Student Frequently Asked Questions

The Negotiations between the University of Lethbridge and the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA) concluded on March 21, 2022, following the ratification of a new four-year collective agreement.

The FAQs below were posted during the labour disruption, which has now ended. An FAQ that provides current and important information about the resumption of classes can be found on the Student Enrolment and Registrar Services website.

Student Frequently Asked Questions

No. Undergraduates can continue to apply as normal for a fall start. Graduate students who require supervisors for an upcoming application deadline may experience delays in connecting with faculty members. Please continue to check this site for updated information regarding graduate program application deadlines. 

The outcome of admission applications is not be impacted by a Faculty Association strike. Processing time for some admission applications may be delayed. This is because some applications require input from faculty members, who can not perform this duty while on strike.

 

A strike occurs when members of a union bargaining unit withhold services through cessation of work, or refusal to work. Strikes are a legally regulated labour negotiation tactic.

In Alberta, strikes are regulated by the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB).

To initiate a strike action, a union must submit a majority vote in favour of the strike to the ALRB, which then grants permission for the strike to occur within a 120-day window.

Unions must provide employers with 72-hours notice of the onset of strike action.

To learn more about strikes please visit the ALRB FAQs.

 

A lockout occurs when an employer denies members of a union bargaining unit access to the workplace. Lockouts are a legally regulated labour negotiation tactic.

In Alberta, lockouts are regulated by the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB).

To initiate a lockout, an employer must apply for permission to the ALRB, and provide the union with 72-hours notice.

To learn more about lockouts please visit the ALRB FAQs.

 

 

Mediation is a dispute resolution process where a professional, independent third party helps both sides in a labour negotiation find common ground and, hopefully, come to an agreement.

It’s not possible to estimate an end date for the strike. The duration of a Faculty Association strike could affect the end of classes and final exam dates. In the event a lengthy Faculty Association strike threatens to disrupt the academic calendar to the point those hours cannot be made up, the semester is at risk.

We will do our best to ensure students can complete the affected term(s). This will require some flexibility with dates and deadlines to the academic calendar/schedule.  We are developing contingency plans to help students complete the term in a timely manner, though perhaps later than originally planned (depending on the length of the Faculty Association strike).

The impact of the strike on the overall semester is being assessed on a weekly basis during the strike. The University remains committed to good-faith bargaining and reaching an agreement with the Faculty Association as quickly as possible.

ALRB regulations state that picketing is restricted to the employees’ place of employment, and may occur on public property. Striking workers typically assemble near common entrances to workplaces.

Striking employees are legally permitted to peacefully persuade others to avoid going to the University.

 

No. Students have access to their ulethbridge email account and Moodle.

 

The onset and duration of the strike are at the discretion of ULFA. The University remains committed to good-faith bargaining and reaching an agreement with the Faculty Association as quickly as possible.

 

Campus Safety at 1-403-329-2603. It is in Room L911, which is located in the Library Information Network Centre building, adjacent to the Starbucks.

 

All visitors, non-striking employees and students are able to come to the Lethbridge campus.

 

Please contact Bow Valley College Campus Security Office at 1-403-410-1713. 

 

All visitors, non-striking employees and students will be able to come on-site to the U of L campus in Calgary (subject to Bow Valley College’s COVID-19 protocols).

 

The University posts progress updates on labour negotiations with the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA) on our collective bargaining webpage. This FAQ is also being regularly updated. Updates may also be sent via email and/or social media.

 

Labour negotiation updates are distributed as required, in relation to significant bargaining milestones.

 

All instruction and related academic activities has been halted for the duration of a Faculty Association strike. The impacts of the Faculty Association strike on the Spring 2022 term is being regularly evaluated and communicated to students.

 

Information on how to apply to graduate is available here. You may submit an application during the strike, but the deadline for an application to graduate is not currently being imposed. 

The University has recently established a mechanism to accommodate the timely adjudication of awards such as the Chinook Undergraduate Research Award, Alberta Innovates summer studentships, and the NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRAs) during strike action.  Adjudication is ongoing and regardless of the duration of job action, competition results will be announced by mid-April. Award start dates may be impacted by the duration of the strike.

 

We don’t know at this point. We are trying to maintain the current schedule but some flexibility may be required, depending on the length of the Faculty Association strike.

 

The length of the Faculty Association strike may affect final exam dates.

We are developing contingency plans to help students complete the term in a timely manner, perhaps later than originally planned, depending on the length of the Faculty Association strike.

 

Each program with a practicum component has (and is) working collaboratively in developing plans to assist students towards completion of their practicums in a timely manner.

 

Most co-op placements are continuing. Questions about your co-op placement? Contact coop@uleth.ca or 403-329-2000.

If you have questions about your applied studies course, contact applied.studies@uleth.ca

Students have uninterrupted access to Moodle to review course materials. Instructors do not have access to Moodle during the Faculty Association strike.

Students have uninterrupted access to Moodle to review course materials, should they choose to do so. However, there are no expectations of students (exams, assignments, readings, lectures, etc.) during the strike. Instructors do not have access to Moodle during the Faculty Association strike.

Instructors do not have access to @uleth.ca email during a Faculty Association strike.

 

Classes and all related components (exam dates, assignment due dates, readings, lectures, etc.) are postponed for the duration of a strike.
 

Classes and related components, such as exams, are be postponed for the duration of the strike. As a result the Testing Centre is closed.

We are updating students regularly about plans that are made to help students complete their programs in a timely way.

 

For the duration of the ULFA strike, all non-faculty employment contracts, including hourly employees, will continue to be honoured. Employees will be paid in keeping with scheduled hours or hours that would have otherwise been scheduled.

All graduate student milestone events involving faculty which are scheduled to take place during a Faculty Association strike will be rescheduled.

 

Students will continue to receive government student aid, as long as they do not reduce their credit hours below what was reported to their provincial loan agency. 

If the term is delayed, students will need to apply to the relevant provincial loan body for an extension.  The Scholarships and Student Finance Office can answer your detailed questions: https://www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/student-finance.

 

We encourage students to apply for awards and other financial support. You can find more information here

Emergency bursaries may be available to you. Contact awards@uleth.ca with the heading, Emergency Support, to receive an application.

 

You will continue to receive institutional awards if you don’t fall below the required credit hours for your scholarships.

 

Yes. Your permit is refundable. Please return it to the Campus Mobility office in TH101, or make arrangements by emailing parking@uleth.ca. Permit refunds are prorated from the date they are returned.

Band funding is typically based on credit hours and we encourage you not to reduce your course enrolments as this could potentially impact your ability to secure future band-funding.  Indigenous students should contact their funders directly.

 

There are provisions in the IRCC regulations for situations beyond a student’s control, such as a strike. Please contact the International Office (403-329-2053 or international.advice@uleth.ca) if you have further questions. 

 

During a strike, IRCC considers students to be studying continuously. The period of time in which students are not attending class due to a strike does not impact their eligibility for the PGWP. Should you have any questions, please contact international.advice@uleth.ca or  403-329-2053.

 

International students who are registered full-time in an academic program are still able to work during a strike period. Students who are eligible to work off campus may only work part time (up to 20 hours a week) during the Spring 2022 semester. Students may NOT work full time off campus during the Spring 2022 semester even during a strike period as this is not considered a scheduled break. All students must meet IRCC’s eligibility criteria to be able to work. Should you have any questions, please contact international.advice@uleth.ca or  403-329-2053.

 

Yes. According to IRCC, you are permitted to continue working if previous to the strike you were eligible (enrolled full-time in classes). You may only work up to 20 hours per week off campus. On-campus work hours will continue to not be limited.

Yes, so long as you were previously maintaining your PGWP eligibility (studying continuously, full-time and not working outside of the regulations). The time that that you will not be studying due to strike action will not impact your eligibility for the PGWP.

Yes, you will be able to extend your study permit. You may need additional documentation to indicate that there is a disruption of your classes due to a strike, but an extension will absolutely be possible.  All student support services will still be available in the event of job action by the Faculty Association. Should you need documentation or support, we will be available to help. You can book an appointment with and international student advisor for immigration needs (and others) here.

You will require valid status in Canada regardless of any labour action at uLethbridge. This means that you may need to extend your study permit during a labour disruption, and you may need an additional document from Student Enrolment and Registrar Services indicating that the strike has prohibited you temporarily from attending class. This document would be used together with a Verification of Enrollment that would also be requested from the same office.  regoffice@uleth.ca.

International Student Services offers confidential immigration advice to international students. Please email your international students advisors at international.advice@uleth.ca or book an appointment if you need assistance.

 

Student services remain available to students. Visit this site for details.

 

Counselling Services are here to help with anxiety. Students can access free and confidential counselling; please book an appointment with one of our counsellors here.

 

The Indigenous Centre team can help you access services such as Elder support, community cultural activities and connection and Smudge rooms. Email lindi.shade@uleth.ca, or jodie.flamand@uleth for more information.

 

Yes, there are library services available during the Faculty Association strike.