About Exclusivity Contracts

The essence of an exclusivity contract means a lack of representative relationships existing between student needs and what is available for them at Concordia. It, by nature, undermines students’ rights to self determination and puts a bottom line before their well-being. It promotes a hierarchical power structure in which the demands of one party are officially granted ultimate authority over those of any other parties – to the extent that serious repercussions may be legally implemented when those demands are not met. It allows this position of ultimate power to continuously be awarded to corporations. It often means that environmental goals (be it those of the community or those formally set in Administrative politics) are back-burnered, ignored, or down-right sacrificed in order to fulfill contracts. It sends a message that as an institution, Concordia is primarily responsible to its financial suppliers and only secondarily (if at all) responsible to the students for which it exists.


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