The final day Wright State University students can withdraw from the school and get a full refund is three days after the faculty union plans to go on strike.
Members of the Wright State chapter of the American Association of University Professors filed a notice with the State Employment Relations Board on Monday saying they could go on strike at 8 a.m. Jan. 22, the seventh day of classes for spring semester. The last day students can withdraw from the university and still receive a 100 percent refund is three days later on Jan. 25, according to the WSU academic calendar.
“A strike will not impact our ability to offer classes and will not change our normal policies for withdrawals and reimbursements,” spokesman Seth Bauguess said via email.
The AAUP-WSU’s decision to call a strike came after the university’s board of trustees voted Friday to implement its last, best offer on terms and conditions of employment for the union’s members.
Union members are planning to picket near the entrances to campus in the coming weeks. Of the approximate 1,700 faculty members at the university, 560 are represented by the AAUP union, according to Wright State.
Both the union and administration have said they hoped to avoid a strike and Noeleen McIlvenna, a WSU history professor and contract administration officer for the union, has called the strike a “final straw.”
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