Since we commenced “Marking for Education not Administration” in the summer of 2015, our members have been withholding grades from the University. Over the past 5 months, a team of volunteers has spent countless hours answering thousands of emails and approving hundreds of grade release requests to reduce the impact on students. Through that time, our Contract Committee toiled to reach a Collective Agreement to allow the grades to be released. Our members have been heartened by the tremendous solidarity from individual students, student societies, the Faculty Association and unions from across North America. Due to that solidarity and the strength of our job action, we can now announce all job action has ceased and the strike is over.
On October 21, the SFU Administration signed off on our Contract Committee’s offer to go to binding arbitration as proposed by Vince Ready. On October 27-28, our members voted on this proposal and have agreed to accepting binding arbitration. We still have another 21 days of bargaining before the binding arbitration, and your support is still needed to make that bargaining productive. Please continue to follow our website for information about future demonstrations and rallies.
Following the membership vote, the TSSU Strike Committee instructed members to cease all job action and start the process of releasing grades.
Grades from the Summer semester are currently stored within the SFU Archives and so you should expect it will take several weeks for members to pick up those grades, enter them into the SFU System and have the grades approved by the Department Chair. We thank you for your patience while the tens of thousands of grades are entered. Please refrain from requesting grades directly from your TA/TM or Course Supervisor, as the volume of requests will slow the grade release process.
Grades from the Fall semester are held by the individual instructors and the mechanism for getting the grading information to you is at their discretion and may take several weeks. Again, please refrain from requesting grades directly from your TA/TM or Course Supervisor, as the volume of requests will slow the grade release process. Grades for future assignments and exams are not subject to job action and should occur as normal.
TSSU Strike Committee
If you need your transcripts for graduate school with a November 1st deadline, we would urge you to do the following:
- email email@example.com and request a letter to your graduate school of choice explaining the situation
- send that letter to your graduate school of choice requesting an extension for submission of your transcript.
Some further information:
- The now outdated form for grade release is here
- All information you provide us is confidential, won’t be used for any other purpose, and will be destroyed at the end of our job action.
- For information about SFU’s previous contingency plan for grades see this document.
- For SFU Administration 2015 guidelines on withholding grades, please see this document.
- You can find previous explanations regarding our decisions on grade release here