Negotiation Updates - AUT - Parent FAQs

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Are classes cancelled?

Confirmation of strike action by the AUT was received on Monday morning, Janaury 28th. As such, all classes have been suspended until further notice.

Will the academic term be lost?

Recent history of strikes at universities in Canada would suggest that an academic term would not be lost. It’s the university’s intention to secure a fair, negotiated settlement and resume classes as quickly as possible.

Will Reading Week be cancelled?

No. Reading Week will still continue as planned.

In the event of a strike, will residences remain open? What about dining hall or the library? Other student services?

All student services will remain open in the event of a strike by the AUT.

Will you be encouraging students to go home?

We encourage students to stay on campus. The parties have the potential to reach an agreement at any time. However, we have now confirmed that students will receive at least 48 hours notice before classes will resume. It's with this in mind that we ask students to use their best judgment when making a decision to leave campus.

How much advance notification will we be given before classes resume?

Students will receive at least 48 hours notice before classes will restart.


Should I pay my tuition?

In recognition of the uncertainty of recent events, a decision has been made to reverse late fees and interest charges applied to student accounts for the month of January 2013. In addition, the deadline for final payment of fees is extended to February 28th, 2013.

Please feel free to visit or contact the Student Accounts Office on first floor MacKinnon Hall for further assistance. Contact information is as follows:

Student Account Office Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm

What should I tell my son/daughter?

Tell her/him to keep working on her/his studies and to complete assignments, readings and labs. We are strongly encouraging the campus community to operate as close to business as usual until further notice.

The Students’ Union in conjunction with the StFX Student Life Office, Athletics and Recreation, and the Residence Office staff have created extra-curricular activities for students to take advantage of. Tutorials, recreational, social and academic events have been developed, all focused on keeping students engaged.

You can find the schedule here. For more information, please refer to

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