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Rules to reopen Vermont higher education get pushback

WNYT Staff
Created: July 09, 2020 12:08 PM

Vermont just announced new rules to reopen colleges this fall, and they include health and safety contracts for all students, faculty, and staff.

The plans are getting pushback from United Academics, the union representing 800 faculty at the University of Vermont.

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The idea was for all to promise to protect the school community by following mandatory public health rules.

Staff and faculty who don’t follow or sign the contract could be fired. Students could be expelled.

The president of the union is not happy about the new guidelines.

Professor Julie Roberts, president of United Academics, spoke with NewsChannel 13’s affiliate in Vermont.

"We've had no input as a union into any fall reopening plans much less these guidelines that came out yesterday. And that's why we've filed an unfair labor practice,” Roberts said.     

A university spokesperson said the school would not ask faculty to sign the contract-- only students.    

However, lawyers for the governor said his executive order is in effect, the law.


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