Students FAQ

For Specific FAQs for Students please review:

General Student FAQ

How will the CUPE 3903 labour disruption affect students?

The University will remain open during the labour disruption and will continue to provide as many services as possible.

The University expects that all full-time faculty will carry out their duties and responsibilities at the normal times and places scheduled.

The University remains open. All classes that can continue will continue. Libraries, residences, restaurants and other food outlets, administrative offices and other university facilities will remain open.

Some classes, labs and tutorials will have to be temporarily suspended. Decisions regarding suspending classes, labs and tutorials will be made on a case-by-case basis, as circumstances require. The University will accommodate and support all students, including those whose studies are interrupted.

You now have two options for verifying course the status of your specific courses: my.yorku.ca and www.yorku.ca/coursestatus.

Courses will either be indicated as “active” or “suspended” along with any special notes or comments related to the course. You may also call the relevant department or school for course information. Check this website for further information about the labour disruption.

How will I receive information and updates during the labour disruption?

During the labour disruption, the University will send information to all students by email and post FAQ updates on this website. The Labour Update website will be the authoritative source of information. The frequently asked questions (FAQ) section provides the most up-to-date and accurate information about the labour disruption. CUPE will also update their website.

How can I find out whether my class will be meeting?

You now have two options for checking course status: my.yorku.ca and www.yorku.ca/coursestatus.

You may also call the relevant department or school for course information.

Are University course directors or departments in contact with students?

Many professors and course directors will contact students about the status of specific courses; however, if you have not heard from your professor or course director please refer to my.yorku.ca and www.yorku.ca/coursestatus for details.

NEW: Who can I contact if I have Faculty-specific questions (for example, programs and degree requirements, course completion and course relief options, course status, etc.)?

If you have Faculty-specific questions about your program, degree requirements, course completion options, etc, please contact your Faculty representative listed below.

Arts, Media, Performance & Design
Office of Advising and Integrated Student Services
416-736-5135

Education
Laura Crane
416-736-2100, ext. 20053

Environmental Studies
(416) 736-5252

Glendon
(416) 487-6715

Health
Associate Dean for Students
Parissa Safai
416-736-2100, ext. 20896

Lassonde School of Engineering
ask@lassonde.yorku.ca
(416) 650-8215

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
apcourse@yorku.ca
416-736-5220

Osgoode Hall Law School
Assistant Dean, Students Mya Rimon
mrimon@osgoode.yorku.ca
Associate Dean (Students) Benjamin Berger
ads@osgoode.yorku.ca

Schulich School of Business
Student & Enrolment Services
studentservices@schulich.yorku.ca
(416) 736-5303

Science
Student Academic Services
416-736-5085

What are York students’ academic rights during the labour disruption?

York University Senate policy outlines the rights and responsibilities of students during a strike and provides students with the choice not to participate in their academic activities. For those making this choice, it provides immunity from penalty, reasonable alternative access to materials covered during their absence and reasonable extensions of deadlines. These rights do not relieve the student of the responsibility for mastering materials covered, nor guarantees students the same learning experience that they would have received.

In particular, section 2 of the Policy states:

2.1 Academic Integrity

In the event of a Disruption, the primary obligation of Senate is to ensure the academic integrity of all programmes. No dilution of standards normally expected of students should be permitted and there should be as little diminution as possible in the instructional or supervisory support given to students.

2.2 Fairness to Students

2.2.1 Students who do not participate in academic activities because:

a) they are unable to do so owing to a Disruption, or

b) they choose not to participate in academic activities owing to a strike or lock-out on campus

entitled to immunity from penalty, to reasonable alternative access to materials covered in their absence, to reasonable extensions of deadlines and to such other remedy as Senate deems necessary and consistent with the principle of academic integrity.

2.2.2 Such remedies shall not alter the academic standards associated with the missed activity, nor shall it relieve the student of the responsibility for mastering materials covered.

2.2.3 The availability of a remedy under this policy does not guarantee students the same learning experience that they would have received in the absence of a Disruption.

What are York students’ academic rights following the labour disruption?

The Senate of the University has a policy that outlines students’ academic rights and responsibilities following a labour disruption. When a settlement is reached, the Senate Executive Committee will determine the accommodations for work that remains incomplete according to the Senate policy on disruptions. Students will be notified when classes taught directly by CUPE 3903 members or suspended due to the impact of the disruption will re-commence through all available communications media.

How long could this labour disruption last?

The University is committed to reaching an agreement with CUPE 3903 with the least possible disruption to students. Visit this website for the most up-to-date and accurate information about the labour disruption.

What happens to my academic year if some of my classes are suspended?

York University will determine the options for completing courses and finalizing grades.

Students will be notified in advance through all available communications channels.

Will my classes, labs and tutorials be cancelled as a result of the labour disruption?

The University expects that all full-time faculty will carry out their duties and responsibilities at the normal times and places scheduled.

The University remains open. All classes that can continue will continue. Libraries, residences, restaurants and other food outlets, administrative offices and other university facilities will remain open.

Some classes, labs and tutorials will have to be temporarily suspended. Decisions regarding suspending classes, labs and tutorials will be made on a case-by-case basis, as circumstances require. The University will accommodate and support all students, including those whose studies are interrupted.

You can check the status of your academic activities through my.yorku.ca and www.yorku.ca/coursestatus.

UPDATED What can I do to help ensure the timely completion of my courses?

There are a number of ways you can help ensure the completion of your courses even if classes have been disrupted or if you are worried about accessing campuses:

  • Attend and participate in classes that are continuing.
  • If a course is not being taught, follow the readings on your outline and continue working on or preparing for any assignments, tests and examinations.
  • Take advantage of alternative access to course materials when available.
  • Stay informed about developments including changes to class and examination schedules.
  • Consider options that may be made available by the York University Senate.
  • If you wish to attend classes but are concerned about delays in accessing the Keele campus, consider taking the subway and use the York University and Pioneer Village stations.

Students are encouraged to read the “Completion of Courses and Finalization of Grades” published by the Executive Committee of the Senate for complete details about options for the completion of their courses.

I'm in a program offered jointly by York and Seneca. Will my classes at Seneca@York continue during the labour disruption?

Seneca@York will maintain normal operations and Seneca students are expected to attend classes as scheduled.

What does “remediation” mean?

Senate policy uses the term “remediation” to describe “accommodations for students, modifications of normal academic regulations, and adjustments in class and examination schedules” and it states that “the completion of courses will involve a combination of such changes.” Some academic options have already been announced, such as an extension of the date by which to drop a course without receiving a grade. Other options are always available to instructors and students, such as deferrals.

UPDATED Is the Winter Term being extended as a result of the labour disruption?

For courses that have continued throughout the disruption, there is no alteration of the length of the term and the term end-date. Classes for these courses are continuing as per their original schedule. However, course directors may arrange for alternative scheduling if needed to adjust the delivery of some elements of the course, for example due to non-participation by some students. Alternative scheduling at a time that is convenient for students and instructors can be arranged through the Registrar’s office.

For courses that have been suspended, a modified term schedule will be announced. There will be a reduction in the length of the term for these courses of a minimum of one week. Exceptions apply to programs that have strict accreditation requirements that define the length of term. When suspended courses resume, alternative scheduling of presentations, performances, labs, practica (that is, outside of regularly scheduled class meets) will be arranged at a time that is convenient for instructors and students.

UPDATED What will happen to tests and exams that are scheduled during the labour disruption?

The formal examination schedule for courses that have continued to meet throughout the disruption and students who are participating in those courses will end no later than April 23, 2018. This does not apply to courses that are currently suspended. The revised examination schedule is available on the Current Students website. An examination schedule for courses that are suspended will be announced when the disruption ends and posted on the Registrar’s Office website. This is also the examination schedule for students who chose not to participate in courses that continued.

When the strike ends, how long will it take before we know when suspended courses will resume?

You have the right to timely information regarding changed requirements, rescheduled academic activities and remediation procedures at the conclusion of the strike. The Senate Executive Committee will widely circulate information about labour disruption updates, including any changes to session dates, remediation, accommodations, or other information that affects your progress via email, York’s Labour Negotiation Update website, messages on University websites, social media and by other means as soon as it is available.

What will happen with assignments and in-class tests when classes resume?

Instructors in courses that will resume are urged to help re-orient students to their studies and discuss options and possible changes with them before and during the first class.

There will be a cushion period before assignments are due and tests are re-set.

I’m a parent and I’m concerned about the academic impact on my child. Who can I discuss this with?
If you have questions or concerns about the impact of the situation on your child’s learning experience, please contact the VP Students, Lucy Fromowitz, at vpstdnts@yorku.ca

UPDATED: Will the winter session drop date (March 9) change due to the labour disruption?

Please review the Course Relief/Course Drop Options section of the FAQs for more information about course drop deadline changes.

Note that dropping courses may impact your graduation status and your OSAP eligibility. Please review the information here about changes that impact financial aid: http://osap.yorku.ca/check-your-eligibility.

If you have questions regarding your program, direct your questions to your Faculty.

Is there a limit on the worth of tests in the final two weeks of classes?

Senate has a policy on the Limits on the Worth of Examinations in the Final Classes of a Term. This policy stipulates that no examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20% of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term.

For courses that have continued, this policy remains in force. Only in exceptional circumstance can this be waived.

For courses that resume on a revised class schedule, the policy may be waived to provide instructors with more flexibility to allow students the possibility of completing courses as quickly as possible while also ensuring that course learning objectives have been assessed.

UPDATED: Are summer session dates changing?

Please review the Summer Session Start Delay section of the FAQs for information about possible summer session start dates.

Will my course Moodle sites remain operative during the disruption?

Moodle will remain operative throughout the labour disruption. However, we encourage you to check my.yorku.ca and www.yorku.ca/coursestatus to verify the status of your courses.