A tentative deal between Laurentian University and the union representing professors means students will be heading back to class later this month.

The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) and the school reached a tentative three year collective agreement that will end the faculty strike.

Union members hit the picket line on September 28.

“I am pleased that both bargaining teams have reached an agreement that fulfills the needs of our faculty and the university,” said Pierre Zundel, Interim Laurentian President and Vice-Chancellor.

"Now, we can all get back to providing a world-class education to our students."

“I am proud of our team and what we have all accomplished. It hasn’t been easy but both sides should be congratulated for reaching this agreement,” added Dr. Jim Ketchen, LUFA president.

Classes are scheduled to resume on October 16 for those students with a reading week, while courses for the Barrie campus and online resume on Tuesday, pending ratification.

On Friday, 97.2% of LUFA members who cast ballots voted in favour of the agreement.

The final step is ratification by the Laurentian University board of governors; who meet on Tuesday.

The terms of the tentative agreement were not disclosed.