Capilano University and Capilano Faculty Association ratify agreement
Capilano University and the Capilano Faculty Association (CFA) have ratified an agreement negotiated under the Economic Stability Mandate.
The board of the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association provided final ratification of the five-year settlement, which covers approximately 775 instructors, instructional associates, laboratory supervisors, counsellors, librarians, special appointees and private music instructors.
Read the Ministry of Education's full news release.
The University Bargaining Team is happy to report that
the Capilano University Faculty Association (CFA) and the University have reached a tentative agreement.
Following five days of mediation, Capilano University and the Capilano University
Faculty Association (CFA) reached a tentative agreement at 4 am on Saturday, May 23,
The agreement included a term of April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019 and a
5.5 % wage increase over the five years, consistent with the Post Secondary Employers' Association (PSEA) sector.
The next step in the process involves approval of
the tentative agreement by the Capilano University Board of Governors and
ratification by CFA members. A date for ratification by the CFA has not yet
been determined. The agreement is also subject to ratification by PSEA.
For more information
For the most up-to-date information, read the latest bargaining bulletin.
Open Letter to Capilano University students from VP, Academic and Provost: April 12, 2015 (PDF)
Capilano University Registrar's message to students: April 12, 2015 (VIDEO)
Letter to CFA: request to suspend strike action (PDF)
Email to students: April 10, 2015 (PDF)
Q&As for Support Staff Employees (COPE): April 9, 2015 (PDF)
Media release: Capilano University Faculty Association (CFA) to begin full-scale strike action today: April 8, 2015 (PDF)
Bulletin to all employees regarding CFA strike action: April 8, 2015
Email to students: April 7, 2015
Capilano University & CFA to meet for mediation April 7: April 2, 2015 (PDF)
Memorandum from Chief Negotiator – Clarification: April 2, 2015 (PDF)
Message to Students: April 1, 2 015 (PDF)
Letter from University urging CFA to consider strike impact on students: March 30, 2015 (PDF)
Email to students: March 30, 2015 (PDF)
Capilano Students' Union (CSU) media release: March 27, 2015 (PDF)
Listed below are important questions and answers (Q&As) for students. We will continue to update them as we learn more.
The following Q&As are based on information available on April 16, 2015.
Yes. On April 13, 2015, the CFA agreed to suspend its
strike action to enable students to complete their final exams, beginning
Thursday, April 16.
The two parties have agreed to continue discussions
through non-binding mediation.
If you are
considering appealing a final grade, we recommend you first contact your
instructor to discuss and clarify the grounds/rationale for the assigned grade.
Please note that the appeals process only applies to final grades.
For more information, read the Academic
Appeals Process Brief or see the University's
Academic Appeals Policy.
We encourage students to voice any concerns about
their individual academic situation.
Please contact the Registrar's
Office at 604.984.4900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic advisors will be happy to speak with you about your specific
The University is also working with Counselling Services to
offer support to students who are experiencing stress or difficulty as a result
of the strike action.
Tuition fees entitle students to register in courses for a standard academic term. Fees cover a certain number of weeks of instruction and provide students with access to a range of student-related services.
Although the CFA strike commenced three days prior to the end of classes and the beginning of the final examination period, students will complete their academic terms and receive their final grades.
As a result, the University will not issue tuition fee refunds or rebates.
decision to make final exams optional or mandatory is at the discretion of your
While the University sets the exam schedule, faculty is
responsible for administering the exams and making decisions regarding the
format, content and grade weight.
We encourage students to contact their
instructor directly with any questions about their final exams. If you have any
unresolved questions after contacting your instructor, please contact your faculty dean for additional support. (Updated April 16)
Please contact your instructor. He or she will be able to provide you with a timeline.
It is likely that instructors will require some additional time to grade assignments submitted before and after the strike.
The Spring 2015 final exams will begin on Thursday, April 16 and conclude on Friday, April 24,
as scheduled, with no further changes to dates.
Students are encouraged to speak to their
instructor about conflicts with the revised exam schedule, including
pre-arranged travel arrangements and work commitments.
If the issue is
still unresolved after speaking with your instructor, please contact your faculty dean for support. (Updated April 16)
Individual instructors have the discretion to
schedule their exams through the Registrar's Office or administer them off
As a result, the revised exam schedule only outlines the exam dates/times
that were submitted to the Registrar's Office.
If your exam does not
appear in the revised schedule, please contact your instructor to confirm your
final examination details.
If your question is not addressed after
speaking with your instructor, contact your faculty dean for assistance. (Updated April 16)
Yes, students who have applied to graduate by the appropriate deadlines and who meet their program requirements will have their graduation confirmed as planned.
Convocation ceremonies are confirmed for June 1, 2015. Visit the University's
for more details.
No, the last day to withdraw from classes for the Spring 2015 term was February 13, 2015.
Yes, the University has been in contact with transfer institutions to ensure there are no conflicts with the revised exam schedule.
Students who meet the transfer institution’s requirements will be able to transfer as previously planned.
The Children’s Centre will be in contact with all impacted families to discuss pro-rated refunds as a result of the strike action.
University cannot accept binding arbitration, because this would leave critical
decisions that impact the University’s financial position in the hands of a
CFA also wants the University Board to approve recommendations for settlement,
regardless of whether they are supported by the University administration. It is not appropriate to ask the Board to vote
on recommendations that the administration may not support. To do so would put
an undue burden on the Board, and challenge the statutory responsibilities of
reality is that Capilano University is the employer and must meet its statutory
obligations. Though feedback and
information from the faculty is important, the university – the employer - must
maintain its ability to make decisions to meet those obligations. The
University is a publicly funded institution that is responsible for management
of the resources provided to it by taxpayers and students’ tuition.
University has proposed that the parties engage in non-binding mediation with a
highly skilled private mediator. This
would enable the CFA to suspend its strike action, allow faculty to administer
our students' final examination activities and give both parties a process and
time to achieve a fair, balanced, and reasonable collective agreement.
the bargaining process, the University has been
very clear and consistent in its message to the CFA:
the University cannot accept CFA proposals that hamper the University’s ability
to fulfill its management obligations and responsibilities, as outlined in the
University Act provides the University with a very specific governance
structure, with a division of powers among two bodies: the Board of Governors,
and the Senate. Both the Board and the Senate include representation from a
range of constituents, including students, faculty and administration.
Proposals from the CFA, which assign to, and entrench a level of control by the
CFA, compromise this governance structure.
University has a fiscal responsibility to work within a balanced budget and, as
such, cannot regularize faculty to the extent proposed by the CFA.
The Board of Governors is accountable for the University’s
administration, property and business affairs. The Board assigns management
responsibility for these areas to the President and administration. The Board
makes decisions after reviewing the President’s recommendations. Those
recommendations are based on administration’s assessment of all resource
implications and consideration of stakeholder input.
proposes that the University Board be directly involved in approving
recommendations for settlement, regardless of whether they are supported by the
University administration. It is not appropriate to ask the Board to vote on
recommendations that the administration may not support. To do so would put an
undue burden on the Board and challenge the statutory responsibilities of the
The University has been clear with the CFA, from the outset,
that responsibilities of the Board will not be addressed through collective
to the CFA includes:
Yes. Students will be able to enroll in courses via their on-line student services (myCap) account.
The University will keep students informed via their CapU email address. Information will also be available through the
Capilano University website and Cap's
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) made contact with
all universities who have exchange students at Capilano University to advise
them of the recent strike action. We will continue to update these partner universities as
information becomes available.
Please contact the CIE office at email@example.com or call
604.990.7914 for assistance. (Updated April 15)
No. The CFA strike does not affect work permits and student visas.
These immigration documents remain valid and the regulations governing them stay in effect, regardless of any impact that strike action may have on students’ ability to attend classes.
Yes, students who are
admitted to the University will still receive the necessary documents; however,
there may be delays in processing.
If you have not yet received your
letter of acceptance, please first login to Student Online Services for your
International students with further
questions should contact the Centre for International Experience (CIE) at
604.990.7914 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Updated April 15)
The following language is taken from the StudentAid
BC 2014/2015 Policy Manual:
"StudentAidBC recipients should not be
disadvantaged due to interruption of study caused by strike action, natural
disasters, pandemics or other similar events. The policy, as detailed in Section
3 of the manual, is designed for short-term situations of two to four weeks. In
the event of a longer-term closure, the Ministry will consider policy on an
individual post-secondary institution basis.
Please refer to the
StudentAid BC policy that addresses "Interruption of Study" in Section 3 of the
StudentAid BC Policy Manual.
Students are advised to contact their provincial student loan provider for further information.
Contact your provincial student loan provider. Contact information is available on each provincial student loan web site.
Capilano University & CFA Bargaining
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