In other words, it will be business as usual.Business as usual. I suppose it is what one would expect a campus CEO to say. Rather like an airline CEO saying, sure, it will be business as usual with the pilots on strike.
Yes, the police won't go on strike and students won't starve. And yes, some classes would meet with their normal instructors, those who choose not to honor a picket line. But if the Chancellor believes she can find "qualified instructors" to fill in for all the faculty members who would go on strike, then her definition of what counts as a "qualified instructor" is even lower than I thought. Business as usual without faculty: that sums up her worldview beautifully. It's just business: business as usual.
Dear Students and Parents:
As Family Weekend begins, I want to take the opportunity to update you on a developing issue on our campus.
You may be aware from recent media accounts that the leadership of a union representing some faculty members reportedly has authorized a strike vote by its membership for Sept. 28. In addition, three other unions apparently are holding similar discussions. Please be assured that I am committed to continuing good-faith negotiations and to reaching a fiscally responsible solution. We have made it clear to the various union negotiating teams that we are available to meet at any time in an effort to resolve our differences.
There are a number of contract issues we are attempting to address in the context of the State of Illinois‚ continuing fiscal crisis. At the moment, the state owes our University $100 million, so we must be cognizant of these very severe financial constraints. We also are extremely sensitive to your concerns about tuition and fees.
Student success is our top priority. In the event of a walkout by any of the unions, please be assured that we are committed to maintaining normal operations. Classes will continue to meet as regularly scheduled and will be taught by qualified instructors. Students in good academic standing scheduled to graduate will receive their diplomas as planned.
Nor will any University services be disrupted. You can expect regular hours and staffing at such facilities as Student Health Services, Morris Library, the Student Recreation Center, the Student Center, and in University Housing. Delivery of food to Residence Hall Dining will continue and dining services will be available at their regular times. Saluki Express will maintain its regular schedule. Our Department of Public Safety will continue to ensure a safe campus environment for all. In other words, it will be business as usual.
If you have questions related to this situation, several offices on campus may be able to help. Questions related to classes and academics may be directed to the Office of Provost at 618/453-5744. If you have questions regarding other University services, please contact the Office of Dean of Students at 618/453-2461.
In addition, a website will be available next week where you will find additional helpful information and updates on the situation.
We understand the concerns you may have. I want to reassure you that our students‚ academic progress will not be disrupted and they will continue to have access to all the essential services they expect and deserve. Students choose SIU Carbondale for a high-quality educational experience and we will continue to meet their expectations.