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"Achieving these degree objectives will prepare our graduates with the transferable skills necessary given the dynamic nature of the workforce and the world today," said Suzette Stevenson, vice dean of students in Arts & Science, who oversaw the changes.The restructuring of the academic calendar will take effect in Septem- ber 2009. Final exams will not be sched- uled after April 30, giving students a chance to find summer jobs that will actually look good on a resume.Student and staff unions have of- fered support for the accused and condemned the investigations as a campaign to silence dissent."We have received support from Unite Here, CUPE Ontario, OCAP, OPIRG, several community groups, [and] from stu- dents from universities across Cana- da," said Deena Dadachanji, a spokes- person for the accused.The move came after Toronto Police arrested 14 protesters involved in a March 20 sit-in at Simcoe Hall, following complaints filed by the administration.Twelve of the 14 are also being investigated un- der the student Code of Conduct."There is no way the Toronto Police could have known their ability to mo- bilize against issues.It's clear that the university has played a hand." Dadachanji also claimed that the ad- ministration may have given personal information, such as the demonstra- tors' email addresses and phone num- bers, to police.
But the charges are ridiculous, and we have gathered lots of support," Aza- dian added.
An "intersession" has also been carved into the calendar.
Right be- fore the summer session, students will have a chance to go on field studies or get international work experience.
The faculty coun- cil proposed that programs imple- ment additional requirements within five years.
The new criteria are meant to en- hance academic learning by focusing on areas such as information literacy, communications, social ethics, and quantitative reasoning.