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    A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JONES

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    Posted on July 9, 2015

    President Jones. To: All Cal U Students
    From: University President Geraldine M. Jones

    As Cal U prepares for the possibility of an Oct. 19 strike by the faculty union (APSCUF), your education remains our primary concern. We understand how disruptive a faculty strike would be, especially for our students.

    With negotiations between APSCUF and the State System of Higher Education continuing in Harrisburg, I remain hopeful that a settlement can be reached. But I want you to know that Cal U will remain open, and student services will be provided, even if faculty members begin a strike on Wednesday.

    APSCUF members are not required to take part in a walk-out, so you should report to your on-campus classes and log in to your online courses daily, unless you receive official word that a class has been canceled. Faculty members may return to work, so you should check on each of your classes every day.

    Work-study students and graduate assistants should report to work as usual. If you work for a faculty member who is not on campus, you should report to the office of your College’s dean.

    Be assured that our residence halls and Vulcan Village will remain open. The Natali Student Center and the bookstore will be open, too. Meals will be served in the Gold Rush and at our other dining locations.

    Computer labs and the library will be available to you even during a strike. There are many ways to continue learning independently, and I urge you to make the best use of your time. Student activities, including Homecoming events, are expected to continue.

    Members of the staff and administration will be at work as usual. We will do our best to answer your questions and address your concerns during this uncertain time.

    Information continues to be available at www.calu.edu, where you also will find links to updates, FAQs and news releases from the State System of Higher Education. Look for “Information for Cal U Students and Families” at the bottom of the homepage.

    If a strike does occur, these webpages will be expanded and updated each day until the situation is resolved. Please check www.calu.edu regularly, click on the links for the latest news from the State System, and check your campus email for Daily Announcements and important messages at least once a day.

    This is a challenging time for us all, and I appreciate your patience and cooperation. I urge you to share this information with your family members, since they, too, may be concerned. Please know that your University is committed to maintaining a secure living and learning environment, and to helping you complete the semester as efficiently as possible.

    Sincerely yours,

    jones signature

    President, California university of Pennsylvania

    P.S. If a strike is announced, we will send a message using the Cal U Text Alert system. To register to receive text alerts, visit www.calu.edu, click on “Quick Links” and look for “Cal U Text Alert Registration.” Then sign in with the same username and password you use for campus email, and follow instructions to complete the registration form. Remember to have your phone with you when you register, so you can receive the validation code needed to complete your registration.