Joint Statement from University of Alberta Students’ Union, University of Alberta Graduate Students’ Association, Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta, University of Alberta Non-Academic Staff Association, University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows Association
On Friday, March 16th, the University of Alberta Board of Governors voted to hike international student tuition, restrict where and what students can eat, and make it too expensive to live on campus, all while cutting millions from faculties and support systems. The budget was passed under the assumption that the University of Alberta would receive no additional funds from the Government of Alberta. However, the provincial budget included a 2% increase to the university’s base operating grant as well as backfill funding to cover the cost of the continued tuition freeze. The University of Alberta senior administration has not adequately responded to concerns from the campus community, and must amend the budget to take the university’s increased revenue into account.
This Friday April 6th at 1:00PM there will be a peaceful protest held in the north campus quad where our campus community urges the University of Alberta senior administration to address budget concerns and emplore the Board of Governors to revisit the budget.
This peaceful protest is hosted and supported by the University of Alberta Students’ Union, University of Alberta Graduate Students’ Association, Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta, University of Alberta Non-Academic Staff Association, and University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows Association. United, students, staff, and faculty advocate that the University of Alberta senior administration and Board of Governors re-examine the passed budget and reduce projections for the cost increases and budget cuts in following years.
We invite all interested media to attend the protest. More information about the cost increases, budget cuts and the impact they will have on the campus community is available online at www.notpublicgood.org.
Fix the Budget Protest
Friday, April 6, 2018, 1:00 PM
University of Alberta North Campus Quad (outside the South Academic Building)
University of Alberta Students’ Union
Graduate Students’ Association
Dr. Heather Bruce
Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta
Non-Academic Staff Association
Dr. Richard Kanyo
Postdoctoral Fellows Association