Prior to the 20-day strike that started Jan. 22, WSU president Cheryl Schrader had said that classes would continue but that some would be combined, moved online temporarily or taught by a substitute. Other courses were given alternative assignments, such as a tour of the of the archives at the library.
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But, as the strike began, some classes went unstaffed and last week the school began canceling some “specialized” courses for the semester.
Students were encouraged to pick replacement classes by Friday, which was the deadline they could withdrawal and still receive a full refund. The university also planned to offer some of its canceled classes during a condensed “B-Term” later this semester.
Edwards said that department chairs have been instructed to make scheduling decisions based on what will “work best for their departments.” Those changes will be communicated directly to students, Edwards said.
“I want to thank our students,” Edward said in her email. “I know they have sacrificed these last three weeks and showed great patience in the face of uncertainty.”
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