UNBSU expresses concern over university’s decision to terminate Dons

March 2, 2017

The University of New Brunswick Student Union has issued a release expressing its concern over the university’s decision to terminate current positions for live-in Residence Life staff, or Dons. According to UNBSU, the school’s Residence Life department is pursuing a restructuring that will see three full-time Residence Life Coordinators replace the Dons, with each managing three to four residences. The restructuring also includes the creation of a Residence Fellow to support students’ academics. The UNBSU claims that the removal of the Dons could negatively impact residence life for students. “The combination of insufficient consultations and weak communications only encourages students' distrust for these changes,” said Katie Beers, UNBSU Vice-President External. “The restructure and its methodology conflict with the needs and wants of students and limits access to support for many of our residence leaders.” UNBSU