Capilano University strike forces exams to be rescheduled
Exams have been rescheduled at Capilano University after overnight talks failed to reach an agreement that would end the faculty strike there.
The new exam period is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 16, and end on Friday, April 24. Exams had been scheduled to begin on Monday.
The university and the Capilano University Faculty Association negotiated through Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning, but “remain at an impasse,” according to a statement posted on the university’s website on Sunday.
“We recognize the uncertainty and concern created by this situation, and are working hard to mitigate the impact on our students, their families and other members of our campus community,” the statement read. “Our most immediate priority is to finalize plans to allow students to successfully complete their academic terms.”
Richard Gale, Capilano’s academic vice president and provost, told CTV News on Sunday that if an agreement with the CFA is not reached by Thursday, the university will have to “reassess” the exam schedule.
“We have to have the faculty here in order to administer exams,” Gale said. “We will never ask students to cross a picket line.”
If the strike continues past Thursday, there are options for rescheduling, he said, but he’d be “less hopeful” that they would actually take place.
The strike began on Wednesday, canceling the last three days of classes at the university’s North Shore, Squamish, and Sunshine Coast campuses.
At the time, the university said final exams were expected to go ahead as scheduled.
More than 7,000 students are affected by the work stoppage.