November Newsletter 2020

The Latest!


Letter of Understanding on the Impact of Student Evaluations for the Fall Term 2020

The Association has been able to renew the letters of understanding regarding student evaluations used to evaluate remote education.

Hence, the evaluations will not be considered in a detrimental way for members who teach one or more courses in the Fall term. The Association has signed a letter of understanding with the employer for all bargaining units to disregard student evaluations that may be negatively affected by distance education.

You can view the letters of understanding here (French documents *the letters of understanding are presented in the language in which they were negotiated).

Teaching Assistant & Large Classes

How much compensation am I entitled to receive?

We are well aware that many of you have experienced difficulties in determining the exact number of hours for assistance or markers to which you are entitled or the compensation you may receive in lieu of adequate support. To simplify the task, the Association has designed two automatic calculators to do the calculation of the compensation for you. All you need to do is provide a few details about the course in question.

Try the calculators here:

Should you not have received the right number of hours of assistance and have not been adequately compensated by your department, we invite you to communicate with your department and add the Association in cc:

Annual General Membership Meeting

Save the Date!

APTPUO would like to inform you that the next Annual General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Due to the current pandemic, the meeting will take place entirely on ZOOM.

More details to come!

Changes to the Constitution

We welcome your comments!

The Governance Committee is proposing changes to the Association’s Constitution. Before these amendments are adopted at the AGM, the committee invites you to share your comments and suggestions by email at

You have until November 20 to submit your feedback.

See the changes to the Constitution here.

Free Hearing Test!

Support the clinical training of students in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program

The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Ottawa invites you to have your hearing tested and help our audiology students in their first clinical placement.

Thank you in advance for contributing to the clinical training of our students.

For more details, click here. 

News Collection

The “N” Word Controversy at the University of Ottawa

Last month, one of our colleagues was the main target of the media for uttering the “N” word.   These recent events have been the subject of many debates and discussions on our campus and in our society. To better understand the issues related to the incident, we invite you to consult the collection here.

If you would like to share an article that is not listed in the collection, please submit the link to the article to

Lest we Forget

Remembrance Day

November 11th, marks Remembrance Day, when we remember and honour all those who have fallen in the course of their military service to their country.




Tribute to Alex Trebek

The Association is saddened to hear of the passing of the renowned graduate of our university and host of the famous game show, Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones and we join the university community in mourning his passing.

See the University’s Tribute to Alex Trebek here.

(Image source: University of Ottawa)