As you may be aware, a global climate strike is planned for Friday 20 September. It is likely that many of you will want to attend. If that is the case, then I thought I would clarify how this might affect any classes that are scheduled for that day.
If you attend the strike, you will not be disadvantaged for missing classes on the day. However attending the strike is subject to complying with any course requirements, including compulsory attendance requirements, that are already in place. If you have assignments or other pieces of assessment that are due on 20 September, these should be submitted. Similarly, attending the strike should not compromise your contribution to activities such as group projects. If you are unsure how your assessment could be impacted by attending the strike, please discuss this with your subject coordinator.
The University will also be asking teaching staff to make alternative arrangements, where possible, for any in-class assessments that are currently scheduled for 20 September.
It is up to you whether or not you attend the climate strike; the University will simply make sure that you will not be disadvantaged if you do attend.
These arrangements are being put in place because the climate strike is unique in two ways: it is generating interest on a scale not commonly seen for this type of public event; and it is responding to an issue, climate change, that is explicitly named in the University’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022 as a global problem that La Trobe will help to address. We know that climate change is an issue about which many students feel very strongly. La Trobe has played a leadership role by being the first Australian university to commit to divesting from fossil fuels, and aims to be the first Victorian university to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2029.
Professor John Dewar