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.


Updated Statement on Senate Policy and Actions endorsed by 164 faculty Reply

Senate Meeting, Senate Policy: Questions for discussion

The agenda distributed in advance of Monday’s Senate meeting (16 March 2015) frames the meeting explicitly as an information and discussion session, where already made and finalized decisions by Senate Executive will be presented and discussed. The Senate Executive rationale for this meeting states, “members of the Committee felt it was important to meet…to inform senators of the actions it has taken and to facilitate discussion of the academic implications of the current disruption.” There will be no votes or motions.


Department of Sociology Statement on the Resumption of Classes during the CUPE Strike Reply

This strike has put all students and faculty members in an extremely difficult situation. As teachers, we feel the disruption and are anguished by the dilemmas that it creates for doing our jobs well. The resumption of classes can only prolong this strike and undermine the academic integrity of our courses. Hence, we strongly believe that the best way to maintain academic integrity and fairness to students is to suspend classes until a settlement is reached.


Open letter from former CUPE 3903 officers Reply

Tuition indexation—first won by our local during bargaining in 1998—was
a historic achievement for accessible post-secondary education in this
country. Since 1998, the tuition indexation language in our collective
agreements has effectively kept tuition fees frozen for new graduate
student members. Tuition indexation has obliged the university, in every
year that it raised graduate tuition fees, to give graduate student
members of the union a dollar-for-dollar tuition rebate (Graduate
Financial Assistance). More…