The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) and York Libraries at York University recently made a cut to our graduate student printing credit.
This cut, effective September 2017, means that all incoming graduate students will not receive the $300 per year (per student) printing credit. The cut will affect students who rely on the printing credit for many basic requirements of their degrees, such as course readings, assignments, scholarship and conference applications, research evaluation reports, and thesis work. The university administration has not stated whether the budget formerly allocated for graduate students’ printing will go directly toward student needs.
The decision by York administration to unilaterally cut universal and free access to this service reflects a broader attack on the graduate student experience at York, as well as ongoing attempts by the university to transfer educational costs onto students.
Stop the cuts! Join us in the fight to have the printing credit restored. To get involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (416) 736-5865 to join the Campaign Committee.
Also, send a personal e-mail to the following administrators about why the printing credit matters to you:
Fahim Quadir, Interim Dean of FGS, email@example.com
Joy Kirchner, University Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Philipps, Interim VP Academic and Provost, email@example.com
Here is the official petition letter:
Petition to Fahim Quadir, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Joy Kirchner, York University Libraries, and Lisa Philipps, VP Academic & Provost
Whereas before the 2017-18 school year York University Libraries allocated every registered graduate student $300 for printing every year which fulfilled printing needs not provided by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and graduate assistantships; and
Whereas last November, YUGSA asked graduate students to complete a survey about their printing needs and the majority of students said that they relied on this printing allocation for many basic requirements of their degrees, such as course readings, assignments, scholarship and conference applications, research evaluation reports, and thesis work, and they said the use of electronic devices for e-books commonly leads to physical strain (i.e. on eyes); and
Whereas neither the Faculty of Graduate Studies nor York University Libraries have publicly stated how they plan to reinvest the funds previously allocated for printing, as of now graduate students do not know if those funds will go directly toward their needs; and
Whereas other post-secondary schools like Humber College provide an universal printing allocation of 1,000 pages of printing per student per year, thus providing the resources for student success, and if York Graduate Studies and York University Libraries followed this model, they would help our programs be the top choice for students; therefore,
We, the undersigned, petition Dr. Fahim Quadir, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Joy Kirchner, Head Librarian of York University Libraries, and Lisa Philipps, Interim VP Academic and Provost, to reinstate the printing allocation of $300 per registered graduate student per school year.