Message from Naomi Andrew, Acting Vice-President (Administration)
Mask wearing requirement at UM
As communicated on UMToday<https://news.umanitoba.ca/masks-now-required-at-um/>, for the continued safety of our UM community, we have updated the mask wearing requirements on all UM campuses. The wearing of masks is now mandatory on UM campuses even when physical distancing is possible.
The only exceptions are:
* For short periods of time when someone is eating or drinking while physically distanced from others
* If someone is alone in their office and physically distanced from others
* During strenuous exercise in UM physical activity centres
The Province of Manitoba has also announced that "Manitoba's public health officials will be elevating the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System level for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region to Restricted (orange) effective Sept. 28, with new measures being put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19". This includes the directive that "masks will be mandatory in all indoor public places in these communities".
Distribution of cloth masks
Faculty, staff and students will be given a reusable cloth mask that can be picked up as per below. Please note that due to limited quantities, no more than two masks per person are available.
Fort Garry Campus:
At the Fort Garry campus, students and staff may pick up their masks at the following locations:
* Welcome Centre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. M-F
* Elizabeth Dafoe Library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F
* Science and Technology Library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F
Pick up locations and hours of operation are:
* Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Avenue from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* Dentistry building, 780 Bannatyne Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Apotex side entrance, 750 McDermot Avenue from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Rehab Sciences building, 771 McDermot Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
As health and safety is our overarching priority, strict protocols are being followed at these stations including plexiglass shields, hand sanitizing stations, signage and fencing to ensure directional consistency and socially distanced flow throughout.
In order to avoid congestion, you should pick up your masks when you are coming to campus(es), and only if you are required to come to campus. Please do not make a special trip just to pick up a mask.
Please view this video<https://youtu.be/gvLA--hGU70> to see how to properly wear a non-medical mask. Or visit the COVID-19 UM Recovery webpage<https://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/recovery> for more information.
Maximum group sizes at UM
As part of Manitoba's public health officials' elevation of the RestartMB Pandemic Response System level for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region to Restricted (orange) effective Sept. 28: "All private and public gatherings will be restricted to 10 people both indoors and outdoors".
However, as mandated by the Province, most existing orders and rules for educational institutions remain the same, including for the University of Manitoba. A restriction on gatherings of 10 or more does not impact in person classes or research labs but does apply to any public or private gatherings, events and meetings. The rules in place for UM physical activity centres remain unchanged.
For more information for students, staff and faculty, visit the UM COVID-19 webpage<http://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus>.
I know that what you value most in these challenging times is certainty and stability, and so today we are sharing with all students, faculty, instructors and staff that the University of Manitoba's Winter Term 2021 will be delivered primarily remotely, with the exception of a small number of in-person courses, similar to your Fall Term experience.
We made this decision as early as possible in order to enable you to plan the rest of your academic year accordingly. Circumstances surrounding COVID-19 could potentially change, but today, with our priority your safety, health and well-being, continuing with primarily remote delivery is the most prudent course of action.
Over the course of my first three months as president, I have seen examples of innovation in teaching and operations that have impressed me deeply and reminded me of the resiliency and flexibility, the creativity and dedication, of our community.
Staff from across the university have come together in record time to adapt programming to online delivery. This includes the creation of new and exciting platforms such as UM Commons for our new students on which we have seen tremendous participation from students.
Amid so much "noise" and disruption, you are all making this - our core functions of teaching and learning, discovery and engagement - work remarkably well.
Students, please know that everyone associated with the University of Manitoba is working hard to ensure your success. We want this year to be special for you - in positive ways, so that as you continue your studies or move into the professional world, you feel thoroughly prepared for what lies ahead.
I want to thank and recognize our instructors and faculty members, who have demonstrated their commitment to students, and to continuing their research, scholarship, outreach and creative activities. Each of you has found ways to connect with students, to inspire and motivate, to engage. I also want to thank our staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure supports, resources, services and opportunities continue to be available to students, to maintain our campuses and in doing so showing your dedication to our students and to the work of the university. I speak on behalf of the entire University of Manitoba community, and many from whom I have heard in the larger community, when I say: Thank you, thank you very much.
We will continue to update you with any developments. Please keep checking the COVID-19 website<file:///C:/Users/campbe00/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/3IEO1V8J/umanitoba.ca/coronavirus> for updated information.
Michael Benarroch, Ph.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor
202 Administration Building, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Are you an international student studying at the University of Manitoba?
My name is Jonathan Worae and I am a Graduate student at the department of Sociology and Criminology. My advisor is Dr. Jason Edgerton. I am conducting an MA thesis on the topic; A Descriptive Survey Study of International Students’ Experiences Studying at the University of Manitoba: Motivations, Challenges, Coping Strategies and Supports.
In this study, international students are invited to participate in an online survey that seeks to find out the experiences of international students studying at the University of Manitoba. Your responses are very significant because they stand a chance to inform policies and frameworks on how to improve the well- being of international students in Canada, and at the University of Manitoba.
Only international students studying at the University of Manitoba who are currently residing in Winnipeg, or have resided in Winnipeg at some point during their studies at U of M, are asked to participate.
The link to this survey if you choose to participate, can be found here;
The survey is estimated to take 10-15 minutes to complete. It can be done on a laptop, tablet or smart phone. The survey is designed in such a way that your name will not be asked. Your responses will be anonymous and used only for study purposes, aggregated data will be used in my Master’s thesis and possibly in academic journal articles. Also, an executive summary of the study will be prepared for the vice-provost office.
Your participation is voluntary and you can choose to withdraw at any time or skip any question you do not want to answer. As the data will be anonymous (your responses cannot be linked to your name) we will not be able to withdraw your data after it has been submitted.
Other information is available on the online survey. The study has been approved by PSREB (Psychology and Sociology Research Ethics Board) at the University of Manitoba. If you have any concerns or complaints about this project you may contact the Human Ethics Coordinator (HEC) at 204-474-7122 or at humanethics(a)umanitoba.ca.
If you have questions about this study, kindly contact Jonathan Worae (principal investigator) on 204-333-6728 or email at woraej(a)myumanitoba.ca . Should you choose to participate and would like to see a summary of the preliminary results of the study, you can also email me at the above address. I will email send out the summary report to those who requested it by the beginning of December, 2020.
Jonathan Worae, MA candidate.
Department of Sociology and Criminology.
University of Manitoba.
In a continued effort to promote wellness and active living across our campuses, Recreation Services<http://umanitoba.ca/community/sport-recreation/recreation-services/membersh…> has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we are meeting and exceeding government regulations through the ongoing and safe re-opening of our Sport and Recreation Facilities.
>From September 8, UM students will have access to the Active Living Centre at the Fort Garry campus and the Joe Doupe Recreation Centre at the Bannatyne campus.
NEW waiver/agreement - In order to book a workout or group fitness class online, you must first complete a Gym Waiver/Agreement that outlines the assumption of risk (including risk due to COVID-19), release of liability, waiver of claims and indemnity agreement.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you will do this by logging in to your Aurora account<https://aurora.umanitoba.ca/banprod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin> and following the pathway outlined below:
Enrollment & Academic Records > Declarations > Gym waiver/agreement
If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign your Gym Waiver/Agreement. Please visit our website to download and print the form<http://umanitoba.ca/sites/default/files/2020-09/assumption-of-risk-release-…>. The fully completed form must be emailed to rec_services(a)umanitoba.ca<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> to be processed.
Once your completed Gym Waiver/Agreement has been received, either online (if over 18) or by email (if under 18), please allow at least two business days for Recreation Services to activate your account. Once your account has been activated you will be able to start booking your workouts online.
Please note that in order to prepare for Fall Term, student gym access will not be available from September 1 to September 7.
Booking your workouts - In order to maintain physical distance regulations and accommodate cleaning protocols, both the Active Living Centre and Joe Doupe Recreation Centre will be operating at limited capacity. All workouts will be available in 90-minute blocks and you will be able to book your spot up to two days in advance starting 7:00 AM on September 8th.
Step 1: Make sure you have completed your waiver/agreement.
Step 2: Login to our online registration system<https://sportandrec.umanitoba.ca/UOFM/public> using your U of M student email.
**If you create a new account you will not be able to book workout times.**
Step 3: Book your workout or group fitness class in advance online.
Watch the tutorial video<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9eraDGohRQ&feature=youtu.be> to learn how to book your workout or group fitness class.
Statement of Inclusivity - At the University of Manitoba, we are committed to equity of access and opportunity for all members, UM students, faculty and staff. We welcome you to a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone—from all backgrounds and perspectives—is respected, valued, and can enjoy an exceptional experience.
Please be reminded that the Sport and Recreation Facilities promote the UM’s respectful work and learning environment and that all users of our facilities are required to adhere to the Sport and Recreation Facilities Code of Conduct<http://umanitoba.ca/sites/default/files/2020-02/Facilities%20Code%20of%20Co…>. Breaches of this Code of Conduct may result in cancellation of facility use privileges.
* Masks are required while waiting in lines, in the stairwells, while spotting, and whenever less than 6ft apart.
* You must bring a mask up to the workout floor with you.
* Masks will not be provided at the facility and entry to the building will be denied if you do not have a mask.
* Working out in pairs, 'working in', sharing equipment - even if from the same household - is not permitted.
These safety measures are in place to keep you and our staff safe.
Beginning September 14, hours of operation will be:
Monday - Friday 6:00a.m.-10:00p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8:00a.m.-8:00p.m. The Joyce Fromson Pool is scheduled to open in October, however gymnasiums are not available until further notice.
For further details and information, please visit the Recreation Services website<http://umanitoba.ca/community/sport-recreation/recreation-services/membersh…>.
We are looking forward to seeing you back and wish you the very best for the 2020-21 school year.
University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba is a community where we exchange ideas, where we shine a light on past actions and hard truths, and where we question established patterns. We do this work because it allows us to grow, both as individuals and as a community. Our community and our nation are now at a crossroads, and we must ask ourselves - how will we listen, how will we learn, and how will we grow?
Canada's academic community has been invited to participate in Scholar Strike, planned for September 9 and 10. We intend to empower our community members to participate so that they can listen, learn, and grow.
Participation in this action is voluntary, and the University supports its community members using this time in the way that will benefit them most. Participation can also take many forms. Some in the academic community will choose to directly participate in these two days of reflection and learning, while others will search for different ways to advocate for change, such as in-class exploration, deepened research, or joining online anti-racism sessions.
Faculty and instructors who choose to participate in Scholar Strike are asked to communicate to students and to their Academic Administrator any changes to class schedules or academic obligations with as much advance notice as possible as per the Responsibilities of Academic Staff with Regard to Students Policy.
I want to be clear - the University of Manitoba condemns all forms of racism. Anti-BIPOC racism (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) has no place on our campuses, in our curricula, or in our governance systems. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion must form the bedrock of our institution, and indeed, all modern and accessible universities in Canada. The University is continuing to work on developing an action plan to address racism through the work of the Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous) and the President's Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
More information about Scholar Strike, including the key note address by journalist and activist Desmond Cole, and a Programme Schedule of cross-campus digital teach-ins can be found at https://scholarstrikecanada.ca/ . All are encouraged to participate in these important conversations.
I understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time. If you need support, please reach out to the resources below. An important part of this moment is taking care of ourselves, and taking care of each other.
Resources for Students
Student Counselling Service https://umanitoba.ca/student/counselling/index.html
On-campus and Community Crisis Services https://umanitoba.ca/student/counselling/students_in_crisis.html
Resources for Faculty and Staff
Employee and Family Assistance Program https://umanitoba.ca/admin/human_resources/staff_benefits/eap/EFAP.html
Michael Benarroch, Ph.D., President and Vice-Chancellor
202 Administration Building, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Office: +1-204-474-9345<tel:%2B1-204-474-9345> FAX: +1-204-261-1318<tel:%2B1-204-261-1318>
Welcome to UM’s Fall Term 2020!
I hope you are well and excited to begin the Fall term. Whether you are new to UM or returning to learning; an undergraduate or a graduate student; living in Manitoba or studying from another province, country or continent – welcome! Faculty, staff and fellow students have worked hard throughout the summer to prepare for your arrival. Everyone is committed to ensuring that you have an outstanding learning experience, and that the supports and services you need are available to you.
Throughout this remote learning period it is more important than ever to remain connected – and to build new connections – with your classmates, students who share your interests, and those who can support you in achieving your goals. Join a student group<http://umanitoba.ca/current-students/first-year/um-commons/student-communit…>, become a mentor or a mentee,<http://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/get-involved/student-peer-mentoring-pr…> and participate in some of the new workshops<https://eventscalendar.umanitoba.ca/> that are available. Remember, all UM student services<https://umanitoba.ca/student-supports> are open and available; if you need help with something, please reach out.
I highly recommend that first-year students visit the new platform that was developed especially for you. It is called UM Commons<http://umanitoba.ca/current-students/first-year/um-commons> – an online hub with content that changes regularly so you have the most up-to-date information about workshops, activities, events, and resources throughout the academic year. And, if you missed the Welcome Ceremony<http://umanitoba.ca/current-students/first-year/um-commons/welcome-day> this morning, it was taped live and is now posted on the UM Commons site, featuring several inspirational messages from the UM community.
Returning students are encouraged to register for the Learning Online course in UM Learn<https://universityofmanitoba.desire2learn.com/d2l/login>. It has been updated and is a great resource to help you brush up on your online learning skills. You can self-register<https://universityofmanitoba.desire2learn.com/d2l/le/content/6606/viewConte…> for this course in English or Mandarin.
We have also moved the Student ID card application process online! For new students and anyone else in need of a new ID card, the process is straightforward. Once you have registered for courses, you can request an ID card through Aurora<https://aurora.umanitoba.ca/banprod/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage>. This ID card can be used to access many services and benefits<http://umanitoba.ca/registrar/photo-id> available to you.
We know that many students have been affected financially by the pandemic. UM has negotiated a reduced rate for internet through Bell MTS. I encourage you to check it out<https://news.umanitoba.ca/um-students-get-more-affordable-rates-on-data-pla…>.
From September 8, UM students will have access to the Active Living Centre at the Fort Garry campus and the Joe Doupe Recreation Centre at the Bannatyne campus, both operating at approximately 25 percent capacity and accommodating pre-booked workouts only. Visit the Recreation Services website<http://umanitoba.ca/community/sport-recreation/recreation-services/membersh…> to find out how to activate your account and pre-book your workouts.
If you are required to attend in-person components of courses on one of our campuses, here are some important things to know:
* Review the COVID-19 campus protocols<http://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/students#what-to-know-before-you-come-to-ca…> before you arrive.
* All UM faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors— will be required to wear a face mask in all indoor common or shared spaces on campus, or where social distancing cannot be maintained.
* UM will be providing masks to all students who are required on campus – for information on where to pick up your mask visit here<https://news.umanitoba.ca/latest-news-on-covid-19-campus-recovery/>.
* If you are attending an in-person class and need somewhere to study, spaces have been identified on the Fort Garry campus<https://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/students#whats-open-on-campus>, including computer labs, and some open UM Libraries<https://news.umanitoba.ca/libraries-open-study-spaces-for-students/>. (Note that these links will continue to be updated throughout the Fall Term.) Please minimize your exposure on campus – go to your classes and study in designated spaces only.
* For those commuting to campus, you can learn more about student parking for Fall Term 2020 here<http://umanitoba.ca/parking/student-parking>, and Winnipeg Transit times and safety protocols here<https://winnipegtransit.com/en/rider-guide/news/winnipeg-transit-response-t…>.
For more information on what to except this Fall Term, along with regular updates, please visit http://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/students.
It is also important to become familiar with resources<http://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/academic-supports/academic-learning/su…> to support you in learning remotely, and to review important policies, including understanding what to do if you are unable to meet your course requirements, term work or final exams. For example, students who are unable to meet a course requirement due to medical circumstances are currently not required to submit medical notes. However, you ARE required to contact your instructor and/or academic advisor<http://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/academic-supports/academic-advising> in your home faculty/college/school to inform of the missed work and to make arrangements for extensions, deferrals, or make-up assignments. Please visit here<https://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/students#personal-support> for the guidelines and additional information.
While taking part in classes and groups online, it is important to remember that respectful conduct is expected in the virtual world too. View this video<https://youtu.be/RuY83g5lrBY> to hear about your rights and responsibilities and understand expectations for maintaining a climate of respect at the UM.
Thank you for choosing the University of Manitoba. We are so glad that you are here! Whether learning remotely or attending classes in person, your academic success is our first priority. The year ahead will be filled with lots of opportunities to apply your learning in new and exciting ways, to engage in problem solving and critical thinking, and to wrestle with novel concepts and ideas. I continue to be inspired by your commitment, hard work, and resilience. You’ve got this Bisons! Let’s make it a great year – together!
All my best,
Laurie M. Schnarr, MA
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
208 Administration Building
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Confidential Assistant - Marci Davies Marci.Davies(a)umanitoba.ca<mailto:Marcia.Davies@umanitoba.ca>: 204.474.6917
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Good afternoon. Please be advised that all student email has now been moved to your mailbox. All official communication from the University of Manitoba will now be sent to your @myumanitoba.ca email address.
To access your mailbox:
Visit http://portal.office.com (or http://365.myumanitoba.ca<http://365.myumanitoba.ca/>).
Sign-in using your UMnetID(a)myumanitoba.ca<mailto:UMnetID@myumanitoba.ca> email address and password.
To access your new mailbox using a mobile device or Outlook on a computer, you must add a new account with your @myumanitoba.ca email address and password. See Add an email account to Outlook <https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/add-an-email-account-to-outlook-…> for detailed instructions.
Thank you for your patience and have a wonderful weekend.
The Office 365 Project Team