MONTREAL – Some students at the University of Montreal are concerned that professors are being too lenient with their English students.
Third-year law student Vincent Blais-Fortin wrote an article in the school paper voicing his concerns.
“The teachers say in the class, yes, you can write in English or French,” Fortin said.
“But this doesn’t respect les règlement d’etude.”
University spokesperson Mathieu Fillion said that the policy is clearn.
“If you studied in another language, you have one year of transition, where you can write your papers and exams in English or another language.”
He added that while the university encourages faculties to follow the rules, officials aren’t sounding the alarm.
“We don’t really have a problem. Last year 1.5 per cent of all the exams were written in English in the law faculty.”
But the president of Association des jeunes péquistes de l’Université de Montréal thinks that’s already too many.
“We have to send the message that it’s in French here and we’re in Quebec,” said Valérie Gobei.
She said she believes professors should do a background check on the student, before letting them write in English.
“It’s because it’s just easier for them, but it’s not good enough reason.”
McGill University has a similar policy, which states that all students can write their exams and papers in either English or French.