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Student Compensation

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We, the students of UNBC, are demanding that we receive monetary compensation for the financial losses generated by the Faculty Job Action. This compensation should include monetary remuneration that is the equivalent of tuition for all classes missed during the duration of the strike. The reason for this is because we have paid for a full term of education from the university and are not receiving this. Any money paid in tuition is therefore not being used for its intent and is instead excess income for the university.

Good business practice requires that you reimburse customers for their losses if the services are cut due to management issues. Refusal to do so will have negative impacts on UNBC enrolment and also send a negative image of the university’s relationship with students to the rest of British Columbia. If a business does not compensate their customers for their losses, those customers and marketed audiences will cease to trust that business.

In the event that the semester is cancelled, we the students of UNBC demand that the administration provide a severance package to students. This should include the assertion that students who wish to withdraw from the winter semester of 2015 are not penalized on their transcripts and monetary bursaries. In addition to the severance package, we demand that administration consider awarding students with their full winter semester 2015 credit hours with no penalty on the GPA in addition to considerations of extending the semester and allowing students to challenge exams. These two items protect students with course work and practicums from suffering further due to the disagreement between the Faculty Association and Administration. If full credit is not given or made obtainable, students will not graduate from UNBC this year. The refusal to award credit, provide end-of-semester options for students, or to provide a severance package will impact UNBC enrollment by strongly deterring prospective students and returning students. If there is no graduating class in 2015, which is the university’s 25th anniversary, the school administration will send a negative image of the university to the rest of British Columbia and Canada.

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