Q If a strike is called, should students still go to class?
A: Yes, the campus expects that classes will be held as scheduled. Should there be a strike, we hope members of the faculty union will respect their instructional obligations and not impair students’ progress in their current courses.
Q: What should a student do if he or she goes to class and the instructor is not there?
A: If you go to class and the instructor is not present, please wait at least 15 minutes for their arrival, after which you may leave. If you have questions about assignments or other related matters, you may contact your instructor or check with the academic department offering the class. If you have further questions or concerns, you may contact the College Dean’s office:
College of Business and Management: (217) 206-6533
College of Education and Human Services (217) 206-6784
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: (217) 206-6512
College of Public Affairs and Administration: (217) 206-6523
Q: Should I be doing the assignments I have due between now and the end of the semester?
A: Yes, assignments should be completed and submitted as scheduled. Students should expect that the objectives of courses will be fulfilled. If there are interruptions, make-up arrangements must be implemented to ensure the instructional objectives are delivered.
Q: What if picketers are in front of my building and tell me not to enter?
A: Students have a right to attend classes, enter academic and administrative buildings, and to do so without being interrupted, intimidated, coerced, or threatened. Picketing on public property is usually lawful so long as the picketing is peaceful, does not create a disturbance, and does not block entrances or exits to campus buildings.
Q: If a strike causes students to miss class, how will that affect their grades?
A: Decisions about how to complete coursework will be determined class by class under the guidance of the department. The university’s goal is to ensure students are treated fairly and the objectives of their academic courses are fulfilled.
Q: I am enrolled in some courses taught by adjunct or other non-UIS United Faculty (non-union member) instructors. Will these classes be impacted by a strike?
A: No. Adjuncts and other non-UIS United Faculty instructors are not included in the UIS United Faculty bargaining unit. The University expects that these adjuncts and instructors will honor their employment contracts and continue to work.
Q: Would a delay of grades have a negative impact on my academic progress or graduation status?
A: We are working hard to avoid any disruption to grading and to the routine activities of academic progress audits and clearance for graduation. Deans and other administrators will make decisions based on the best interests of students.