Sheridan College Strike FAQ for UTM Students

Frequently Asked Questions

As more information becomes available, updates will be made available on this website, and the Sheridan College FAQ page. On behalf of UTM, official correspondence will be sent to your U of T email address from the Office of the Registrar.


Post-Strike Information - Updates for All Students 

Updates to the FAQ below in this section was last updated on November 20, 2017.

Section 1: Return to Classes

When will classes resume?
We are pleased to confirm that the Ontario college strike has ended. UTM-Sheridan classes will resume on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
 

What can I expect from my instructors now that the strike is over?
It is expected that most courses will have a modified syllabus. Sheridan faculty will be revising syllabi over the next week in consultation with their classes, and these details will be confirmed and made available to you once the appropriate procedures have taken place.
 

Will the UTM-Sheridan shuttle bus return to its normal pick-up and drop off location? 
Yes.  Beginning Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:25PM, the UTM Shuttle Service will resume its regular schedule, and pick-up and drop-off locations will resume as normal. Now that the strike is over, it will no longer be relocated to the intersection of Trafalgar Road and Sheridan College Road (South side).
 


Section 2: Course Specific Support

I have questions about my course. Who should I speak with?
Your Sheridan instructors will provide you with course-specific updates, and next-steps. At this time, it is expected that most courses will have a modified syllabus in consultation with you, the students. Please continue to rely on your instructors for information, and know that your UTM departmental advisors can assist you with course related concerns and inquiries.

  • Students in FAS courses may contact Debra Burrowes at d.burrowes@utoronto.ca
  • Students in DRS courses may contact Professor Alexandra Gillespie at alexandra.gillespe@utoronto.ca and please cc Professor Holger Syme, Associate Chair, Drama holger.syme@utoronto.ca
  • Students in CCT courses who have specific questions about course work are advised to speak to their undergraduate advisor/counsellor.

You can expect that all academic information will be clearly communicated and provided to you as they become available.
 


Section 3: Academic Support

What should I do about my Winter 2018 courses? How can I make decisions about the courses I am taking?
Your final grades for courses impacted by the strike will be available on ACORN no later than Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9am. In the new year, we ask that you monitor your grades, and enrolment in S courses closely. The deadline to add courses, or modify your timetable on ACORN is Tuesday, January, 16, 2018.

Academic advisors in the Office of the Registrar, and your departmental program advisors can provide guidance if you have questions about your courses, planning, and meeting requirements for graduation. 
 

When will my final marks be available? 
As some courses may require extensions as a result of a revised syllabus, the University will do its best to ensure that your final grades will be available on ACORN no later than Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9AM.  


Will the University grant us academic options for courses impacted by the strike such as late withdrawal, or dropping the course from the academic record? 
Yes - please read the following update carefully. 

Late Withdrawal (LWD) Request Deadline Extended until January 8, 2018

Students will have the opportunity to withdraw from an F course impacted by the strike. At this point in the term, standard procedures involve submitting a late withdrawal request online, whereby a notation of "LWD" will appear next to the course code and title on the academic record for the respective session. The published deadline to request a late withdrawal for F courses is December 4, 2017. 


The Office of the Registrar will be establishing the following processes and procedures for courses impacted by the strike as long as you have not completed the final assessment for the course: 

  • From November 20, 2017 until December 4, 2017:  Students who request late withdrawal (LWD) during this time will have their request noted by the Office of the Registrar, and it will automatically be converted into a request to drop the course from the academic record and from the GPA.  Courses that are impacted by the strike will not have a late withdrawal (LWD) notation formally add to the student's academic record; instead, the course removed entirely. An LWD request made for courses impacted by the strike will therefore not count toward the standard 3.0 LWD credit limit.  
    Note: An extension for LWD has not been deemed necessary for Drama students, and therefore will not apply. Drama students will have until December 4, 2017 to submit their request.
     
  • Beginning December 5, 2017 until January 8, 2018:  The University has extended the deadline to withdraw from a course impacted by the strike until January 8, 2018. Requests to remove a course from the academic record and GPA between these dates must be made online
     

Will the University grant us academic options for courses impacted by the strike such as credit/no credit? 
Yes - please read the following update carefully. 

Credit/No Credit Deadline Extended until January 26, 2018:

All UTM students can request CR/NCR on ACORN until the last day of classes (December 4). As a result of the strike, for courses that have been impacted (including Drama), students will be permitted to request credit/no credit after they receive their final grades, and no later than the end of the day on January 26, 2018.  

  • Beginning December 5, 2017 until January 26, 2018, we ask that you submit your request online to the Registrar's Office directly, as the option will no longer be available on ACORN. If you choose CR/NCR for these courses, they will not count toward the standard 2.0 CR/NCR limit.  Additionally, you will be allowed to use courses in which you earn CR to fulfill your program requirements.
     

Section 4: UTM Residence

Is it possible to remain in my UTM residence over the Winter break to meet any course-related obligations (as determined by my instructor)? 
Yes. UTM residents can apply to remain in residence over the winter break. Please contact the UTM Student Housing & Residence Life service desk at Oscar Peterson Hall now to explore this option. 


Section 5: Graduating International Students on a Study Permit 

If you expected to complete your studies and meet all graduation requirements by December, the information below is critical for you to review.  As your situation may be subtly different from those of other international students, please read the information below carefully AND seek support from the University as soon as possible.

I have travel and/or immigration concerns related to completing my studies, remaining in Canada, working in Canada, or returning to Canada after travelling abroad. What should I do? 

The University can offer you support and guidance on all matters related to your academic experience, and immigration concerns. In particular, we are available to advise you on how to proceed as a result of the strike.   

Your academic program advisor will be your first point of contact if you’re concerned about completing your courses before your study permit expires.  They may have options that would allow you to complete your courses sooner, or in alternative ways.  Your program advisor can provide you with specific details on course completion.

If your academic program advisor deems that it is necessary for you to return to your studies at UTM to complete your courses, programs, and degree, your next priority will be to renew your study permit with the assistance of UTM’s certified immigration advisor as soon as possible.  UTM offers free immigration support through the International Education Centre (IEC).  The IEC advisor can assist you in securing appropriate documentation, such as a confirmation of enrolment or a letter of explanation, to help with your particular circumstances.  You can use the advice and documentation in seeking an extension of your study permit (allowing you to continue with studies and part-time employment until you have fulfilled all graduation requirements) and, if you wish, in seeking a post-graduation work permit (allowing you to secure full-time Canadian employment).

Your situation may be subtly different from those of other international students, so it is important that you seek professional advice from the university on your individual circumstances as soon as possible, particularly if your study permit is expiring soon or you have upcoming plans to travel abroad.

 

Strike FAQ from October 16 - October 20, 2017

1. When did the strike start?
On Monday, October 16, the 24 colleges across Ontario announced that they would strike. 


2. When will the strike end?
The University of Toronto is a neutral third party, and we are not involved in the negotiations. Therefore, we cannot comment or predict the duration or outcome of the strike.  In our commitment to supporting UTM students who are impacted by this disruption, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide you with updates as they become available.

Sheridan College has prepared an FAQ page that we encourage you to read. As listed on their website, once the strike ends, they will provide students with as much notice as possible regarding how instruction will resume. 
 

3. How will I receive updates? 
Check your official U of T email address, as well as your Sheridan email address to receive messages. Additionally, this FAQ page and the Sheridan College FAQ page will remain up-to-date as more information becomes available.
 

4. What should I do about my Sheridan course work? 
Sheridan College has prepared an FAQ page that we encourage you to read. For UTM students impacted by the strike, please pay particular attention to Section 2.  As recommended on their website, you should continue to work on all of your course work.
 

5. Do I attend scheduled classes at UTM? 
Yes! Regardless of any strike announcements for Sheridan, you should attend your scheduled classes at U of T Mississauga. 
 

6. I received an email from Sheridan College indicating that no classes will be held during Reading Week if the strike is over. My CCT/DRE/FAS syllabus says otherwise. What do I do? 

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, students received an email indicating that classes for UTM students "will not run during the [Sheridan] Reading Week break that takes place from October 23-27." A copy of the email can be found here.

We would like to provide a correction to clarify what is expected of you during the Sheridan Reading Week. Please be advised that: 

If the strike continues between October 23-27, NO classes will be held.

If the strike is resolved between October 23-27, classes at Sheridan College for UTM students will resume. You will be expected to attend classes within 24 hours of the announcement. Please rest assured that an email will be sent to you, so you can plan your return to classes accordingly. 


7. How will the strike impact my ability to complete my program, and graduate on time?
While it is too early for us to be able to critically assess any long-term impact of the strike, supporting your education is always our top priority.  As we continue to monitor the duration, and developments of the strike, we hope to be able to provide you with a clearer assessment in the coming days as more information becomes available.  
 

8. Who should I speak to about the University part of my program?
Your UTM academic department can provide assistance regarding the University part of your program. Find your undergraduate advisor/counsellor's contact information in the Academic Calendar by selecting your respective program.

Students in FAS courses may contact Debra Burrowes at d.burrowes@utoronto.ca

Students in DRS courses may contact Professor Alexandra Gillespie at alexandra.gillespe@utoronto.ca and please cc Professor Holger Syme, Associate Chair, Drama holger.syme@utoronto.ca

Students in CCT courses who have specific questions about course work are advised to speak to their undergraduate advisor/counsellor.
 

9. Who should I speak to about my college courses?
Your Sheridan College academic advisor or program department can provide assistance with your college courses or other related matters.
 

10. Will the shuttle bus still run?
Yes, the UTM/Sheridan student shuttle bus will continue to operate.  Please anticipate travel delays. 

The bus pick-up/drop-off will be temporarily relocated to the intersection of Trafalgar Road and Sheridan College Road (South side) (link to map). For the duration of the strike impacting public colleges in Ontario (beginning Monday, October 16, 2017), the Shuttle will not cross the picket lines established by striking workers.