Volume 94, Issue 54

Tuesday, December 5, 2000


City welcomes new mayor at meeting - DeCicco sworn in

UWO plans for core campus

York students might sue admin

Tim Hortons opens as strike finally ends

Vandals paint Saugeen in act of mischief

CFS protest draws attention to Bill 132

Queen's votes down de-regulation

Corroded Disorder

Queen's votes down de-regulation

- Student referendum results in 91.5% against

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

The students of Queen's University have spoken and they have said tuition de-regulation of undergraduate programs has no place within their institution.

A referendum held at Queen's on Nov. 24 saw 91.5 per cent of the 3,498 students who took part in the survey vote against the deregulation of undergraduate arts and science programs, said Alma Mater Society president Paul Heisler.

And while Queen's principal William Leggett said he is pleased students are as engaged with the issue as they are with quality of education, he said he reminded students that no official proposal has been put forward to de-regulate tuition rates.

"The issue is quality and the quality of education we seek to achieve here at Queen's," he said. "No solution should be off the table when discussing how we are going to achieve this goal."

Academic affairs commissioner, Chris Henderson, said there was an exceptionally high turnout for the referendum, as 44.7 per cent of the undergraduates enrolled in arts and science cast their votes on the issue.

He said referendums at Queen's do not normally have a high voter turnout, which shows just how important the issue is to the students. "The results of this will be very useful, as student leaders, we're always looking for feedback on what the overall community thinks."

Leggett said regardless of how the university decides they are going to solve this problem, the students would be involved every step of the way. "We have three committees currently looking at the situation and all of them have 50 per cent student participation."

Heisler said the issue will be examined further in February. "The trustees, Queen's Senate and members of student community will discuss the future of the university at a retreat organized by principal Leggett."

Heisler said de-regulation will not occur in the province of Ontario due to their firm commitment to freezing tuition increases at two per cent per year, but added individual universities must answer questions as to where their futures are headed and what levels of quality will be upheld.

Bob Silverman, dean of arts and science at Queen's, said the university will need to look for alternative sources of funding in order to guarantee quality at the university.

He said while de-regulated tuition is one way this source of funding could be provided, he said a task force he has struck to examine the quality of an arts and science undergraduate education will give further input into the matter.

To Contact The News Department:

Copyright The Gazette 2000