1. Does the faculty strike authorization vote mean there definitely will be a faculty union strike?
No. The call by the faculty union leadership for a strike authorization vote does not automatically mean there will be a strike. The faculty union took similar votes during each of the last three rounds of negotiations; none resulted in a strike.
2. Will people be notified if a strike is called?
Yes. If a strike by the faculty union appears imminent, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education will be in regular communication with students and university employees. The University will update the campus via email and will post updates to a special negotiations website.
3. Will the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including Slippery Rock University, close if a strike is called?
No. The universities will remain open, to the extent possible, if a faculty strike is called. By law, individual faculty members have the right to decline to participate in a strike called by the union so individual classes could still meet as scheduled. The University has a contingency plan it would implement in the event of a strike. The goal of the contingency plan is to keep SRU open, to ensure students and employees are safe and to keep students on schedule toward the completion of their degrees.
4. What should students do if a faculty strike is called?
If the faculty union calls a strike, students will be expected to report to all of their classes. Individual faculty members may choose to continue teaching. If a strike occurs, the University will post information regarding classes on its Negotiations Update and Academic Records websites. Other strike related questions should be directed to Rita Abent, executive director for public relations, 724.738.2091.
5. What should I do if I go to class and the faculty member does not show up?
You should report any faculty absences to the Dean’s office.
• College of Business, Information and Social Science – 105 Eisenberg
• College of Education – 105 McKay
• College of Health, Environment and Science – 325 Physical Therapy
• College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts – 104 Strain
6. Should students with regular or on-campus work-study jobs continue to report for work?
Yes. Students with on-campus jobs should continue to report to work, as the University would remain open if a strike were called. If a student works for a faculty member who has not reported for work, the student should report to the Dean’s Office.
7. Will University facilities such as the library, computer labs, dining services, residence halls, recreation center, University Police, Student Health Center and other administrative offices be open in the event of a strike?
Yes. To the extent practical, the University would remain open so all of these facilities and offices would remain open. All employees represented by other unions are required to work in the event of a strike by faculty. Information about extended hours for services and facilities especially important to students, as well as other special events (films, lectures, etc.) for the University community would be posted on the University website as information was received.
8. Will an internship or a practicum be affected by a strike?
Because individual faculty may choose to continue teaching during a strike called by the union, this would be determined on a case-by case basis.
9. Will counseling services be available in the event of a strike?
Yes. Counseling services will be available to students.
10. Will extracurricular activities that are sponsored by the University go on as scheduled?
Yes, to every extent possible. In the case that a program or event is dependent upon a faculty member who would choose to go on strike, and this event were canceled, this information would be posted on the Negotiations Update website.
11. How would the latest information regarding a strike be disseminated?
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s website at www.passhe.edu would be updated regularly with information regarding the status of negotiations. If a faculty strike occurs, information about operation of the SRU campus would be posted on the SRU Negotiations Update website.