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Remote teaching and your copyright

We have had a few inquiries about the ownership of materials faculty develop for teaching remotely.  The copyright article, which has remained almost unchanged since the first Collective Agreement (1977–79), stipulates that faculty own the copyright to their lectures but do not own copyright in recorded works if such works are created in the course […]

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Response to Caregiving Demands Letter

We received many responses to the Caregiving Demands e-Letter circulated to members last week. Faculty members have written about their concerns about equity for caregivers in various collegial processes in the future, such as tenure, promotion, and salary review, the lack of acknowledgement from the University of the stress on faculty, the additional stress of homeschooling […]

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COVID-19 and Caregiving Demands

Dear USFA members, Please find attached a letter concerning the circumstances of faculty parents and caregivers under the ongoing pandemic conditions. USFA has been asked to initiate informed discussions with the university administration to find equitable, realistic solutions to the unmanageable demands faculty face in carrying full workloads while also providing part- to full-time care […]

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Collegial Processes will still happen

In light of COVID-19, the USFA negotiated a Letter of Understanding with the employer that includes provisions for probationary employees. Even though this Letter of Understanding is in place, collegial processes – renewal of probation, tenure, promotion – will still happen this year.  All employees who currently hold a probationary appointment or who are appointed […]

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Take care, stay connected and stay safe – a message from the CWI

Members of the Committee on Women’s Issues are reaching out to let you know we are thinking about you. COVID-19 has changed our personal and professional lives dramatically. The sudden transition from campus to home, urgency to reconfigure classes, assignments, and final exams put a tremendous amount of pressure on us all. With little understood […]

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Assignment of Duties by May 31?

Despite the Association’s agreement to the Employer’s request that the timeline for completing assignment of duties be delayed by one month, to May 31, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some colleges are having difficulty meeting the deadline. We know of at least one college where duties assigned by Department Heads have not been approved by […]

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CAUT: COVID-19 and the Academic Workplace

In addition to the regular CAUT publication, the Bulletin, the website for CAUT has a wealth of information regarding COVID-19 and the academic workplace: Frequently asked questions Results of a national survey of post-secondary staff The latest on remote teaching Information on special income support measures Subscribe for regular updates and the monthly CAUT newsletter.

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Thank You!!

During this pandemic there are a lot of people stepping up to keep things moving, including USFA members. Not only are you at home working, with all that entails, you are dramatically changing the way you work.  Your contributions to the U of S and to our community are invaluable.  Thank you! “The University Works […]

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Working from home – reimbursement and eligible expenses

We have received inquiries from members about working from home expenses eligible for reimbursement. The University website outlines guidelines for purchasing items for working at home.  The following are a few of the highlights from the guidelines: You will not be reimbursed for any computer equipment and software purchases that are made independently without authorization from […]

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Office Access on Campus

We have been receiving questions from members regarding office access on campus. For one-time access to campus office space, faculty must receive approval from their supervisor and contact the Protective Services office to arrange to be let into the appropriate building.  Faculty who are required to work regularly on campus are to apply for a […]

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