Academic concession process during the Metro Vancouver transit strike

November 22, 2019

As you know, Coast Mountain Bus Company transit workers and SeaBus operators are continuing their job action. The union has announced that it will initiate a complete bus and SeaBus system shutdown across Metro Vancouver Nov. 27, 28 and 29 unless a deal can be reached before then. 

Recognizing the impact this will have on students and their academic endeavors, the UBC Vancouver Senate has revised its Labour Disruption Policy to provide mechanisms to help students who have challenges in reaching campus due to the current transit dispute.

A committee is being formed to provide guidance to students, faculty, and administrators; and an arbiter is to be appointed to help adjudicate difficult situations. The university will endeavour to maintain instruction in all courses, provide access to core library services and internet connectivity, oversee examinations as scheduled, and provide student services.

We understand you may have questions such as:

  • Who will be on the committee?
  • Who will be appointed arbiter?
  • What will the adjudication process be?

Please be assured that guiding information is currently being drafted, which will aim to answer these questions and outline the process for students. This will be shared with faculty and staff as soon as it is available. We anticipate this to be early next week.

In the meantime, you are encouraged to regularly check the status updates and FAQs at

Please note: the FAQs have recently been updated to confirm that UBC Vancouver’s Fall Congregation (scheduled for Nov. 27, 28 and 29) will go ahead as planned. As in previous years, the Rose Garden parkade will remain designated for graduating students and their guests.

Up-to-date information on transit operations can also be found at

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