Concordia University to Vote on Annual Budget in Illegally Called Teleconference Meeting

    MONTREAL, June 24 /CNW Telbec/ - On Friday, June 27, members of Concordia
University's Board of Governors will vote on the university's annual budget
and attempt to raise international tuition fees in an illegally called
teleconference meeting. Students have recently prevented a $1000 international
tuition fee increase, cuts in bursaries for students in need, and cuts in
essential services from being implemented at a Board meeting in June. Over the
past year the university has started facing financial difficulties and has
proposed measures deemed to be flawed by students, faculty and staff. Students
have already stopped the international tuition fee increase at meetings in
September and March.
    Student Governors have objected to the meeting occurring via
teleconference, but the Administration is proceeding regardless. Considering
the controversial nature of the budget, this phone meeting is seen as the
Administration's way of stifling opposition to its proposals.
    "By conducting the meeting over the phone, the Administration is
preventing students from protesting these extremely shortsighted solutions to
our financial difficulties," said Elie Chivi, Vice President Communications of
the Concordia Student Union. "This a very sneaky way to vote on a budget that
many members of the community have already expressed concern over."
    "Instead of joining students in calling for more government funding, they
are using illegal tactics to make sure they get what they want." added Keyana
Kashfi, President of the Concordia Student Union. "How accountable and
transparent is the process going to be when it is conducted over the phone?"

For further information:

For further information: Elie Chivi, Vice-President Communications,
(514) 562-6791,; Colin Goldfinch, Vice-President
External, (514) 562-5214, (French)

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