Apparently there was an info session held by Joanne Duklas of the Registrar’s Office and a member from the Office of the VP of Students. If you weren’t able to attend you can read the minutes written by a York student on LiveJournal.
Here is the transcript:
The RO and the Office of the VP has been monitoring Facebook and are aware of what is being said. (N.B: I also took the liberty in December to also inform the Managers in the Registrar’s Office of this LiveJournal Community as well, as they were unaware of this community)
– They are honouring the conflict policy for the shorter exam period
– They will be holding emergency information sessions between the end date of the strike, and the start date of class. These sessions will clarify changes to the semesters, and these sessions will have staff from every field at the university. Therefore, if classes tarted on the 22nd, then these sessions would happen on the 21st in the afternoon and evening.
– Rob Webb (VP Academic) is holding sessions between the end of the strike and the beginning of classes for faculty. They will address volume of material to be contained in the rest of the semesters/classes. Theses sessions will focus on fairness to students. They are requesting that courses be reduced to key concepts rather than just compacting and making students cram everything into a shorter period of time.
– Professors will have to discuss remediation processes immediately upon return to class. Rob is stressing that they cannot force professors to change the curriculum, but we have the choice to retain our original syllabus.
– The 20% rule regarding tests is still in effect, they are suggesting take home exams.
– The Senate executive has not altered the summer term yet (This we already knew). Other than the start dates for the terms are being pushed.
– The Senate executive would have to go back to the full senate team and take a vote to shrink (if need be) the semesters any further.
– Regarding Residence: They believe they will extend residence contracts without additional costs. They can’t assure that this will happen again.
– THERE IS NO GIVEN DATE AT WHICH YORK WILL CANCEL THIS SEMESTER OR SUMMER
– York is assisting with the withdrawal of students and enrolment in other universities. More often than not though, students who have proceeded with this, they have decided to remain. Again, they are encouraging pass/fail
– Restrictions on deferred standing are going to be eased, a lot of people are unsure of how deferred standings work.
– Students are being asked to contact the Registrar’s Office (I am not at liberty to release the name of who) if they want to withdraw.
– The Faculty of Education has not made any decisions regarding their sessional dates
– Students who require accommodation with be accommodated within remediation. So York is honouring all students who require help.
– Convocation is still happening, but it’s date will be decided during winter term.
– Grades WILL BE RELEASED INCREMENTALLY (Dan’s note: All the deans agreed to do so, but that’s up to the senate)
– The university is going to leave issues regarding academics up to course directors, therefore nothing worth higher than 20% in the two weeks before exams
– Petition committees will be very sensitive to strike related grievances
– The senate executive team is meeting weekly
– York started a hardship fund for the strike, more news in the YFile
– Apparently students were unimpressed at how quickly the information was thrown together, but to be fair, they can’t really give us (the students) advance information regarding when these sessions take place since everything is still very much up in the air.
– When we resume: Nothing can be handing in during the first week. And nothing worth over 20% can be due two weeks before exams.
And on behalf of Admissions, I’d like to state:
– The strike does NOT effect the Sept 2009 start date for new and returning students to the university