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Remote learning for most courses to start Winter Term 2022

With rising concerns about the highly transmissible omicron variant — including yesterday’s projection from public health officials of 1,000 daily cases in Manitoba by early January — the University of Winnipeg will revert to remote learning for most courses at the start of Winter Term 2022. 

Most classes will be delivered remotely until Reading Week (February 20 – 26, 2022). The timeframe will be re-evaluated and updates communicated to the UW community by the end of January.  

Important note: Some courses and labs will remain in person if delivery in this mode is necessary. Students should check WebAdvisor about delivery modes, which will be updated when information is available. 

UWinnipeg administration has chosen to exercise an abundance of caution so that we may continue safeguarding the health of students, faculty, and staff during the evolving fourth wave of the pandemic. This decision was made following discussion with the UWinnipeg Faculty Association.  

As with our previous in-person closure, all staff and faculty who are able to work remotely are asked to do so. Campus will close for the holiday break on Thursday, December 23 at day’s end. When it reopens in January, students, staff, and faculty who need to be there will be accommodated. To help limit the number of people on site, we ask that you work or study at home if you can, until we have a better sense as to how the situation is evolving.  

At this point, community recreation services and athletics will remain in operation, following current public health orders.  

Important Note: The Collegiate high school is part of the K-12 system, is not affected by these changes, and will remain in person at this time. 

For students: 

  • The current 2021 Fall Term exam schedule will continue as planned. 
  • 2022 Winter Term academic instruction and evaluation will switch to alternate delivery until Reading Week (February 20 – 26). The remainder of Winter Term will be re-evaluated at the end of January. 
  • The library facility will be closed. Access to the library’s digital resources remains unaffected, and staff are working remotely to deliver most services online. 
  • Student Services — including academic advising, awards and financial aid, counselling, and others — are supporting students remotely. No in-person appointments are being accepted, though services listed here can be arranged. 
  • Campus Living will continue to support and reach out to students in residence.  
  • International, Immigrant, and Refugee Student Services (IIRSS) will reach out to International students who have just arrived or are arriving soon. 
  • See our Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research Hub for advice, resources, and tips to adapt to remote learning and succeed in your studies at UWinnipeg. 
  • Undergraduate students who wish to adjust their class schedules can contact Academic Advising to investigate available alternatives; graduate students can contact their Graduate Program Chair.  

For faculty and staff: 

  • Following the holiday break, employees should work from home if able to do so and if it is not essential to be on campus due to the nature of that work. Please consult with your Deans/Chairs/Managers if you are unsure whether you should be working remotely or continue coming to campus.
  • Deans and unit heads will work with their teams to facilitate the remote delivery of ongoing operations and/or reassign duties as needed. 
  • Researchers should continue their work remotely if possible to ensure the health and safety of research personnel and participants. See here for additional information related to alteration of research activity. The Research Office is available to provide guidance.   
  • The Collegiate’s Dean, Dr. Kevin Clace, is communicating directly with his staff and students regarding operational changes. 

We understand that these measures will cause disruption and we share your frustration with the ongoing public health situation. We will work closely with our communities to address complications that arise from this pivot. This information is being communicated quickly to provide as much notice as possible for students, faculty, and staff to adjust to this change. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate these continuing challenges.  I would like to express my thanks to everyone for everything you have done over the past 20 months in support of our mission. I know that this has been difficult, but I am continually impressed with the resilience of our community.   If you haven’t already, we encourage you to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are double-vaccinated, please get your booster shot as soon as you become eligible.  See here for regular updates to the UWinnipeg community.   Sincerely,Dr. James Currie,Interim President and Vice-Chancellor 

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