Use of "as of"
The web site of an educational institution (SFU) has the following guideline: "if you have not completed a certificate, degree or PDP program at SFU as of October 2009, you must order transcripts by mail, fax or in person". I received a degree in 1969. I interpreted the guideline to mean that I would not have to order by mail, fax or in person. It turns out that what SFU means is that I do have to order by mail, fax or in person. It seems to me that "as of" is a tricky preposition that can mean either "before" or "after". I interpreted it to mean "before"; SFU meant "after". Who is right?
There is nothing tricky about "as of" at all. You are right. SFU is wrong. "As of" means at that point in time. The rest of the sentence gives more information about times before or after that moment in time. They have incorrectly used the phrase.
As of October 2009, you had indeed completed a degree at SFU.
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