Dear Students,


Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this uncertain time. I want to reiterate to you the UM’s commitment to protecting your health and safety, and to minimizing the negative impact on your academic progress.


Over the coming days I will be communicating new developments as decisions are made. Today there are four updates I would ask you to note:


ˇ       The Voluntary Withdrawal date has been changed to April 13. This will allow you to consider whether you want to voluntarily remove yourself from a course after experiencing the changes to the delivery and evaluation methods that will be implemented in your courses starting tomorrow. If you choose to Voluntarily Withdraw from a course, you can do so in Aurora. It is recommended that international students discuss Voluntary Withdrawal options with an International Student Advisor at the International Centre prior to making the decision to withdraw from a course. Generally, students are encouraged to discuss your options with an academic advisor - you can find contact information on the website.


ˇ       Winter term courses.  Keep in contact with your instructors to receive information about your courses and any changes to assignments. Details about the final examination period will be available soon.  


ˇ       Summer Term registration will be suspended for now. We plan to resume Summer Term registration as soon as we determine implications for our summer course schedule.


ˇ       Services for students. Academic advising, student supports, and other services continue to be available to students, although the method of delivery may have changed. To support social distancing, many offices are currently providing telephone or email appointments, with additional resources available online. If you plan to come to campus to visit a particular office, please call ahead to determine the best way to access help. Students who are ill are asked to not visit offices in-person.



You can find all UM updates about COVID-19, including FAQs for students that we will update as new information becomes available, on


I will be back in touch soon. Stay safe and please be sure to continue following Manitoba Health directives concerning social distancing, hand washing, and coughing/sneezing etiquette. Attention to these individual actions will contribute significantly to the safety and wellbeing of people and communities during this challenging time.


All my best,


Laurie Schnarr




Laurie M. Schnarr, MA

Vice-Provost (Students)

Student Affairs 

Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

208 Administration Building

Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Tel: 204.474.6919


Confidential Assistant - Marci Davies 204.474.6917


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