The coed union at a Montreal CEGEP is in search of a courtroom order to forestall in-person exams that they fear will put college students and their households susceptible to COVID-19.
Kevin Contant-Holowatyj, chairperson of the Dawson Scholar Union, mentioned his group filed the request for injunction on Thursday, including that college students are frightened they could catch the virus whereas writing an examination or whereas travelling to the college and convey it residence to their household.
“Now we have quite a lot of college students which have reached out with issues in regards to the security of in-person exams, concern as properly for his or her household’s security,” he mentioned in an interview Friday.
He mentioned the school has not made plans to accommodate immunocompromised college students or college students who’re self-isolating as a result of they could have been uncovered to COVID-19.
He mentioned vaccination solely opened to college students over 18 just lately and people below 18 nonetheless have to attend a number of extra days earlier than they will make an appointment to be vaccinated.
Contant-Holowatyj mentioned solely chemistry, math and physics exams are scheduled to be held in-person and the coed union believes Dawson School is exaggerating the necessity for in-person exams after a 12 months of on-line lessons.
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In-person exams haven’t been held on the faculty, the most important English-language junior faculty in Quebec, since final spring. He mentioned the authorized submitting to cease the exams — that are scheduled to start Might 27 — is a final resort.
“Now we have been working for the previous month and a half, speaking with the school, looking for a center floor,” he mentioned.
Dawson School refused to remark, citing the truth that the matter is earlier than the courts.
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