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!

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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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Summary of March 8th Climate Review Presentation and Feedback

On Friday, March 8th, Concordia held a meeting with Creative Writing students to respond to the Climate Review report that had been released the day before at 3pm. This message was also shared with English literature students and some alumni, who also chose to attend.

We want to thank everyone who attended this meeting and gave feedback. We are especially grateful to those of our students who stayed for our general meeting that took place afterwards. We will be releasing a response to both the Climate Report and the meeting soon, once we have had a chance to integrate the feedback we received from our students. For now, we believe it is important for our students unable to attend to have a chance to read what was discussed on Friday.

Below is a rough transcription of the meeting’s proceedings. We cannot guarantee that these are the exact words used, but rather a summary to inform students and the public about what was discussed. The climate review was an external process and the “panelists” at the meeting are unrelated to that committee. Faculty on the panel are essentially liaisons, communicating this info (all available online) to students in attendance.

Release of Climate Review Report

Following the wider publicity in January 2018 around previous allegations of sexual misconduct in the English Department, Concordia announced they would conduct a Climate Review of the Department of English by external experts. However, they declined student requests to allow student representatives to provide input on which external experts would be chosen.

The Climate Review report was released on Concordia’s website Thursday, March 7th and is available at this link. However, we find this website version difficult to follow. We have chosen to share a pdf version of the report below, so that our students and alumni can read the report more easily.

Since the release of the report, we have been in communication with students, administration, the department, and alumni. We will be releasing our thoughts and minutes from some of these meetings soon.

‘Consent and Complaint’ Statement Signatories

Keep up with the growing tally of signatories in support of our recent statement.

In case you missed it, here’s our full response to the continuous mishandling of sexual violence and harassment complaints at Concordia: https://bit.ly/2tfAHPE 

Students, faculty and alumni are all encouraged to sign on in acknowledgement that:

  • The complaint system at Concordia, and the legislation that supports its silence, is broken.
    Policies at Concordia around complaints lack support or transparency for students and complainants, which is in direct opposition to the ideals of SARC.
  • Concordia must be changed to incorporate assistance for complainants in writing their formal grievances and provide the same kind of legal representation that accused professors and staff receive during an investigation.
  • CUPFA needs to clarify their relationship with Julius Grey and whether he has represented members of their association, in the past or present.
  • CUPFA must apologize for misrepresenting the intent of its Sexual Misconduct panel and for silencing voices of its audience by not allowing a question period afterwards.
  • Concordia needs to publicly apologize to past and present English and Creative Writing students that have been put at risk for, and experienced, sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of professors over the years.
  • CUPFA and Concordia, as institutions as well as its individuals, are responsible for changing the toxic community by implementing bystander intervention policies. They must promote responsibility between faculty to hold one other accountable to community standards and communicating those standards to their students.
  • Professors must commit to explicitly setting standards of behaviour for themselves and students in their classrooms.
  • Concordia staff and faculty should be directly asking for bystander intervention expectations and training that relates to their department, to prepare them to intervene.
  • Concordia needs to provide an explanation for the delay in the English and Creative Writing Climate Review, as well as set a specific deadline for its public release of recommendations.
  • Concordia, CUPFA, and the English Department must regularly update students and the public about its actions towards implementing these necessary changes.