The 17-day strike at Brandon University has ended after a tentative agreement was reached Wednesday night between the faculty and administration.

Faculty members will return to work on Thursday; classes for students will resume the following day on the normal Friday schedule.

Details of the agreement won't released until after a ratification vote is held.

No academic penalty to students will arise due to the labour action, university officials previously promised.

Professors may reschedule or re-weight tests and assignments. The final date for voluntary withdrawal has been moved to Nov. 14, but final examination dates are expected to remain unchanged.

The university does not anticipate granting tuition refunds.

About 240 professors, library and administrative staff walked off the job on Sept. 29. Classes had been cancelled ever since, although the school's 3,300 students could still access campus libraries, study rooms, computer facilities, food services and residences.

The strike began after contract talks between the faculty and administration broke down over pension and salary issues. The two sides had been in negotiations since April.

The last time a labour dispute cancelled classes at the institution was in 1998, when a strike lasted three days.

With files from the Canadian Press