President’s statement on global climate strike activities

- UVic President Jamie Cassels

I know that some faculty, staff and students will be joining this week's Global Climate Strike activities to express a shared concern about this most serious global issue. I wanted to share information about the university's position on these activities.

The University of Victoria is committed to sustainability, and we recognize the critical need to address climate change. UVic’s Strategic Framework highlights our goal to be a global leader in environmental and social sustainability through research, academic programs and the influence of our students, faculty, librarians and staff. We continue to build world-leading research and educational programs that contribute to sustainability on a global scale, and we are working together to ensure that UVic campus development and operations meet the highest standards of sustainability.

There are several climate-related events planned for this week, including a Global Climate Strike rally at the BC Legislature Buildings on Sept. 27. Although the university will remain open to ensure the continuance of our academic and research programs, we are encouraging flexibility, where possible, to enable members of our community to attend.

If you are planning to attend, here is what you need to know:

  • Students are encouraged to discuss options with their instructors ahead of time that would allow them to make-up any missed course work, tests or assignments.
  • Faculty and instructors are asked to be understanding and discuss academic concessions, where appropriate, with students who wish to participate in the rally. We recognize that some of our departments, schools and programs may need to adjust planned activities, and we encourage faculty to discuss class scheduling adjustments with their chairs and directors as appropriate.
  • Staff should speak to their supervisor as soon as possible to request time off. Please note that requests for time off will be given the same consideration as any other request for time off, as the university is obligated to ensure normal continuity of campus operations, services and supports.

As part of UVic’s commitment to promote sustainable futures, we are actively reviewing, reflecting and building on our policies and practices—in campus operations, at the governance tables, and through our academic and research programs. It is through the combined efforts of all of us, including students, staff and faculty, that we can pursue a just, socially responsible and sustainable future.

Sincerely,

Jamie Cassels, QC
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Victoria