Four students seek Huron crown
UWOFA support students
Fine, take all our weed, we'll just do shrooms
Gehring gets off, legally speaking
Cooldegrees denies any wrongdoing
Hey math nerds! Solve this ya geeks
Double cohort means double the confusion
UWOFA support students
By Jessica Leeder
Despite Senate's formal rejection of a proposal that would give academic
amnesty to students who choose to walk-out during next Wednesday's Day of
Action, Western's faculty association has adopted a resolution to show
support for protesting students.
Dan Jorgensen, University of Western Ontario Faculty Association
president, said the resolution, which was sent by e-mail to all faculty
members last night, does not endorse the planned walk-out.
Rather, it indicates Western faculty support the basic tenants of the
protest – namely, accessibility to post-secondary education by means of a
tuition freeze, he said.
"We are on-side with students on that issue. The executive unanimously
supported the resolution," he said, adding the UWOFA executive prefers to
leave decisions regarding academic amnesty up to individual professors.
"We support students in their demand for accessible post-secondary
education through a fully funded tuition freeze," Jorgensen said.
"We also join them in encouraging the provincial government to invest in
post-secondary education and call for a renewed public commitment to
maintaining the quality of that education," he added.
At a Jan. 18 Senate meeting, Western's vice-provost and registrar Roma
Harris said she felt uncomfortable giving students academic amnesty for
their participation in the protest because there was not enough time to
tally the number of exams and midterms that would require postponement.
As for the faculty association's position, Harris said it is up to
individual faculty members to deal with the situation in their classes.
"Students should attend class unless they specifically hear otherwise,"
she said, adding she has not been approached by any members of the faculty
association asking her to reconsider endorsing the day.
Jesse Greener, VP-external of the Society of Graduate Students, said if
faculty members allow students to be exempt from classes on Feb. 6,
Senate's rejection of the proposal is irrelevant.
"All we asked the Senate to do is exactly what the faculty association has
done. At the Senate meeting, both students and faculty voted for this, so
it shows you where the rest of the Senate's priorities lie," he said.
"The Ontario government refuses to invest in public post-secondary
education. If the money isn't coming from them, it's coming from the
students," Greener said.