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Posted on September 23, 2016

The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania’s public universities, including California, has announced its intention to strike on Oct. 19 if a settlement has not been reached with the State System of Higher Education.

Negotiations are continuing, and a strike is not certain. Although Cal U remains hopeful that a fair contract can be negotiated, we want you to be informed.

This information was updated on Oct. 18, 2016:

What will happen at Cal U?

The education of Cal U students is our University’s primary concern. Even if the faculty union chooses to strike, Cal U will remain open.

If a strike occurs, professors are not required to take part in the work stoppage. Students should plan to attend their scheduled classes each and every day. (If a professor does not arrive after 10-15 minutes, students are free to depart.) Online students should log in daily to determine whether their classes are being held.

In the event of a strike:

  • Residence halls, Vulcan Village and dining facilities will remain open.
  • The library will be open (although hours may change), computer labs will be open, and students will be encouraged to keep up with their studies.
  • The bookstore will be open.
  • The Natali Student Center, Herron Recreation & Fitness Center and other facilities will remain open, and services will be provided. As much as possible, student activities will continue as planned, including Homecoming Week celebrations.
  • University Police will be on duty to assure the safety of everyone on campus.

How can I stay informed?

If faculty do go on strike, students and their families will have access to up-to-date information. This website will be updated regularly, and links to State System announcements and FAQs will be provided.

Students should check their campus email accounts at least once a day. Information also may be provided through D2L.

The University may use its official social media accounts and other outlets to provide updates, but this website will be your most comprehensive source for current, accurate information. Please check back often.