Back-to-class updates

Update: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m.

The provincial arbitrator has awarded a new contract for unionized faculty at Ontario’s 24 colleges. The decision was released today and details can be found at the College Employer Council website. Click on Kaplan Award posted under the heading Collective Bargaining.

Update: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.

The application form for the Student Strike Relief Fund is available. Full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in their program, are eligible to apply. Apprentices completing their in-school training are also eligible to apply.

The fund may cover additional expenses up to $500 that were incurred because of the strike. You can find full details and the application form online.

This fund will assist students with incremental expenses related to the strike. Examples of expenses may include additional child care, additional rent, transportation, etc. Supporting documentation is required.

Applications for this fund will be accepted until Friday, April 27, 2018.

This fund is administered through Financial Aid in the Registrar’s Office. If you have any questions, please email financialaid@georgiancollege.ca or phone 705.722.1530.

Please note: Georgian offers additional support year-round to students who are experiencing financial difficulty. Find out more.

 

 

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

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.

Midland

  • Electrical Level 3: Oct. 2 to Dec. 8; this class will join the Jan. 2 cohort
  • Electrical Level 2: Oct. 9 to Dec. 15; this class will join the Level 2 March 19 cohort
  • Plumbing Level 2: Oct. 30 to Dec. 22; this class will join March 12 to May 4 cohort
  • Plumbing Level 1: Sept. 5 to Oct. 27; they have two weeks left – Dec. 4 to Dec.15

Barrie

  • Machining Level 1: Sept. 5 to Oct. 27; they have one week to complete – Dec. 4 to 8
  • Machining Level 2: Oct. 30 to Dec. 22; transfer and join Level 2 class March 5

Muskoka (Bracebridge)

  • Carpentry Level 1: Oct. 23 to Dec. 15; Nov. 27 to Dec. 22, and Jan. 2 to 26

Owen Sound

  • Indigenous Carpentry: Two weeks remaining; return Nov. 21, finish Dec. 1
  • Level 1 and Level 2: Start Dec. 2, finish Feb. 2 (no classes Dec. 25 to Jan. 1)
  • Level 1 and Level 3: Start Feb. 5, finish March 29
  • Red Seal Prep week: April 2 to 6
  • Level 2 and Level 3: Start April 2, finish May 25
  • Red Seal Prep week: May 28 to June 1

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. 15.

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.

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.

WINTER SEMESTER FAQs

Co-op consultants are reviewing work term records entered for winter 2018 work terms to determine where start dates need to be amended to support the completion of fall academics.

Co-op consultants will work with students and employers to modify start dates where appropriate, with students who require the completion of a fall academic semester beginning their co-op Jan. 15 at the earliest. To provide this support, we need all students who have secured a winter 2018 co-op to enter their work term record in employGeorgian as soon as possible.

Students who have secured co-op experiences that require significant travel arrangements or financial commitments will be supported through accommodations, where appropriate, and need to contact their co-op consultant.

At this time, students who have yet to secure a co-op, are encouraged to continue to engage in their co-op job search for winter and enter their work term record in employGeorgian when a position is secured to ensure timely communication.

Yes. All Ontario colleges, including Georgian, have extended the fall semester into January due to the length of the strike.

Programs set to start in January 2018 will now start on Jan. 22 and will be extended by one week to April 27.

There is no further impact on any future semesters.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact your admissions officer.

If you have a conditional offer of admission, there is normally a timeframe when you must meet all conditions. In most cases, this is the first week of class.

The Office of the Registrar will work as quickly as possible with faculty on required assessments, grade entry, graduate audits and transcript requests.

If necessary, and with your permission, they would be happy to speak to anyone on your behalf to explain your unique situation.

You have until Feb. 1 (Day 9) to meet the conditions of your offer. If you feel you will not be able to meet that deadline, please contact your admissions officer.

The Credit Transfer Centre and Admissions will work as quickly as possible with faculty on any required assessments. We anticipate we will have these completed before the holiday break in December.

Now that faculty are back on campus, Admissions will work as quickly as possible with them on any required assessments of portfolios, resumés, letters of intent, etc.

We anticipate admission decisions will be finalized by the end of November.

FINANCES AND FEES

Students currently receiving OSAP who were likely to graduate before Dec. 31, and who have their current semester extended, will receive additional OSAP for the length of the extension.

OSAP will start making payments for extensions in mid-December, after college extension plans are finalized.

Students currently receiving OSAP who have their winter semesters extended past the normal end date will also receive additional OSAP aid. Timeline on payments will be determined.

Consistent with OSAP policy and the OSAP loan agreement, colleges have to send the full amount of any tuition refund to the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) for credit against your outstanding loan balance (if applicable).

We know the recent strike has been stressful for many of you and that you may be considering withdrawing. We ask that before you choose to withdraw from your semester that you:

  • Review your revised course outlines and discuss the outline and class expectations with your professors/instructors.
  • Assess your current standing in your courses. The deadline to withdraw to receive a strike related tuition refund is not until Dec. 5. This will ensure you have time to review your progress and receive feedback from your professors to inform any decisions.
  • Inquire about accommodations and supports available to help you successfully complete your semester by contacting your program co-ordinator, academic school leadership and the support services available on campus.
  • Speak to your professor(s), program co-ordinator or associate dean to inquire and understand the full implications of your decision to withdraw.
  • You may also contact your student advisor for assistance.

For those students who have determined that they cannot complete the fall 2017 semester due to strike related reasons, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Developed has approved a “strike tuition fee refund” policy.

Students withdrawing from their fall 2017 program because of the strike are eligible for a full tuition refund (excluding ancillary fees – see below) provided the request is received by Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

The refund includes the $500 deposit (for domestic) and $2,500 (for international), and is available to full-time and part-time college students withdrawing from programs or courses that were affected by the academic strike.

Read more about the Strike Tuition Fee Refund.

We are encouraging students to continue with their current program. The fall semester has been extended so that students can resume their studies and finish the semester. Students have until Dec. 5 to withdraw from the fall term and receive a tuition refund. We recommend that you attend classes, continue with your course work, and perhaps even make an appointment with a student advisor to talk about your progress and options.

The application form for the Student Strike Relief Fund is available. Full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in their program, are eligible to apply. The fund may cover additional expenses up to $500 that were incurred because of the strike. You can find full details and the application form online.

All students will have the opportunity to complete their fall semester courses.

In its Nov. 20 news release, the Ministry announced a refund policy for students who withdraw.

There was no refund announcement for those that continue.

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.

The deadline to apply for awards and scholarships has been extended to Jan. 22.

Please visit the Georgian website for full details.

Students who have a parking pass will be refunded the portion of the unused parking fee. The rebate will be calculated on the prorated cost of the monthly or semester permit. Students will receive a parking rebate cheque.

Refunds are available as of 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.  You will need to show your student ID as identity for the funds to be released. Cheques will remain at the locations listed below for 30 days.

Barrie Campus

  • Students with residence parking passes: Front desk at residence
  • International students: Segal International Centre
  • All other Barrie Campus students: Pick up accordingly using the first letter of your FIRST name:
    • A-D: Parking Office (B119)
    • E-L: Welcome Centre (C120)
    • M-Z: Accounting office (C327)

Students at all other campuses

  • Pick up your cheques at the Registrar’s Office.

Parking gates will remain up until the morning of Thursday, Nov. 23. This will allow extra time for students to purchase parking passes. NOTE: This will not affect parking rebate calculations, which are based on the time period between Oct. 16 and Nov. 20.

Students who currently hold a semester parking pass will not need to re-activate their parking permit.

Students wishing to purchase a partial monthly parking pass for November may do so in person. Those who want to purchase a permit online may do so if they pay the full amount of the monthly pass. After remitting payment online, they will be rebated by cheque for the unused portion of the parking permit in mid-December at the parking offices.

If you are a current student who requires parking through Jan. 12, 2018, please be aware of the following:

Existing parking permits will not be extended into January 2018.

  • Students who would normally see their semester end in December may purchase a partial monthly permit at any campus parking office for $19.92 (prorated rate). This permit is valid until Jan. 12, 2018.
  • Students who would normally see their semester end in December and who want to purchase a permit online may do so if they pay the full amount of the monthly pass. After remitting payment online, they will be rebated by cheque in the amount of $31.58 for the unused portion of the parking permit.
  • The January parking permit for continuing and new students will not be rebated or prorated.
  • 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.

If I choose to withdraw from my program, will I be eligible to stay in Canada?

According to current IRCC guidelines as of Nov. 29, 2017:

  • If you accept a full tuition refund, stop your studies for the fall 2017 semester, and are enrolled at Georgian College or any other designated learning institution for the January 2018 semester:
    • There is no impact on your immigration status as a student
    • You will not be eligible to work until you resume classes in January 2018
    • You’re still eligible for the following when you resume full-time classes in January 2018:
      • on- or off-campus work
      • a co-op permit
      • a post-graduation work permit
  • If you accept a full tuition refund, stop your studies for the fall 2017 semester and are enrolled at Georgian College or any other designated learning institution for the summer or fall 2018 semester. 
    • You may lose your immigration status as a student – contact your International Student Advisor.
  • If you accept a full tuition refund, stop your studies for the fall 2017 semester and are not enrolled at Georgian College or any other designated learning institution in the future. 
    • You will lose your immigration status as a student – contact your International Student Advisor.

For specifics on the impact to immigration, please visit the Immigration Canada website: