber College and University of Guelph professors at its campus.

The GH administration said that because they could not offer all programs in full without Humber staff, the university would shut down all classes in the event of a strike.


More details to follow.  Image 1 of Guelph-Humber from previous articles. Original version said classes were being resumed “on campus” but the Post has since fixed it to reflect “digitally”.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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