Wright State again pushes back withdrawal deadline as strike continues

FILE: Staff, Faculty and student parking lots remained full on Tuesday despite Wright State Universitys faculty union going on strike at 8 a.m. Tuesday marked the start of the second week of classes for spring semester at Wright State. Despite the strike, all classes are scheduled to continue today. But, some classes may be consolidated, moved online or taught by a substitute, according to the school. President Cheryl Schrader, an engineer, plans to return to the classroom during the strike. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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FILE: Staff, Faculty and student parking lots remained full on Tuesday despite Wright State Universitys faculty union going on strike at 8 a.m. Tuesday marked the start of the second week of classes for spring semester at Wright State. Despite the strike, all classes are scheduled to continue today. But, some classes may be consolidated, moved online or taught by a substitute, according to the school. President Cheryl Schrader, an engineer, plans to return to the classroom during the strike. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Wright State University has delayed a student withdrawal deadline a second time as a faculty union strike continues at the school.

The last day students can now withdrawal from Wright State with a full refund is Feb. 8, provost Susan Edwards said in a campus-wide email today.

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The new date gives students yet another week to decide whether to withdrawal. The original deadline to withdrawal with a full refund was Jan. 25, three days after members of the Wright State chapter of the American Association of University professors went on strike.

Late registration fees will also be waived to allow students to make changes to their class schedules, Edwards said in her email.

“You remain our top priority,” Edwards told students via email. “We acknowledge that there have been disruptions in your classes. We will continue to identify where the disruptions have occurred and work quickly to avoid further interruptions to your educational experience.”

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The AAUP-WSU strike is in its ninth day. Union members have been picketing outside entrances to campus on Colonel Glenn Highway but have abandoned the picket lines today and Thursday due to extremely cold temperatures. The university is also closed through Thursday because of the weather.

Wright State’s board of trustees met in private about the strike for two and a half hours Tuesday night but took no action to end the labor dispute. No further board meetings are scheduled at this time, according to the WSU trustees website.

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