Timetable Policy Concerns
Earlier today an urgent message was posted to What's New and News about a new timetabling procedure and timetable policy that management intends to introduce at CSU. We encourage all our members to read the policy carefully and consider its potential implications.
The new timetabling policy assumes that everyone involved in teaching at CSU (academics and general staff who directly support teaching) will be available for internal classes between 7am and 8pm, Monday to Friday, and possibly in some situations until 10pm.
It is possible for an academic to ask their Dean for permission to restrict your availability - but only under very limited circumstances. Support staff do not have this right under the draft policy.
Many staff members have not been informed of the right to request a limitation to their availability and until today those that were aware of this were unable to access the policy that details acceptable and unacceptable reasons for making such a request.
The date by which applications for restricted availability were to be resolved and all data entered into the system was originally 5pm today.
The NTEU has been attempting to discuss staff concerns about the timetable process and policy with management since February this year. The What's New and News message was posted as a consequence of a last ditch attempt to intervene before it was too late. Management has agreed to extend the date to enter data into the system until next Tuesday afternoon and have agreed to meet with the NTEU on Monday to discuss our concerns.
We are not confident that we will reach a satisfactory resolution in Monday's meeting and intend to hold member's meetings about the timetable issue next Wednesday.
In the meantime, we need as much feedback as possible from our members before the meeting with management on Monday. Therefore we ask you to look at the policy, consider its implications and send your comments to us at email@example.com as soon as possible.
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