Student Accommodations for National Day of Action – February 1, 2012

PDAD&C#35, 2011-12

To:  
  PDAD&C
From:  
  Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: 
  January 5, 2012
Re: 
  Student Accommodations for National Day of Action – February 1, 2012


PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO ALL INSTRUCTORS IN YOUR UNIT

The University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU), the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), the Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS), the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) are among many student organizations across the country that are planning a National Day of Action on February 1, 2012. The campaign will, amongst other objectives, seek to persuade the province to increase per-student funding to above the national average. While the approach of our student governments has not always been consistent with that of the University, we have common cause in this key message.

Our student governments have requested that instructors accommodate students who are unable to meet their academic obligations on February 1st as a result of their participation in the day of action.

While the decision to grant dispensation to students of course remains with individual faculty members, I support the request of our student governments and hence ask that faculty members, where possible, not penalize students for non-attendance at classes on that day and, where possible, permit students the opportunity to complete an assignment or test at another time if the student’s participation in the campaign necessitates this. I fully recognize, however, that compelling academic considerations may make any accommodation impossible.

In asking for this consideration, the University is not endorsing the campaign or its particular demands and positions. We are simply requesting that students have the opportunity to participate if they wish.

If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please contact Jim Delaney, Director, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students at 416-978-4027 or via email at jim.delaney@utoronto.ca.