Volume 95, Issue 67

Thursday, January 31, 2002

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UWOFA support students

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

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.

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