Neuroscience Eviction Impact Report

An Eviction Impact study was conducted via an online survey of students. Below is the summary of results.

The full report can be found here

  • The responders of this preliminary report were undergraduate students predominantly, followed by Master’s and PhD students. A small percentage of responders were prospective students.
  • 50% of responders referred to background information before writing impact statements.
  • Research impact statements highlighted the necessity that the responders are desperate for more time to do their research before the eviction. Responders also stated concerns about data invalidation and data loss. Responders third most frequently reported concern was about delayed ability to pursue future plans and goals.
  • Emotional health impact statements consistently stated that the eviction has caused increased stress, anxiety, depression, panic, and in two cases, suicidal ideation. There were consistent statements suggesting that students are ramping up work in relation to the March 1 eviction, and that they have fallen behind in their work as a result of being distracted by the prospect of the eviction.
  • Confidence in future statements indicated that students are very concerned about their productivity loss upon their research, publications, and delayed graduation. Equivalently, students were very concerned about missed educational and professional opportunities. Third, students were concerned about the financial cost of more tuition and debt as a result of lost research ability due to the eviction.
  • 79% of responders believed that their personal reputation will be compromised as a result of the March 1 eviction date.
  • The majority of statements indicated that the public reputation of Carleton University has begun to plummet, and that admissions will decrease as a result of news of the eviction. Responders also indicated a loss of confidence in the Senior Administration, and that the eviction will hurt the reputation of the neuroscience department unjustly.
  • A large group of responders had approached their supervisor about the eviction but needed more information to make plans. It should be noted that not all faculty were considered approachable on discussing the eviction from the student perspective.
  • Students were most disappointed by the fact that faculty had not been included on key decision making committees related to the move even when members of the faculty had requested this.