Wright State faculty strike: What students need to know now

Wright State University’s faculty union went on strike at 8 a.m. this morning.

Today marks the start of the second week of classes for spring semester at Wright State. Here’s what students need to know with the faculty union now on strike.

1. Classes will still go on at Wright State

Despite the strike, all classes are scheduled to continue today.

But, some classes may be consolidated, moved online or taught by a substitute, according to the school. President Cheryl Schrader, an engineer, plans to return to the classroom during the strike.

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Schrader on Monday said that all coursework completed during the faculty strike will still count toward an overall grade a student receives in a class. Graduation will not be impacted by the strike, according to WSU.

Any changes to class schedules will be communicated to students through their Wright State emails.

2. Class attendance will be taken despite the strike

The university plans to send people around to classes to take attendance and to make sure all classes are staffed, Schrader said.

Due to federal guidelines concerning federal student aid, the university must be able to prove that students receiving aid are enrolled and attending classes.

Attendance issues caused WSU problems from 2013 to 2015, according to an audit. During a review by the federal government, Wright State was unable to provide documentation showing that all the students it administered federal aid to actually attended classes prior to withdrawing from the university,

In November 2017, Wright State agreed to pay more than $1.98 million for issues stemming from a routine 2015 federal review of the school's handling of federal student aid, according to the audit.

3. The last day to withdraw from WSU is coming up

The final day students can withdraw from Wright State is Friday.

The withdrawal date is three days after the start of the faculty union’s strike and marks the end of the second week of school for Wright State’s spring semester.

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“A strike will not impact our ability to offer classes and will not change our normal policies for withdrawals and reimbursements,” spokesman Seth Bauguess said via email.

4. Students don’t have to drive past the picket line

Faculty union members are planning to picket near the entrances to campus, including the two entries along Colonel Glenn Highway and outside the Nutter Center.

Students don’t have to go past the picket line if they don’t want to though.

The university will be providing a shuttle from parking lot eight behind the Nutter Center to Millett Hall, Schrader said. The shuttle will be running to Millett Hall every 10 minutes or so.

Students who enter the parking lot via Raider Road will not have to go past picketers, Schrader said.


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