Faculty contract updates

Update: Sunday, Nov. 19

The faculty strike at Georgian and all Ontario colleges is over. This afternoon, members of the Ontario legislature passed back-to-work legislation.

Faculty will return to campus on Monday to prepare for students’ return. We look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday.

Classes will resume according to the regular weekly timetable. Students will find academic completion plans will vary by course and program. Faculty will share detailed information regarding course content, assignments, tests, exams and work experience.

All Ontario colleges, including Georgian, are extending the fall semester into January due to the length of the strike. We will work with students on an individual basis to accommodate conflicting work and family obligations. The updated semester dates are as follows:

  • Classes continue to Dec. 22.
  • The holiday break for students is Saturday, Dec. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 7.
  • Fall semester classes will resume Jan. 8.
  • The fall semester will conclude Jan. 12.
  • There will be no classes for most programs the week of Jan. 15 to 19 so faculty can mark and provide grades.
  • The winter semester begins Jan. 22.
  • Instead of winter Study Week, students will get two study days that will allow for four-day weekends:
    • Tuesday, Feb. 20
    • Thursday, March 29
  • The winter semester will be extended by one week, concluding on April 27. There is no impact to the summer semester.

New FAQs related to semester completion and other items have been added below. Please continue to check back here for updates.

Georgian thanks all students for their patience and understanding during the strike, and for their continued respect and perseverance as classes resume.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

All classes and college operations resume Tuesday, Nov. 21 as normally scheduled. Faculty return Monday to prepare.

We will work with all students to complete their studies. Academic completion plans will be put in place for each program. Detailed information regarding course content and assignments will be available when you return to class.

Academic completion plans will be put in place for each program. Detailed information regarding course content and assignments will be available when you come back to class – and the completion plans will vary. The approach we use will differ across programs and courses.

All departments at Georgian have agreed on these common principles:

  • Your courses will pick up where they left off on Oct. 13.
  • Exams and tests will not be held the first day you return to a class; assignments will not be due the first day you return to a class.
  • Assignments, tests and evaluation components may be adjusted or take different forms, and due dates may be rescheduled.
  • All plans will consider that students will need notice before writing tests and completing assignments.
  • A plan for completing internship, field and clinical placement requirements will also be provided when you return to class.
  • You will receive the support required to complete your academic year; individual needs and circumstances will be taken into consideration for students who require support and accommodation.

If you are scheduled to be on campus and in one of your classes, attend the class.

If you are taking an online class, log in and proceed with the course.

If the first day back for students is a scheduled field placement day, attend your placement. Any exceptions will be communicated to students and partners directly from the field placement office.

If you are scheduled for a clinical placement shift, your clinical placement staff (CPS) or placement officer will communicate with you by Georgian College email at least 24 hours prior to let you know where you are supposed to go and at what time. If you have questions and are unable to reach your CPS or placement officer, please contact Lisa Buchanan, Clinical Placement Manager, at lisa.buchanan@georgiancollege.ca or at 705.728.1968, ext. 5336.

Yes. The fall semester is extended by two weeks – one week in December and one week in January:

  • The fall semester was previously extended to Dec. 22.
  • The holiday break for students is Saturday, Dec. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 7.
  • Fall semester classes will resume Jan. 8.
  • The fall semester will conclude Jan. 12.
  • There will be no classes for most programs the week of Jan. 15 to 19 so faculty can mark and provide grades.
  • The winter semester begins Jan. 22.
  • Instead of winter Study Week, students will get two study days that will allow for four-day weekends:
    • Tuesday, Feb. 20
    • Thursday, March 29
  • The winter semester will be extended by one week, concluding on April 27. There is no impact to the summer semester.

Individual needs and circumstances will be taken into consideration. We will work with students on a case-by-case basis. When you return to class, please share your needs with faculty.

 

Georgian counsellors will be back on site Nov. 20. Georgian also set up video counselling through the health and dental insurance provider for our students. If you wish to speak with someone, the service is free and confidential. If you opted out of the health and dental plan, you can still access video counselling – it is available for all Georgian students, including Academic Upgrading and international students.

You can also access Good2Talk – a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information referrals for postsecondary students in Ontario.

For a list of additional supports, please visit the student portal.

International students

International students have access to 24/7 telephone counselling through their student insurance plan.

keep.meSAFE counsellors are available 24/7. To access the program:

The last day to withdraw from a course without academic penalty has been extended to Dec. 8.

 

All campuses are closed Saturday, Dec. 23 to Monday, Jan. 1. Staff return Jan 2. Fall semester classes resume Jan. 8. The fall semester ends Jan. 12.

The college is open and you are welcome to come to campus. Classes, however, won’t resume until Jan. 8.

Many students are parents who have young children at home the first week in January. Other students have already made travel plans.

Students in certain programs will be completing fall course work and faculty need this time to mark and provide grades before the winter semester begins.

Some programs will use this time to make up missed lab or clinical hours. It also allows students with individual completion plans additional time to meet the conditions of the plan before the start of the winter semester.

Faculty are ultimately responsible for any adjustments to the curriculum and will make the adjustments when they return. These will vary program by program.

Because this is one of the most common questions asked by students, below are examples of adjustments that were made following the last faculty strike in 2006. Some of them could be used again this time in some courses, depending on the faculty member’s decision:

  • modifying assignments/tests/projects and prorating the grade based on outstanding items being assessed
  • providing choice to students on which tests/assignments to count toward the final grade
  • providing take-home exams/tests/assignments/projects
  • student doing a presentation via recording/video and emailing to faculty to save class time
  • covering some of the course material through self-directed or independent study

If you booked travel to occur after your normally scheduled classes before Nov. 6, email your associate dean or dean to share proof of your travel plans. You can find the list of contacts by program here.

What if I don’t have proof of travel (e.g. a family driving trip) or have other family/work commitments?

Email your associate dean or dean to share details of your situation.

We recommend you don’t withdraw from courses or your program.

You will have the opportunity to be successful. We encourage you to work with your faculty and support team to decide on your path.

Please note:

  • The withdrawal without academic penalty date is Dec. 8.
    • If you decide to stay in most courses, but feel you need to withdraw from one or two courses, you will be able to do so without academic penalty.
  • With regard to tuition refunds, the Ministry will advise the colleges about any tuition fee refund policy.
    • Please note that the Ministry governs the withdrawal policy for all colleges and the same applies during an academic strike – the government will inform us of the policy.

Yes. Programs set to begin in January will start Jan. 22.

Instead of winter Study Week, students will get two study days that will allow for four-day weekends:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Friday, March 29Students starting in January will receive an email the week of Nov. 20 with further details from the Office of the Registrar.
  • There is no impact on the summer semester.
  • The winter semester will be extended by one week, concluding on April 27, so faculty can mark and provide grades before the summer semester begins.

FINANCES AND FEES

At this time, we have not received any indication from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development that suggests OSAP loans, processes or deadlines will be affected by the strike.

We will update you as soon as we have more information.

You can complete your fall semester courses.

In the past, decisions on refunds were made by the provincial government, not individual colleges. Georgian will receive direction from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development with regard to any provincial refund practices.

The colleges are working with the Ontario government and student leaders on a fund to support students who have experienced financial hardships as a result of the strike. Georgian is committed to working with the government and student leaders to develop the details and parameters of the fund. We will provide details here as soon as they are determined.

If your lease expires in December, please contact the residence management office where you are staying if you need to stay during the holiday closure and extended semester period.

Students who have a parking pass will be refunded the portion of the unused parking fee when classes resume.

The rebate will be calculated on the prorated cost of the monthly or semester permit. Students will receive a parking rebate cheque, which will be ready for pick up over the next couple of weeks. The specific times and locations for picking up cheques at each campus will be announced once the cheques have all been prepared.

If you have questions, additional information can be obtained regardless of campus location by calling the Barrie Parking Office at ext. 1230.

OTHER INFORMATION

We would like to thank all graduates for your patience and understanding as a change in date was required for convocation ceremonies.

New dates are now confirmed. Graduates will be invited to celebrate their success and cross the stage as follows,

  • June 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Orillia
  • June 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Owen Sound
  • June 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Barrie for health, business, hospitality and liberal arts programs
  • June 19, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Barrie for design and visual arts, and technology programs

Barrie Campus ceremonies include students from Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, South Georgian Bay and Barrie.

Additional details have been provided to graduates by email.

You were legally entitled to stay in Canada during the strike, abiding by the same study permit guidelines. If you were due to apply for a study permit extension during the strike, you needed to include with your application an explanation from the Office of the Registrar of why you were unable to continue with your studies or attend school.

You must maintain valid temporary residence at all times and should maintain your status as a student by renewing your study permit before it expires or becomes invalid. Now that the strike is over, you will be able to resume your studies, provided you continue to have valid temporary residence and a valid study permit.

If you need any assistance, please visit the Segal International Centre at the Barrie Campus or email international@georgiancollege.ca.

Will I be reimbursed for my study permit extension?

Yes. Georgian will reimburse study permit extensions required as a result of the faculty strike.

Students are encouraged to meet with an international student advisor at the Segal International Centre to clarify study permit needs and process extensions.