mobile navigation An academic strike continues to be in effect at all Ontario Colleges, including Sheridan,  however we are hopeful that the back-to-work legislation will be passed and finalized by Sunday, November 19. Should the legislation pass by November 19, we anticipate welcoming our faculty back to Sheridan on Monday, November 20 to prepare for students to return to classes on Tuesday, November 21. For more information please visit strikeinfo.sheridancollege.ca.

Updates on Faculty Strike — Frequently Asked Questions

New FAQs: See the Latest Questions Added to this FAQ Page

Section 1: Strike Timeline

Section 2: Potential Impact on Sheridan Students

Section 3: Information for Prospective Students

Section 4: Potential Impact on Sheridan Employees

Section 5: About the Union's Demands

Section 6: Additional Information


New FAQs: See the Latest Questions Added to this FAQ Page

How will the strike impact the holiday break or the Winter 2018 Reading Week? Will you accommodate students who have already made travel plans for these periods?

We are working on a number of adjustment scenarios to the fall 2017 semester. We can now confirm that Sheridan will need to use the week of December 18-22, 2017 for instruction. Students are advised not to book travel for the dates prior to December 22.

Should classes not resume until November 20 or longer, Sheridan may also need to schedule classes during the week of January 2 – 8, 2018.

We recognize that Reading Week is important to our students. While we hope to retain the Winter 2018 Reading Week, this decision will depend on the final length of the strike.

Therefore, students are advised to hold off on booking travel during the week of January 2–8 or February 26 – March 2, 2018.

Any travel arrangements that were made before Monday, October 30, 2017 will be accommodated. Specific accommodations will depend on your course. Students will be asked to provide confirmation of the booking once classes resume. [Updated November 10]

How is Sheridan planning to adjust the Fall 2017 semester to make up lost instruction time?

We are monitoring the situation daily and modelling scenarios to ensure that students will meet the learning outcomes associated with their programs, and will have the opportunity to complete the fall semester. As part of this scenario planning, we can now share the following anticipated changes to the fall 2017 semester:

  • Should students return to class any time after November 13, 2017, Sheridan will need to use the week of December 18 – 22 for instruction.
  • The holiday closure of December 23 – January 1 will be observed; no classes will be delivered during this time.
  • Should students return to class on or after November 20, 2017, Sheridan will need to use the week of January 2 – January 8, 2018 to make up instruction time for the fall semester.
  • This would be further extended to January 15, 2018 if the return is delayed until November 27, 2017.
  • Some program completion plans include the possibility of evening and/or weekend course instruction. Further details will be communicated following consultation with faculty after the strike is resolved.

As we endeavour to recover from the strike, our goal is to ensure all students have sufficient class time to meet their learning outcomes and maintain the quality of the learning experience they expected from Sheridan. These extensions of the term into 2018 will ensure that course and program learning outcomes are met. [Updated November 10]

Will there be any impact to the winter 2018 semester?

Scenarios for the completion of the winter semester remain under development and will depend on when the strike ends. It is our hope to complete the winter semester before April 30, 2018. [Updated November 10]

What provisions will be made for students who planned to graduate in December 2017 if the fall semester needs to be extended?

We recognize that a potential extension of the fall 2017 semester may be concerning to students who planned to graduate in December 2017. Considerations for these students are currently under development. We will continue to update students as planning around these issues evolves. [Updated November 10]

What support can Sheridan offer students who are concerned about financial hardship as a result of the extended Fall 2017 semester?

We recognize that the prospect of a lengthened semester may present a financial challenge for some of our students, including those facing additional costs associated with attending school past the original semester end date.

On November 10, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced the creation of a special fund at each Ontario college to support students facing financial hardship as a result of the strike. The details around how Sheridan students will access the fund are currently under development, based on direction from the province. We will share more information as soon as it becomes available to us. [Updated November 13]

I am scheduled to start my winter co-op term in January 2018. Will my co-op term be impacted by the strike?

We are still planning for, and hopeful, that there will be limited impacts to co-op work terms scheduled for the winter term. If the fall academic semester is extended and students are required to be in class during a time when they were originally scheduled to be on co-op, we will work with their employers to revise their start dates.

Work terms can start as late as the end of February and still provide sufficient time for students to complete the hours necessary. [Updated November 13]

Now that the strike has commenced, what is the next step in the bargaining process?

OPSEU began strike action at all of Ontario's colleges, including Sheridan, on October 16.

On November 1, the colleges requested that the mediator bring both sides back to the table on November 2.

After a number of days of bargaining, Ontario colleges and the union did not reach an agreement at the bargaining table.

On November 6, the College Employer Council asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to schedule a vote by striking faculty on the colleges’ offer. On November 7, the Ontario Labour Relations Board scheduled a vote to enable academic employees at Ontario colleges to vote on the Colleges’ offer. Voting is scheduled to take place between November 14 and 16.

The College Employer Council requested that the strike be suspended to allow faculty and students to return to class in the interim. At this time, classes for full and part-time students that were cancelled as of October 16 have not yet resumed

Read more about the latest offer

[Updated November 7]

I've rented a textbook from the bookstore and it is due back on December 15. If the term is extended will the return date be adjusted?

Yes. The return date will be adjusted to accommodate any extension to the fall term. A new return date will be announced following the strike. [Updated November 7]

Is the Safe Walk program still available during the strike?

Yes. Both our Campus Security Officers and the Sheridan Student Union’s (SSU) Safe Walk program escorts are available to walk with you directly to all points on campus including your car, classrooms/meeting spaces, residence, bus stops, etc. Campus Security Officers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SSU’s Safe Walk program operates Monday to Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. during large campus events and pub nights.

To request a Campus Security Officer or Safe Walk program escort, please contact your campus Security Office by phone:

  • Davis Campus:  905-874-4344
  • Hazel McCallion Campus: 905-615-7944 
  • Trafalgar Road Campus: 905-815-4044

You can also access these phone numbers directly from the Sheridan ALERT! campus safety app by clicking on ‘Safe Walk.’ Download the app from the Google Play Store or App Store.

Sheridan is committed to ensuring the safety of our community throughout the year. Click here more campus safety and security tips. [Updated November 7]

Are Further Education Week events from November 13 to November 24 cancelled during the strike?

Yes. Further Education Week events have been cancelled and will be rescheduled when classes resume. Please check Sheridan's Career Events page for the announcement of new dates. [Updated November 7]

If a strike goes on for a long time and the school year gets extended, will I need to pay more for residence?

The Student Residence Agreement (SRA) will be extended, if needed, to mirror the current academic term without additional cost to the Resident. Any students that requires consideration for an extension past December 22nd should contact the Residence directly as detailed in the recent e-mail from the Residence regarding Winter break extensions:

Sheridan Trafalgar Residence: info.trafalgar@sheridanresidence.ca

>Sheridan Davis Residence: info.davis@sheridanresidence.ca

Any current student who has selected the option 3 payment schedule for Residence fees should continue to make their final Residence fee installment as scheduled.  

[Updated November 6]

What is happening with practicums and field placements that were cancelled? Will I need to make those up after the strike ends?

At the start of the strike, Sheridan made the difficult decision to cancel all placement activities across all programs, recognizing the important role that faculty play to vocational learning and development in fostering student success. We continue to reassess which programs have the requisite staff to support our students’ learning. We have determined that the following programs can re-start their placement activities as early as the week of November 6. Students in these programs are being contacted directly by email:

  • Kinesiology, all semesters
  • Vet Tech, Semester 1
  • Practical Nursing, Semester 3
  • Athletic Therapy, Off campus
  • Investigations – Public and Private, Semester 3
  • Community and Justice Services, Semester 3
  • Paralegal, Semester 4

We understand that students are rightfully concerned about making up their missed hours related to their field placements and practicums. We share your concern. We will continue to work with students and partner agencies to find a meaningful and responsible solution that supports student learning and the requirements of any related accrediting bodies. [Updated November 3]


Section 1: Strike Timeline


1. Now that the strike has commenced, what is the next step in the bargaining process?

OPSEU began strike action at all of Ontario's colleges, including Sheridan, on October 16.

On November 1, the colleges requested that the mediator bring both sides back to the table on November 2. 

After a number of days of bargaining, Ontario colleges and the union did not reach an agreement at the bargaining table. 

On November 6, the College Employer Council asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to schedule a vote by striking faculty on the colleges’ offer. On November 7, the Ontario Labour Relations Board scheduled a vote to enable academic employees at Ontario colleges to vote on the Colleges’ offer. Voting is scheduled to take place between November 14 and 16.

The College Employer Council requested that the strike be suspended to allow faculty and students to return to class in the interim. At this time, classes for full and part-time students that were cancelled as of October 16 have not yet resumed

Read more about the latest offer.

[Updated November 7]

2. How long will a strike last?

OPSEU began strike action at all of Ontario’s 24 colleges on October 16. We have no way of predicting how long a strike will last. Students should continue with their studies to prepare for the eventual resumption of classes. Our campuses remain open. We have many services that continue to run and supports in place to assist students during the temporary work stoppage.

3. Will the government intervene and stop the strike?

The government has no role in the bargaining process and expects the colleges and the union to resolve these issues.

Section 2: Potential Impact on Sheridan Students


4. How is Sheridan planning to adjust the Fall 2017 semester to make up lost instruction time?

We are monitoring the situation daily and modelling scenarios to ensure that students will meet the learning outcomes associated with their programs, and will have the opportunity to complete the fall semester. As part of this scenario planning, we can now share the following anticipated changes to the fall 2017 semester:

  • Should students return to class any time after November 13, 2017, Sheridan will need to use the week of December 18 – 22 for instruction.
  • The holiday closure of December 23 – January 1 will be observed; no classes will be delivered during this time.
  • Should students return to class on or after November 20, 2017, Sheridan will need to use the week of January 2 – January 8, 2018 to make up instruction time for the fall semester.
  • This would be further extended to January 15, 2018 if the return is delayed until November 27, 2017.?
  • Some program completion plans include the possibility of evening and/or weekend course instruction. Further details will be communicated following consultation with faculty after the strike is resolved.

As we endeavour to recover from the strike, our goal is to ensure all students have sufficient class time to meet their learning outcomes and maintain the quality of the learning experience they expected from Sheridan. These extensions of the term into 2018 will ensure that course and program learning outcomes are met. [Updated November 10]?

5. Will there be any impact to the winter 2018 semester?

Scenarios for the completion of the winter semester remain under development and will depend on when the strike ends. It is our hope to complete the winter semester before April 30, 2018. [Updated November 10]

6. What provisions will be made for students who planned to graduate in December 2017 if the fall semester needs to be extended?

We recognize that a potential extension of the fall 2017 semester may be concerning to students who planned to graduate in December 2017. Considerations for these students are currently under development. We will continue to update students as planning around these issues evolves. [Updated November 10]

7. How will the strike impact the holiday break or the winter 2018 Reading Week? Will you accommodate students who have already made travel plans for these periods?

We are working on a number of adjustment scenarios to the fall 2017 semester. We can now confirm that Sheridan will need to use the week of December 18-22, 2017 for instruction. Students are advised not to book travel for the dates prior to December 22.

Should classes not resume until November 20 or longer, Sheridan may also need to schedule classes during the week of January 2 – 8, 2018.

We recognize that Reading Week is important to our students. While we hope to retain the Winter 2018 Reading Week, this decision will depend on the final length of the strike.

Therefore, students are advised to hold off on booking travel during the week of January 2–8 or February 26 – March 2, 2018.

Any travel arrangements that were made before Monday, October 30, 2017 will be accommodated. Specific accommodations will depend on your course. Students will be asked to provide confirmation of the booking once classes resume. [Updated November 10]

8. Can I proceed with my field placement or practicum during the strike?

At the start of the strike, Sheridan made the difficult decision to cancel all placement activities across all programs, recognizing the important role that faculty play to vocational learning and development in fostering student success. We continue to reassess which programs have the requisite staff to support our students’ learning. We have determined that the following programs can re-start their placement activities as early as the week of November 6. Students in these programs are being contacted directly by email:

  • Kinesiology, all semesters
  • Vet Tech, Semester 1
  • Practical Nursing, Semester 3
  • Athletic Therapy, off campus
  • Investigations – Public and Private, Semester 3
  • Community and Justice Services, Semester 3
  • Paralegal, Semester 4

9. What is happening with practicums and field placements that were cancelled? Will I need to make up lost placement hours after the strike ends?

We understand that students are rightfully concerned about making up their missed hours related to their field placements and practicums. We share your concern. We will continue to work with students and partner agencies to find a meaningful and responsible solution that supports student learning and the requirements of any related accrediting bodies. [Updated November 3]

10. I've rented a textbook from the bookstore and it is due back on December 15th. If the term is extended will the return date be adjusted?

Yes. The return date will be adjusted to accommodate any extension to the fall term. A new return date will be announced following the strike. [Updated November 7]

11. I am not receiving Sheridan's global emails. How can I ensure I receive these notices?

Please note that all official Sheridan global emails, including institutional strike updates, are sent to your Sheridan email address, not SLATE inbox. Your Sheridan email can be accessed at studentmail.sheridancollege.ca.

Some Sheridan student inboxes direct Sheridan global emails to a “Focused” inbox, and the messages do not appear in your primary inbox. This setting change must be made by each user. View the instructions for making this change to your email settings. [Updated November 2]

12. Is the Safe Walk program still available during the strike?

Yes. Both our Campus Security Officers and the Sheridan Student Union’s (SSU) Safe Walk program escorts are available to walk with you directly to all points on campus including your car, classrooms/meeting spaces, residence, bus stops, etc. Campus Security Officers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SSU’s Safe Walk program operates Monday to Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. during large campus events and pub nights.

To request a Campus Security Officer or Safe Walk program escort, please contact your campus Security Office by phone:

  • Davis Campus:  905-874-4344
  • Hazel McCallion Campus: 905-615-7944 
  • Trafalgar Road Campus: 905-815-4044

You can also access these phone numbers directly from the Sheridan ALERT! campus safety app by clicking on ‘Safe Walk.’ Download the app from the Google Play Store or App Store.

Sheridan is committed to ensuring the safety of our community throughout the year. Click here more campus safety and security tips. [Updated November 7]

13. What will happen to my year as a result of the strike?

Regardless of how events unfold, our first priority remains our students’ learning. Our hope and expectation is that students will have the opportunity to complete their term and their learning goals for the year. No Ontario college student has ever lost a year because of a strike. Our main concern remains the education of our students.

14. Can I proceed with my co-op during the strike?

Yes. Co-op placements will continue during the strike.

15. Can I proceed with my internship during the strike?

Internships that are not supervised by faculty members will continue during the strike. Internships taking place at Sheridan that are managed by faculty members are suspended during the strike.

16. Can I proceed to work on my capstone project independently during the strike?

Capstone projects are a key part of the curriculum for our students and in many ways, they represent the culmination of a student’s learning. In recognition of the leadership role that faculty members play in providing guidance, coaching and support to students on their Capstone projects, Sheridan is asking all students to temporarily suspend work on their capstone projects during the strike.

17. I'm a student NOT registered in a continuing education course. What happens to my assignments, exams or schedule for future classes during the strike?

No exams will be taking place and no assignments will be due for full-time and part-time students while classes are suspended and while a strike is in effect.

Students are encouraged to continue to work on their current assignments and may submit them through their normal channels during a strike, however, students will not be penalized for missing any original deadlines that fall within the strike period.

Please note that Sheridan will also not allow any of the cancelled exams to be rescheduled any earlier than 72 hours (not business days, and this includes weekends) following Sheridan’s announcement that the strike has ended via a global email to students and staff. Similarly, the earliest possible date that assignments will be due is 72 hours after the announcement that the strike is over. Specific revised dates for exams and assignment deadlines will be communicated following the end of the labour disruption. [Updated November 2]

18. Once the strike ends, how quickly will we return to class?

It would be highly unlikely that students would be expected to return to class the day after a settlement is reached. We will endeavour to give students as much notice as possible. Sheridan has also committed that no exams will be scheduled and no assignments will be due for 72 hours following the announcement that the strike has ended.

19. Are counselling appointments cancelled? What additional resources are available for mental health and wellness during the strike?

Counselling appointments have been cancelled up until November 10. Once the strike is over, we will reschedule cancelled appointments. Students who have immediate questions or require support can visit The Centre for Student Success (Davis: Room B230; HMC: Room A247; Trafalgar: Room B104). Otherwise, students can access these external wellness supports.

20. Does the Student Health and Dental Plan coverage continue during the strike?

Yes. There is no interruption to students' coverage during the strike.

21. I am a student employee at Sheridan. Can I continue to work as scheduled?

Yes. Sheridan’s goal is to allow for all student employees to continue in their roles if they choose to cross the picket line.

22. I am a student employee on a research grant at Sheridan. Can I continue this work during the strike?

In recognition of the leadership role of faculty members in our research projects, Sheridan has temporarily suspended all funded research projects led by full-time or partial load faculty members during the strike. Student employees on research grants will be contacted directly and provided with further information by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

23. Will the strike affect my financial aid program, such as OSAP?

The Financial Aid Office is operating as business as usual during the strike. Please continue to check the status of your OSAP application on the OSAP website.

Please contact Sheridan’s Financial Aid team for more information in the event of a lengthy strike. They may be reached at the following locations, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday:

  • Davis Campus, Room B212h, 905-459-7533, ext. 5061
  • Trafalgar Road Campus, Room D100, 905-815-4060
  • Hazel McCallion Campus, Room A155, 905-845-9430, ext. 2628

[Updated October 30, 2017]

24. I'm a sponsored student. What do I do during the strike?

Sponsored students [i.e. Band, WSIB, Second Career, etc.] are encouraged to connect with their sponsorship agency/contact to determine how your funding may be impacted by the interruption to your studies due to the faculty strike. Should you require documentation from the College to verify your inability to attend classes during the faculty strike, please email: registrar@sheridancollege.ca. [Updated October 23]

25. Which college classes and campus services are suspended during the strike?

Sheridan's campuses remain open with security on site – however, the following programs and services are not running during the strike:

  • Regularly scheduled classes for full and part time students
  • Regularly scheduled classes for Apprenticeship students (However, the work experience component of apprenticeships will continue)
  • Classes offered at Sheridan for joint programs with the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM), York and Brock Universities
  • The following two Continuing and Professional Education classes: Motion Picture Camera Assistant Workshops 1 and 2 (MEDA70011 and MEDA70012)
  • The following Ontario Learn Online Learning modules: Leading Responsibly (Leadership Development Series) (MGMT70031), Legislation in the Workplace (LAWS70007), Coaching and Developing People (BUSM79002), Creative & Critical Thinking (Leadership Development) - Section 1 (MGMT70025), Creative & Critical Thinking (Leadership Development) - Section 2 (MGMT70025), Human Relations (Leadership Development Series) (MGMT70027) and F17 - Science of Popular Diets: Impact of Nutrition on Human Wellness (NUTR7001G).
  • Workforce development programs (LINC, ELT, OSLT)
  • School College Work Initiative programs (including Fall 2017 Dual Credit courses)
  • Academic upgrading courses (including Academic and Career Entrance classes)
  • Field placements
  • Internships that are supervised by faculty members in the academic union
  • Athletic Therapy Clinic
  • All Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Activities supervised by Faculty
  • All Information Sessions for Second Career, Internationally Trained Individuals and Admission Assessment
  • FAAD's Internal Portfolio Review Day on October 24
  • Sheridan's participation in National Portfolio Day at OCAD University on November 4
  • Sheridan's Animal Care Centre grooming services

At Davis Campus, entrances from the Recreation Centre into lot #3 and overflow are blocked off as part of the strike action and will continue for the duration of the strike, but entrances off of McLaughlin and Steeles remain open.

26. Which campus services will remain open during the strike?

The following classes and services remain operational during a strike:

  • Continuing and Professional Education classes with the exception of the courses listed above.
  • Most Ontario Learn Online Learning modules with the exception of the courses listed above.
  • Co-op placements
  • Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support
  • Internships that are supervised by non-academic union employees
  • The Centre for Student Success [DAV: Room B230, HMC: Room A247, TRA: Room B104]
  • Access to library spaces (library, learning commons, room bookings for self-study)
  • Access to labs/studio spaces for self-directed learning (on a case by case basis, should supervision be possible by trained technicians and/or student monitors)
  • All administrative offices
  • International Centre
  • Tutoring Services
  • Academic Integrity Office
  • Student health centre
  • Residence programming
  • Most Sheridan Student Union services and events (see the What's Open/Closed? page for more details). SSU offices will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Athletic and recreation facilities
  • Sheridan’s Childcare Centres at all campuses
  • Public Transit and ParaTransit (however, public transit stops at Davis Campus and Trafalgar Road Campus have changed. View alternate public transit stops here).
  • The Sheridan Shuttle is currently running on a modified schedule: The Sheridan Shuttle will operate Bus #1 and #2 only from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pick-up locations remain the same.
  • Fall Convocation on October 17 and 18 will proceed at the Living Arts Centre
  • Office of the Registrar - all services including Admissions, Records and Registration, and Financial Aid. There will be limited service at the Assessment Centre
  • Some food services, the bookstore and Xerox centres (operating on reduced hours)
  • Safe Walk program

Please check the Sheridan Strike Information page regularly, which will be updated on a daily basis for additional information regarding classes, events and services that will be running.

27. Are online classes still running during the strike?

Most online classes offered through the Ontario Learn program and through our Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies will proceed as scheduled. Please see above for more details. All other courses offered online or through hybrid models will be suspended during the strike.

28. Do students have access to SLATE during the strike?

Yes. Students will continue to have access to SLATE. No new material will be posted, however, access will remain to view existing material, already covered in class.

29. Will municipal transit and GO services continue to service the Sheridan campuses during the strike?

Municipal transit and GO services will not enter Sheridan’s Davis Campus and Trafalgar Campus during the strike, but will arrange for alternate stops just outside of campuses. Click here for details and maps of these alternate stops at Davis Campus and Trafalgar Road Campus. Public transit stops at Hazel McCallion Campus remain the same.

30. What happens if the strike goes on for a long time? Will Sheridan issue refunds?

Issuing refunds at this point would presume that students will not be able to complete their learning goals once the strike has ended. We are monitoring the situation daily and modelling scenarios to ensure that students will meet the learning outcomes associated with their programs. Our first preference is to find a way for students to complete their fall courses prior to the end of 2017.  

Tuition is not calculated daily or weekly. It corresponds to the learning and support services provided to you over a course and/or program. Sheridan intends to deliver on its promise to provide you with a quality education that prepares you for a meaningful career. We will also continue to place our emphasis on fostering student success.

Refunds are tied to provincial policy, which states that students are eligible for refunds up to the 10th day of class. Any possible changes to this policy, due to the extraordinary circumstances resulting from an academic strike, will be determined by the Provincial government. [Updated November 1]

31. If a strike goes on for a long time and the school year gets extended, will I need to pay more for residence?

The Student Residence Agreement (SRA) will be extended, if needed, to mirror the current academic term without additional cost to the Resident. Any students that requires consideration for an extension past December 22 should contact the Residence directly as detailed in the recent e-mail from the Residence regarding Winter break extensions:

Sheridan Trafalgar Residence: info.trafalgar@sheridanresidence.ca

Sheridan Davis Residence: info.davis@sheridanresidence.ca

Any current student who has selected the option 3 payment schedule for Residence fees should continue to make their final Residence fee installment as scheduled.  

[Updated November 6]

32. Will there be any changes to fee payments during the strike?

As of October 30, changes have been made to a number of fee payment dates at Sheridan to ensure that no fees are made due during the period in which classes are cancelled because of the strike. While we are not actively collecting fees during the strike, we can accept payments.

For returning students whose next fee payment was scheduled for November 15, this date will only apply should the strike end five (5) business days before this date. Should the strike progress beyond this date, fees for returning students will be due five (5) business days after the term resumes.

During the strike period, no late fees will be charged for any fees due after October 16. After the term resumes, students will have five (5) business days to pay their balance of the Fall fees. After that time, late fees will apply. Late fees still apply for any outstanding balances that were not paid prior to October 16.

A $500.00 deposit for new domestic students (beginning at Sheridan in the winter 2018 term) is due on November 24. Should the strike continue beyond this date, the due date would be adjusted to fall after the strike ends, ensuring that students have one week’s notice before their deposit is due.

The balance of winter fees for new domestic students is due December 8, and will be adjusted if the November 24 due date is altered due to the strike.

The balance of fees for students receiving OSAP is February 14, 2018.

Fees for new international students (beginning at Sheridan in the winter 2018 term) are due on November 15. This date has been set to allow for sufficient time for students to obtain necessary study permits. Should the strike continue beyond November 15, the payment date will be adjusted to provide students with two weeks’ notice of their fees being due. [Updated November 1]

33. What happens to my parking fees during a strike? Can I get a refund?

Parking permits paid for the fall term will be valid for the entire fall term. This means that even if the date of the fall term is extended into January to make up for classes cancelled as a result of the strike, your fall term parking permit will be valid through to the new end date of the fall term.

For HMC students who purchased City of Mississauga permits, Sheridan will offer complimentary parking at the theatre lot (used by Sheridan students and employees) for the month of January, should the fall term extend to January. Sheridan will provide you with a Sheridan hangtag permit, which must be displayed in your car to use the lot.

Generally speaking, Sheridan’s campuses remain open and services continue to be available during a strike. Paid parking continues to be in effect.

As always, one-semester, two-semester, and three-semester (annual) permits may be refunded according to Sheridan’s pro-rated schedule. As per Sheridan’s usual policy, monthly permits (good for 30 days after the date of purchase) and two-week permits (good for 14 days after the date of purchase) are non-refundable. Similarly, 15-use permits (valid for any 15 days within 365 days of purchase) are non-refundable. Evening semester permits are also non-refundable. [Updated November 2]

34. I have an upcoming on-campus graduation photo appointment. Will grad photo appointments proceed as scheduled?

Yes. To book or reschedule an appointment, please refer to the instructions provided by the Sheridan Student Union and contact Lassman Studios directly. [Updated October 23]

35. I am currently a Sheridan student and have an exam time booked in the Assessment Centre to write an exam. Can I still write the exam?

No. For the duration of the strike, the Assessment Centre will be suspending all make up testing and accessible learning accommodated testing. Students will need to connect with their instructor after the strike to arrange a new date and time to write the exam.

36. I am not a Sheridan student, but have booked an exam as part of their external invigilation services. Can I still write the exam?

Yes. Sheridan will still continue to support all external invigilation services for the duration of the strike. External invigilation services are offer to the general community EXCEPT for those from other colleges who are also on strike.

37. I'm getting reminders through SLATE telling me an assignment is due. Do I ignore these reminders during the strike?

If you receive messaging from SLATE regarding due dates for assignments, quizzes and assessed activities, these can be safely ignored during the work stoppage if you are a full-time or part-time student whose classes have been cancelled due to the strike. These automated messages were set in place prior to the commencement of work stoppage. All of these assessed activities will require re-adjustment upon the return of faculty with renewed timelines and due dates. All assignments, quizzes and assessed activities are proceeding as scheduled for the Continuing Education classes that are still running during the strike. [Updated October 26]

38. What support can Sheridan offer students who are concerned about financial hardship as a result of the extended Fall 2017 semester?

We recognize that the prospect of a lengthened semester may present a financial challenge for some of our students, including those facing additional costs associated with attending school past the original semester end date.

On November 10, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced the creation of a special fund at each Ontario college to support students facing financial hardship as a result of the strike. The details around how Sheridan students will access the fund are currently under development, based on direction from the province. We will share more information as soon as it becomes available to us. [Updated November 13]

39. I am scheduled to start my winter co-op term in January 2018. Will my co-op term be impacted by the strike?

We are still planning for, and hopeful, that there will be limited impacts to co-op work terms scheduled for the winter term. If the fall academic semester is extended and students are required to be in class during a time when they were originally scheduled to be on co-op, we will work with their employers to revise their start dates.

Work terms can start as late as the end of February and still provide sufficient time for students to complete the hours necessary. [Updated November 13]


2a) Online Resources Available to All Students

40. Are there any tutoring services that can be accessed online, in case I’m working on my assignments off campus?

If you are keeping up on your assignments and studies and need help during the strike but aren’t coming to campus, please email tutoring@sheridancollege.ca and your study question will be forwarded to the tutors to respond to you ASAP.

Get online Writing Tutoring too! Book at sheridanmywconline.com. Book an appointment, attach the assignment, and get a response on it within two hours.

41. Are there any tutoring services that will be available on campus, for in person visits, during a strike?

Our Tutoring Centres are Open. You can book a tutoring appointment for tutoring help at sheridan.mywconline.com, using your Sheridan email to register. Drop-in to the Tutoring Centre on campus for help during their scheduled hours.

42. I’m working on an assignment off campus and I have a question about citations and references. Is there anyone I can contact?

Yes. Please send your question to the Academic Integrity Office, who can be reached via email, at aif@sheridancollege.ca

An online guide called “Cite it Right” exists for help with APA and MLA citations. There’s also information about using Refworks, a citation management tool. These resources can be found on the Library website at library.sheridancollege.ca, in the middle widget at the top of the page called “Doing Research”

43. I’m working off campus but need help from a Library staff member. Is there a way to get in touch electronically?

Yes. Access the chat service to ask questions here. You can also call the library at 905-845-9430 ext. 2482 or email the library at library@sheridancollege.ca

44. Is there a way to access books and other library materials online, without coming to campus?

Yes. Thousands of e-journals, e-books and videos can be accessed through the library website using the “Summon” feature, which can be found in the widget in the upper left hand part of the page called “Search the Library”.


2b) Information Specific to International Students

45. What do I do if I am concerned about my immigration status and have questions?

International Centre is available to answer any questions you may have. Please join us for Drop-in Sessions at the International Centre occurring Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

46. As an international student, can I work during the strike?

If you are eligible to work off-campus, you may continue to work off-campus up to 20 hours a week, even if you are temporarily unable to attend classes. Students are not authorized to work full-time during a strike.

For Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's statement on this matter, click here

47. What if my study permit is set to expire while there is a strike?

If you are due to apply for a study permit extension during the strike, you will need to include with your application an explanation from Sheridan of why you have been unable to continue your studies or attend school. Please meet with an International Student Coordinator to discuss further.

For Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's statement on this matter, click here.

48. Does my guard.me coverage continue during the strike?

Yes. There is no interruption to students’ guard.me coverage during the strike. [Updated October 23]

49. What activities are available to international students during the strike?

There are presentations, workshops and activities scheduled for our international student community during the strike. View the details here. [Updated October 27]

50. Will there be any changes to fee payments during the strike for new international students?

Fees for new international students (beginning at Sheridan in the winter 2018 term) are due on November 15. This date has been set to allow for sufficient time for students to obtain necessary study permits. Should the strike continue beyond November 15, the payment date will be adjusted to provide students with two weeks’ notice of their fees being due. [Updated November 1]


2c) Information Specific to Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies (FCAPS) Students

51. I am a FCAPS student. Which classes are NOT running during the strike?

  • The following Continuing Education courses: Motion Picture Camera Assistant Workshops 1 and 2 (MEDA70011 and MEDA70012)
  • The following Ontario Learn modules: Leading Responsibly (Leadership Development Series) (MGMT70031), Legislation in the Workplace (LAWS70007), Coaching and Developing People (BUSM79002), Creative & Critical Thinking (Leadership Development) - Section 1 (MGMT70025), Creative & Critical Thinking (Leadership Development) - Section 2 (MGMT70025), Human Relations (Leadership Development Series) (MGMT70027) and F17 - Science of Popular Diets: Impact of Nutrition on Human Wellness (NUTR7001G).

Please note that no assignments are due for the courses listed directly above for the duration of the strike.

52. I am a FCAPS student who is scheduled to write an exam. Can I still write the exam in the Assessment Centre during the strike?

Yes.

53. I am a FCAPS student registered with Accessible Learning who is scheduled to write an exam. Can I still write the exam in the Assessment Centre during the strike?

Yes.

54. I am a FCAPS student who is scheduled to write an Ontario Learn exam. Can I still write the exam in the Assessment Centre during the strike?

Yes.

55. I am a FCAPS student enrolled in the Academic Upgrading Program who is scheduled to write an exam. Can I still write the exam in the Assessment Centre during the strike?

Yes, as an Academic Upgrading student I am able to write the pre-entrance Communication assessment in the Assessment Centre.

Main line at Davis Campus: 905-459-7533 ext. 5449

Main line at Trafalgar Road Campus: 905-845-9430 ext. 8025

56. I am a Continuing Education student. Do I need to complete assignments and evaluations during the strike?

For all Continuing Education classes that are still running during a strike, all deadlines for assignments and evaluations/examinations continue to remain valid. Students are expected to hand-in all course work according to the scheduled due dates and attend all evaluations/examinations as scheduled.

Section 3: Information for Prospective Students


57. I have a campus tour booked for next week. Is my tour cancelled?

Please check your email before travelling to campus, as tours may be cancelled on a day-by-day basis during a strike.

58. I am an applicant to Sheridan for January 2018 and need to write an entrance exam for my admissions. Can I still book an exam and write in the Assessment Centre?

Yes. Sheridan will still continue to support pre-admission and post-admission testing for the duration of the strike.

59. Will Sheridan be participating in National Portfolio Day at OCAD University on November 4?

No. Due to the academic work stoppage, Sheridan has had to withdraw from this event. [Updated October 30, 2017]

Section 4: Potential Impact on Sheridan Employees


60. Will Sheridan continue to pay part time faculty who are not part of the union?

Sheridan understands the importance of financial security and therefore intends to continue to pay the wages of non-striking employees. Sheridan hopes that any work stoppage would be brief. In the event of a prolonged strike, Sheridan may have to reassess its operations. However, any impact on employment will be communicated with as much notice as possible.

Sheridan expects that non striking employees will be available to work as scheduled. In some cases, employees may be re-assigned work outside their normal duties. Specific expectations will be communicated by your manager. Non-striking employees, who are completing work on campus, will be required to cross picket lines. A protocol that educates our community about crossing picket lines safely and respectfully will be available on the strike information page.

61. I’m a faculty member who is on strike. Do I have access to SLATE and email and other resources?

Yes. Faculty have access to their email and to SLATE during the strike, as well as to PeopleSoft. In addition, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to striking workers. OneCard access also remains unchanged.

62. Will unionized faculty continue with work-related travel during the strike?

No. No faculty will be on work-related travel during the strike. Those faculty members who had work-related travel scheduled for the week of October 16 and the immediately following period are being contacted and asked to change their travel plans.

63. If I was previously approved for Professional Development funding and the activity takes place during a strike, can I still receive the funding?

If you are a unionized employee that is on strike during the time your Professional Development activity is taking place, funding would no longer be approved and you would not be eligible to receive any reimbursement for Professional Development activities during the strike period.

Section 5: About the Union's Demands


64. Why can’t you just accept the union’s demands?

The union’s proposals would ultimately add more than $250 million to annual costs, eliminate thousands of contract faculty jobs, and jeopardize the quality of college programs. While the colleges have offered a 7.75% salary increase over 4 years (in line with a recent agreement with its support staff union members), the union is requesting a salary increase of more than 9% over three years.

Section 6: Additional Information


65. What is a strike?

A strike is a refusal to work organized by a body of employees, typically a labour union, as a form of protest. The purpose of a strike is to compel an employer to agree to terms and conditions of employment.

Strikes generally take the form of a picket line. The workers walk in front of where they work, chanting and holding signs.

The academic strike at Ontario’s 24 public colleges, including Sheridan, is a legal work stoppage. Academic staff have the right to strike.

66. What has led to the strike?

Faculty members at Ontario’s 24 public colleges belong to a collective bargaining unit called the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). This includes professors, librarians, counsellors, and other academic employees. Members voted to give the Union a strike mandate on September 14, 2017.

The union’s collective agreement between its members and the College Employer Council expired on September 30, 2017.

In the lead-up to and after the expiry of the collective agreement, negotiations between the colleges and OPSEU took place, but did not lead to a settlement.

OPSEU’s bargaining team issued a number of demands, which would increase college costs by $250 million annually, eliminate thousands of contract faculty jobs, and jeopardize the quality of college programs.

67. What is in the colleges’ final offer to the union?

The colleges’ final offer dated November 6 provides a 7.75% salary increase over four years, improved conversion of contract faculty to full-time positions, a plan to respond to Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act) when it becomes law, more faculty autonomy over personal workloads, enhanced benefits, the creation of a task force to address precarious work and staff complement, and no concessions. The full offer can be found on the College Employer Council's website. [Updated November 15]

68. What should I do if I'm approached by a reporter/media on campus?

It is your decision as to whether you feel comfortable speaking to media about your personal experiences and views related to this strike. You are not obligated in any way to accept a media request for an interview. If you receive any questions about Sheridan’s official position related to the work stoppage, kindly ask the reporter to contact Susan Atkinson, Manager of Communications and Media Relations at susan.atkinson@sheridancollege.ca or 905-815-4073.

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