FAQs for Students Living in Residence

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I am a student living in residence and was not able to move out by May 31. What should I do?

York University will not require any student impacted by the ongoing strike to leave residence. You should have received an email from us on May 21 asking you to let us know if you have extenuating circumstances that prevented you from leaving by May 31. Please email us at undergradres@yorku.ca if you have not already done so. We fully appreciate that students are in a variety of situations and we are absolutely committed to providing the supports you need. We will review each individual circumstance on a case-by-case basis.

Please rest assured that if you require an extension in residence in order to complete fall/winter courses that have been suspended during the strike, we will accommodate you.

If I leave residence and then my winter course resumes but I can’t return to residence because of my other commitments, what can I do?

As outlined in a communication to students on May 11, we now expect to remediate and complete any courses from the Y and W terms through a variety of flexible options that will be determined when the labour dispute ends. This will include opportunities to complete work without physically being on campus. Your professor will be in touch when the strike is over to provide information about remediation. If you are unable to attend in person, you will not be penalized and will be provided with alternative means of completing the course. Students should feel free to move on with summer plans.

What can students living in residence do when certain classes have been suspended?

We encourage students to stay on top of their studies. Residence Life is offering additional programming to bring students living in residence together – we’d love to see you out at these events. Talk to your Don or visit your residence Facebook group for more information. This is also a great time to take advantage of workshops available on campus through various departments, such as the Career Centre , Learning Skills Services  and Student Counselling & Development.

Students looking to stay active can visit Tait McKenzie.

International students can participate in events hosted by York International.

 Will Residence Community Standards change during the labour disruption?

No. As a residence community member it is imperative that you continue to follow community standards (e.g., quiet hours) – they are in place for your benefit and that of the greater residence community. They help create an environment that is conducive to study, sleep and success. Please be considerate of others who choose to use this time to focus on their studies and/or may have classes, examinations or instructional activities not covered by the suspension.

An alleged breach of community standards will be addressed as outlined in York University’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities . Those found responsible may face sanctions, such as educational requirements, fines, residence suspension and denial or loss of residence eligibility.

Should I tell anyone if I plan to be absent from residence during the labour disruption?

If you live in undergraduate residence and plan to be absent during the disruption you should inform your Don for safety and security reasons.

If I want to go home until the labour disruption ends, will I still have to pay for residence?

Undergraduate Residence and York Apartment Tenancy Agreements remain in effect. Although some students may choose to leave residence temporarily during a labour disruption, residents/tenants will continue to have access to their room/apartment.

What if I want to move out of residence during the labour disruption?

Undergraduate Residence and York Apartment Tenancy Agreements remain in effect. Please refer to the Undergraduate Residence Agreement. If you are York Apartment tenant, please refer to the details of your signed Tenancy Agreement. If you have specific questions, contact Housing Services.

Will I still receive my mail?

Yes. No disruption is expected to mail delivery by Canada Post; however, there may be some delays with deliveries.

My courses have been suspended and I haven’t been coming to campus. Can I return the unused portion of my Meal Plan?

Yes, any unused portion can be returned. Please contact Food Services to return the unused portion of your Meal Plan.

I live in residence and am still attending my classes. Will restaurants and food service outlets be open on campus?

Yes. Food Services has confirmed that restaurants and food service outlets will be operating during the labour disruption; however, some are operating on a modified schedule. Please visit the Food Services website for hours of operation and details.