Nov 28, 2002

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Integrity committee formed
President Michael Stevenson has formed a 10-member committee to evaluate current attitudes and to examine existing policies, processes and practices regarding academic integrity at SFU. The academic honesty and integrity task force, chaired by Susan Stevenson, a senior lecturer in the school of engineering science, will recommend ways to improve SFU's culture of integrity. As part of widespread consultations with the campus community over several months on the matter, task force members will survey all groups about their perceptions and behaviours regarding academic integrity. People will have a chance to address issues raised in the surveys in a half-day forum. The university community will have an opportunity to comment on the task force's draft report. The task force can be reached by emailing

Memorandum of understanding signed
Promotion of francophone and francophile interests in B.C. took a major step forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Simon Fraser University and the Fédération des Francophones de la Colombie-Britiannique (FFCB) on Nov. 7. The understanding recognizes the common academic and educational interests of the two parties as well as the benefits of cooperation. Among the activities anticipated if funding is secured are:
• the establishment of an office of francophone and francophile affairs at SFU;
• the creation of a French-language bachelor's degree program focussed on community development and public administration;
• the expansion of undergraduate professional development programs in education for French immersion and elementary school teachers, and graduate programs in French education;
• the enhancement of French-language programming for francophone and francophile students at the university.
The federal government is being asked to contribute $7.6 million over five years to fund these initiatives.

Curbside book return launched
Drop off your library books at the new curbside book return located directly behind the W.A.C Bennet library on the Burnaby campus. The large grey return bin is slightly to the right on entering Lot L from University Drive east. A parking spot to the right of the bin is reserved for curbside book return use.

SFU has 12 research chairs
To date, 12 Canada Research Chairs have been appointed at SFU valued at $14.1 million. Many of them come with Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) infrastructure grants. Collectively, SFU Canada Research Chairs have been awarded $1.42 million for 10 CFI infrastructure projects.

Winter is coming, really
While the weather bureau is forecasting above normal temperatures and precipitation for the next three months, ice and winter snow could still be a problem on the Burnaby campus. Frank de Vita, superintendent of buildings and grounds, says ice is the biggest winter foe and salt is the greatest winter expense. SFU spends about $200,000 each year on salting roads and snow removal. This year, facilities management will pilot a new pre-wet system that sprays the salt with liquid brine as it's discharged from the hopper and onto the roads. The pre-wetting process immediately activates the salt and allows it to stick to the road surface. There's no substitute for drivers taking appropriate winter precautions. Cars should be in good operating condition with good snow or all-season tires. Check the road conditions report at 444-4929 or visit and click on road conditions under the photo.

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