Information for employees
Updated Feb. 15, 5 p.m.
Please note: Newest FAQs will be posted at the top of each section
This page will be regularly updated with answers to frequently asked questions that employees may have. If your question has not been answered here, please check with your supervisor.
Feeling stress and uncertainty during this time is understandable. The university encourages employees feeling stress to avail of resources such as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP by LifeWorks (formerly known as Morneau Shepell), is a comprehensive, confidential service available to Memorial employees, retirees and their immediate family members (provided they are also covered under the university's health plan) at no cost, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For a detailed listing of mental health supports available including urgent contact information, please consult Memorial’s Mental Health Toolbox.
Information for instructors
To accommodate the missed payment, Johnson Insurance will recalculate your payroll deduction based on the number of remaining deductions in your policy. You will see the new deduction once Johnson Insurance has recalculated your premium.
Evaluative devices for paused courses/sections that were originally scheduled or due either during the disruption or after the resumption of academic activity can be rescheduled or cancelled. Equally, evaluative devices for not paused courses/sections that were originally scheduled or due during the disruption or after the resumption of academic activity can also be rescheduled or cancelled. In the case of evaluative device decisions in not paused courses/sections, instructors should be mindful of completion that has already occurred and weigh decisions against the benchmark of benefit to the student.
Resulting changes to the method of evaluation, including any redistribution of the allocation of marks for parts of the evaluation, can be made only after consultation with the students affected, and with the approval of the head of the academic unit. Such changes to the method of evaluation for any course must be communicated in writing to students no later than one week after the first meeting in that course/section following the resumption of academic activity. Accommodation should be made for students who advise the instructor that they are disadvantaged by the change so approved, and for students who utilize Accessibility Services and may be subject to special scheduling due to availability of space and resources.
Where appropriate, instructors impacted by teaching a section of a multi-section course that has both paused and not paused instruction should collaborate to ensure that evaluative devices, including examinations, are equitable and reflect the instructional material provided to students.
If an instructor wishes to switch course grading for all students within their course/section from numeric grades to PAS / FAL, they should discuss this with their academic unit head to maintain consistency between sections of the same course, where possible and appropriate.
If, in the opinion of the course instructor and with the concurrence of the head of the academic unit, any component of a scheduled academic meeting time that is lost for a paused course as a result of the disruption, is not able to be incorporated in the remaining teaching days and has sound grounds for needing to be rescheduled, such rescheduling will take place only after consultation with the students affected. No form of evaluative device should occur or be due during this rescheduled time. Students unable to attend such rescheduled meetings are entitled to reasonable alternative access to materials covered in their absence.
Animal Care and Veterinary Resources employees will continue to provide care to animals used in research and teaching protocols during the ongoing MUNFA strike. Any MUNFA members, postdoctoral fellows, or graduate students with concerns that the strike might impact approved protocols should complete the research request form. The Animal Care Committee will be functional but with a reduced membership to handle protocol, emergency, animal health or compliance issues. If Animal Care and Veterinary Resources personnel are not able to reach a designated person on an approved protocol for animal health or compliance issues, Memorial’s veterinary personnel are authorized to act in the best interest of the animals.
Memorial will extend deadlines for internal grant applications occured during the duration of the labour disruption to a publicized date.
Memorial will work with faculty seeking extensions to deadlines for external grant applications from granting agencies should the deadline fall within the period of the labour disruption.
Memorial will extend deadlines for internal research recognition awards that occured during the labour disruption to a publicized date.
Memorial will work with faculty seeking extensions to deadlines for research recognition awards should the deadline fall within the period of the labour disruption.