The university applied for a mediator through the Labour Relations Board under a clause allowing for a special process when two sides haven't been able to reach a first collective agreement.
The LRB's appointed mediator will have 20 days to reach an agreement, otherwise the faculty association could resume strike action.
The association, representing professors, instructors and academic librarian members, wants an agreement similar to those at comparable universities.
Daemon Cline, a fourth-year student at UNBC, said he'll continue to put pressure on faculty and the administration to reach a permanent deal.
"It's really just postponing the strike, so I think that everyone needs to push both sides to come to an agreement," Cline said.
The university's president Daniel Weeks and the faculty association president Jacqueline Holler have both acknowledged that the strike's been inconvenient for students.