Thursday, September 3, 2009
Oakland University classes to remain canceled Friday, Sept. 4Classes at Oakland University's main campus, Macomb site and all other off-campus sites will remain canceled on Friday, Sept. 4, as a contract settlement was not reached with the Oakland University chapter of the American Association of University Professors on Thursday. Classes are officially canceled until further notice.
The university is working with a state appointed mediator who offered the faculty an option to continue teaching while negotiations proceed. The faculty rejected that option, however, and chose to strike.
The decision to cancel classes was made as a consideration to students who travel to campus and might otherwise have found that their instructors were not present to conduct class. Students should be assured that they will receive a full course of instruction for the fall semester.
The university regrets that it has not been able to reach a contract agreement with the faculty and that the resulting strike will be disruptive to students and the entire university community. The university hopes to reach a feasible and equitable settlement as soon as possible. The difficult economic circumstances we face, however, necessitate the university be extremely prudent.
The highest priority at Oakland University is to continue offering students a distinctive and highly valued educational experience. The university is confident that concern for the future of our students and laying the groundwork for an economic recovery in Michigan will lead to an amicable resolution.
Regardless of the status of negotiations, all university offices will be open to serve students and all campus activities, including Welcome Week activities, will proceed as planned.
For the most current information on the contract situation, visit the OU homepage or call the bargaining status hotline at (248) 370-2000.