In May, OUSA published a submission to the Government of Ontario entitled Student Health: Bringing Healthy Change to Ontario’s Universities. On page six of this document, we wrote the following:
“Students are extremely concerned about the growing trend of offloading the coasts of running university health clinics to students. There are several contentious issues surrounding this trend. First, health clinics often benefit the broader university community: at Carleton University and Western University, health clinics provide services to faculty and staff, which is unfair if students are the only ones contributing to the costs.”
This paragraph implies that, at Western University and Carleton University, it may be the case that student fees are subsidizing faculty use of campus health services. This month, a letter from Western University informed us that a $170,800 transfer from the central administrative budget subsidizes faculty use of campus health services. Our decision to include this paragraph was made utilizing available revenue data from Western Universities’ student health services, as well as information from Western’s student health service website.
At OUSA, we take our research methods and the accuracy of our findings very seriously. As such, it must be acknowledged fully that the implication in this paragraph is a factual error, and we will be taking steps immediately to correct it. The paragraph has been stricken from the report, and this statement will be published on the OUSA website, as well as sent to the addressees of Western’s letter.
We stand behind the research and recommendations in this OUSA report and others, but acknowledge that a mistake was made in this paragraph. We’d like to thank Western University for allowing us the opportunity to correct our records and look forward to continued partnership to improve the accessibility, affordability, quality and accountability of post-secondary education for Ontario students.
Director of Research