FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright State’s faculty union reaffirmed their commitment to the strike Monday, bolstered by warmer temperatures and support from several other area unions.
Courses continue without them, but the university still has not provided alternative instructors for many of those classes.
Sophomore Caitilin Ward estimates she’s paying between $10,000 and $11,000 to not go to class.
“I’m taking four courses, and none of my courses are covered. Three of them are motion pictures, one is a music class,” she said. “None of my classes are covered and the chairman of the creative arts reached out once two weeks ago to say that he was working on it, and we haven’t heard anything since.”
The university extended the deadline to get a refund for withdrawing from classes; it’s now this Friday, February 8th.
But Senior Trevor Mullins says this is the program he wants to be in, and these are the instructors he wants to learn from.
“There’s really no other motion picture program in the state or even anywhere inside the coast. I don’t think it would be feasible to replace any of them. These are already award-winning filmmakers,” Mullins said.
The university maintains 80 percent of classes are covered.
After the board meeting Sunday night, Wright State President Cheryl Schrader said the university is still trying to get instructors in every classroom.
“Now we’re moving into not the short-term, but the medium- and long-term planning, and so we’re going to be moving forward with some different plans rolling out over the next week,” she said.
But Caitilin says that’s not helping her right now.
“I’m a veteran, so I actually served in the Navy for four years just to pay for college. And now I’m not even able to go to class,” she said.
Union officers say they have no plans to vote on the university’s offer at this time.