Mount Allison students seek refund for strike days

Mount Allison University students are pushing for reimbursement for missed classes due to the faculty strike earlier this winter.

'Very fair' to request reimbursement for 12 days of missed classes

Mount Allison University students are pushing for reimbursement for missed classes due to the faculty strike earlier this winter.

For three weeks beginning Jan. 27, 210 full- and-part-time professors and librarians were on the picket line, bringing classes to a halt for 2,400 students.

The Students' Union has made a proposal to the university for a refund.

The average annual undergraduate tuition at the university is $7,000.

"We have lost 12 class days of days that we've paid for, so it seems very fair to ask for money to be returned, said Melissa O'Rourke, Student Union president.

O'Rourke says the union has a rough estimate of the money the administration saved during the strike.

"There's about 134 tenure and tenure-track faculty members who make an average of $110,000 a year. So we know that there's probably about $1 million that's sitting there that the university has saved in tuition dollars," she said.                

However, Ron Byrne, vice-president of International and Student Affairs said there are "many outstanding issues" that would affect what he called the university's "savings."

"And so we won't know that until all the decisions have been made."

The financial decisions await the completion of ongoing binding arbitration between the university and the faculty association.

While arbitration could take months, the university will try to make a decision on tuition reimbursement as quickly as possible, Byrne said.

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