CASE Joins “Protest Concordia’s Inaction on Sexual Violence”

The Concordia Association for Students of English invites students, alumni, and community members to stand in solidarity with us this Friday April 12, 2019 at the CSU Campaign’s Protest Concordia’s Inaction on Sexual Violence. We’ll meet in front of the GM Building at 9:30am to demonstrate against Concordia’s continued inaction and transparency regarding their policies.

We support the CSU’s 3 demands that Concordia:

  1. implement a stand-alone policy on sexual violence
  2. create a concrete action plan with timelines to respond to student recommendations
  3. lobby the Quebec government to change their privacy laws

Joining together this Friday to demand further action from our university is an important step to showing collective support of our various communities. We believe that the violence students in the English and Creative Writing Department have experienced is part of a much larger problem. These issues are becoming more apparent through the hard work of students and alumni, like those from the Psychology Department, who chose to share their stories with news outlets. However, needing to share these stories through the media so that faculty are held accountable is not an appropriate solution. Concordia needs a policy that properly represents and supports survivors of sexual violence and harassment, even when the perpetrators are employees of the school.

C.A.S.E. would like to add several demands of our own to this list. Throughout the past two years, despite C.A.S.E.’s continued work with students, survivors, alumni, staff, and faculty; we continue to be left out of broader conversations on sexual violence at Concordia by administration. This includes their decision to not give students access to the third-party group that completed the English Department Climate Report. Considering these experiences, we demand:

C.A.S.E. firmly believes that professors should not have sexual or romantic relationships with their students and that this type of behavior should not be condoned at Concordia. However, until a stronger policy is implemented, an administrative record of propositions should be used to properly document how often these propositions are occurring.

  1. A concrete action plan with timelines that describe the implementation of the Climate Report’s recommendations.
    • This must include goals to actively include student feedback. Collaboration with student associations must be done to plan and advertise both physical and online feedback options.
    •  Students should be provided with opportunities to respond to the action plan created by the Standing Committee for Sexual Violence and Harassment, as well as to the procedural structure of the Climate Report.
  2. Professors and TAs should have to report to the university when they proposition a student for a romantic or sexual relationship.
    • The same accountability required for having a relationship with a student should be expected when attempting an unsuccessful advance. Propositions to a student, whether successful or not, should adhere to the same conflict of interest, obligations, and consequences referenced in the Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationship Guidelines provided by Concordia.
    • Any necessary accommodations that need to be made, like adjusting who grades that students, should not disrupt the student’s education or social standing among their peers and other faculty members.
    • Failure to properly report these interactions should have consequences. A series of propositions should concern the university as to that faculty member’s professional integrity – classrooms are not dating pools.
    • C.A.S.E. firmly believes that professors should not have sexual or romantic relationships with their students and that this type of behavior should not be condoned at Concordia. However, until a stronger policy is implemented, an administrative record of propositions should be used to properly document how often these propositions are occurring.
  3. An independent person needs to be assigned to the English department to help C.A.S.E. liaise with students and other Concordia departments about sexual violence and harassment policies.
    • This includes helping C.A.S.E. navigate student complaints against faculty and staff in the department confidentially. These conversations should not require students to report that behavior beyond the assigned ombudsman, but rather serve as an opportunity for students to express concerns.
    • Help ensure that C.A.S.E. and the student body are appropriately updated on the current policies, as well as any changes or updates that are made.
  4. Continue to support inter-community resolution and policy building between C.A.S.E., S.A.G.E., and the English department.
    • This includes, but is not limited to, new initiatives like the department specific code of conduct and the newly created ad hoc committee.

Without these demands being met, C.A.S.E. struggles to envision an improvement of the current climate within and beyond our department. Please join us Friday to share your support.

Thank you for your continued attention and action on this important issue.

Sincerely,
The Concordia Association for Students of English
2018-19 Executive Team

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Vote for your 2019-2020 CASE Executive

It’s crucial that students cast their vote in the election of representatives for the 2019-2020 school year. CASE executives coordinate events, academic journals, and collective action on behalf of all undergraduate english students at Concordia. To vote visit my.concordia.ca, navigate to the student services tab, click My Vote and fill out your e-ballot. The process takes under a minute!

Join Next Year’s C.A.S.E. Executive Team!

The election for next year’s C.A.S.E. team is coming up fast!
Looking to learn more about how to be involved? Join us on Tuesday in LB659-4 for an information session on what C.A.S.E. does and how you can be involved with the 2019-2020 Executive! We’ll talk about responsibilities and the election process.

Nomination Period: March 13 – March 19
Campaign Period: March 20 – March 26
ONLINE Polling Period: March 27 – March 29

By the end of the nomination period, you must acquire a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 signatures of reference from students who are registered in a program of the English department. This needs to be completed and returned to the ASFA office (2070 Mackay Street – 4th floor) by March 19, 2019 at 3pm. Since this is the same day as our info session, we recommend getting a few signatures beforehand, in case you decide you are interested.
The executive positions for the upcoming election are:
– President
– Vice-President of Internal Affairs
– Vice-President of External Affairs
– Vice-President of Finance
– Vice-President of Communications
– Vice-President of Academic Affairs
– Vice-President of Social Affairs
– Vice-President of Publication
– Creative-Writing Member at Large
– Literature Member at Large

Read more about the positions & download the nomination form here:

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CASE & QWF Panel with Tara Johns, Rahul Varma, and Sean Michaels

Doors Open: 6 pm
Panel Discussion: 630 – 730 pm
Refreshments: 730 – 9 pm
MB-9AB, (John Molson School of Business, 9th Floor)
Concordia University, 1450 rue Guy

What does a professional writing career look like in the 21st century? How we do explore and sustain and juggle different roles? What’s out there?

CASE Concordia and the Quebec Writers’ Federation have teamed up to bring together three Quebec-based writers with very different career profiles: screenwriter and filmmaker Tara Johns (The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom), Giller-Prize-winning novelist, blogger, and interactive digital fiction writer Sean Michaels (Us Conductors), and playwright and artistic director ofTeesri Duniya theatre company Rahul Varma (Truth and Treason, Bhopal, State of Denial). We’ll talk about switching up professions and disciplines, as well as writing in the digital age. Come query them on how they did – and are doing – it!

This event is free and open to Concordia students, as well as QWF Student Members. Concordia students, reserve tickets with your student ID number at case.president@asfa.ca. QWF student members, email rachel@qwf.org to reserve a place.

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Welcome Brunch – Fall 2018

@ Hall 1001-01 // 9:30AM to 12:30AM

Come enjoy free food and beverages and chat with fellow students and faculty members, all in the comfort of you indulging in bagels and coffee with your peers and professors.

Whether you’re a new student or just about ready to graduate, we’d love to see you there!

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Soliloquies 22.1 – Launch Party

SLQS22.1 @ DIVAN ORANGE//8PM

We invite all and all to join us as we launch our darling Soliloquies Anthology 22.1. A night for celebration and festivities and all in the company of Montreal’s most dapper Literatis (yes– we went there). Much conversating and beverating and dancerating to be had! (These are words now!)

AND BRING YOUR BLING! Come wearing shiny shoes! Shiny pants! Shiny dresses and skirts! Shiny whatevermacallit!

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D. Christie
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Entry is $3, or $5 with a journal.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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