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CFA strike: Student academic and financial impacts

Chico State has extended the deadline for students to add and drop classes from Feb. 2 to now Feb. 9 due to the CFA strike.
The California Faculty Association protest in December at California State University Los Angeles. Courtesy: CFA

The California Faculty Association will be striking across California State University campuses from Jan. 22-26, the first week of the spring semester. 

Initially, students received limited information from Chico State University regarding how the strike would impact them. The university uploaded an FAQs page, that has been amended multiple times since Thursday.

In regard to the add and drop dates for Spring 2024, Chico State previously stated it would be from Jan. 22- Feb. 2. 

The add/drop period is a window of time in which students are able to drop and add classes to their schedule without submitting a formal, faculty-signed request. Students can correct their schedule, waitlist classes and swap courses as necessary.

Many students rely on the add/drop window to ensure that their classes are correct on their schedule. This also gives them a chance to meet their professors and see if they are a good fit. 

Not allowing an extension of add and drop dates for students, even when they will not be able to meet their professors during syllabus week, would impact these decisions. 

However, on Friday, Andrew Staples, Chico State’s public relations manager, said the policy has been updated. 

“In order to give students additional time to finalize their spring semester class schedules, the University has extended the add/drop period by one week. The add/drop period will run from January 22 – February 9, 2024,” Staples said. 

The university FAQ page states: “A strike should not affect students’ ability to complete their courses and earn full academic credit.”

Staples echoed this statement.

Additionally, there is a financial impact of missing a week of classes. Undergraduate students pay $4,032 for a semester’s tuition which breaks down to $252 a week in instruction fees. 

That totals to just over $50 per class per week for a student taking five courses. Students are getting less than they pay for by missing classes during the strike. 

The Orion will continue updating this story as more information becomes available. 

Jessica Miller can be reached at [email protected].

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Jessica Miller, Food Editor
Jessica Miller is a fourth year english literacy studies major at Chico State with a minor in linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language. This will be her first semester with The Orion. After graduation, she plans to pursue a single subject teaching credential in English and begin teaching at the high school level in California. She loves to write, read and work at the Student Learning Center on campus as a Writing Center tutor as well as her ESL Support Services tutoring position.

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