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Capilano University faculty strike pushes back exam dates

04/12/2015 08:25 EDT | Updated 06/17/2015 08:59 EDT
Administrators at Capilano University in North Vancouver have been forced to move back the start date for exams as faculty members remain on strike.

Exams were supposed to begin Monday, but have been rescheduled to run from April 16 to April 24.

Both sides have been in negotiations for a new collective agreement since December of 2014 and have agreed on a wage increase. But the parties disagree on the procedure for laying off faculty, the lack of an academic-freedom clause, and the use of temporary professors.

About 625 faculty members began job action by refusing to submit grades. However after mediation failed Tuesday, there was a full-scale walk out and all classes were cancelled.

All campuses, including North Vancouver, Squamish and Sunshine Coast are affected.

The two sides continued talking over the weekend, trying to find a way forward, but were unsuccessful.

School administrators are still working on listing new dates and times for all exams, and are telling students they will be notified by e-mail as soon as possible,

"We recognize the uncertainty and concern created by this situation," the release continued. "And are working hard to mitigate the impact on our students, their families and other members of our campus community. Our most immediate priority is to finalize plans to allow students to successfully complete their academic terms."

The school has 7,000 students taking courses for credit.

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