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Laptop Ban Postcards

In about 35 undergraduate courses, professors have banned the use of laptops to take lecture notes. Our position is that laptop bans are unimaginative, inaccessible, and unfair. They’re an indication of a resistance to change, an inability of some academics to adapt and self-reflect in their teaching style, and a paternalistic response to underdeveloped study […]

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Dec
13

#SupportTheReport

Canadian Research institutions have potential to be globally competitive with more research opportunities for students, and more jobs. However, Canada falls behind the United States in providing reimbursement of indirect costs of research in Canada. For Canada to remain a global leader of solving the world’s most urgent issues, our labs need funding. Dr. David […]

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Dec
13

Update on CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Negotiations

Earlier this week, the members of Unit 1 voted in favour of a strike mandate. Unit 1 represents all TAs at U of T. Again, a strike mandate vote isn’t the same as a strike vote. The members of Unit haven’t voted to strike, but they have indicated that they’re willing to strike. A strike […]

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Nov
21

Update on CUPE 3902 Negotiations

As many students already know, the agreement between CUPE 3902 and the University of Toronto is set to expire next year. CUPE 3902 represents all TAs and contract lecturers at U of T. The current agreement is the result of the 2015 TA strike. CUPE and the university have been negotiating since the beginning of […]

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Nov
13

Leave of Absence Policy: Concerns Raised

***Note that this document may not reflect changes made since publishing. A live version is accessible here. Did we miss something? Let us know here.** To date, we’ve raised the following concerns to the Office of the Vice-Provost Students and/or the University Affairs Board: Definitions (p. 2) – Every Student Support Team should include at […]

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Nov
08

Proposed Leave of Absence Policy

The U of T is proposing a new Leave of Absence Policy. Based on our understanding, we’ve compiled the current process and a summary of the ombudspersons reports, that here. To date, we’ve raised several concerns at meetings with the Office of the Vice-Provost Students and at University Affairs Board in October. A compiled list of our […]

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