After the longest strike by college teachers in Ontario’s history, Mohawk College students will be returning to class on Tuesday (Nov. 21).
“We’re hugely relieved that the strike is finally over and students and faculty will be back in the classroom,” wrote Mohawk College president Ron McKerlie in a statement. “The top priority now for all Mohawk faculty and staff is to make sure that every student has the opportunity to complete their semester. We’ll have counselling, tutoring and other supports in place to help students be successful.”
Timetables will be unchanged, but the end of the semester will be pushed into 2018 to make up the class time lost to the strike.
The fall semester was originally scheduled to end Dec. 15, but will now extend into mid-January. Students will have a shorter-than-usual Christmas holiday with classes being held the week of Dec. 18. Mohawk College will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1. Classes for the Fall semester will resume Jan. 2 and the semester will end Jan. 13. The Winter semester will begin on Jan. 17, 2018.
Students who will be unable to attend classes or write the rescheduled exams due to previous work, travel or family commitments should contact their professors to explain their situation. The college is promising to offer support and services to all students, including counselling and tutoring.
Continuing education classes will resume Monday (Nov. 20). New start dates will also be emailed to students who were registered in apprenticeship programs.
Faculty will return to work Monday to revise courses and set new dates for assignments, projects, tests and exams.