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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

During the labour disruption by University of Windsor faculty (WUFA), am I expected to come to classes?
Yes. All classes and training at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Program will continue as scheduled. You are expected to attend all lectures, small groups and labs as planned.

Are my professors and lecturers part of WUFA?
Most of the faculty at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Program are employees of Western University, and are therefore not part of the University of Windsor Faculty Association.

Is the University planning a lockout?
Currently, the University has no plans to initiate lockouts.

During the labour disruption will the University close?
The University will not be closed. All campus services are running normally. There may be a reduction in services, but all support areas are accessible and available and the Medical Education Building is open and functional.

Students should know picketers are legally permitted to:

  • Carry signs stating the nature of their dispute;
  • Speak to people entering the property about their concerns;
  • Ask persons entering the property to join the picket line.

However, picketers are not legally permitted to:

  • Blockade entrances to the University;
  • Use force, threats or threatening gestures;
  • Construct barriers to block access to the University;
  • Engage in unlawful behaviour;
  • Picket on University property.

While significant problems aren’t anticipated, students should still allow extra time coming to or departing from campus whether walking, biking, travelling by bus or driving.
When passing through picket lines, students should:

  • Be courteous if delayed or questioned by picketers.
  • Avoid arguments and confrontations.
  • If challenged, politely express your intention to exercise your legal right to enter campus.

Contact Campus Community Police at (519) 253-3000 ext. 1234 should any safety concerns arise.

Will the labour disruption at the University of Windsor affect Transit Windsor buses?
No. Transit Windsor will continue to run as per the City of Windsor schedule.

Will the labour disruption at the University of Windsor influence my ability to park?
All campus parking lots are open to normal parking procedures and processes. During a legal labour disruption, unions have a lawful right to picket and as a result, access to parking at some University of Windsor lots may be delayed. Please leave extra time to park on campus during a labour disruption.

What should I do if I am approached by the media?
Please let reporters know that Schulich Medicine & Dentistry has assigned spokespeople to speak on behalf of the program, and all media inquiries should be directed to Crystal Mackay, Senior Media Relations Officer at crystal.mackay@schulich.uwo.ca or 519-661-2111 ext. 80387.

How will I be kept up-to-date on information pertinent to me regarding the labour disruption?
The Undergraduate Medical Education office will be keeping you up-to-date on any changes or developments via email. The updates will also be shared on the YouMe Blog. Please note, however, that our first point of contact with you regarding this matter will always be email. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nicole Sbrocca, manager, Windsor Program, at nsbrocca@uwindsor.ca.





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