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Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting (Online)

The most flexible way to earn a valuable accounting credential

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Accounting Post-Grad Certificates from the School of Continuing Studies have received CPA Ontario Recognition. Read more.

 

A busy schedule is no longer a barrier to achieving your professional goals. With our online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you can take an exciting step in your accounting or finance career without disrupting your job or personal commitments. The accelerated online program takes just a year and a half to complete and allows you to easily fit your studies into your existing schedule.

Our online option delivers the same curriculum as the in-class full-time program. Designed in consultation with senior industry executives, thought leaders, and prominent York University academics, the online Certificate provides relevant and in-demand knowledge that will deepen your understanding of accounting while simultaneously sharpening your critical thinking, communication, and management skills. Whether your goal is to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), or qualify for new opportunities in order to gain valuable accounting experience, the Certificate provides a solid accounting foundation from which to build on.

Just like the in-class program, the online Certificate culminates with a unique final capstone course where you will apply your knowledge to real-world business challenges, which serves as excellent preparation for future job interviews. Graduates of the program will be ready to move into junior accounting or finance roles, or continue on the path towards their CPA designation.

Program delivery.

The online program is by far the most flexible option for completing the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting—especially for busy professionals. Over the course of a year and a half, you can study from the comfort of your home and network virtually with instructors and peers in your cohort. Scheduling your class time is entirely up to you (as long as you meet assignment deadlines), allowing you to complete the Certificate at your own pace.

Pathways in accounting

Preparing for your CPA designation.

The online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is the first step towards becoming a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant. Step two is applying to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting, an accelerated program that continues your CPA preparation and provides valuable training in accounting and finance. Both certificates can be completed in less than three years.

Once you’ve earned your certificates, you are now ready for the graduate level CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). Unlike students who complete college accounting programs, you will be fully prepared for graduate level courses as a result of your university training. With your York education and the CPA PEP under your belt, you will then go on to write your CPA Final Exam and receive your designation.

For a full list of our accounting courses and their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies, please click here.

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Who should take this program?

College or university graduates outside the field of accounting who are looking for a flexible online option to help them:

  • Launch a career in finance or accounting
  • Pursue a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation
  • Enhance and validate their accounting acumen
  • Add a post-secondary accounting credential to support their plans for career growth
  • Earn a Canadian accounting credential from a respected institution

 

Nadine layer mask“For someone already working in the field, pursuing an accounting certificate may be an ideal way to demonstrate a personal desire to contribute more to the organization or aspire to a more senior position. An accounting certificate from a respected institution, combined with relevant practical experience on your CV are important considerations in the job selection process.”

Nadine Petsche – Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat

Read more about Nadine Petsche and why she recommends pursuing continuing education as a way to further develop accounting skills

 

Online: Earn your Certificate in 1.5 years of online study in an accelerated format.

York University’s flexible, interactive online program helps you develop a rich network of peers while enjoying the convenience of learning at your preferred locationStudy at times that fit your schedule as long as you meet assignment deadlines.

 

Admissions

This is a direct enrolment program. Simply register for the program online.

This certificate is designed for adult learners from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. To qualify for admission into this program, you must be:

  • a mature student (over 21 and out of school for at least 2 years with no significant post-secondary education); OR
  • have successfully attended at least a year of college or university; OR
  • otherwise be eligible for admission to the University

If you’re not sure, contact us so that we can talk with you about your specific situation.

Career Qualifications

Graduates of the Certificate in Accounting are prepared for a wealth of different career options within the industry. Please see below for the anticipated educational, certificate, and work experience requirements for each position type.

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Advisory Council

Accounting Advisory Council

Senior executives from many of Toronto’s leading organizations help us ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge that employers value most, including the following:

  • Gary Spraakman, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
  • Allister Byrne, Former President & CEO, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV) retired
  • Edward Jonasson, CFO, Xagenic Inc.
  • Tom Kofman, CA, CPA, Chairman, M Partners Inc.
  • Tara Lenaghan, MBA, FICB Head, Global Learning & Development Operations, KPMG International
  • Andrea Linhofer, Partner, Deloitte
  • Grant McEwen, CPA, CA, SVP & CFO, Chubb Insurance
  • Nadine Petsche, MBA CPA CA, Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Drew Stewart, Head, Capital Markets & Product Operations Accounting, BMO
  • Susan Wolcott, Thought Leader for CPA Canada, Accounting Instructor, and Independent Scholar

Instructors

Instructor Supinder BabraSupinder Babra, MBA, BBA, CPA, CMA, CCP

Supinder has 17 years’ experience working as a Financial Controller in various manufacturing industries from packaging, refinery services, lumber and door opening solutions in North America.  He has been teaching since 2007 with CPA Ontario and is currently teaching at York University Schulich School of Business in the BBA and MBA programs and with the York University School of Continuing Education. He teaches Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Finance, Audit, Capstone, Accounting Information Systems and Tax.  Supinder holds the following designations: an undergraduate BBA degree from Schulich, an MBA from Warwick University, CPA, CMA In Ontario and CCP in Canada.

Instructor Dr. Syeda Fahmida HabibSyeda Fahmida Habib, DBA, MBA, M.App.Fin

 Dr. Syeda Fahmida Habib is a passionate, student-centered educator with 24 years teaching experience at University/College level. Her core area of teaching has been finance and banking. Fahmida has also taught accounting, marketing and general management courses. She has been involved in text book writing, curricula, course material and assessment development as well as managing teaching teams. Fahmida has authored a textbook on Islamic Finance and Banking for Wiley Publishers in 2018. She completed her DBA from SMC University, Zurich and has a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney plus an MBA, majoring in marketing.

Fahmida believes that learning happens when the material is adapted to the learner’s abilities and interest. She has had great rapport with her students and colleagues. Fahmida has worked with mature multicultural student groups and strives to instill in her students her own passion for life- long learning and learning beyond borders. She also encourages them to work professionally, independently, in teams and contribute to their work environment, their societies and to their families.

Instructor Sue-Ann MaislinSue-Ann Maislin, M.Ed

As a leader and the owner of S.A. Maislin Consultants, Sue-Ann is passionate about partnering with individuals and organizations to create healthy, sustainable and high-performing

workplaces. As a business professional, she can attest to the importance of professional competencies such as emotional intelligence and communication skills, as well as thinking and problem-solving skills for career success. Sue-Ann designs and facilitates educational programs that address relevant workplace issues, including business communication, mental health in the workplace, team building, time management, resiliency, respect and professionalism in the workplace, coaching and feedback, as well as leadership development programs for new and emerging leaders.

Sue-Ann played a leading role in the research and development of ‘The Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program™, supporting effective and informed response to mental health and performance issues, in partnership with Queen’s University Faculty of Health, Morneau Shepell and Bell Canada.

Instructor Adam ProkopAdam Prokop, MBA, MSc, MFin, CPA, CMA, CAIA

Adam has taught and developed accounting, finance, general business, mathematics, supply chain, and operations courses for several years across Canada. He has worked in various sectors including finance, energy, real estate, and government. He currently works as a senior risk analyst and consultant in the real estate industry, as well as a corporate trainer specializing in technical skills development.

Adam holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University, a Master in Finance (MFin) from Queen’s University, a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Organizational Psychology from University of London, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Supply Chain Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Instructor Irma SpahiuIrma Spahiu, PhD, LLM, MIM

Irma Spahiu is an academic and a lawyer with expertise in Administrative and Regulatory Law. She has a Master of Laws and a PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master in International Management from the University of Montesquieu-Boardeaux IV. She currently teaches law-related courses at the U of T and UOIT. Her recent teaching experience and practice includes areas of access to information and privacy rights, with a focus on Canadian and European legal frameworks.

Program Policies

 

FAQs

Formats

Our Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is offered in our online format, as well as a full-time, in-class format. To select the appropriate program, consider the format that best suits your learning style, your schedule, and your need for flexibility.

ONLINE FORMAT

This format was designed to make our program accessible to those working full-time, or those who may not be able to complete the course on a full-time basis.

  • Courses may be completed according to your schedule; there is no “live” requirement.
  • You will go through the program with the same group of people, allowing for a deeper peer-learning experience.
  • You will know when each course is scheduled at the beginning so you can plan accordingly.
  • Courses will not be cancelled, so you can complete the program on time.
  • You should expect to allocate six to nine hours per week to complete your work.
  • Final exams will be done online for an additional fee from the comfort of your home on the last Sunday of the course.
  • The courses are interactive and include case studies, weekly discussions, group work, videos, simulations, and narrated audio and video presentations.

FULL-TIME IN-CLASS FORMAT:

  • Classes meet daily in the morning, afternoon, or evening with specific days allocated as study days.
  • Class size will range from 25–50 students, with a mix of domestic and international students.
  • All classes are held at the main campus of York University at Keele and Steeles.
  • You should expect 12 to 14 hours of reading per week in addition to assignments and test preparation.

How do I get my certificate and graduate?

The School of Continuing Studies has a student record review process of students that have completed courses in the previous semester. Students who have successfully completed all the program requirements are eligible to graduate. Students are not required to formally apply to graduate.

Students will have their course grades reviewed by the Program Manager as they approach the end of the program. Students should expect to receive their Certificates in August/September by mail.

Library privileges

Students enrolled in all of our Certificate programs have access to the York University Library. The School of Continuing Studies will provide you with the library application form.

How do I get the books and reading materials, and how much do they cost?

It is wise to budget approximately $150 – $200 per course. All the books and reading materials will be available at the York University bookstore. You can also order your books online at http://bookstore.yorku.ca/

If you would like to visit the bookstore in person, store hours are as follows:

Monday & Tuesday 9am–7pm
Wednesday–Friday 9am–5pm

Open Saturday for the month of September.

CLOSED Saturday & Sunday.

What does it mean to be in a cohort?

Students in a cohort travel together through the program, learn through shared experiences as a group, and complete courses in a designated sequence.

The cohort model provides an opportunity to network and build professional relationships that may extend beyond the program. Therefore, the courses cannot be taken at your own pace.

Is online learning right for you?

Online courses are convenient but require additional responsibilities. We recommend you consider the following before choosing to study online.

How are your time-management skills?

Time-management and study skills are very important in an online course. It’s hard to catch up once you’ve fallen behind. You’ll have group members depending upon your regular participation, and assignment deadlines to keep in mind. But if you follow the instructor’s suggested weekly schedule, you can stay on track.

Will you be able to take initiative?

In an online course, you’ll need to be comfortable with an instructor in the role of course leader/guide rather than lecturer. You’ll be absorbing information from readings, discussions, and questions. You’ll need to be willing to ask for the help you need from your instructor or TA, from classmates, or from the distance education/technical support.

Can you devote approximately six to nine hours of study time per week for each course?

While online courses are more convenient, they’re not necessarily easier. They often require more time than a lecture on campus because you are responsible for managing your learning. When you study online it’s easier for other activities to take priority and keep you from getting to your course work.

Are you comfortable expressing your thoughts in writing?

In an online course, you may be asked to write defensively and argue thoughts and issues as you communicate in the discussion area. You’ll need to be ready to share and post your thoughts and opinions with your fellow students in a respectful manner. The benefit is that you can take the time to think about what you are writing.

Do you have regular access to a computer and the Internet?

You will be required to log into the course website on a regular basis. All academic work and communications will be located there so it is important to log in a few times a week.

Are you open to learning some new Web-related skills?

In order to participate in your online course, you’ll need to feel comfortable navigating the course website by using a browser, email, discussions, chats/wikis, and assessment tools. You’ll have the chance to learn and practise these skills as you participate in your course.

 

What technology is required for this online program?

In order to attend the online program, you will be required to have the following:

  • a computer
  • a high-speed Internet connection
  • a Web cam (for exam proctoring)

Key Policies

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Tuition

Instalment Plan Policy

Online Program

The first payment of $1,663 is due at registration with each of three instalments due at the start of the subsequent terms.

For example, for online students beginning in Fall 2019, payment 2 would be due on January 15, 2020, payment 3 would be due May 1, 2020 and payment 4 would be due October 1, 2020. For online students beginning in Winter 2020, payment 2 would be due May 1, 2020, payment 3 would be due October 1, 2020 and payment 4 would be due January 15, 2021.

Admission requirements

Online

To register for the Online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting, register directly online. Review the detailed admission requirements to understand what’s required. You may be contacted and required to provide the following:

  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency (for international students only)

You will be notified directly if additional information or documentation is required by the Program Manager.

Transfer credit

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of three equivalent course credits from other post-secondary institutions and receive advanced standing. Note: to be considered a full-time student in our program, you must take a minimum of three courses per term. A completed application must be received and approved prior to submitting transfer credit requests.

Transfer Credit requests can be forwarded to the Program Coordinator for approval via email at cpehelp@yorku.ca, or in writing to: School of Continuing Studies, Attention Program Coordinator, Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting,  4700 Keele Street – Room 123 Atkinson Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3. Transfer credit requests approved by the Program Manager will be discounted based on the cost of each course (maximum of three courses).

The School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for assessing transfer credit for CPA course equivalency. CPA-bound students are responsible for ensuring they have completed all of the CPA preparatory course requirements for entry to the CPA Professional Education Program. Approved courses for advanced standing in the York University School of Continuing Studies program must meet the following criteria:

  1. There must be a 90% overlap in content and curriculum, and equivalent number of contact hours as the courses offered in the School of Continuing Studies program.
  2. The courses must be at the university level (from an accredited academic institution) with a grade of B or better. Only CPA-recognized College equivalents will be considered for transfer credit from a Canadian College with a grade of B or better. Please include CPA documentation with course outline at the time of submission.
  3. All submissions must be sent in writing to the Program Manager along with
  • a complete transfer credit request form
  • an official transcript outlining the course completed
  • the contact hours
  • the final grade
  • the official transcript (sealed)

Full course outlines must also be submitted that contain

  • the full course description
  • learning objectives
  • assessment and reading materials
  • weekly content covered

Please note that incomplete packages cannot be reviewed.

Transfer credit requests may take a minimum of six-eight weeks to process and must be submitted before the start of the program.

What if I miss an exam?

You should be making every effort to meet York University’s General Academic Regulations, as well as each of your courses’ requirements. This includes attendance, assignments, and tests/exams. We understand, however, that unforeseen circumstances arise that may force you to miss an exam. If that’s the case, you must contact your instructor before the scheduled exam date by email. Please include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence in the message. You must also provide valid documentation (i.e., a doctor’s note, death certificate, court/legal documentation, etc.) immediately following your return before alternative arrangements can be made. Please note that valid documentation has to be applicable to the assessment date.

Academic concerns during a course

If you have a concern regarding an assignment, midterm exam, etc., you should first meet with the instructor to discuss the situation. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, only then should you contact the Program Manager.

Final examination procedures

Online program

Students have the option of coming to York University’s Keele Campus to write their final exams with their peers or use the services of a virtual proctoring company called Examity.
The final exam on schedule can be found in the course outline.

Online proctoring allows a student to take their exam online from a quiet and distraction-free location, typically their home. Examity’s certified online proctors help students schedule their exam, test their technology components, and successfully complete their online exam while at home. The various benefits include the convenience of taking the online exam without having to travel to a testing center location. The cost per exam per course is approximately $30–35 US, which is not included in student tuition.

Alternate Examination Dates/Special Accommodation

Remember, it is your responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations* and procedures related to alternative examinations, or your course instructor in cases of missed coursework, within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam. Unfortunately, failure to do so will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam, and no further consideration will be granted.

Note: Supporting documentation will be required, but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

The School of Continuing Studies works in partnership with York University’s Counselling & Disability Services and the Office of the Registrar to support alternate exam and test accommodation services for students with disabilities at the Keele campus. Please submit any Alternate Exam and test requests at least three (3) weeks in advance of the scheduled test dates. 

Academic Disputes, Resolution and Appeal Policy

Students with sufficient academic grounds may request that a final grade or an assignment in a course be reappraised. To start the process, please complete a reappraisal form. Next, contact the Program Manager to discuss the grade received, and to request a re-review of a specific submission. He or she will select an appropriate instructor to look at the work in question, and will maintain anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser. Please note that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original grade being raised, lowered, or confirmed. Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals.

Help make our courses better

Student evaluations of both courses and instructors are an invaluable tool that we use to modify our programs based on your feedback, and we ask all students to participate in these anonymous evaluations either in-class or online.

How do I view my grades online?

You can access the student portal on our main website landing page at this link: Student Portal. You will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal. Once final grades are submitted to the School of Continuing Studies office and approved, they will appear on your personal student record. The School of Continuing Studies does not provide official grade letters. If you require a letter confirming your attendance in the Program, please call our Registration Assistant at 416-736-2100 Ext 44617.

Grades

Grade Grade Point Per Cent Range Description
A+ 9 90-100 Exceptional
A 8 80-89 Excellent
B+ 7 75-79 Very Good
B 6 70-74 Good
C+ 5 65-69 Competent
C 4 60-64 Fairly Competent
D+ 3 55-59 Passing
D 2 50-54 Marginally Passing
E 1 (marginally below 50%) Marginally Failing
F 0 (below 50%) Failing

Definitions of Grading Descriptions

  • A+ Exceptional. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and exceptional skill or great originality in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • A Excellent. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/or some elements of originality in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • B+ Very Good. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • B Good. Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • C+ Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • C Fairly Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with some skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • D+ Passing. Slightly better than minimal knowledge of required concepts and/or techniques together with some ability to use them in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • D Barely Passing. Minimum knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • E Marginally Failing.
  • F Failing.

How do I obtain a course or tax receipt?

Income Tax receipts will be available online on the School of Continuing Studies website in February. Select “Tax Receipts” and it will lead you to a secure login page that you can access using your student number and password. Please refer to the income tax guide for allowable deductions.

Session transfers

Please contact the Program Manager if you wish to transfer to another session. Transfer requests may only be granted for documented medical reasons.

Cancellation of programs

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to withdraw or cancel programs/courses, and students will receive a full refund of fees paid. The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to alter fees, other charges, and course dates, times, locations, and/or instructors. Please note that the School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for travel cancellation charges that students may incur.

Fees

Ancillary and Service Fees
Withdrawal Fees for certificate programs $100.00 per course
Continuing Studies Student Record Fee $ 15.00 (plus HST)
Exam/assignment duplication fee $ 15.00 (plus HST)
Returned cheques $ 25.00
Installment fee (NON-REFUNDABLE) $ 125.00 **
Certificate replacement fee $ 52.00 (plus HST)

How do I withdraw from the Program and get a refund?

Students registered in a program offered by the School of Continuing Studies may withdraw from the program. However, they are strongly advised to consult with the Program Manager before a final decision is made. A full refund is granted only when the School of Continuing Studies cancels a program. Refunds will be issued by the method of payment that was used (credit card, cheque if original payment was money order and Wire Transfer). Withdrawal requests must be submitted on the official School of Continuing Studies Withdrawal Request Form to the School of Continuing Studies and subject terms listed in the table below.

Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.

Part-time Online Program

Please complete the Withdrawal Request Form and email it to continue@yorku.ca.

  • If you withdraw 7 calendar days prior to the start of the program, you will receive a 75% refund of program tuition instalment and no academic penalty.
  • If you withdraw between 6 calendar days prior to the start of the program to 14 calendar days after the start of the program, you will receive a 50% refund of program tuition instalment and no academic penalty.
  • No refunds will be issued after the first 14 days of the program.

How do I obtain a copy of my Student Record?

Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.

If you are a School of Continuing Studies student and require a copy of your Student Record, please access the Student Portal, (you will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal) and click on the Grades link.

What happens if I fail a course?

If you do not pass a course (achieve a final grade below 50% or D) you may still be permitted to continue in the Program if the course is not a pre-requisite for the subsequently scheduled course in the Program, however, you will have to repeat that course with another cohort. If a failed course is a pre-requisite for the subsequent course in the program, you will not be permitted to continue in the Program.

General York University Policies

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Curriculum & Academic Standards webpage: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/index-policies.html

Confidentiality

In the spirit of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), York University and the School of Continuing Studies work to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will document the amount of personal information that is collected, used, or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information is omitted from all written documents. To maintain privacy, students should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class. We are committed to protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

Student Conduct

  • Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy and mutual respect.
  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom.
  • The instructor will decide whether such an atmosphere is no longer present in a class, and is trained to take appropriate steps to return to a professional environment.

If you feel this policy has been violated, you should notify your instructor as soon as possible. You may be asked to provide a detailed written description of the complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the School of Continuing Studies for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/ Please find the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities here: https://oscr.students.yorku.ca/csrr

University closures/class cancellations

Weather Rule

If the University is open, classes will be running. If the University is closed, classes will not be running. Any missed classes will be rescheduled. University Closures/Class Cancellations: (416.736.5600 OR www.yorku.ca). While this is rare, weather and/or other emergencies do occur that require us to suspend our operations. While every effort will be made to contact students, this is not always possible. If you are unsure of whether the course is running, please call the University’s weather/emergency information line, or check our Twitter feed (@Continue_YorkU).

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