APUS Space Permanence

Urgent Call for Support U of T Student Union Being Evicted Calls for 123 St. George St as Its Space Alternative Whereas APUS (the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students at the University of Toronto)*, has been told to vacate their relatively NEW office space at the Margaret Fletcher building (100 Devonshire Pl) for plans to build a “Centre for High Performance Sport,” of which some of the operating costs are expected to be paid for by students with a $50-60 levy); and Whereas APUS does not support a student levy for buildings and operating costs since these should be the sole responsibility of the University and Government; and Whereas APUS has been calling for space permanence and has received massive support from the community; and Whereas there was no apology, no acknowledgement of the impact on part-time students of APUS’ previous eviction from Woodsworth College (originally the part-time college, built with APUS funding); and Whereas APUS has submitted three space needs analyses which clearly identify our needs including that the space must: be near Woodsworth College; be child-friendly; have a large meeting area, a front garden for food production and events, a kitchen and office/programming space; Therefore: APUS continues to call for space permanence in the Margaret Fletcher Building. However, we have identified the whole of 123 St. George Street as a suitable space alternative that we are willing to consider. This building has been standing vacant since the Department of Religion was relocated about a year ago. We would move with the understanding that the first floor is made accessible and the rest of the building be made fully accessible within the next five to ten years. We, the undersigned, call on the University Administration to respect APUS and its right to represent and serve the needs of part-time undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. We call on Woodsworth College to re-affirm its commitment and support the work of APUS (44% of WDW students are APUS members). We call on the University of Toronto to ensure that APUS has a permanent office space in accordance with its space needs analyses which will enable part-time students to have a home on campus and build a stronger part-time student community.

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