The Saskatchewan Polytechnic faculty association wants the college’s board to re-examine last week’s decision to cut athletics and recreation programs.
Seven employees lost their jobs as a result of the cuts, which see sports teams disbanded and fitness centres closed at campuses in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.
Faculty association president Warren White called on the board to investigate Wednesday in an interview on Gormley.
“We’re not making noise for the sake of noise. We need to be satisfied that what has occurred here is not motivated by malice — it’s fair treatment for faculty,” he said.
White said he penned a letter to the board saying the manner in which the layoffs were conducted was unduly harsh.
He also criticized the decision to lay off staff before having in place a “wellness strategy” promised when the program cuts were announced, instead of considering whether it would allow some staff to keep their jobs.
“And that again is what we find most disturbing and we can speculate on a number of possible scenarios,” he said.
School provost Anne Neufeld said Tuesday the closed gyms would be likely to reopen in the fall once the new wellness plan is in place.
Sask. Polytechnic Student Association (SPSA) president Justin Skwark has also called for the board to review the cuts.