Students socially distancing on campus wearing masks

Additional COVID-19 information for students

Latest updates

  • There will be a full return to in-person working and learning for Winter Term, only fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed on campus. Those students and employees who have not uploaded proof of vaccination or received an approved exemption: students will face de-registration from in-person Winter Term courses, employees who are required to be on campus will be placed on unpaid leave.

  • UM is initiating a phased reopening beginning with Fall Term 2021. Please refer to The path back to UM for more information.

  • All faculty, staff, students and campus visitors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Upload your vaccination proof now.

Resources for students

UM is committed to supporting our students during this time. Learn about resources available if you are experiencing health or financial issues, or looking for information to help you succeed and stay connected.

Finding a doctor or a clinic near you

If you are living in Manitoba and do not have a family or primary care doctor, visit the Government of Manitoba Family Doctor Finder page to find one in your area. If you search “doctor near me” online, you will find a list of all the walk-in and private clinics nearest to your home.

Access to health care for international students

Any international student who is registered with the University of Manitoba will be covered by the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP). This includes degree-seeking students, English Language Centre program students, and those in Extended Education certificate programs.

MISHP provides you with primary health coverage, which allows you to access medical services in Canada from doctors, clinics and hospitals. To find out where to go for the health issue you are experiencing, visit myrightcare.ca or mishp.ca.

For eligible international students covered by MISHP who are required to be tested for COVID-19 in approved testing sites, the medical expenses incurred for testing will be covered under your plan. For more information, please visit mishp.ca.

Please note that newly enrolled international students are covered on an emergency basis for up to one (1) calendar month prior to the start of their first academic term. During this period, medical treatment and testing for COVID-19 will only be covered if symptoms began after departure from your home country.

If you have to miss class due to illness

If you are unable to meet a course requirement due to medical circumstances you are currently not required to submit a medical note. However, you are required to contact your instructor or academic advisor by email to inform of the missed work and to make arrangements for extensions, deferrals, or make-up assignments. Please follow these guidelines if you are unable to meet an academic requirement for your courses:

  • Contact your instructor for term work such as a class, quiz, midterm/test, assignment, lab;
  • Email your instructor/advisor from a UM email address, and include your full name, student number, course number, and academic work that was missed.
  • Inform your instructor/advisor as soon as possible do not delay. Note for final exams, you must contact within 48 hours of the date of the final exam; and
  • Contact an advisor in your faculty/college/school of registration for a missed final exam (scheduled by the Registrar’s Office, during the official exam period).

Use this COVID missed work form (PDF) to help you to communicate with your instructor or academic advisor.

Health and wellness resources

If you are in need of supports or resources, you’ll find a variety of mental health and well-being supports accessible to students.

Academic advising, Student Counselling Centre, Student Advocacy and Case Management, Student Services at Bannatyne Campus, the Sexual Violence Resource Centre, Spiritual Care and other services and supports are open for telephone or email appointments and online services. Find the full list of student supports and campus services, and how to contact them at Student supports.

Financial supports

UM emergency loans

If you are experiencing an unexpected financial expense, the UM emergency loan programs may be able to assist you with short-term (interest/payment free) loans.

Financial support for Indigenous students

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) has compiled additional financial resources that may be useful if COVID-19 has impacted Indigenous students’ work or income.

Healthy eating options

It’s important to eat well but we also understand that money may be tight, and you may need to look to a food bank. Some options include:

  • UM’s Foodbank is closed for in-person visits right now, but they are offering contactless delivery from our partner, Food Fare Winnipeg. Visit the UM Food Bank website for more info on who is eligible and how to request a hamper.
  • Harvest Manitoba (formerly Winnipeg Harvest)is another food bank option. You can request help online or by phone. Find out how on the Harvest Manitoba website.
  • Agape Table provides $1 or free bagged breakfasts and distributes hampers on behalf of Harvest Manitoba. Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Located at 364 Furby Street. Contact at 204-786-2370 or find more information on the Agape Table website.
  • Oak Table provides free lunch service Monday- Thursday between 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Located at 109 Pulford Street.
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. for emergency supplies of food, basic sanitary needs, baby needs. 9 am – 7 pm weekdays, 9 am-4 pm weekends. Call McGregor location at 204-925-0330/204-925-6816 or Spence location at 204-925-0352/204-925-0348.

If you are out of Winnipeg check out Food Banks Canada to find Food Banks located near you.

On-campus services

Study spaces at Fort Garry campus

Absolutely no food or drink will be allowed in study spaces. 3 ply masks must be worn at all times in these spaces.

The following spaces have been allocated to general use study spaces on the Fort Garry Campus, similar to spaces that were made available during the previous academic year:

Due to the number of in-person classes taking place and the continued physical distancing requirements, the total number of general use study spaces is limited to approximately 150 spaces.

In addition, the Multipurpose Room in University Centre is planned to provide ‘course connection space’ for those students that may need to take a remote class before or after an in-person and may not have time to return home. We estimate that 76 spaces will be available (WIFI connectivity is available).

As well, two computer labs (007 Dafoe and 108-115 Machray Hall) will be available for students. In addition to the desktop computers, there is also space for students to plug in their own devices.

All of these spaces will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each weekday.

View map to see where study spaces are located (Fort Garry campus)

The Libraries also has study spaces available.

UM Libraries also offers virtual help online, with many resources available for students and instructors. Reserve an appointment with one of our librarians.

Hours: Starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Library Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
Elizabeth Dafoe 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Bannatyne 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Science 8:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. Closed Closed

Finally, individual Faculties and programs may also set aside specific study spaces for their students so please check with your faculty/program administrative office.

Entry and study spaces at Bannatyne campus

Anyone planning to attend the University must complete the online COVID-19 self assessment tool prior to leaving their home and answer no to all of the questions.

Once at the Bannatyne campus, entry will be restricted to the following entrances and hours:

  • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Ave., 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Dentistry building, 780 Bannatyne Ave., 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Apotex side entrance, 750 McDermot Ave., 6:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Rehab Sciences building, 771 McDermot Ave., 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

You require your UM ID to swipe into the above entrances. By swiping your card, you are acknowledging you have completed the online COVID-19 self assessment tool prior to arriving on campus.

Once inside you will again be screened with the Shared Health questionnaire. We will no longer be conducting a temperature check. In addition, the screener(s) will record your name, college and building you are attending to manage our capacity.

Masks are mandatory on all UM campuses, please ensure that you bring a mask with you when entering the campus as you will not be permitted to enter if you do not have one.

After-hours access will be through the 727 McDermot Brodie entrance. You will be required to swipe into the building using your ID. Anyone entering the Bannatyne campus after hours will be required to swipe through the Brodie main entrance for access. Entry to Apotex can be through HSC or Brodie. Card access will be monitored to ensure only those individuals allowed on campus are attending. Anyone entering the campus without a reason to be there may have their access denied.

UM Libraries also offers virtual help online, with many resources available for students and instructors. Reserve an appointment with one of our librarians.

We recognize there will be a need to eat lunch on campus and have set up common lunch areas for access by all students. One is in the Joe Doupe Concourse (2nd floor BMSB outside of Frederic Gaspard Theatre) and the others in the Apotex atriums (first 3 floors of Apotex). Wipes and sanitizer are set up in these areas for students to clean their tables once finished eating and the seating has been arranged to enable physically distance while eating.

Please note, there is a capacity of 64 students at the same time in these areas combined. All students will have access to their respective lounges for use of a fridge and microwave to store/heat their lunch; however you are not able to eat in these areas due to capacity limits with physical distancing.

Food, water and coffee availability

  • Water fountains will be unavailable, so please bring your own water.
  • Most food and coffee services on campus remain closed with some exceptions for take-out.

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Messages from the Vice Provost (Students)

November 26, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Dear students,

Thank you to the 26,000+ individuals – 81 per cent of the student population – who have already uploaded your proof of vaccination. We appreciate your commitment to the health and safety of our campus community by uploading your proof of vaccination by the November 14 deadline.

I am so pleased that after nearly two years, we will be returning to in-person classes in Winter Term 2022, as so many of us have hoped for. To support this, I will reiterate that everyone must be fully vaccinated and upload their proof of vaccination to be on campus, commencing Winter Term 2022.

Rapid testing alternatives will not be available to those who have chosen not to submit their proof of vaccination, unless they have received an approved exemption.

To protect the safety of our UM community, all students who have not uploaded their proof of vaccination and who have not received an approved exemption will be identified and de-registered from in-person Winter Term courses.

Vaccination appointments are available at University Health Service or on the province’s website.

If you are fully vaccinated and have not already done so, visit the vaccination registration site right away, to upload your proof of vaccination. If you have already uploaded your proof for the Fall term, you do not need to resubmit your proof of vaccination.

For the remainder of Fall Term, anyone who has not uploaded proof of vaccination must participate in UM’s rapid testing program and have a negative COVID-19 test result before participating in on-campus activities.

For more information, visit UM’s COVID-19 website.  If you have questions, please direct them to safereturn@umanitoba.ca.

I recognize that these have been challenging times for you. I want to stress that the measures the university is taking underscore our fundamental commitment to the health and well-being of our campus community and to a safe return to the in-person experience that we all miss.

I look forward to seeing you on campus in Winter Term!

All my best,

Laurie

Laurie M. Schnarr, MA (she/her)
Vice-Provost (Students)
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

October 8, 2021, 11:30 a.m. re: resources and supports for students, UM bursary program, vaccine update, bargaining update, UM Bookstore update

Dear students,

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to send a brief update, a few reminders, and wish you a happy, restful long weekend.

Did you realize that October is Student Success Month at UM?! Whether you are a new student or returning, our priority is your success – both academically and personally. Now is the best time to access the supports that will help you build and refine the skills you need to achieve your goals. Throughout the month all students are invited to participate in free workshops focusing on career prep, stress management, academic writing, research skills, cultural adaptation and identity, and more. Check them out!

Indigenous students can also access a number of services, resources and programming at the Indigenous Student Centre, and meet with student advisors or take part in Indigenous student programming at UM. For cultural learning and other activities, follow the Indigenous events calendar.

UM bursary program

The application window for the 2021/22 UM Bursary Program closed on October 1st. There was a very positive response to the program, and we have seen an increase in applicants over last year! Assessments are now underway, and awards for successful students will be applied directly to winter fees, by December 1st. Please continue to check your Aurora student account for updates.

The health and safety of our campus community

Another UM priority is your health and safety. Earlier this term it was announced that all students, staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination by November 14. This deadline applies to you whether you are attending classes in-person or remotely. Please upload your proof of vaccination as soon as possible. This is critical information the university needs to prepare for a full return to in-person learning in the Winter Term. Uploading is quick and easy – it took me less than 5 minutes.

If you are headed to campus, take time to review the Return-to-campus FAQs, which address common questions, and the COVID website, which is the best source for UM safety protocols and the current health and safety measures being taken on our campuses.

Please remember that if you are not vaccinated and are coming to campus, you must undergo rapid testing. If you are attending the Bannatyne campus or the Helen Glass Building on Fort Garry campus, you will receive on-site rapid testing. For all other buildings on Fort Garry campus, visit the Fitzgerald Building, 55 Chancellor’s Circle (rooms 303 and 304) between 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Test results will be valid for 72 hours (48 hours for College of Nursing). If you are coming to the Fort Garry campus after hours, you’ll need to visit the testing site during their open hours to pick up a testing kit, and then email UofM.rapidtesting@umanitoba.ca.

Regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated, if you are experiencing any symptoms, even mild ones, do not come to campus - get tested for COVID-19. Ensure that your instructor/advisor knows you are ill and follow the guidelines here if you are unable to meet an academic requirement for your courses.

Keep active and have fun

Recreation Services is back in full swing! Staying active promotes a variety of health benefits, mental well-being and can help relieve stress and anxiety. Through the Sport and Rec fee, UM students have access to sport and recreation facilities, casual rec use and group fitness classes at the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. Students also have the option to participate in UM REC Clubs, Intramural Sports and instructional programs at an additional cost. Visit UM Recreation Services and take advantage of everything available to you.

Claim your free tickets and cheer on the Bisons all month long! Women's hockey opens their season on Friday, October 15 against the Calgary Dinos. Football returns to IG Field looking for a 3-0 record against the Dinos on October 16, and UBC faces off against men's hockey on October 22. Visit gobisons.ca for details. I hope to see you at the games! #wearellbisons

Bargaining update

You may have seen or heard that the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) has recently voted to hold a strike vote later this month. A strike vote is a vote by the employees in a bargaining unit (in this case UMFA). The vote's outcome determines if the employees in a bargaining unit are authorized to call a strike, though it doesn't necessarily mean a strike will be called. Regardless of the outcome of this vote, please be assured that we are committed to providing stability for students through the timely conclusion of bargaining with UMFA. For regular updates I encourage you to visit this site.

An update from the UM Bookstore

As of October 12, proof of vaccination plus a government-issued or UM staff/student ID are required to enter the UM Bookstore. Orders can be placed online or by phone for delivery or pick-up at the Customer Service window. Visit umanitoba.ca/bookstore or call 204-474-8321.

Finally, congratulations to Fall graduates! As you celebrate your many accomplishments from October 18-21 and on November 10, members of the UM community will be cheering you on virtually! The digital platform we’re using for the event will offer a safe and immersive celebration. In addition to the ceremonies, you can access a digital photo booth, a live chat, a downloadable digital yearbook, faculty after-parties and a virtual tour through the Gallery of Awards. Find out more about making the most of your convocation experience and how to use the platform.

I hope that this message has been helpful to you. I’ll be in touch again soon with more updates and resources to help you thrive at UM. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Take good care.

My best,

Laurie

Laurie M. Schnarr, MA (she/her)
Vice-Provost (Students)
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

September 23, 2021, 4:30 p.m. re: resources and supports for students, vaccine information, new tools for UM, National Day for Truth and Reconciliatio

Dear students,

With the rush of the first days of Fall Term behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to check in and remind you of the resources and supports available to you at the University of Manitoba. They have been adapted to our current circumstances with your personal and academic success in mind. Read more about them on UM Today and below.

Indigenous students can access a number of services, resources and programming at the Indigenous Student Centre, where student advisors can help you achieve your personal and academic goals. Learn more about Indigenous student programming at UM.

The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) team has announced that grants up to $4000 are available for students with disabilities through Manitoba Student Aid. Please call or email us to talk about supports, services and grant options. We are here for you!

The International Centre provides international students with a variety of services and resources including an event series for new international students on culture and connection that spans the Fall Term.

As members of the University of Manitoba community, we all have the right to feel safe and accepted. We also have a responsibility to act with integrity, to be accountable, and to demonstrate respectful behaviour, online or in person. View this video from students, staff and faculty that affirm the values of the UM community and check out this website for information including where to go for help.

The Food Bank remains closed to in-person visits however, it is offering contactless delivery from our partner, Food Fare Winnipeg. To be eligible, students must be enrolled (full or part-time) in the current academic term. If you are in need of a hamper, please see the following link for full details and how to place your order: https://umanitoba.ca/financial-aid-and-awards/u-m-food-bank

Every year, the University of Manitoba offers over $6 million in bursaries to both new and continuing full-time and part-time students who have a demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic standing. Eligibility criteria and application requirements vary by award. Most require that you submit the UM General Bursary application, and some require additional forms or attachments. Please be sure to read the details of each bursary carefully before applying. Full details and how to apply, can be found at: https://umanitoba.ca/financial-aid-and-awards/bursaries

Keeping our community safe - COVID-19 vaccine verification and asymptomatic testing

You will have received an email from our Safe Return email address that outlines how to provide proof of your full vaccination. Thank you to the thousands of students who have already done this! Even if you are not planning to attend campus this Fall Term, it’s critical that you provide us with this information to help us better plan for a full return to campus.

The same email message announced that we are now requiring all students and employees who are not yet fully vaccinated to undergo COVID-19 asymptomatic rapid testing prior to participating in any activity on campus.

  • On Fort Garry campus, the testing site is in rooms 303 and 304 of the Fitzgerald Building between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.
  • Test results will be valid for 72 hours or 48 hours for anyone accessing a Rady Faculty of Health Sciences building.

For details on vaccine verification and rapid testing, visit the UM vaccine info website.

New tools for UM

You may be asked by your instructors to access Yuja Video, UM's new video platform that allows you to securely create, manage, discover, collaborate and view live stream video content across any device. It is available as a menu option under the “Integrations” heading in UM Learn. Get started today.

Earlier this year the Virtual Advising Help Centre (VAHC) opened and is available in the evenings and on weekends, too. The friendly team of students at VAHC can help answer your questions about life at UM including those you may have about your academic progress and more. Check it out!

Learn, reflect, connect and celebrate at upcoming events

UM will be closed to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30. I encourage you to take part in one of the many opportunities hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the UM community to listen, learn and reflect on this important day.

Connect with your UM community at Homecoming. This annual celebration includes many events where you can learn new skills, meet people, and have fun. Check out virtual Trivia Night, attend a Bisons football game for free, sign up for a job search webinar and more.

For those who are graduating this Fall, be sure to fill out your virtual Convocation slide by noon on Monday, September 27 to be included in the ceremony. With the event being virtual, graduates, their families and friends can join the celebration whether they are here in Winnipeg or afar.

I’ll be in touch soon with more updates, information and resources to help you make the most of your time as a student at UM. Until then…

My best,

Laurie

Laurie M. Schnarr, MA (she/her)
Vice-Provost (Students)
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Frequently asked questions

Will there be an option for people that would rather learn from home?

Faculties have determined the courses that will be conducted in-person or by remote teaching methods for the Fall Term and spanned courses (courses that are taught over both Fall and Winter Terms). At registration, the instructional approach for courses will be indicated. Winter Term 2022 classes will be determined at a later date and will be communicated at that time but we are hopeful most courses will be offered in-person in Winter 2022.

Will there be a compassionate grading scheme for the Fall term?

There are currently no plans to provide a compassionate grading scheme for the Fall Term.

Will there be a grad ceremony if I am graduating after the Fall Term?

At this time we don’t know what the public health measures related to COVID-19 in Manitoba will be in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022. A celebration will be had either way (virtually or in-person) but we will resume in-person Convocation ceremonies when it is safe to do so.