Student Update #3: Completion of Courses and Finalization of Grades – Preliminary Options

Student Update #3: Completion of Courses and Finalization of Grades – Preliminary Options

As an update, the labour disruption at York reached its seventh full day on March 3, 2024. At this time, the disruption is considered “long” as defined in York’s Senate Policy.

We recognize that you may have questions and may be worried about how the labour disruption will impact the timely completion of your courses. We will continue to share updates and information with you as they become available. Please check your emails regularly to stay up to date. Information will also be posted on the Labour Disruptions website, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page will continue to be updated, including in response to student inquiries. 

On March 4, 2024, York’s Senate Executive Committee made several modifications and options available to students for completing courses this Winter term. These options were designed to promote flexibility while adhering to the principles of academic integrity and fairness to students. Options cover both courses that have continued since the start of the start of the labour disruption, as well as courses that have been suspended. A summary of these options are provided below, and more details can be found in the full Senate Executive Communication.

 Courses that have continuedCourses that have been suspended
Winter Term ScheduleNo change in length of termPossible reduction in length of term
Class SchedulesNormal schedule applies*Revised schedule to be announced
Exam ScheduleFinal day of Exams no later than April 25, 2024Revised exam schedule to be announced
Academic Supports  As per Senate Policy, students who are unable or have chosen not to participate during the labour disruption are entitled to complete the course once the disruption is over; individual reasonable extension of deadlines shall be provided.  
There will be a cushion period before assignments are due and tests are held.
Deadline date to drop a course without receiving a grade has been extended to the last day of classes.

* In cases where classes / lectures have proceeded but class components (labs, tutorials) had been suspended, suspended components will be rescheduled at the end of the labour disruption.

Click to read the full communication

If you need clarification or assistance understanding the options provided, you can speak to your course instructors, program administrators and directors, or your Associate Dean.

What are your rights as a student?

As a reminder, students who do not participate in academic activities because (a) they are unable to do so owing to a labour disruption, or (b) they choose not to participate in academic activities owing to a labour disruption on campus, are entitled under the Senate Policy to:

  • immunity from penalty
  • reasonable alternative access to course materials covered in their absence
  • reasonable extensions of deadlines, and
  • other forms of academic accommodation as Senate deems necessary and consistent with the principle of academic integrity.

Options made available to students to complete their courses cannot alter academic standards and do not guarantee students will have the same learning experience they would have received in the absence of a disruption. 

Care, Compassion and Respect

I know it’s a hard time, and I encourage you to reach out to support resources if you need them. Supporting each other and caring for ourselves is important for all of us. If you need more help or have further questions, you can also reach out directly to, or for graduate students, and this will also continue to inform the frequently asked questions.

Students who wish to access information regarding the labour disruption in French should contact the Office of Student Affairs at, (416) 487-6716, or visit YH B108.