Statement of Solidarity from the Queen’s University Geography Graduate Student Council (GSC) Reply

Government mandates and university administrative demands force graduate enrolment to grow at unsustainable rates, despite departments’ inadequacy to support such enrolment. Academic career opportunity upon graduation is increasingly dismal. The use of graduate and sessional labour for cost-cutting in course delivery is deeply troubling and shameful. The corporatization of Canadian universities is resulting in increasing economic inequality between high-level administration and academic staff, as well as rising tuition rates despite stunted education quality. Amidst this environment of inflated tuition and decreasing quality of education, graduate funding remains relatively stagnant in the face of the steadily-rising cost of living in cities like Toronto.
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Statement by Science & Technology Studies Graduate Program Executive Reply

On March 24, 2015, the STS Graduate Program Executive unanimously passed the following motion:

Having reviewed the graduate courses and consulted with current course directors, STS Graduate Exec has determined that under present conditions it is impossible to maintain academic integrity; therefore graduate classes are suspended until a settlement is reached and the strike is over.

Letter from Dr. Peter Flaherty (CUPE Unit 2) to President Shoukri and Provost Lenton Reply

Dear colleagues,

It is with the greatest respect and a full appreciation of the complexities and difficulties you face that I write to express my concerns about the current situation we are all coping with. I am a member of the York contract faculty (CUPE 3903 Unit 2) and teach in the Faculty of Education. I am also a former secondary school teacher and department head with many years of classroom experience at that educational level. York University has been a significant part of my life – academically, professionally, and even personally – since I first entered Glendon College as a member of its founding class in 1966. Over my years as an undergraduate and graduate student, I earned the majority of my degrees including my doctorate from this great university, where I had the honour and privilege of studying with some of its finest professors.

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Statement from Coordinating Committee of the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Reply

March 23, 2015 statement:

Given the recommendations of LA&PS Faculty Council of March 23, we have conducted a review of our courses and concluded that the academic integrity of all courses is compromised. As such, we have revisited the remediation plan of March 17 and have determined that as of March 23, all undergraduate and graduate courses at both Keele and Glendon campuses are suspended until a settlement is reached and the strike is over.

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Department of Anthropology and Graduate Program in Social Anthropology Response to Remediation Framework Reply

The Department of Anthropology and Graduate Program in Social Anthropology held an emergency faculty meeting on March 20, 2015, to discuss the Institutional Remediation Guidelines provided by the Senate Executive, as well as the LA&PS Remediation Framework. We are disappointed that the Senate Executive has decided to resume classes on Monday March 23, 2015 instead of settling the strike. Following careful consideration and discussion of the implications of this decision for our students, we, the faculty members of the Department and the Graduate Program, stand unanimously opposed to the resumption of classes.

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