UPEI Faculty Association Strike FAQ for Students

We understand that it can be challenging to stay informed about the ongoing strike and negotiations, which is why we have created a dedicated page where you can find the latest updates and information.


If you have any questions or need additional information that has not been covered on our page, please feel free to reach out to our President, Adam MacKenzie, at president@upeisu.ca. We are here to assist you in any way we can and will do our best to provide you with the resources and support you need.


We are committed to keeping our student community informed and engaged throughout this process and will continue to provide updates and resources as they become available. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time.

What’s open and what’s closed on campus?

Most campus facilities will remain open during this period. This includes the Student Union building and office, The Fox & Crow, Student Affairs, and the Fitness Center. Additionally, several key buildings such as Dalton Hall, the Engineering building, and the Robertson Library will also be accessible.


If you are uncertain whether a specific service or building is open, we encourage you to reach out to the relevant department directly or contact the Student Union for assistance.

How long will we be out of class?

The duration of the class suspension will depend on the resolution of the strike. Both parties, the UPEIFA and UPEI administration, must reach a tentative agreement before classes can resume. The strike will continue until negotiations resume and a decision is made.


In the event that the strike extends for a prolonged period, there is a possibility that the government may intervene and require the UPEIFA to resume teaching, especially after the conclusion of the provincial election. However, it is important to note that the exact timeline for the duration of the strike is currently uncertain and will depend on the progress of negotiations between the two parties involved.

Do I have to continue classwork?

During the strike, students will maintain access to their UPEI accounts, including Moodle, UPEI email, and MyUPEI. However, please note that professors and instructors will only have access to their email accounts.


While professors and instructors are not permitted to impose deadlines on students during the strike, we encourage students to continue their classwork to the best of their ability. We recommend that students hold off on submitting any completed classwork until after the strike is resolved and they have the opportunity to interact with their professor or instructor.

What can I do to stay entertained?

There are plenty of options for staying entertained at UPEI! The Student Union and The Fox & Crow will be hosting events throughout this period, and the Campus Life Day Lounge will also be offering a variety of events for students. You can reach out to the Campus Life Day Lounge to get their schedule of events, and be sure to follow @upeisu and @thefoxandcrowupei on Instagram to stay up-to-date on our upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

How can I stay informed?

To stay informed about the ongoing strike and negotiations, we recommend that students regularly visit the websites of both the Faculty Association and UPEI. Both parties have been actively updating their respective websites with the latest information regarding the strike.


UPEI’s website provides the university’s perspective on the negotiations and features a comprehensive FAQ section. Similarly, the UPEI Faculty Association’s website presents the Faculty Association’s viewpoint on the ongoing discussions and also includes a FAQ section.


It is essential for students to remain informed about both sides of the negotiations to gain a better understanding of the situation. We encourage you to stay up-to-date on any developments as they unfold and to seek out additional resources as needed.

How can I have an impact?

If you would like to have a voice in the ongoing negotiations and strike, you can express your opinion by sending an email to the relevant parties. You may reach out to the Student Union President, Adam MacKenzie (president@upeisu.ca), or our Policy & Research Coordinator, Noah Mannholland (prc@upeisu.ca), the UPEI Faculty Association President, Michael Arfken (president@upeifa.ca), or UPEI (labour@upei.ca).


We encourage you to share your views, including your support or opposition to the various issues at hand, and how the strike is affecting you personally. Your feedback can help to inform and shape the ongoing discussions and negotiations, and ensure that your voice is heard in the decision-making process.