VIU reimburses students in excess of $1 million following faculty strike

April 21, 2011

Vancouver Island University has paid over $1 million to reimburse tuition fees to about 1,200 students -- 250 full-time equivalents -- who opted out of some or all classes after the recent faculty strike. Students had until April 19 to choose whether to withdraw from classes after the month-long labour dispute. When bargaining reached an impasse earlier this month, faculty members voted 90% in favour of ending the strike and classes resumed on April 12. With so little time left to finish the spring term, VIU gave students at its 4 campuses the option to finish out the academic year or get their tuition back. The reimbursement is worth nearly 1% of VIU's annual budget. Nanaimo Daily News