Academic Amnesty: Update
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October 05, 2016

Are you a student at:

  • College of the North Atlantic (Prince Philip Drive Campus)
  • George Brown College,
  • Dalhousie University,
  • Brock University,
  • Lakehead University at Orillia
  • The University of Guelph,
  • Brandon University,
  • Laurentian University,
  • Ryerson University,
  • The University of Windsor,
  • Memorial University,
  • University of King's College,
  • Algoma University,
  • The University of Toronto,
  • York University,
  • The University of Winnipeg or
  • Université de Saint-Boniface? 

If so, your student union has won you Academic Amnesty or Academic Accomodations for the national Day of Action on November 2nd

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This means that the administration of your institution has instructed your professors not to schedule evaluations or penalize students for missing class to participate in the Day of Action. Find the details specific to your campus below:

College of the North Atlantic (Prince Philip Drive)

All course instructors at the CNA Prince Philip Drive campus have been told to make accommodations for their students participating in the Day of Action. 

For more information: contact Philip White, President of the College of the North Atlantic Student Union, at philip.White43@ed.cna.nl.ca

 

George Brown College

The Senior VP of Academics has granted Academic Consideration to GBC students. Students must inform their professors of their intent to participate in the Day of Action and may require proof (e.g. pledge sheet) of attendance. 

For more information: contact Tiffany White, SAGBC Director of Education, at direducation@sagbc.ca 

 

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie Senate requests that all individuals involved in teaching at Dalhousie on November 2, 2016 allow students who wish to participate in the National Day of Action to do so without academic penalty due to their absence.

For more information: contact Amina Abawajy, VP Academic and External of the Dalhousie Student Union, vpae@dsu.ca

 

Brock University

Provost and VP Academic Thomas Dunk has sent the following message to all course instructors:

The decision to grant accommodation to students for their participation in the Day of Action remains with individual course instructors and I acknowledge that compelling academic considerations may make accommodation impossible. However, I ask that all course instructors do so where possible. Funding for students is a concern for everyone in the post-secondary education sector. If instructors have an academic activity such as a test, presentation or mid-term exam scheduled for November 2, 2016, I ask that they raise the potential conflict with their students at the earliest opportunity.

For more information: contact Shannon Kitchings, President of the Brock Graduate Students' Association, at gsapresident@brocku.ca

  

Lakehead University at Orillia

The Provost and VP Academic has sent a letter to all faculty and instructors with the following message: 

While the decision to grant accommodation to students remains with individual faculty, where possible, I ask that faculty members not penalize students for non-attendance at classes on this 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 acknowledge, however, that compelling academic considerations may make any accommodation impossible.

For more information: contact Sami Pritchard, LUSU VP Orillia, vporillia@lusu.ca 

 

University of Guelph

The Provost has sent a letter to all faculty and instructors telling them to inform students in their courses who may miss to participate in the day of action of any potential conflict with previously scheduled academic activity. While the decision to grant dispensation to students remains with individual faculty, the Provost did encourage faculty members to consider alternative options for assessment for students for non-attendance at classes on this day.

For more information: contact Jensen Williams at guelphaction@cfsontario.ca



Brandon University

Senate has granted Academic Accommodation on November 2, 2016 for all students participating in provincial or local activities regardless of Faculty, School or Department. Students will be allowed to participate in the activities being planned by the Brandon University Students’ Union during slots 4 and 5 without penalty to their grades or any other academic penalty they may face.

For more information: contact Nick Brown, BUSU President at pres@busu.ca

 

Laurentian University

Senate has resolved that Academic Amnesty be provided for students who wish to participate in local events as part of the National Day of Action on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

For more information, contact Theresa Rost at trost@laurentian.ca


Ryerson University
 

The Provost and VP Academic has encouraged all course instructors to refrain from penalizing missed attendance and from setting academic deadlines for tests, assignments and exams on November 2, 2016; encouraged all course instructors to provide reasonable access to materials covered in class on November 2, 2016; and encouraged all course instructors to provide consideration for missed labs or practicum placements that take place on November 2, 2016.

For more information: contact Janet Rodriguez, VP Internal of the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) vp.internal@mycesar.ca 


The University of Windsor

Senate has declared that students participating in the Day of Action will not be penalized academically for being absent during this day, provided that they inform their professor(s) at least 48 hours in advance of November 2nd of their participation. Professors are encouraged to refrain from setting deadlines or tests on November 2nd and inform their classes of their right for academic amnesty on November 2nd. Students involved in practical or clinical placements should contact their advisor before committing to the Day of Action as they will not be able to make-up hours missed, which may impact their progression through their program.

For more information: contact Matthew Dunlop, UWSA VP Student Advocacy at vpsauwsa@uwindsor.ca 

 

Memorial University

Senate has encouraged encouraged academic units and professors to be flexible in making alternate arrangements, including re-scheduling examinations and the deadlines for submission of assignments, and adopting any other required forms of leniency for students who are absent from classes on November 2nd 2016 so that they may freely participate in the Day of Action with no fear of academic repercussions. The MUN Students’ Union encourages students to contact their professors as soon as possible to state their intention to participate in the Day of Action and coursework arrangements in advance. 

For more information: contact MUNSU Executive Director of Campaigns, Brittany Byrnes, at campaigns@munsu.ca

 

Algoma University

Academic Amnesty is defined as:

  •  No penalties for students absent from, and/or late to, lectures and tutorials with mandatory attendance
  • Rescheduling assessment activities to an earlier/ later date
  • Allowing students to attend alternate sections of lectures, seminars, or labs.

For more information: contact Bushra Asghar, AUSU VP Campus Affairs at vpcampusaffairs@ausu.algomau.ca

 

The University of Toronto

The Office of the Vice-President and Provost has issued a letter to all instructors encouraging faculty members not to penalize students for non-attendance at classes on November 2 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. It is noted in this letter that compelling academic considerations may make any accommodation impossible. The students’ unions of the University of Toronto encourage students to contact their professors as soon as possible and to sign a pledge on campus stating your intention to attend the Day of Action.

For more information: contact APUS at info@apus.ca 

 

York University

All course directors have been asked through the Deans/Principal to: avoid scheduling exams, tests, presentations or other work on that day and to establish reasonable extensions of deadlines for other graded work due that date and to provide reasonable academic accommodations to students who choose to attend the November 2, 2016 Day of Action, including reasonable alternative access to materials covered during their absence. 

For more information: contact the York Federation of Students at internal@yfs.ca or the York University Graduate Students’ Association at info@yugsa.ca 

 

Université de Saint-Boniface

Students will not be penalized for missing class between the hours of 11h30 and 14h30 on November 2, 2016.

For more information: contact Jacques de Moissac, AEUSB President aepresident@monusb.ca 



Dozens of other students’ unions are working hard to secure Academic Amnesty at upcoming October Senate meetings. Check back regularly for new additions to this list!

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