Sessional Letter

January 7, 2022

The FA recently wrote to Interim UPEI President Greg Keefe to urge him to consider the needs of Sessional Instructors in light of the uncertainty surrounding the Winter 2022 semester.

Read the letter HERE

UPEI Faculty Association Fall 2021 General Meeting

The UPEI Faculty Association will be holding its Fall General Meeting on December 10th, 2021 from 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm via Zoom

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Please note: you are required to register for the UPEIFA Fall GM)

UPEIFA Fall GM Agenda:

President’s Report Bargaining Consultation / Survey Bargaining Mandate

The UPEIFA Fall GM will be followed by a FA Time at the Fox & Crow from 4:00 pm – 6: 00 pm (space is limited)

To confirm your attendance at the Fox & Crow, please email Ashley at office@upeifa.ca

Please note: anyone attending the FA Time at the Fox & Crow will be required to show proof of vaccination along with a piece of Government-issued ID.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Sessional PDTR

Did you know that

Sessional instructors (steps 2 & 3) can apply for professional development funds, up to a maximum of $300.00 per semester, to offset their teaching and professional expenses?

The claim form is easy to fill out and can be found here:

Sessional Professional Development Claim Form

If you are a Sessional instructor (step 2 or 3), please fill this form out and submit it with your receipts. If you know a Sessional instructor, please encourage them to take advantage of this support.

Please note that the claim forms, with receipts, must be submitted by the last day of classes: Friday, December 10, 2021.

You can send your form and receipts to staffing@upei.ca.

CBC – “Faculty Association says COVID-19 case linked to UPEI not properly communicated”

Case was announced Saturday, link to UPEI only confirmed publicly on Tuesday.

CBC News · Posted: Sep 28, 2021 8:27 PM AT | Last Updated: September 28

‘The communications around this were not good, and that’s a major concern for many of our members,’ says Michael Arfken. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)

The UPEI Faculty Association says staff members are concerned about the lack of information from the university about a recent COVID-19 case connected to the school. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison confirmed Tuesday that a COVID-19 case has been linked to the university.

She said that the school’s administration was notified about the case over the weekend, but the faculty association said most of its members didn’t find out until it was announced in the health briefing on Tuesday.

Michael Arfken, president of the association, says more information was given in other cases involving public spaces, and that he’s disappointed how the news of this case was handled. 

Michael Arfken, president of the UPEI Faculty Association says most of the association’s members only heard about the case’s link to UPEI during Tuesday’s briefing. (Laura Meader/CBC News)

“The communications around this were not good, and that’s a major concern for many of our members,” he said.

“In fact, for most of our members this was the first they heard about the case … and for a number of our members who had heard something about it essentially through the rumour mill, it didn’t really alleviate those anxieties.”

Risk level is low, Morrison says

The association said while it understands peoples’ privacy is important in cases like this, people need to know information that is relevant for their own personal health and safety. 

Dr. Heather Morrison says there is a criteria for determining if something should merit a public exposure notice. (Government of P.E.I.)

The Chief Public Health Office didn’t list UPEI as a potential public exposure site in relation to the case linked to the university. 

Dr. Morrison said they have a criteria of sorts for determining if something should merit a public exposure notice. 

“Every case we deal with there’s a very standard kind of contact tracing protocol that’s used … for instance if it was a student, they weren’t in the cafeteria, or with a whole bunch of classes, or places where individual close contacts could not be clearly identified and easily identified,” she said. 

Dr. Morrison said in this case the risk level is low, and the number of possible contacts is small. Although, the case isn’t linked to travel so far, she said, and the CPHO is still investigating.

In an email to CBC News, a spokesperson for UPEI said the health and safety of the campus community “remains UPEI’s top priority.

“We have not been advised to implement any additional health and safety measures at this time. We will continue to follow the guidance of the P.E.I. CPHO.” 

The communications around this were not good, and that’s a major concern for many of our members.— Michael Arfken

But despite the low risk, Arfken said the faculty association still worries about the case — especially because it has not yet been linked to travel.

“That’s a concern on a university campus, because a university campus is a pretty interesting place, people are moving quite a bit, people are moving between classrooms,” he said. 

But Arfken said he hopes more information will be shared from UPEI’s administration in the future. 

Article can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-covid-upei-case-connection-1.6192847