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Thursday, April 9, 1998
- Earlier deadline for registration
- About that salary increase
- News on a slow cold Thursday
- Good Friday and Easter weekend
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Earlier deadline for registration
Students who wait until after Labour Day to register and pay their fees next
fall will find themselves facing a hefty extra charge, under a new
schedule announced by the registrar's office. Starting this September,
the fee deadline comes before the start of classes, and people who
register in the first week of term (this year September 8-11) will
have to pay $50 in late fees.
"Students are expected to pay or arrange fees by mail," says a memo
from the registrar's office setting out the changes.
"It's the first step in reducing our dependence on the gym-style
registration process," says registrar Ken Lavigne.
The new procedures apply to "all
graduate and undergraduate students who are not enrolled
full time in full cost recovery programs", and have been approved
by the advisory committee on student fees and by the provost, he said.
First of all, the deadlines: fees have to be paid or "arranged" for
the fall term by September 4; for the winter term, December 23; for
the spring term, April 30; for the 1999 summer session, by June 30.
Undergraduate students who have preregistered for fall term will
receive a fee statement during the week of June 23 and can mail
payment. Those undergraduate students who pay before August 20 will
receive their receipt and appropriate validation stickers by return mail.
Receipts for undergraduates who submit payments after August 20 will
be available on campus for pick up.
Late fees will be assessed starting September 8 for the fall term.
(Other late fee dates: January 4 for the winter; May 3 for spring
1999; July 5 for 1999 summer courses.) The rate is going up, to
$50 ($20 for part time, on campus) for the first week following the
registration date and $20 ($10 for part time, on campus) per week after that.
So in the week of September 14, full-time students will be paying
$70 in late fees; the next week, $90; by the week of September 28, $110.
Late fees will not be waived for those who delay selecting courses until September.
Graduate students will receive a registration form and fee statement
during the week of August 4 and can mail payment. Receipts and validation
stickers will be returned by mail for part time and full time off
campus graduate students and sent to the academic department for
full time on campus graduate students.
The university will accept and receipt post dated cheques dated no later
than September 4 throughout the summer. A copy of the OSAP Student
Information Document or a copy of the letter confirming a scholarship,
RA or TA are acceptable for a
fee arrangement and can be used to arrange fees by mail.
Students must pay fees or make suitable fee payment arrangements by the
following "final registration dates": September 30 for the fall term,
January 29 for the winter, May 31 for the spring, July 31 for summer 1999
courses. "Students not registered by the final registration deadline
will be dropped from classes."
Finally, the registrar notes that "An
increased withdrawal service charge of $50 will be applied to all students
who withdraw during the first three weeks of term."
About that salary increase
A few people may have been confused, judging from my mail and phone
calls, about the staff salary increase that was approved this week. No,
the "special" pay increase isn't being given just to a few people whose
contributions are somehow judged to have been "meritorious" in the
difficult year that we've been enduring. It's for (just about)
all staff. And for greater certainty, here are the salary recommendations
just as the staff compensation committee made them, just as
they were approved:
- Effective May 1, 1998, the salary mid-points for regular,
non-union staff members be adjusted upward by 1.0%.
- Effective May 1, 1998, the merit program be run for regular,
non-union staff members and merit funds be distributed based on
the staff member's performance and position in the range and
according to the stated performance goals of the salary program.
- In order to recognize and reward meritorious performance and to
recognize the major contributions of staff in easing the post-SERP
transition, a special fund, equivalent to 1.0% of the staff salary
budget as at January 1, 1998 be set aside for distribution to
regular, non-union staff members according to the following
Note: The Committee agreed that an individual returning from LTD
will be entitled to receive this special increase based on her/his
previous year's rating. With respect to new hires, the norm should
be that staff members must have been at UW prior to January 1,
1998 in order to be eligible for the special increase.
- all performance ratings, greater than or equal to 3.0, will
be tallied and divided into the value of the special fund to
arrive at a unit value;
- special increments will be awarded as a salary increase by
multiplying the unit value by the performance rating where
the rating is at least 3.0 or where the individual's salary
grade is not exceeded.
The Committee recognizes that this exercise will move some people
beyond their performance goals, but in light of the very positive
impact of this special, one-time increase exercise on staff at
large, the Committee fully endorsed this recommendation.
- The provision for staff members who are no more than three years
from retirement (normal or by agreement with the University) to
substitute one week of vacation for a 2.0% salary increase will
continue until April 30, 2004.
- Note: It is understood that the Staff Training & Development Fund will
continue at the present funding level ($115,720), but will not appear
as a staff compensation benefit given that it has been regularly
included in the Human Resources operating budget. The expenditures
from this Fund will continue to be monitored by the Staff Training &
Development Committee, a subcommittee of the Staff Relations
News on a slow cold Thursday
The staff association has appointed staff representatives to
several vacancies on UW committees, says Mark Walker, the chair of its
nominating committee. Taking on these volunteer duties are Nancy Gibson
(psychology), Lisa Buitenhuis (purchasing), and Cathy Jardine (graduate
studies office) on the joint health and safety committee; Luanne McGinley
(religious studies, Conrad Grebel College) on the personal safety
committee; and Ann Marie Gillen (psychology) on the provost's advisory
committee on staff compensation.
Conrad Grebel College will host Elderhostel sessions again this
summer, June 7-13 and August 9-15. Such non-credit courses as "Flora and
Fauna, the Wild Side of Waterloo Region", "The History and Craft of Oral
Storytelling", and "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Cover-up or Archaeological
Discovery of the Century?" will be offered to Elderhostel participants,
who are retired or approaching retirement age. More information: Cheri
Otterbein, 885-0220 ext. 297.
Faculties are choosing their valedictorians to speak on behalf
of the graduating class at next month's convocation ceremonies. First
to be announced is Duncan McIntyre, graduating from the science teaching
option and honours physics, who will be valedictorian on the afternoon
science students receive their degrees.
I'd better correct a little anachronism that crept into yesterday's
Bulletin. I wrote, about pension plan premiums, that
There had already been one reduction, for three years that began
in May 1997, which took premiums to half their previous level,
and for the previous year they will be halved again (that is,
they'll be 25 per cent of the regular premium).
Of course that should say that for the "coming year" the premiums will
be reduced to 25 per cent of the normal level. For the previous year,
they were at 50 per cent, and they're scheduled to be at 50 per cent
again in 1999-2000, if we all live that long, before returning to
About this Bulletin, by the way: I'd appreciate hearing from
people who print off each day's Bulletin on paper to hang up on
a physical bulletin board somewhere on campus. I know it happens here
and there, but would like to be aware of all the places that's done,
as we continue to try to estimate how many people have the opportunity
to see the Bulletin each day.
Good Friday and Easter weekend
The parking lots are more than half empty this morning, and
it will be very quiet indeed on campus over the next three days,
with classes finished and exams set to begin Monday. Until then, it's
Easter weekend, and
tomorrow is Good Friday and a holiday. UW offices and most services
will be closed Friday. Here are
notes, so far as I have them, on specifics of what's in operation
at Waterloo over the weekend:
Quite apart from being a holiday weekend, this season is
a solemn and
exciting time for practising Christians, commemorating as it does
the crucifixion (on Good Friday) and resurrection (on Easter Sunday)
of Jesus of
Special services will be taking place
UW's Renison College (Anglican) and St. Jerome's College
as they are at places of worship around the world:
And the congregations will hear such texts as the words of
Luke (chapter 24, verse 5): "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He
is not here, but is risen."
- Maundy Thursday (tonight), 7 p.m., Holy Communion and Foot-Washing,
St. Bede's Chapel at Renison; Mass, 8 p.m., Siegfried Hall,
- Good Friday, 10:30 a.m., Devotions on the Seven Words from the
Cross, at Renison; Family Service, 1 p.m., St. Jerome's; Community
Service, 3 p.m., St. Jerome's.
- Saturday, 7 p.m., Easter Vigil and Holy Communion,
Renison, with a potluck social
to follow; Easter Vigil, 8 p.m., St. Jerome's (no 5 p.m. Mass).
- Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Holy Communion, Renison; 9:30 a.m. and
11:30 a.m., Mass, St. Jerome's (no 7 p.m. Mass this week).
Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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