Motion for Alternate Grading Option for UWinnipeg Students to be Voted on by UWinnipeg Senate on December 22, 2020

December 16th, 2020

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association President, Shawna Péloquin is working with UWSA Senators and UWinnipeg Faculty towards providing students with a flexible grading option for the Fall Winter 2020/21 Term. An amended version of the GPA Calculation Motion that was passed by the UWinnipeg Senate on April 8, 2020 will be voted on by the Senate on December 22, 2020.

If passed, students will be able to access this option when their grades for the current term are released up until February 12, 2021.

We recognize the academic, financial, and personal challenges that many UWinnipeg students are facing due to the pandemic and the impact it has on their education. UWSA is working with UWinnipeg departments and boards towards providing students with options to alleviate some of your hardships.

Updates on the motion will be available at the UWSA website on December 23, 2020. Until the motion is passed, we would like to strongly encourage students to access support if and when they need it. Some of the available supports are listed below:

  • Academic and Career Services Advisors are there to provide guidance with appeals and exam accommodations. Students can contact them at 204.786.9257 or advising@uwinnipeg.ca.
  • UWSA Staff can help you with academic advocacy or appeals. Please email vpsa@theuwsa.ca for more information.
  • Student Counselling staff are currently working remotely and would be pleased to assist you via phone or Zoom video counselling. Student can reach them at 204.988.7611 or studentwellness@uwinnipeg.cafrom Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  • UWinnipeg’s Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research Hub provides valuable tips and resources to help students and educators succeed while working remotely.

In solidarity,
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association

We're Hiring a Chair of the Board!

August 11th, 2020

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Do you want experience working on a non-profit board? We’re hiring a Chair of the Board at the UWSA!

The Chair of the Board of Directors acts as an essential component of the UWSA, setting the meeting agenda and ensuring that all directors are able to participate fully in the operations of the Board. A successful applicant should have a strong belief in the mission and mandate of the UWSA, and a willingness to invest in the success of the membership in a variety of different capacities.

Read more and apply here: UWSA Job Opportunities

U-Pass @ UWinnipeg: Community Consultation

June 23rd, 2020

The UWSA Board of Directors want your feedback on whether the UWSA should offer the U-Pass in the Fall 2020 term. Please submit your response via this survey here: U-Pass @ UWinnipeg: Community Consultation.

Questions? Please read through the FAQs below before you select your answer. 

How much is the U-Pass?  

The U-Pass fee for Fall/Winter 2020-21 is $200 per term. Students will pay this fee with their other registration fees at the beginning of each term. The U-Pass program is mandatory for all full-time students. 

What options do I have in the absence of U-Pass? 

In the absence of the U-Pass, students can purchase monthly or semester post-secondary passes. The post-secondary pass costs $81.65/month or $278/semester.  

Starting May 1, 2020, eligible adults can apply for a WINNpass, a monthly transit pass for individuals with low income. Please click here to check your eligibility. 

If you don’t plan on using transit frequently, you can choose to purchase e-cash or cash tickets on a pay-per-use basis. A full list of fares can be found here. 

Why do I have to decide now?  

In order to provide U-Pass in the fall, the UWSA and Winnipeg Transit need to start preparing in the summer. UWinnipeg and UWSA staff also need to input registered students’ data and collect financial information two-three months before classes start. 

How often will I have to travel to the campus in Fall 2020? 

As of now, the University has not made an official announcement regarding Fall classes. We have been told that a vast majority of classes will be offered remotely. According the provincial health guidelines, post-secondary institutions can provide learning in settings where learning and/or research requires hands-on experience. Examples may include, but are not limited to, laboratories, studios, trades instructions and practicums. 

If I select yes, does that mean U-Pass won’t be available all year?  

The U-Pass fee is assessed on per term. Your survey response will help guide us for the Fall 2020 term from September – December 2020. Depending on the public health situation, the U-Pass fee may or may not be charged for the Winter 2020 term.  

What if the public health situation improves by the Fall? 

The U-Pass fee is assessed at the beginning of the term. So, we will not be able to provide it in the middle of the term. Later in 2020, the UWSA Board of Directors will decide whether to offer U-Pass in Winter 2020-21 from January – May 2020/21. 

Is it safe to travel on the bus? 

Winnipeg Transit has made changes to service and operation in light of COVID-19. Please visit this link here to review their guidelines for social distancing and reduced schedules.  

Can I Opt-Out of U-Pass? 

Enrollment for full-time students is mandatory, as per the student referendum and legal Winnipeg City Council directive. However, select students, including but not limited to those who live outside city limits and/or use handi-transit are eligible to opt-out. Please click here to check if you qualify.  

UWSA BoD Meeting: June 3, 2020

May 27th, 2020

The next UWSA Board of Director Meeting will be conducted over Zoom on June 3, 2020 at 5.30 PM. All UWinnipeg students are welcome to attend the open session. To attend, email j.black@theuwsa.ca for the link using your UWinnipeg webmail address. Please include the following information in the email:

  • Full name
  • Student number
  • That they are a UWinnipeg student currently enrolled in classes, or registered to start or resume classes in the summer or fall.

Please note that students have to sign into the meeting using their UWinnipeg webmail address, and are expected to mute their mic unless we are in an active question period.  The acting chair of the meeting reserves the right to mute participant mics where necessary.

Please click here to view the June 2020 Board Meeting Agenda.

Student can download the June 2020 Board Meeting Package here.

All participants are expected to abide by the University’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy.

Questions? Please email us a j.black@theuwsa.ca for more information.

Health Plan Spring Opt-Out Deadline: May 18, 2022

May 10th, 2022

Students who started in the Spring Term may choose to Opt-Out their UWSA Health Plan until May 18, 2022.

To opt-out of the health plan click here: Opt-Out Portal

Learn more about opting out and whether it’s the best option for you here: theuwsa.ca/healthplan/

Questions? Email: health@theuwsa.ca

Info Booth: New Hours!

May 2nd, 2022

Welcome to the Spring Term! Info Booth is now open:

Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Visit Info Booth to:

  • Reload or replace your Peggo transit card
  • Pick up your lab supplies (lab coats, lab goggles, lab manuals)
  • Ask Health Plan questions
  • Use our printing services
  • Use our Canada Post outlet

To view more detailed information about the services that Info Booth offers students, please visit our Info Booth Page.

Alternate Grading Option 2022

April 29th, 2022

Due to the additional challenges faced by students because of the pandemic and remote learning, students may choose how their grades from the Winter 2022 and Fall/Winter 2022 terms will affect their grade point average (GPA).

When can I request an Alternate Grading Option? 

This option will be made available after final grades are posted (tentatively May 18, 2022). Once final grades are posted, forms will become available here under “How Do I Make a Request”. Students will need to complete either an Undergraduate form or a Graduate form and then send it via your UWinnipeg webmail to Student Central at studentcentral@uwinnipeg.ca.

The deadline to apply for the Alternate Grade Option is May 31, 2022. 

What are my options for an alternate grade? 

Option 1: A notation will be added beside the grade to indicate that it is not included in the GPA — however it is visible on your transcript so that it can be used as a prerequisite for other courses as required. Please note that other post-secondary institutions may not recognize this exclusion.

Option 2: You can also choose a pass/fail option instead. This means that you will get an ‘S’ (Standing) on your transcript instead of a grade, provided you passed the course. If you failed to pass your course you will get an ‘F’. Please note that an ‘S’ won’t meet the requirement as a prerequisite course if a minimum grade is required.

Who do I talk to to help me make a decision about an alternate grade?

Undergraduates are not required to an advisor to request an alternate grade, but we do encourage you to meet with an Academic Advisor to help you make the best decision for your academic goals.

Students in the Faculty of Education should meet with their respective advisor if they’d like to request an Alternate Grading Option. Details can be found here: Education Academic Advising.

Students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies must consult with their graduate program coordinator and get their sign-off on the request form, indicating that they have been advised of the potential ramifications of their choice. More information can be found here: Graduate Studies.

How do I meet with an academic advisor?

University of Winnipeg will be offering drop-in sessions from May 19 to May 31. Academic Advisors will be available for 10-minute drop-in session’s via Zoom on Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can email advising@uwinnipeg.ca to request the zoom link.

More details are on the university’s Academic Advising page.

Where can I find more information about this on the UofW website? 

University of Winnipeg Academic Advising

Final Grade Option FAQ

 

Questions? If you have any further questions, please email: advising@uwinnipeg.ca.

Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, April 27

April 22nd, 2022

The next UWSA Board of Director Meeting is on Wednesday, April 27, at 5:30 PM.

All UWinnipeg students are welcome to attend Open Session. Please email t.hanan@theuwsa.ca by 4:30 PM on the day of the meeting for the Zoom link using your UWinnipeg webmail address and your Student ID Number.

Please review the following documents before the meeting:

April 27, 2022 Agenda

April 27, 2022 Open Package

Any questions can be directed to Anjola Aderinto, Chair of the Board at: chair@theuwsa.ca

UWSA Daycare Closed due to the Weather

April 13th, 2022

DUE TO THE POOR WEATHER, the UWSA Daycare will be closed on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14.

If you have any questions, please email the UWSA Day Care Executive Director, Ioulia Berdnikova at i.berdnikova@theuwsa.ca

UWSA Board Approves Motion to find an External Investigator for President Allegations

April 8th, 2022

The UWSA Board of Directors met in closed session on Thursday, April 7. They have approved a motion to find an external investigator to investigate the allegations against the UWSA President.

We will be posting more information and updates on our social media and website at theuwsa.ca

UWSA President Misconduct Allegations Update

April 1st, 2022

On March 30th, the UWSA Board met to discuss the​ Election Accountability Board (EAB) recommendation and the student concerns voiced at the AGM regarding the formal complaints against Kiratveer Singh Hayer. In April, the Board will meet to structure a formal process to address them.

The UWSA Board is deeply concerned about the allegations, the recommendations, and the open letter. We are committed to listening to students’ concerns and building a path forward.

Any questions or concerns regarding this matter can be directed to the UWSA Co-Chairpersons of the Board:
Anjola Aderinto, a.aderinto@theuwsa.ca
Alizeh Faran, a.faran@theuwsa.ca

Election Accountability Board March 24, 2022 Report

March 30th, 2022

On March 24, 2022, the Election Accountability Board (EAB) met to re-review the March 7, 2022, formal complaint made by Jonathan Henderson accusing Kiratveer Hayer of misconduct during the UWSA 2022 General Election.

The Ruling of the EAB is:

“Given the considerations, the EAB has ruled to withdraw the hold on the UWSA General Election presidency results, and any investigation into the alleged misconduct of UWSA President-elect Kiratveer Hayer will be managed by the UWSA Board of Directors on a go-forward basis.”

You can view the full report in the link below:

EAB Report March 24th, 2022

Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 30

March 25th, 2022

The next UWSA Board of Directors Meeting is Wednesday, March 30, at 5:30 PM.

All UWinnipeg students are welcome to attend Open Session. Please email t.hanan@theuwsa.ca by 4:30 PM on the day of the meeting for the Zoom link using your UWinnipeg webmail address and your Student ID Number.

Please review the following documents before the meeting:

220330 AGENDA

March 30, 2022 Open Package

2021-2022 Report of the Board

2021-2022 Report of the By-law and Policy Committee

2021-2022 Financial Statements

Operating Budget 2023

CEC Final Report GE 2022

ECF Final Report GE 2022

All participants are expected to abide by the University’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy.

Any questions can be directed to Anjola Aderinto, Chair of the Board at: chair@theuwsa.ca.

Student Group Open Letter Addressed to the UWSA

March 17th, 2022

At the UWSA Annual General Meeting on March 16, 2022, the UofW Physics Students’ Association Co-President brought forward a letter regarding the formal complaints brought to the Election Accountability Board (EAB) about the current UWSA President’s conduct. This letter is signed by 14 independent student groups and associations on campus, outlining UWSA by-laws breached during the election, examples of misconduct and other complaints, and the UWSA’s failure to be transparent and diligent in informing the student body. Students can read the full Open Letter here: Student Group Open Letter to the UWSA.

The UWSA is deeply concerned by these matters and will address the letter and the concerns students discussed at the AGM in open session at the next UWSA Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. All UofW students are welcome to attend the Open Session. Please email t.hanan@theuwsa.ca by 4.30 PM on the meeting day for the Zoom link using your UWinnipeg webmail address and your Student ID Number.

If you are a student with questions or concerns regarding UWSA representative conduct, please contact Vice-President Student Affairs, Reza Saker Hossain at rs.hossain@theuwsa.ca.

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