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President Driscoll’s Message to Students

January 28, 2013

Dear Students:

Welcome back to campus. I hope that your winter break was enjoyable and that your spring semester will be successful and productive.

You are probably aware of the contract negotiations between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), the union representing the faculty. You may even be following news of the negotiations closely.

Please know that the PASSHE negotiations team is working hard to achieve a reasonable and fair settlement with members of the faculty union.

Our primary concern is providing our students with an excellent education at a reasonable cost, both short-term and long-term.

The next negotiation session is scheduled for February 1. We remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached.

If a faculty strike is called, IUP will remain in business. On-campus housing, dining, and other offices will operate as usual. Classes taught by faculty members who choose not to go on strike—as is the right of all faculty—will continue to be held.

Because it is the choice of the faculty union whether or not to strike and individual faculty members may choose whether or not to participate in a strike, at this time we cannot say with certainty which classes will be offered or how an individual student’s progress toward a degree will be affected.

PASSHE has a negotiations website to provide specific information for students and parents at all 14 universities. IUP also has its own website with updates on contract negotiations, which includes answers to frequently asked questions.

Because this is a System-wide contract, PASSHE will be the main source of information related to negotiations.

I will continue to offer updates as information becomes available, and I encourage you to visit the PASSHE and IUP websites for more information about this issue.

Sincerely,

Michael Driscoll
President, IUP