St. Lawrence College President and CEO Glenn Vollebregt has released a statement about the impending strike.

Faculty represented by OPSEU have notified colleges they intend to strike as of October 16th. Vollebregt says the school remains optimistic a settlement can be reached before the strike date but they have developed a contingency plan in case there is a work stoppage.

Some of the key things to know include:

– Full-time academic programs (all classes) will be suspended. This includes any general education, online and/or hybrid courses as part of a full-time program. This applies to all courses regardless of scheduled time of day. Exceptions will be identified in the event of a work stoppage;

-In general, Clinical and Field Placements in full-time programs will be suspended in the event of a labour disruption. Any exceptions will be communicated directly to affected students;

– Courses offered through Continuing Education, Distance Education and Ontario Learn will continue. Exceptions will be communicated to students directly;

– All apprenticeship training will be suspended;

– Field trips and special events on campuses will be cancelled;

– All three College campuses will remain open, with most services operating as usual. Exceptions will be identified in the event of a work stoppage;

– Blackboard will remain accessible to students;

– Computer labs, study spaces and meeting rooms will be open for student use. Other labs that carry a health and safety risk due to a lack of supervision will not be accessible;

– Residence will remain open;

– Campus fitness facilities will remain open; and,

– Student government facilities will remain open.

Vollebregt adds that update will be posted on the college’s website and information about the collective bargaining can be found on the College Employer Council website.