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November 30, 2017

Important Information for Apprentices regarding the upcoming January Intake.

Please be advised of some important date changes to the applicable trades:

  • Plumber, Steamfitter, Sheet Metal, Auto Service Technician, Truck & Coach Technician, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic and General Carpenter: New Dates are January 22 – March 9, 2018
  • Electrician Construction & Maintenance and Industrial Electricians will begin Monday, January 29, 2018.
    • Level 1 will run Jan 29 – March 23 and
    • Level 2 & 3 will run Jan 29 – March 30

All apprentices will be contacted and we thank you for your continued patience.

The Ontario government has passed back-to-work legislation to end the province-wide strike by college faculty.

Classes for all full-time programs will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

Please continue to use the timetable you followed at the start of the semester for the first day back to class.

Your professors will communicate the semester completion plans for your program directly to you when you return to class. The plans will also be posted to eLearn.

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education (CE) courses that were suspended due to the strike will have unique completion plans that will be communicated directly to students by email. CE students will receive an email from the CE department within the 24-48 hours of the strike ending with details of the specific completion plans.

Apprenticeships:
Apprenticeship and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) students will be contacted by email and phone with details on the plans for their programs.

Apprenticeship intake resumes Tuesday, November 21st.

The original 8-week Block Intake scheduled for October 23rd will now start Tuesday, November 21 and end Friday, January 19th for the following trades: Plumber, Steamfitter, Sheet Metal, Autobody, Auto Service Technician, Truck & Coach Technician, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic, General Carpenter, Industrial Mechanic Millwright , Instrumentation & Control Technician

Electrician Construction & Maintenance and Industrial Electricians will resume Tuesday, November 21

Day Release classes will resume Tuesday, November 21

All apprentices have been contacted and we look forward to welcoming them back this week.

Cooperative Education
Co-op students please note that Co-op staff are contacting employers directly to discuss delaying co-op work term start dates if possible. If you have already secured a co-op job it will be important for you to contact Co-op directly to discuss any concerns or issues you may have regarding changes to your start date. Please visit mohawkcollege.ca/coop-contacts

Collaborative programs
Customized plans are being developed for collaborative programs with consideration for McMaster University sessional dates. These plans will be communicated directly to collaborative program students by their professors.

Below is a breakdown of the changes to academic dates for the Fall and Winter semesters.

Key Weeks

New Dates*

First day of classes

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Extended week

December 18, 2017  – December 22, 2017

Holiday Break

December 23, 2017  – January 1, 2018

Extended week

January 2, 2018 – January 5, 2018

Final week of classes & exams for Fall Semester

January 8, 2018 – January 12, 2018

Promotion period

January 15, 2018 & January 16, 2018

First day of Winter Semester classes

January 17, 2018

Winter Reading Week (unchanged)

February 26, 2018 – March 2, 2018

Winter Semester Final Exams (unchanged)

Saturday, April 14 to Saturday, April 21

Exception programs: There are exception programs that may follow a different program completion schedule. 

The exceptions program list will be updated and posted online starting November 27, 2017. Specific questions can be directed to your program area.

*Apprenticeship and Continuing Education programs will have different schedules. Please contact your academic area.

If these dates conflict with your schedule due to travel, work or family commitments please contact your professor directly.

Your professor will return to the college ahead of you. They will spend this time revising their course learning plans and the due dates for assignments, tests, projects and exams.

Please do not contact your professors and instructors during this time as they will be focused on planning your courses

We realize students have many questions about how the strike will affect them. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question here please email us at return@mohawkcollege.ca

 

Return to Class

When will I be back in class?

The Ontario government has passed back-to-work legislation to end the province-wide strike by Ontario college faculty. 

Classes for all full-time programs will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. 

Please continue to use the timetable you followed at the start of the semester for the first day back to class.

Your professor will return to the college ahead of you. They will use this time to revise their course learning plans and the due dates for assignments, tests, projects and exams.

Please do not contact your professors and instructors during this time as they will be focused on planning your courses.

Mohawk will be open during this time if you need to talk to someone at Students Services or the Mohawk Students’ Association.

The Square will have extended hours as follows:

Fennell Campus
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Regular Hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

The Square - Stoney Creek
8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
 
The Square - IAHS
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours for all other services are posted here: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/about-mohawk/contact-mohawk

 

Semester Completion Plans

What are the plans to complete my program?

Your professors will communicate the semester completion plans for your program directly to you when you return to class. The plans will also be posted to eLearn. 

What are the completion plans for Continuing Education courses?

All affected CE courses will have a unique completion plan that will be communicated to students by email. If you have any questions or concerns about your CE course or program, please contact the CE department: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/ce/continuing-education-contacts

What are the completion plans for Apprenticeship programs?

Apprenticeship students will be contacted by email and phone with details on the plans for their programs. 

What are the completion plans for collaborative programs?

Customized plans are being developed for collaborative programs with consideration for McMaster University sessional dates. These plans will be communicated directly to collaborative program students by their professors.

When will final exams be held?

Due to the strike, the fall semester has been extended. Classes will be held the week of Monday, Dec. 18 to Friday, Dec. 22. The college will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23 and reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Classes will resume from Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 5.  Classes and final exams will now take place from Monday, Jan. 8 to Friday, Jan. 12.

The Winter semester will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

If you had made travel, work or family plans before the strike began on October 16th, we will do our best to reschedule your exams. Please speak to your professor.

What is the latest date that I can withdraw from my program without Academic Penalty?

The Academic Withdrawal Without Penalty date has been moved to Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.

Will mid-terms still happen?

Your professors and program administration will share the semester completion plans for your program with you when you return.

Are assignments still due?

No assignments will be due and no tests will be held in any program for the first three days that you are back in class.

Our team in Student Services is ready to help if you need tutoring, counselling or other services. Our campuses are open and all services are available.

The Square (all campuses) will have extended hours as follows:

Fennell Campus
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Regular Hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

The Square - Stoney Creek
8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
 
The Square - IAHS
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours for all other services are posted here: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/about-mohawk/contact-mohawk

My program requires a certain percentage of attendance days, clinical, workplace hours, etc. How will we make these up?

Your professors and your program administration are aware of these requirements and this will be factored into the completion plans for your program. They will share the details of those plans with you when you return.

Will I need to attend classes on evenings and weekends?

Many classes are already scheduled during evening hours. In some cases it may be necessary to schedule additional classes during evening and weekend hours. This will only be in exceptional circumstances. Students will be given advanced notice if this applies to them.

What if my final exams are held on days when I’d already made plans to travel, work or look after family members?

Mohawk has had to extend the fall semester due to the strike. Classes will be held the week of Monday, Dec. 18 to Friday, Dec. 22. The college will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23 and reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Classes will resume from Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 5.  Classes and final exams will now take place from Monday, Jan. 8 to Friday, Jan. 12.

If you are unable to attend class or write an exam due to conflicts such as previously booked travel arrangements, work or family commitments, please contact the professor that teaches that course and let them know about your situation. They will work with you to reschedule assignments or exams.

 

Special Academic Considerations

Throughout the recent labour dispute, we have communicated to Mohawk students our commitment to supporting them to complete the semester, including a goal to ensure flexibility and special academic considerations for work, travel and family commitments. The steps for students to request consideration for any conflicts that may arise with the new academic schedule are as follows:

  1. Go to your classes as previously scheduled for the first couple days. Many of your requests may be addressed with a new learning/delivery plan created by your faculty.
  2. Speak to your faculty directly about any conflicts that you may have. Our goal is to support your success and address all reasonable requests. Your faculty can make individual plans for you.
  3. If you have requests that your faculty cannot support please speak directly with the Associate Dean responsible for your program.

 

Student Strike Relief Fund

What is the Student Strike Relief Fund?

The Student Strike Relief Fund provides up to $500 in financial assistance for students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the fall 2017 academic strike.  

The fund is consistent with the framework developed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in consultation with student leaders and colleges.

Who is eligible to apply for relief from the Student Strike Relief Fund?

The Student Strike Relief Fund applies to all full-time domestic and international students who remain registered throughout the fall term. Apprentices completing their in-school training are also eligible. See the Guide to the Mohawk College Strike Relief Fund (PDF) for a definition of a Full-time Student.

What is covered by the Student Strike Relief Fund?

The Student Strike Relief Fund covers additional expenses or costs incurred as a direct result of the strike. Some examples of expenses include:

  • Costs associated with rescheduling flight, train or bus trips.
  • Additional living expenses for students who were expected to graduate in December having to extend rent for a month to accommodate the fall term being extended.
  • Additional child care expenses resulting from changes to timetables.


*Please refer to the Guide to the Mohawk College Strike Relief Fund (PDF) for more information on incremental (additional) costs covered by the Fund.

How do I apply for the Student Strike Relief Fund?

Students must complete the Student Strike Relief Fund Application and submit supporting documentation as proof of their incurred incremental (additional) costs/expenses in order to be considered for the Student Strike Relief Fund. Alternative formats of the form are available upon request.

*Please refer to the Guide to the Mohawk College Strike Relief Fund (PDF) for more information on the application process.

How much money can I receive from the Student Strike Relief Fund?

Eligible students can receive up to the $500 maximum from the Student Strike Relief Fund.

Can I apply to the Student Strike Relief Fund if I am on OSAP?

Yes. For students who are in receipt of OSAP, the Student Strike Relief Fund will only be considered after students have been assessed for additional OSAP funding.

Financial assistance that students receive from the fund will not impact their OSAP funding or eligibility.

I have or I am planning to withdraw from my program to get the Tuition Fee Refund. Can I apply for the Student Strike Relief Fund, too?

No. Students who submit a request to withdraw from their program for strike-related reasons by December 5, 2017, inclusive, can apply for a full refund of their tuition. Select compulsory ancillary fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.  These students will not be eligible for any additional support through the Student Strike Relief Fund. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for further information about withdrawing.

For full details on the Student Strike Relief Fund please refer to the Guide to the Mohawk College Strike Relief Fund (PDF).

 

Refunds

Who is eligible for the Tuition Fee Refund?

The Tuition Fee Refund is available to full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and continuing education students.

How do I get a Tuition Fee Refund?

If you have decided not to continue the semester at Mohawk you will be eligible for the tuition fee refund for the Fall 2017 semester. The refund will include your initial deposit. Select compulsory ancillary fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis. 

Withdrawing from Mohawk is a major decision. We ask that you review your program’s term completion plans and talk with faculty, student success advisors and counsellors before making your decision. Students who withdraw will not be guaranteed re-admission to Mohawk. As well, not all the programs from the fall semester are offered in the winter semester and others may be full and/or waitlisted.

Students can make formal requests to withdraw from their programs and receive full tuition fee refunds without academic penalty between Monday, November 27th and Tuesday, December 5th.

When can I apply for a Tuition Fee Refund?

Students can make formal requests to withdraw from their programs and receive full tuition fee refunds without academic penalty between Monday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

How long will it take to receive the refund?

It will take a minimum of three weeks to process the refund.

Can I take the refund and restart my program in January?

To be eligible for the full tuition refund you must withdraw from your program. You will not be guaranteed re-admission to Mohawk. As well, not all the programs from the fall term are offered in the winter term. Withdrawing from your program is a major decision.   Please talk to your professors, student success advisor or a counsellor before you make a decision.

If you are a student in a semester other than first and you decide to withdraw from your program, please note that you will need to re-apply to the college through ontariocolleges.ca in order to be re-admitted to the program at the point where you left. Re-admission is not guaranteed.

How will my tuition be refunded?

Under the OSAP loan agreement, Mohawk will send the full amount of any tuition refund to the National Student Loan Service Centre for credit against outstanding loan balances.

Students who do not have OSAP balances will receive a cheque or have the funds credited back to their credit card if that is how they paid initially.

If a student has received funding from a third party, the third party will receive the refund.

Specific compulsory ancillary fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis and there may be a balance owing after the refund has been issued.

Will I get a refund on parking?

You can get a pro-rated refund on parking at any time. However, you will be giving up your parking space with no guarantee that you will get a new parking permit. There are several hundred students on the wait list for parking permits.

Parking permits and bus passes will be extended to the end of the fall semester in January.

 

Registration

When will the Winter 2018 Semester begin?

Our winter semester will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. We will continue to have a winter Reading Week between Monday, Feb. 26, and Friday, March 2, 2018, with the final day of classes on Friday, April 13 and final exams ending on Saturday, April 21st. There is no impact to the 2018 Spring/Summer semester.

How do I drop out? Sit out the rest of the year and reapply for 2018-19?

It is ultimately your decision but we do not recommend that you do this.

Mohawk is committed to giving all students the opportunity to complete their semester and academic year. Plans have been developed to allow students in all full-time programs to continue and complete the Fall semester without compromising academic quality or overwhelming students.

However, if you decide that you are not able to complete the semester you will be able to withdraw from your program and receive a full tuition refund. Mohawk is working with the province to determine how the refund will work and we will share those details when they become available later this week.

If you would like to discuss your situation further please contact: coach@mohawkcollege.ca

Have fee payment and timetable deadlines changed for the Winter semester?

No. Timetable registration dates will be posted as planned on Monday, Nov. 27. Timetable registration will open as planned on Monday, Dec. 11 2017.

If you are a returning student you are required to pay the balance of your tuition fees outlined on your fee statement in order to choose your timetable for the Winter semester.

If you are a new student or a student returning from co-op in 2018, you will need to submit the $500 deposit required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Training. The deposit is necessary in order to secure your seat in the program. If you do not submit the deposit your seat may be given to a person on the wait list. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at coach@mohawkcollege.ca

I am an international student, what happens to my visa if I withdraw from my program?

Students who are thinking about withdrawing should contact CIC (www.cic.gc.ca) directly for information regarding visa and study permit implications

 

Student Supports

The Square will have extended hours as follows:

Fennell Campus
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Regular Hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

The Square - Stoney Creek
8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
 
The Square - IAHS
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours for all other services are posted here: mohawkcollege.ca/about-mohawk/contact-mohawk

How can I be successful as I transition back to school?

Counselling support is available to help you learn to manage your time, organize your course load, manage your stress and help with personal issues.  counselling@mohawkcollege.ca or 905-575-2211

If you are registered with Accessible Learning Services (ALS) your instructors will still be following the accommodations outlined on your CAAP. You can also access our Learning Skills Advisor, who can assist with time management, organization, study skills, effective note taking strategies and much more to help with getting you back on track. als@mohawkcollege.ca or 905-575-2211.

 

I am feeling very anxious with the changes to my academic schedule, how will the college support me?

It is normal to feel anxious. Counselling and ALS services are available for all students through phone calls, emails, in-person queries, drop in and scheduling appointments related to personal, academic or career questions.

Counselling is available for appointments Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Fennell Campus, in The Square, C102; McMaster (IAHS) - The Square on Monday and Wednesday, and Stoney Creek - Room A118 on Tuesday. Daily drop-in times are also available. 

ALS will continue to support all students with a disability or who suspect they have a disability. Current CAAPs will have their expiry date extended to August 2018.  

ALS is available for appointments Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.  - 4:30 p.m. at the Fennell Campus, The Square, C102; McMaster (IAHS – The Square) on Tuesday and Thursday and Stoney Creek, Room A118, on Tuesday and Thursday.

Counselling and ALS appointments are available by emailing als@mohawkcollege.ca or counselling@mohawkcollege.ca, calling 905 575 2211 or in person at The Square, C102.

Alternatively, Good2Talk is a free, confidential, and anonymous helpline that offers counselling, mental health, and addictions information for Ontario’s post secondary students 24/7 at 1-866-925-5454 - www.good2talk.ca

I am worried that I will forget everything that I learned at the beginning of the term.

The Learning Support Centre (Fennell Campus, C122) is available to provide academic support through several services including: Peer Tutoring, Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), Writing Centre and Math Learning Centre.  You are most welcome to drop-in to the Centre, or you can contact us at 905-575-1212 ext. 3279 to learn more about our services. 

At Fennell Campus, the Learning Support Centre will resume its regular hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

As a Mohawk College student, you can receive up to 3 hours of FREE tutoring each week. You can register for Peer Tutoring online and can book appointments online, as well.

Visit our Math Learning Centre (Fennell Campus, C122 and Stoney Creek Campus, Library) for drop-in Math Help

Visit our Writing Centre - you can register for Writing Centre tutoring online, which also includes weekly Conversation Clubs for International and ESL students.

In addition to our regular services, the Learning Support Centre will also be offering Carpe Diem, drop-in tutoring in the Arnie from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., for the first couple of weeks back, subject to tutor availability. (Carpe Diem means Seize the Day, and is our way of providing ongoing drop in supports to students)

 

I am a student with a disability and am not sure with the new learning plan that I will be successful with a full time course load. I am considering dropping to part time status.  What will happen with my OSAP?

Please connect with your Accessibility Counsellor to review your options and any impact this will have on your academic plan.  To meet with your Accessibility Counsellor please contact ALS by phone (905-575-2211), email (als@mohawkcollege.ca) or in person by visiting The Square at Fennell Campus (C102), the Square at IAHS (McMaster Campus) and Office A118 at Stoney Creek Campus.  Accessible Learning Services is aware of the time sensitive nature of your concerns and has taken steps to ensure that you will be seen in as quickly as possible.

I am a second career student and am considering withdrawing from Mohawk. Who can I talk to about the implications of my decision?  

Please contact your Second Career consultant at the Ministry.  If you are not sure who that person is, please call the general line at 905-521-2764. 

I am a WSIB student and am considering withdrawing from Mohawk. Who can I talk to about the implications of my decision?

Please contact Kara Kemp, Student Success Coach at 905 575 2743 or your WSIB Workplace Transition Specialist.

Will the Testing Centre be offering extended hours once classes resume? 

The Testing Centre’s hours, for the week of November 27th to December 1st will be: 

8:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday to Thursday

8:00 am – 4:30 pm on Friday

We will continue to monitor usage in the testing centre and extend our hours accordingly.  

My instructor has informed our class that we be having a test less than 7 days in advance. Will I be able to write my test in the Testing Centre with my accommodations with less than 7 days notice?

Yes, for the duration of the Fall 2017 semester (ends January 12th, 2018) we are accepting and allowing students to book accommodated tests with a 48-hour time frame.  If you are in a situation where you believe you have less than 48 hours notice, please visit the testing centre and we will do our best to accommodate you accordingly. Please visit or email the Testing Centre as soon as you have been made aware of your test

The staff will work with you and will do their best to accommodate your test booking.

What do I do if I cannot attend final exams taking place in January?

Please communicate any conflicts or concerns regarding Final Exams conflicts your professor.

I am a student with accommodations and would like to schedule my Final Exams in the Testing Centre prior to my class writing due to conflicts.  Should I communicate this to my instructor?

Yes, please communicate any conflicts or concerns regarding Final Exams conflicts your professors as soon as possible.  Like any test, you must receive permission to write your tests/exams from your instructor prior to booking your test/exam with your testing accommodations.

 

OSAP Loans

How will the strike affect my OSAP?

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has indicated that they are working on a plan to accommodate OSAP students and will be exploring options to make additional funding available. It has been noted that the government will work with the colleges to extend deadlines and consider any additional supports that may be required, however the details of the plan including how the funding will be allocated (loans and/or grants) have not been finalized. We are monitoring the situation very closely, and will inform you as soon as we have additional information.

While every student's situation is unique, we recognize that students are struggling with continued uncertainty, if you have any questions or require additional information, please continue to monitor your OSAP application (ontario.ca/osap) and be sure to regularly review the information on the Return to Mohawk webpage on the Mohawk website.

What happens to my OSAP loan if I withdraw from my program?

You may need to start repaying your OSAP loan six months after you leave your program if one of the following applies to you:

  • You accepted an OSAP loan
  • You received a grant or bursary overpayment
  • Your grant has been converted to a loan

Please note that OSAP loan payments are made to the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC), not to OSAP.

What happens to my OSAP loan if I have withdrawn from my program but will be returning in January?

You will NOT be required to repay your loan if Mohawk confirms your enrolment for the next study period and approves your application for one of the following programs:

  • OSAP for Full-Time Students
  • Continuation of Interest-Free Status 

If you plan to return in January to begin a new program you should meet with Admissions immediately.  

If you plan to apply for another college program which begins in Fall 2018, you need to apply by February 1, 2018 with collegesontario.ca for equal consideration.

I received an Award (scholarship/ bursary), will I be required to repay that money if I withdraw from my program?

Yes. If you received an Award (such as a scholarship or bursary) and you withdraw from your program that amount will be deducted from the refund.

 

Additional Information

Visit the strike update archive for past communications.