Faculty Strike Information For International Students

Posted on Sunday October 15, 2017

If you are an international student, you may be wondering about your status during the faculty strike. Here is some guidance from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. You can also check our International Student FAQ for more information geared to international  students.

When international students are unable to fulfil their conditions as temporary residents due to circumstances entirely beyond their control (e.g., a school strike), they should not face any sanctions by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency.

For example, if international students are due to apply for a study permit extension during labour unrest, they should include with their application an explanation (from the registrar of the educational institution) of why they have been unable to continue with their studies or attend school. International students must, however, maintain valid temporary residence at all times and should maintain their status as a student during this period by renewing their study permit before it expires or becomes invalid. Once the labour unrest has been resolved, they will be able to resume their studies, provided that they continue to have valid temporary residence and a valid study permit.

FAQ

1. Will there be any classes during a strike?
All academic activities conducted by Cambrian faculty are suspended during the strike, including online courses.

2. What about courses at Hanson Academy?
Cambrian courses offered to international students in the Greater Toronto Area and British Columbia through our education partner, Hanson Academy International, will continue.

3. What should I do?
Continue to study. Do your best to complete whatever assignments you have been given and work ahead as much as possible. You will continue to have access to Moodle. Stay connected and engaged in the community. You can volunteer, work on your resume, make connections and get involved in the community. There will be a number of activities and trips planned throughout the strike. Please check in on a regular basis with your e-mails, the international Facebook page, Cambrian’s social media sites, and the Student Life Centre to learn about student activities during any strike.

4. What about my visa and the visas of family members, and should I stay or return home?
Your visa should remain valid. Maintain your status as a student, and remain in Canada, and follow the advice listed below from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

When international students are unable to fulfil their conditions as temporary residents due to circumstances entirely beyond their control (e.g., a school strike), they should not face any sanctions by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency.

For example, if international students are due to apply for a study permit extension during labour unrest, they should include with their application an explanation (from the registrar of the educational institution) of why they have been unable to continue with their studies or attend school. International students must, however, maintain valid temporary residence at all times and should maintain their status as a student during this period by renewing their study permit before it expires or becomes invalid. Once the labour unrest has been resolved, they will be able to resume their studies, provided that they continue to have valid temporary residence and a valid study permit.

5. What services are still available to me during a strike?
Our main campus and satellite locations will remain open and continue to provide services not taught or offered by faculty members. Student support services and activities will continue, for example the cafeteria, the Student Centre, the Wabnode Centre for Indigenous Services, the Glenn Crombie Centre, the Learning Centre, the Enrolment Centre, the Career Centre, First Generation services, International student support, the gym, the library, and varsity and intramural sports. Administrative and support staff will report to work as usual.

We would encourage you to stay engaged. Check in on a regular basis with the various student supports such as International Students services, Student Administrative Council, Student Centre, Residence, and Athletics to learn what events and activities are taking place on and off-campus that you can take part in. Follow Cambrian’s website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) to stay up to date on student activities.

6. I am a student with a part-time job at the college. Will I still have my job?
Check with your immediate supervisor first. If your original job cannot be performed during the strike, contact Renee Scott, Director of Student Success for an alternate assignment, at (705) 566-8101, extension 6260 or renee.scott@cambriancollege.ca. International students with a part-time job at Cambrian can check with Kyllie Jansen, Manager of International Student Support, extension 6958, or kyllie.jansen@cambriancollege.ca.

7. As an international student, am I allowed to work full-time during a strike?
No. A strike is not considered an academic break. You are allowed to work part-time hours only, up to 20 hours a week.

8. What does a strike do to my school year? And do I get a refund or rebate for my tuition?
A refund or rebate assumes students will not be able to complete their semester or school year. No college student in Ontario has ever lost an academic semester or school year because of a strike. We will make whatever plans are necessary to ensure students can complete their studies.

9. What if I have a placement or a research project?
Research projects are suspended. You can also talk to your Program Dean or Chair if you have any other questions regarding your academics.

Schools of Skills Training
Chair – Phil Adams Room 1714 Extension 7859
Dean – Louise Turcotte Room 1714 Extension 7810

Schools of Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies
Chair – Joanne MacLellan Room 1714 Extension 6405
Dean – Louise Turcotte Room 1714 Extension 7810

Schools of Health Sciences and Emergency Services
Chair – Kim Sheppard Room 3253 Extension 6333
Dean – June Raymond Room 3253 Extension 6332

Schools of Business and Information Technology, Creative Arts, Design, Music, and Hospitality
Dean – Brian Lobban Room 3130 Extension 7863

Schools of Justice, Community Services, and General Studies
Dean – Janice Clarke Room 4071 Extension 7623
Chair – Bradie Granger (Gen Studies) Room 4053B Extension 6435

10. I live on Residence. Can I stay?
Yes, Residence is your home. There will likely be a picket line very close to Residence. We will try to ensure there is as little disruption to you as possible. Please be courteous and observe picket line etiquette (see attached) when required.

11. How will this impact transit and emergency services to Cambrian?
There will be no delay or disruption of any emergency services to and from Cambrian.
Sudbury Transit buses will not cross the picket line. We have posted on myCambrian and our website the detours and schedules for Sudbury Transit buses during the strike.
Handi Transit will continue to pick up and drop off passengers at the door of Cambrian’s main campus. People with mobility issues who do not require being carried or lifted can call ext. 7230 for assistance.

12. Do I have to cross the picket line? I’m worried about my safety if I do.
You do not have to cross a picket line if you don’t want to. However, you will have to cross the picket line if you want to access Cambrian’s campus. Picket lines in Canada are peaceful, safe, and well-managed. People on strike do have a right to briefly delay you for a short time while entering and leaving college property to provide you with information. They cannot prevent you from accessing or leaving Cambrian’s campus.

Be patient, calm, courteous, and polite. Do not get into arguments or vent your frustration with faculty members on strike. If something happens that makes you fear for your safety or is causing you unnecessary hardship, please let Cambrian’s security staff or your Dean or Chair know.

Visit myCambrian and our website for some tips on how to deal with a picket line.

13. How much notice will I get when classes resume?
Typically, students are given 2-3 days’ notice when classes will be resuming.