In lieu of the Oakland University Chapter of the American Association of University Professor’s (OU AAUP’s) work stoppage, and a faculty contract agreement yet to be reached, the fall semester is in flux. I walked around the Oakland Center this morning — Sept. 2 — to gather some student thoughts. Prevailing themes were confusion and the hope that the issue can be resolved soon so classes can start.
Drew Ulmer, Sophomore, Public Relations
I am not fully aware of the situation, but the information I do know sounds like the faculty is being taken advantage of and not given their full benefits. If this has been going on since May, I think they should be given what they’re owed.
Payton Latimer, Freshman, Nursing
I was very confused because two of my classes weren’t listed on Moodle, and I got emails saying assignments wouldn’t be posted.
I completely understand the struggles the faculty are trying to communicate. As a freshman, I thought this was normal, until I got the emails.
Abigail Lowe, Senior, Biomedical Science
I’m very confused because some professors aren’t communicating. From the ones who did inform us, I get where they’re coming from.
Claudia, OU Student
Everything is moving so fast with so little information given to us students — it’s very confusing. I hope everything works out soon enough.
Keanne, Junior, Communication
I am not sure what exactly is happening, but I hope everything can be resolved peacefully and efficiently.
For students looking for additional information on the work stoppage, the OU AAUP now has a student tab on their website. They are inviting students to ask questions so they can update as needed.