The University of Guelph-Humber announced a Student Strike Relief Fund on Monday to assist students who encountered unexpected costs because of the college union strike. 

Link to relief fund application

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The fund’s creation was first confirmed during an IGNITE-hosted information panel on Friday with school administrators.

Students can receive up to $500, however, for those that may require more funding, they are directed to contact the university’s Student Financial Services.

Applications for the fund will be accepted until April 30 of next year, and can be filled out via a link opening the document found on the Guelph-Humber updates webpage.

After a student fills out an application, it will be processed and a response will sent by email to the applicant up to three weeks later.

The fund was created in partnership with the Ontario education ministry, IGNITE Student Life and Humber College to help students who suffered with “specific unanticipated expenses” because of the strike, which lasted for over a month.

The announcement, sent to students via their school email, made clear the fund is “not designed to provide partial refunds or compensation for lost revenue or classes that will not be held because of the strike.”

Those who completely withdraw from the fall semester because of the strike are not eligible to tap into the fund, according to the statement.

The relief fund is nearly identical to the one being used by the Ontario college students.

On Oct 16, over 12,000 faculty, librarians and counselors went on strike, leaving the 24 public colleges and some 500,000 full and part-time students without classes due to collective bargaining negotiations not meeting a 12:01 am deadline.

The University of Guelph-Humber decided to close campus due to not being able to offer all of its programs in full and with the building being behind a picket line, administrators couldn’t ask students to cross it.

University faculty-taught courses started up again online by Oct 30, with full on campus classes returning Nov 20, and college courses resuming the day after.

More details to follow. Image 1 from Off-Campus Housing. 

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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