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02 May 2014 @ 05:51 pm
I hate Loyola  
Okay, backstory time. So every year softlykarou has gone to the NASP national conference, and as you might imagine, Loyola has funding available for grad students who are giving presentations or part of a presentation at the conference. softlykarou has qualified for that every year, and applied every year, and her application has been accepted.

So far, she hasn't been paid at all. Not for 2012, the year where she was the only one who applied. Not for 2013, a year in which all the other students in her cohort who applied for funding received it. And not even for 2014, where she applied and hasn't been paid, but there are others who also haven't been paid yet so at least now I have some hope that we'll get the money in a timely fashion despite Loyola's past track record of screwing us. Though there are also other people who have been paid, so Loyola continues its track record of claiming to value softlykarou's contributions and then doing nothing to demonstrate that at all.

The reason I'm so annoyed at the moment is that softlykarou had a meeting yesterday to figure out why we haven't gotten any money despite applying for three years in a row, and their response was basically, "dunno lol. Who knows if we ever had the money to give you in the first place! Probably should have checked that before we let you apply, amirite? We'll look into that," which is...not what I would have expected from a university that claims justice and stewardship as its mandate, shall we say.

softlykarou has other people to talk to about this, so we'll see if it goes anywhere. After years of total silence, I'm not expecting anything other than stonewalling and incompetence from Loyola at this point, though.

Hey, more reinforcement for me being cynical and misanthropic.

Addenum:
Well, softlykarou had a meeting today with the program chair for Loyola school psychology and, as it turns out, it isn't Loyola's fault at all. She didn't read the directions right and didn't turn in all the forms necessary to submit a proper request, so that's $1,000 down the drain.

She managed to fix it for this year, but there's nothing to be done for the last two years that we were waiting on. (>_<)
 
 
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marianlhmarianlh on May 3rd, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sucks. Vibes, you guys. =(
Josh: deshinfodesh on May 4th, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Is there a lawyer you can talk to for free or cheap? (A friend or a pro bono organization or something?) I wonder if a lawsuit would be an easy win. If so, you probably wouldn't have to do more than threaten it (on a lawyer's stationery) to get the money quickly.
dorchadasdorchadas on May 4th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
I have definitely been tempted, but I don't know what the actual legal language of the reimbursement policy is and I can think of all kinds of dodges they could use because of it ("Oh, you'll see here that it says 'if available,' blah blah blah). :-\
Josh: deshinfodesh on May 4th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, exactly why a lawyer can help you. I bet it wouldn't take long for the right person to tell you if they have an easy dodge or not. No need to follow through after that point if they tell you it's not worth it.