Quebec Superior Court Rules that Concordia University is Illegally Collecting Fees from International Students

    MONTREAL, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Today the Quebec Superior Court ruled
that Concordia University must immediately halt the illegal collection of over
$1.4 million in international tuition fees. By granting a provisional
injunction preventing the University from collecting the illegally raised fee,
the presiding judge upheld that it was unacceptable for the University to hike
tuition fees behind closed doors at a meeting held via teleconference.
    The judge rejected the University's claim that this massive tuition fee
hike will not result in any harm to the over 4,000 international students at
Concordia University. Prior to the meeting, several members of the
University's Board of Governors notified the Concordia Administration that the
meeting could not be legally held via teleconference. The University's
decision to proceed regardless of the legal consequences resulted in granting
of the injunction.
    "This fee increase was passed behind closed doors in order to silence the
voices of thousands of students who cannot afford to pay over $1,000 more a
year to get an education", said Elie Chivi, former President of the Concordia
International Student's Association and spokesperson for the Concordia Student
Union "Today's ruling forced the University to respect basic principles of the
law and democracy."

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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