Just days before classes were set to begin and without a new contract in place, the administration locked teachers out, promising students no disruptions and their normal routine. Instead, the students are suffering and it's going to cost them about $18,000.
That's what many students owe the school for the fall semester. Around $18,000 for classes that are supposed to be taught be an expert in the field, not taught by an administrator - if you're one of the lucky ones that's having class at all.
Imagine spending $18,000 on a major home renovation to find out it's going to be done by a professional filmmaker who's never lifted a hammer a day in his or her life? You'd probably want your money back.
Regardless of who is right and who is wrong in the labor dispute – faculty at the Brooklyn campus say they aren't compensated on par with their colleagues at the Long Island campus - this was absolutely the wrong way to go about it.
LIU administrators should have extended the teacher's current contracts on a temporary basis and agreed to mediation.
Instead, the school is depriving students, who already are burdened by exponentially rising education costs coupled with absurd loan repayment rates, of the basic quality education they thought they were paying for.
Hopefully the school comes to its senses and ends this lockout soon, or they should offer students affected by the lockout a refund.