The University of Guelph-Humber on Wednesday emailed the following contingency plan to students.
Statement from Guelph-Humber on strike contingency
Dear University of Guelph-Humber Students:
I am writing to provide you with updates and further information regarding the ongoing OPSEU strike. I hope to address your varied questions and expressed concerns.
Potential Changes to 2017-18 Academic Calendar
Due to the length of the strike, we will be changing the original 2017-18 academic calendar. However, given that this is a dynamic situation, no final decisions have been made and all plans are tentative.
Many of you have asked about this week’s strike vote, specifically what will happen if striking college faculty members vote to accept the settlement offer. I am sharing our contingency plan with you in the event of that outcome. As mentioned, this is a contingency plan that would be implemented only if the strike ends by Nov.17.
Potential Revisions to 2017-18 Academic Calendar – Key Dates*
· Classes would resume during the week of Nov.20 – 24, with the earliest first day back being Monday, Nov. 20.
· No classes, exams or tests will be held between Dec.22, 2017 at 6 p.m. and Jan.3, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Further changes to the academic calendar are forthcoming; I will email you as soon as updated information is available. Once plans are confirmed, we will be able to provide more program-specific information. As well, we will be reaching out to those of you in your final semester to discuss completion plans.
If you booked travel plans prior to Oct.16 to be away Dec. 18 to 22, please contact your academic advisor. We will work with you to ensure that your course completion plans accommodate your travel schedule.
No matter what changes are made to the 2017-18 academic calendar, our No. 1 priority is supporting your course completion.
Refunds and Rental Arrangements
For those of you who purchased a parking pass, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on the length of the strike. This refund will be automatically reflected on your student account within four weeks of the end of the strike.
There will be no additional charges for locker or textbook rentals as a result of the extension of the fall semester and students will be able to access their lockers and use their text books until the end of the semester.
For those of you living in Humber’s residence, you now have received specific information through the Humber Residence Office about how you will be accommodated if required.
I understand that students are frustrated about the situation and concerned about completing the semester; many of you have reached out to us during the strike.
Let me assure you that once classes resume, we will work to get course completion plans to you as soon as possible.
There will be many programs and services available to assist you in transitioning back to school, including health, social and academic skills supports. More information will be posted at www.guelphhumber.ca/updates, https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life/student-services and https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life/health.
Updated: November 9, 2017 On November 7, Ontario Labour Relations Board ordered a faculty vote to be held from 9:00am on Tuesday, November 14 through 10:00am on Thursday, November 16. Here is the notice of the vote, and here is the offer of settlement that is being voted on.
Links to detailed information about the services offered to University of Guelph-Humber students.
All of us at UofGH are here to support you. Please reach out to your academic advisor or program head if you have any questions.
As this is a dynamic situation, things may change quickly. We encourage you to monitor the Guelph-Humber website and your email regularly for updates and information.
As always, thank you for your patience, understanding and support during this difficult period.
Dr. John Walsh
Vice-Provost & Chief Academic Officer
University of Guelph-Humber