Letter from the President re: Midterm Requirements #2

Undergraduate Students,

To continue our advocacy on behalf of undergraduate students, myself and the Executive Director met with a group of administrators this morning (October 29th) that included Laurier’s Provost and Vice-President: Academic Tony Vannelli, Vice-President: Student Affairs Ivan Joseph, and senior leaders in their offices. The University has committed to meet with faculties and discuss their midterm exam guidelines. The Students’ Union will be meeting regularly with this group to communicate our continued objection to many of these unreasonable requirements and the use of Respondus Lockdown remote proctoring. We will ask that the University develop an official channel for students to register their concerns and reintroduce course evaluations. The challenge we are facing is that faculty do have the academic freedom to design midterms and exams as they see fit. However, we believe that many of the instructions and restrictions communicated since the imposition of remote learning create inequities and are overly punitive.

Devyn Kelly
Students’ Union President & CEO