The Department of English faculty supports the graduate students in their pursuit of COLA (Cost-of-Living-Adjustment) to bring graduate students out of rent burden. Our support is based on the recognition of structural inequalities that undermine the public mission of the University of California.
As a department, we will not penalize graduate students in any way for engaging in this strike, nor will we endorse any disciplinary measures directed at graduate students who have participated in the strike. This includes but is not limited to, graduate students who participate in COLA events, TAs withholding grades, or graduate students on full strike. Individual faculty will choose the form and extent of their participation or non-participation in COLA actions.
We will keep channels of communication open with all graduate students regardless of their involvement and participation in the strike.