Faculty Strike Updates

Faculty Strike Updates


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Ongoing University Resources

State System Updates

Because this is a System-wide contract, the State System will be the main source of information related to the faculty strike. The State System has launched a website to provide specific information: passhe.edu/APSCUF.

This website relates to ongoing negotiations and addresses academic concerns and expectations for students.

Student Fact Sheet

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties have not reached a contract settlement.

Bloomsburg University will remain open and will continue to operate to the greatest extent possible. All students should report to regularly scheduled classes. By law, faculty have the right to decline to participate in a strike, remain in their classrooms and continue to conduct classes for their students. You are expected to continue reporting to class until informed otherwise by official written notification from the university.

Update: Oct. 21, 4:05 p.m. — Please know that Bloomsburg University continues to remain open and operational. If you choose to resume your faculty obligations prior to the conclusion of the strike, you must send an email with your full name and department to facultyresources@bloomu.edu. Telephone calls, text messages or emails to addresses other than the address listed in this memo will not be accepted. This notification procedure also includes faculty members teaching at off-campus locations, web-based courses, grant-funded assignments, approved alternative assignments or supervision of internships and student teaching.

Notification must be received by 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 for restoration of your services and access by Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.

Update: Oct. 20, 7:05 p.m. — The faculty strike will continue tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 21). Please report to class as there is a possibility that a faculty member on strike today could return to work tomorrow or another day. We do not want you to miss instructional time.

Update: Oct. 20, 4 p.m. — The State System posted a list of “Myth Busters” on its website today, seeking to correct misinformation that continues to circulate about the negotiations with faculty union, APSCUF.

Update: Oct. 19, 7:25 p.m. — The faculty strike will continue tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 20). Please report to class as there is a possibility that a faculty member on strike today could return to work tomorrow or another day. We do not want you to miss instructional time.

Update: Oct. 19, 12:15 p.m. — BU will host Q&A sessions for all students in Haas Center today, Oct. 19, at 2:30 and 5 p.m.; and tomorrow, Oct. 20, at noon.

Update: Oct. 19, 9:45 a.m. — BOLT is available. Students should submit all assignments in BOLT, as well as a hard copy to their dean. If the strike is prolonged, the university may have another qualified individual teach the course. Therefore, the issuing of grades may be delayed. Each university is committed to ensuring students can complete their educational experience.

Update: Oct. 19, 6:15 a.m. — Athletic events will go on as scheduled despite the faculty strike. Men's and women's soccer at home with East Stroudsburg at 5 and 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Bloomsburg University dining and residence halls will remain open and university support and safety staff will continue to serve students. For specific questions about financial or academic matters at BU, contact:

  • Academic questions: Tom Fletcher, vice president for enrollment management and extended programs, 570-389-5161 or tfletche@bloomu.edu.
  • Financial concerns: the business office, 570-389-4013.
  • All other questions: Brenda Cromley, deputy to the president, 570-389-4674 or bcromley@bloomu.edu, or Rosalee Rush, assistant vice president, marketing and communications, 570-389-4043 or rrush@bloomu.edu.

The welfare of all students is the main priority for the administration and the faculty. As the strike continues, everyone will work together to minimize its impact on students.