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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.

Says Lavigne:

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 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.

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.

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:

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 normal levels.

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

And it's Pesach (Passover) as well, with seders Friday and Saturday night.
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:
  • UW police: on duty 24 hours as always, 888-4911.
  • Student Life Centre: open 24 hours, turnkey desk 888-4434.
  • Library: Friday, Davis Centre and Dana Porter open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m; Map Library open 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Service desks will be closed.) Saturday and Sunday, usual hours.
  • Maintenance emergencies: phone ext. 3793, 24 hours a day.
  • Computer networks: call the IST helpdesk, 888-4537, to report major outages.
  • The CHIP, or Computer Help and Information Place: closed from 11:00 tonight until 8:00 Monday morning.
  • Bookstore and UW Shop: closed all weekend (Saturday opening cancelled this week).
  • Graphics Express: closed all weekend.
  • Food services: All outlets closed Friday and Saturday except Village I grill (open 8 a.m to 12:30 a.m.). Sunday, grill open 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Ron Eydt Village servery open 4:30 to 7 p.m.
  • 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 Nazareth. Special services will be taking place UW's Renison College (Anglican) and St. Jerome's College (Roman Catholic) 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."



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