Council Policies and Positions

History of Policies and Positions Made by GSU Council
September 1989 to April 2010

Types of Statements

  • Policy: These are statements intended to bind the GSU until such time as they are formally replaced or repudiated.  Policy should only be adopted by Council or through referendum.
  • Position: These are statements intended to express the GSU’s opinion on minor or time-sensitive issues.  They do not bind the GSU and they do not need to be formally replaced or repudiated.  This paper does not include motions concerning GSU booksales, constitutional amendments, CFS dues, etc.

Definitions of Acronyms

  • BIRT: Be it resolved that
  • BIFRT: Be it further resolved that

Table of Contents

Important Note: The index matches that of the Policy Manual of the Canadian Federation of Students.  Where nothing is listed here you can check the current CFS Policy Manual (not available online).

Policies and Positions

  • Declaration of Student Rights
  • Aboriginal Students
  • Academic Freedom
  • Accessibility
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Alcohol Awareness

Accessibility

  • Policy – Council Feb. 24/03
    BIRT the GSU demand that the University meet its obligation to provide safe and accessible spaces and fully fund all future accessibility projects.
  • Policy – Council April 29/03
    BIRT the Graduate Students’ Union takes an active role in creating and maintaining an accessible and inclusive environment for graduate students with disabilities at the University of Toronto.
    BIFRT the GSU encourage the development and implementation of continuing programs to enhance awareness of barrier-free accessibility issues in the university community.
    BIRT the GSU support accessibility policy at the University of Toronto that:
    – Are inclusive of and promote equal rights for students with disabilities in graduate and professional programs.
    – Promote the participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of graduate and professional student life.
    – Provide for reasonable accommodation, confidentiality, disclosure, and documentation.
    – Provide for an appeals and adjudication process.
    BIFRT the GSU encourage the creation of accessibility policies meeting the above criteria in departments, divisions, faculties, and units that do not already have such policies.
    BIFRT the GSU strongly oppose all attempts by graduate and professional faculty to serve as gatekeepers against students with disabilities.
    BIRT the GSU encourage the University of Toronto to educate all teaching staff and faculty about universal syllabus design, and to ensure that all courses are universally accessible.BIRT the Graduate Students’ Union demands that the University of Toronto immediately acts on priority accessibility projects and completes accessibility retrofitting of all buildings, lecture halls, classrooms and laboratories within a 5 year period.
    BIFRT the GSU calls for the creation of a pan-University committee to develop and implement a funding model to fully fund all physical accessibility projects on campus.
  • Policy – Council April 27/04
    BIRT the Graduate Students’ Union continues to be represented in the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Planning process of the University of Toronto on an annual basis.
  • Policy – Council April 25/05
    Mahadeo Sukhai (President) reported on the year-end review of the Accessibility Committee.  Some policy amendments were recommended to facilitate long-term GSU action on accessibility:

    BIRT the Graduate Students’ Union monitor the success of its ongoing lobbying and initiatives around accessibility issues by the appropriate methods of ascertaining awareness of disability issues within the graduate student population;
    BIFRT the Graduate Students’ Union work with the School of Graduate Studies to:
    – Track the enrolment of graduate students who identify as having disabilities;
    – Determine and improve retention rates of graduate students with disabilities
    BIRT the Graduate Students’ Union, in collaboration with the relevant campus groups, develop and implement an accessibility awareness campaign for individual faculties, in order to ensure that students with disabilities are welcomed into graduate programs.
    BIFRT the Graduate Students’ Union call on all faculties, departments and divisions within the University of Toronto to appoint a senior staff or faculty member as an  Accessibility Officer.c.    BIRT the Graduate Students’ Union call on all faculties and divisions within the University of Toronto, including SGS Centres and Institutes, to develop and implement annual accessibility plans that will feed into, and be a part of, the University’s annual Ontarians with Disabilities Act Accessibility Plans.
    BIRT the Graduate Students’ Union continue to support the implementation of universal instructional design principles at the University of Toronto.
    BIFRT the Graduate Students’ Union work with the following groups to ensure that universal instructional design principles are part of graduate pedagogy training at the University of Toronto:
    – The Office of Teaching Advancement
    – The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program
    – CUPE 3902
    – THE 500 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

  • Policy – Council April 29/10
    BIRT the Council approves re-allocating the $10,000 in the Emergency Fund to the Accessibility Fund.

Alternative (Federal) Budget

  • Position – Council Jan. 30/96
    That the GSU Alternative Budget Jan. 30 (re. U of T budget cuts) be endorsed.

The Arts

Authorship

Canadian Constitution

Canada Health and Social Transfer

Canadian University Press

Child Care

  • Policy – Council Dec. 12/89
    BIRT the GSU supports in principle the establishment of a childcare centre at Erindale College.
    BIFRT the GSU call upon the Erindale College administration to fund the proposed childcare resource centre.
  • Position – Council  Sept. 28/93
    GSU donate $200 to Nancy’s Part-time Childcare Centre for the purchase of a rocking chair.

Communications

Cooperative Students

Curricula

  • Policy – Council Dec. 11/90
    BIRT the GSU call on the U of T administration to continue and strengthen its commitment to the African Studies Program, working towards the establishment of departmental status.
  • Position – Council – Jan. 26/93
    BIRT the GSU support the Forestry Graduate Students Assoc. in its opposition to the Provost’s recommendation to discontinue the professional Forestry undergraduate program.
  • Policy – Council – Dec. 13/94
    BIRT the GSU Council oppose the termination of the MBA in Accounting Program and condemn the lack of student input in the process leading up to this decision.
  • Position – Council – Jan. 26/2000
    BIRT the GSU council call upon the GC to convene an emergency meeting, prior to Feb. 1, so that GC members may be informed and have the opportunity to deliberate on the implications of the proposed re-structuring of academic programs. (In response to TA strike UofT announced they would cancel for the year all classes taught by TA’s.)
  • Position – Council – Jan. 26/2000
    BIRT the GSU call upon graduate students to boycott classes for the week of January 31/2000.
  • Position – Council – Feb. 24/2000
    BIRT GSU Council call upon the UofT to preserve the Agean Bronze Age program by maintaining the current levels of professorial support.
  • Position – Council – Nov. 24/2003
    BIRT the GSU support the MPhil proposal.
  • Policy – Council – March 29/2006
    BIRT GSU Council support the Graduate History Society’s proposal for detached study.

Distance Education

Elections

  • Policy – Council – Oct. 31/2001
    BIRT the GSU recognizes the University’s need for web-based voting in electing student governors.

Employment

  • Position – Council – Feb. 27/90
    BIRT the GSU of the U of T support OPSEU Local 578, representing the professional research staff at OISE, in its current negotiations.
  • Position – Council – Oct. 30/90
    The GSU supports CUEW Local 2 in its attempts to obtain a fairer contract for its members, and calls on the U of T Administration, through its Management Board, to participate meaningfully in the collective bargaining process, in order to achieve a timely settlement.
  • Position – Council – Jan. 29/91
    BIRT the GSU strike a CUEW Support Committee.
  • Position – Council – Feb. 26/91
    BIRT the GSU General Council firmly endorses CUEW Local 2 in its negotiations to achieve improved job security, wages, benefits and working conditions for its members.  We support their upcoming strike action.  We also call on all graduate students and the university community at large to support the strike by respecting picket lines and by boycotting all classes
    and university activites where possible.  The longer the lines, the shorter the strike.
  • Position – BIRT the GSU urge all graduate students not to “volunteer” to perform any duties of members of Facilities and Services CUPE Local 3261 (caretaking) should they go on strike.
  • Position – Council – March 26/91
    BIRT the Council calls on the U of T administration to negotiate quickly to reach a fair and timely agreement with CUPE 1230 (library workers).
  • Position – Council – April 30/91
    BIRT the GSU authorize the executive to make a loan of up to $2000 to support CUPE 1230 in support of its strike action.
  • Position – Council – Oct. 27/92
    BIRT the GSU General Council fully support CUEW Local 2 in their efforts to negotiate a fair and timely contract settlement.  We furthermore encourage the University Administration to abandon it’s concession bargaining tacticsand return to a bargaining climate of mutual respect.  We call on graduate students to support CUEW Local 2 in their negotiation process, including a positive strike vote if necessary.
  • Policy-Council Nov. 23/98
    BIRT GSU Council urges the SGS, Faculty of Arts and Science, OISE/Ut and the Provost to apportion specific funding for Teaching Assistantships to be awarded to graduate students in Faculties, depts. and other academic units at UofT that do not have corresponding undergraduate programs.
  • Position-Council-Nov.23/98
    BIRT, so long as no collective bargaining or workers’ rights are compromised, the GSU direct its CFS delegates to vote in accordance with GSU policy up to and including a call for the dismissal of Philip Link.
    BIFRT the CFS delegates vote in accordance with policies and process that seek to eliminate racism and sexism within the Federation.
  • Position – Council Dec.8/98
    BIRT GSU Council fully support CUPE Local 3902 in the next round of bargaining with the UofT admin.
    BIFRT GSU Council strongly urge the Bargaining Committee of CUPE Local 3902 to bargain for wage increases, stronger hiring language, indexed tuition rebate, and follow the issues of its members during the next round of bargaining.
    BIFRT the Ex. of the GSU work to encourage the boards of SAC, APUS and ASSU to pass a similar motion.
  • Position – Council Oct. 25/99
    BIRT the GSU Council affirms its support for the CUPE 3902 in its current round of bargaining with the employer and for the bargaining proposals endorsed by its membership.
  • Position – Council Dec. 14/99
    BIRT the GSU spend up to $1000/week to provide a strike support centre space in the GSU gymnasium for the duration of the CUPE 3902 and 3261 strikes.
  • Position – Council Oct. 30, 2000
    BIRT the GSU Council support the demands of CUPE 3903 (striking York TA’s).
  • Position – Council Sept. 24/01
    BIRT the GSU explore the terms of employment contracts for graduate students working as research assistants.
    BIFRT the Ex. explore this issue in consort with CUPE, and report back to Council.
  • Position – Council Nov. 26/01
    BIRT the GSU supports CUPE 3902 in its attempts to obtain a timely and fair contract for its members in the collective bargaining process.
  • Position – Council Dec. 11/01
    BIRT the GSU supports CUPE 3907 in its attempts to obtain a timely and fair contract for its members in the collective bargaining process.
  • Position – Council – Nov. 29/05
    BIRT the GSU support CUPE 3902 in the upcoming December 2005 strike vote.

Equity Hiring

  • Position – Council Sept. 29/97
    BIRT the GSU condemn the UofT for treatment of Dr. Chun.
    BIFRT the GSU Council ask the Academic Board to allow Dr. Chun to presen this case at the next Academic Board meeting.
    BIFRT the UofT proceed to investigate his complaint immediately and ensure a just investigation by an impartial body for a swift settlement of the matter.
  • Position – Council Feb. 24/2000
    BIRT the GSU support the Ontario Human Rights Commission recommendation that the Chun case be referred to a Board of Inquiry.
    BIRT the GSU call upon the University to bargain in good faith and immediately resolve the case with Dr. Chun.
  • Policy-Council March 27, 2001
    BIRT GSU council call upon UofT to comply with the University’s Employment Equity policy of March 1991.
    BIFRT UofT establish an Employment Equity Council with representation reflecting the diversity of the community, to monitor and ensure the implementation of the Employment equity policy.
    BIRT UofT’s employment equity goals fro the faculty be expressed as measurable objectives, in terms of percentages of the faculty to be reached within a specified time frame.
  • Policy – Feb. 24/04
    BIRT the GSU seek representation in the review and poeration of the equity infrastructure of the University of Toronto

Federal Budgetary Issues

  • Position – Council Dec. 12/89
    BIRT the GSU executive ask Revenue Canada that personal and tuition expenses be pro-rated for students in Canada fewer than six months.

Federal Ministry for Higher Education

Free Trade

Funding Education

  • Position – Council-Jan. 26/93
    BIRT the GSU Council donate up to $2500 for a laser printer for the Centre for Computing in the Humanities in honor of James Hoch, past GSU President and winner of the Distinguished Dissertation Award for Canada and the USA 1992.
  • Position – Council-Apr. 27/93
    The GSU allocate up to $1200 to fund the Ac Hoc Committee on Ranking.
  • Positions -Council-Sept. 28/93
    The GSU fund 28 graduate students at $35 to attend the Circle of Life Symposium.
  • Policy – Council-Mar.29/94
    BIRT the GSU Council condemn the agreement between PepsiCo and the Toronto Board of Education.
    BIRT the GSU Council call upon the Toronto Board of Education to cancel its agreement with PepsiCo.
    BIRT the GSU Council support the boycott of PepsiCo products and demand that the U of T administration immediately follow suit.
  • Position – Council – Feb. 24/97
    BIRT the GSU call upon Governing Council to set up a task force to develop policy with regards to funding ethics and intellectual property.
    BIFRT the GSU calls upon the Governing Council to immediately establish a special committee including students and faculty to oversee the acceptance of any large donations to the University.
    BIFRT this task force established to develop the policy have representatives from the student governments and faculty association.
  • Position – Council Oct. 28/98
    BIRT the GSU Council endorse the Nov. 26 Corporate Free Campus Day at U of T.
  • Policy – Council Jan. 26/2000
    BIRT the GSU endorse the ACCESS 2000 campaign calling on the Federal government to restore $3.7 billion in transfer payments to province for pse in the 2000/02 budget, to take measures to progressively reduce tuition fees, to implement a comprehensive national system of grants available to all students on the basis of need, and to negotiate an agreement on pse with
    provinces that sets standards for quality, accessibility, and mobility.
    BIFRT the GSU call on President Prichard to grant an academic pardon at the UofT on Feb. 2/2000 for students to participate in ACCESS 2000 events.
  • Policy – Council Nov. 29, 2000
    The GSU oppose the introduction of private universities in Ontario.
  • Position- Council – April 28/03
    BIRT the GSU condemns St. Michaels College for accepting a donation from Imperial Tobacco to fund a program in Corporate Ethics, and calls on the College to return the donation immediately.
    BIFRT the GSU calls on the U of T to release the full details of this and all large corporate donation arrangements for public scrutiny.
    BIFRT the GSU reaffirms its position that Governing Council immediately establish a special committee, including student union representatives and faculty, to oversee the acceptance of any large donations to the University, and to develop strict ethical guidelines for acceptance of such donations.
  • Position – Council – Feb. 24/04
    BIRT the GSU reiterates its call for increased public funding and central University support for co-curricular activities.
  • Position – Council Oct. 4/04
    BIRT the GSU recognizes the importance of external examiners in PhD final examinations and requests reinstatement of funding for external examiners.

Governance of Post-Secondary Institutions

  • Policy – Council -Apr. 25/95
    GSU Council oppose the abolition of the School of Graduate Studies.It direct the President and Executive to present the following as the GSU position regarding the restructuring.  The GSU Council is supportive of the recommendations of the SGS internal review to improve its efficiency.  We reaffirm our commitment to the institutional autonomy of SGS from the
    central administraton at Simcoe Hall.
  • Position – Council Jan. 26/98
    BIRT the GSU Council call for the resignation of Anthony Comper (Chair of Governing Council) from the Governing Council at the UofT due to a perceived conflict of interest.
  • Policy – Council Mar. 2/98
    BIRT the GSU calls for democratization and accountability of the UofTGoverning Council©ˆs structure.
  • Position – Council April 1/98
    BIRT the GSU call upon the Faculty of Medicine to regulate and democratize the elections of the Medical Council.
  • Position – Council March 24/03
    BIRT the GSU reaffirm the autonomous right of the membership of any democratically constituted student union to define and determine the basis of membership.
    BIFRT the GSU condemn any attempt by the university administration to undermine or interfere with said democratic right;
    BIFRT in particular, the struggle of the membership of APUS for their rights to self-determination be supported.
  • Policy – Council April 28/03
    BIRT the GSU support the proposal that student members of Academic Board should be elected, not appointed.
    BIFRT the Academic Board, Elections Committee and Governing Council as a whole be encouraged to implement this change as soon as possible.

Government Relations

  • Position – Council-Oct. 25/94
    BIRT GSU Council donate $100 to help organize a debate on campus of mayoralty candidates in the next municipal election.
  • Policy – Council Sept. 27/94
    BIRT the GSU Council condemn the racist, sexist and homphobic policies of the Reform Party.
    BIFRT the GSU Council endorse and encourage participation in a demonstration taking place outside the (Reform Party) convention and that Council donate $50 to the Campaign Against the Reform Party for publicizing and organizing the event.
  • Policy Council Feb. 23/99
    BIRT GSU withdraws from any negotiations for an exclusive rights for any food or beverage provider at UofT.

Harassment Prevention and Grievance Policies

Housing

  • Policy – Council Nov. 28/89
    BIRT the Council of the GSU calls upon the central university administration and the SGS to implement the recommendations of the GSU Housing Survey Report.
  • Position – BIRT the Council of the GSU support the 30-35 Charles St. W. Tenants Assoc.
    in its opposition to the three-year lease the administration is trying to impose.  Artificial limits are no replacement for building housing.  We endorse the following text and call on other university constituencies to do likewise. We the undersigned would like to express our objection to the planned enforcement of a time limit on tenancies in the 30-35 Charles St. W.apartments.  This measure will impair students ability to complete programs longer than the length of the lease or delay the completion of their programs.  Housing will become a privilege rather than a basic right under such a policy.  The University will also suffer from such a policy by deterring married students from enrolling at the U of T.  We therefore urge the U of T administration to acknowledge the necessity of maintaining current and prospective student tenancies within these buildings for the length of time of student programs.  We believe that only the construction
    of additional student housing can remedy the growing student housing crisis and we call on the U of T to demonstrate its recognition of this need by building more family housing.
  • Position – Council Jan. 26/98
    BIRT the GSU Council support the development of graduate student and family housing in the vicinity of Wilcox and Spadina, and that the GSU President meet with our potential housing partners (First Nations and New College).
  • Policy – Council Sept. 28/98
    BIRT GSU endorses the call of Toronto Disaster Relief Committee declaring homelessness a national disaster which requires immediate emergency, humanitarian relief.
  • Policy – Council Sept. 28/98
    BIRT GSU condemns the one year (occupation at new Graduate Student Residence) SGS policy.
    BIFRT GSU opposes a housing policy which links housing to recruitment.
  • Position – Council Sept. 28/98
    BIRT GSU insists that the Varsity Stadium land should be kept as public property or it be used for building student or public housing.
  • Position – Council Oct. 28/98
    BIRT the GSU Council accept the admin. offer of 50% of beds in the new grad residence to be reserved for continuing students for 3 year residency.
  • Position – Council Sept. 29/99
    BIRT the GSU reiterate its unwavering support for new affordable student and family housing on campus.
  • Position – Council Oct.25/99
    BIRT GSU Council calls upon the city, and the University of Toronto, to carefully and fully investigate the safety and policy concerns raised by the sign on the new graduate student residence which projects over Harbord St., and that work on the sign be suspended until these concerns are addressed,and, if those concerns cannot be resolved, that permission to build it not be granted.
  • Position-Council Dec. 12, 2000
    Subject to the discretion of the GSU representative at Grad House Governing body,  the GSU oppose any rent increases at Grad House for the academic year 2001/2002.  Subject to his discretion, the GSU rep. to Grad House Council be directed to pursue the policy that any non-occupant entering a suite in Grad House give24-hour prior notification before entering and leave a note behind.
  • Position – Council – Oct. 27/03
    BIRT the GSU request at least 250 beds at 89 Chestnut be allocated for graduate students in single rooms, on separate, graduate students only, floors.
    BIFRT the GSU work with U of T administration to develop a payment plan suited to graduate student needs.
  • Position – Council Nov.01/04
    BIRT GSU support the collection of signatures on the petition about guaranteed student family housing.

     WE the undersigned petition the Governing Council of the University of Toronto to stop imposing a nine month waiting period for single parent applicants to family student housing and to thereby stop excluding single parents from undertaking graduate studies at the University of Toronto, and instead to guarantee all single parents accommodation in family student housing by the start date of the graduate program into which they have been accepted.

Income Contingent Loan Repayment Plan

International Issues

  • Position – Council – Jan.  28/92
    BIRT the GSU donate the sum of $200 to the Center for Cooperation with El Salvador, for the transportation of materials donated by the U of T.
  • Position – Council-Mar. 23/93
    BIRT the GSU Council endorse the efforts of the U of T Friends of Cuba©ˆsefforts to collect books for academic use in Cuba, and that the GSU Council donate $500. to this effort for the purpose of sending books to Cuba.
  • Position – Council Sept. 29/97
    BIRT the GSU Council oppose the offer of an Honorary Doctorate to George Bush by the Governing Council of UofT.
    BIFRT the GSU Council urge the Governing Council of UofT to award honorarydegrees on ethical, humanitarian and academic merit.
    BIFRT financial contributions not affect their decision. (in October Council donated $200 to anti-Bush campaign)
  • Position – Council Nov. 26/97
    BIRT we petition the administration to refund $3,200 to the GSU for closing Hart House on Nov. 19/97 (for Bush ceremony).
  • Policy – Council April 1/98
    BIRT the Council of the GSU declare the GSU a Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) free zone.
    BIRT the GSU reject the currently proposed MAI, and call upon Parliament to reject the current framework of the MAI negotiations; and
    BIFRT the GSU actively oppose and campaign against the implementation of the currently proposed MAI; and
    BIFRT the GSU work with labour councils, women’s groups and other community groups in distributing educational materials on the dangers of the MAI proposal and the need to develop a democratic people’s agenda in Canada and around the world; and
    BIFRT the support be communicated to all members/affiliates of the GSU as well as the CFS.
  • Position – Council – Sept. 22/03
    BIRT Council approve donating $200 to help bring Norman Finkelstein to campus provided the Executive is satisfied that every reasonable effort to arrange a debater was attempted.
  • Position – Council – Jan. 29/04
    BIRT the GSU donate $100 to the Arab Students Collective for the Iran Bam Relief Fund.

International Students

  • Position – Council Sept. 26/89
    BIRT the GSU support the African and Caribbean Student Assoc. in its fight to retain space on campus; and
    BIFRT the GSU calls on the University administration to fulfill its responsibility to ensure that ACSA is provided with adequate office space; and
    BIFRT the GSU call on the University administration to work towards providing space to more and eventually all recognized campus groups.
  • Policy – Council Nov. 28/89
    BIRT the GSU fully support the Salvadoran Students©ˆ Assoc. (AGEUS) in its struggle for autonomy and academic freedom against the repressive government of El Salvador.
    BIFRT the GSU executive make contacts with the El Salvadoran Information Office and other Canadian/Salvadoran groups for the purpose of finding ways of building support for the struggle for peace and justice in El Salvador.
    BIFRT the GSU work with the Ontario Fed. of Students and the Canadian Fed.of Students to achieve the above objectives.
    BIFRT the GSU call on the Canadian government (External Affairs) to cease support of the Salvadoran government.
  • Position – Council-Mar. 29/94
    The GSU donate $1000 to support CUEW Local 2©ˆs advertising campaign against the disentitlement of  OHIP benefits to International Students and other temporary residents of Ontario.
  • Positions – Council Nov. 29/94
    BIRT GSU council reaffirm its support for the CUEW legal effort (re.disentitlement of OHIP benefits) by donating $2000 to this effort.
    BIFRT the President of the GSU be instructed to approach the President of the U of Toronto for $3000 representing an amount equal to that which the GSU has already committed to the CUEW legal effort.
  • Position – Council-Apr.26/94
    The GSU oppose the further financial attack on international students represented by the withdrawal of child care fee subsidies.

Media

Minority Language Rights

  • Policy – Council May 1/90
    BIRT the GSU:
    1. publicly declare its undivided support and solidarity with French-speaking Ontarians in their struggle to uphold their language rights;
    2. condemn the recent “English only” resolutions of a number of Ontario municipalities, as well as the public declarations of such groups as the “Alliance for the Preservation of English in Canada”, as bigoted, invidious, offensive to the dignity of this province, and deserving of the same contempt as racist statements;
    3. respectfully urge the Government of Ontario to ensure that no effort can be spared to guarantee French language services in the province, for example by the reaffirmation and extension of the principles of Ontario Bill 8;
    4. call upon all appropriate persons and authorities to combat anti-French attitudes and reactions through education, and to ensure that the people of Ontario understand that threats of Anglophone deprivation resulting from Francophone equality are absurd and baseless, and that guaranteed equality for Francophones can only benefit the province.

Multiculturalism

  • Position – Council-Nov. 30/93
    That the GSU Council donate $250 to the Cultural Studies Group at the U of Toronto for its May conference.
  • Position – Council – Jan. 29/04
    BIRT the GSU Council donate $200 to the “Caribbean Connection” event for Black History Month.
  • Position – Council – March 29/04
    BIRT GSU donate $100 to the anti-racism and anti-discrimination event co-sponsored by Student Affairs.

National Students’ Day

  • Position – Council – Apr. 26/94
    GSU endorse the Dec. 11 general strike (against the Provincial Government) at London.
  • Position – Council Oct. 25/94
    BIRT the GSU support a national (student) strike provided that the strike vote recognize that there may be those whose contractual obligations prevent them from actively participating in said strike.
  • Position – Council-Nov. 29/94
    Moved to allocate $500 for expenses incurred in events on the January 25 rally.
  • Position – Council Apr. 25/95
    Moved to allocate $500 for expenses incurred in events on the Jan. 25 rally.
  • Position – Council-Jan. 30/96
    GSU calls for students to walkout from classes so as to attend the rally at Convocation Hall, Queen’s Park, Varsity arena etc. (for Student Day of Protest Feb. 7/96).

Peace

  • Policy – Council Mar. 26/91
    BIRT the GSU opposes violent action taken by governments, nation states and or political organizations in the service of silencing opposition, coups, movements and parties;
    BIFRT the GSU opposes the adoption of violent, coercive measures in the service of economic “gains” at the expense of human and environmental sacrifice.
  • Position – Council Jan. 29/91
    BIRT the GSU oppose any attempt by the federal and provincial governments to cut spending to any programs to fund any military effort in the Persian Gulf.
  • Position Council Apr. 27/99
    BIRT GSU condemns NATO’s illegal bombing of Yugoslavia.
    BIFRT GSU condemns Canadian military participation in this war and that the GSU write to PM Chretien to express its opposition.
    BIFRT GSU condemns all Yugoslavian regression in Kosovo.
  • Position – Council Jan. 27/03
    BIRT the U of T GSU demonstrate solidarity with students in Iraq whose lives and educations have been devastated by both Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime and the international sanctions imposed upon it:
    BIFRT the U of T GSU condemn any actions by either the international community or the Iraqi government, harming the civilian populations of Iraq;
    BIFRT the U of T GSU demand the Canadian government oppose the war on Iraq, and forward instead a constructive alternative solution focused on the well-being of all residents of Iraq.

Portability

Post-Secondary Education

Public transportation

  • Policy – Council – Sept. 22/03
    BIRT the GSU financially compensate SAC for costs incurred during the sale of October TTC metropasses, proportionate with the percentage of passes sold to graduate students, as determined after sales are complete.
    BIFRT the compensation not exceed $500
  • Policy – Council – Oct. 27/03
    BIRT the GSU financially compensate SAC for staff costs incurred during the sale of TTC metropasses each month, from November 2003 until September 2004, within six months of the date of sales.
    BIFRT the compensation be proportionate with the percentage of passes sold to graduate students, as determined after sales are complete.
    BIFRT the compensation not exceed $300 in any month, and that it be disbursed only upon receipt of accurate financial statements.
  • Council – Sept. 25/07
    Be it resolved that $3,000 will be allocated in the GSU Budget to contribute toward the administration of Metropass sales on St. George campus for the academic year 2007/2008

Quality

  • Position – Council-Sept. 28/93
    BIRT The GSU Council direct the Executive to express its opposition to the proposed $200,000 cuts to library journal subscriptions.
    BIFRT The GSU oppose the implementation of any cuts to journal subscriptions without the consultation of graduate students.

Rationalization

Religious Freedom

  • Position – Council – Nov. 24/2003
    BIRT the GSU condemn the persecution of Falun Gong in China, and urge Chinese government to release all Falun Gong practitioners who have been detained, tortured, raped, and persecuted because of their beliefs.
    BIFRT the GSU sends a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, urging him to speak up.
    BIFRT the GSU urges Toronto City Council to protect the right of residents to appeal peacefully in front of the Chinese Consulate.
  • Position – Council March 30/05
    BIRT the GSU call on all universities in China to immediately end all actions that contribute to the persecution of Falun Gong members.
    BIFRT the GSU call on the Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler to investigate charges of human and civil rights abuses against Falun Gong members by current and former politicians in China.

Research and Development

  • Policy – Council Jan. 26/2000
    BIRT the GSU oppose the adoption of innovation as defined by the Expert Panel as the fourth mandate of Canadian universities.
    BIFRT the GSU call for the Federal government to reject the recommendations of the Expert Panel on the Commercialization of University Research.
    BIFRT the GSU oppose the tying of future federal funding to the potential commercialization of research.
    BIFRT the GSU call for the Federal government to fund a new committee to address the recommendations of the Expert Panel on the Commercialization of University Research, comprised of ALL stakeholders including a representative of the National Graduate Council of the Canadian Federation of Students.
  • Policy – Council April 25/05
    Executive Motion
    BIFRT GSU call for the implementation of a more transparent ethics review process, including the institution of an annual ethics review process for all research involving humans;
    BIFRT GSU call for the full dosclosure of partner identities as part of the ethics review process;
    BIFRT GSU call for full disclosure of the ethical implications of research conducted, as part of the informed consent process for human participants.

Security

  • Position – Council Oct. 29/91
    BIRT $500 be donated to personal safety initiatives of either a structural or educational nature, to be spent at the discretion of the Peronsal Safety Awareness Officer.
  • Position – Council Sept. 28/93
    That the GSU donate $250 to the Coalition for Gun Control.
  • Position – Council Feb. 23/93
    The GSU urge the federal government to move expediously to strengthen the current firearms control provisions of the Criminal Code and regulations pursuant thereto: specifically, the GSU urges improvements in the screening procedures for the acquisition of all types of guns and the registration of all guns.
    BIFRT the GSU urge the federal government to enact immediately law prohibiting any person from having in his/her possession a handgun, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and law-enforcement officers excepted when in the course of duty.
    BIFRT the GSU support the Coalition for Gun Control, a non-profit organization working towards securing more effective gun control legislation.

Sexual Assault

Sexual Harassment

  • Position – Council Jan. 29/91
    BIRT the GSU supports the changes recommended by the Sexual Harassment Policy Review Committee and urges the graduate student members of Governing Council to support the proposed changes.
  • Position – Council Nov. 01/04
    BIRT the GSU Council support the Ontario Human Rights complaint by Gwen Schwartz against the University Health Network; and
    BIFRT the GSU Council support the Ontario Human Rights complaint by Schwartz against the University of Toronto; and
    BIFRT that the GSU Council call on the University of Toronto to provide to Schwartz an appropriate academic research environment to conduct her research and remit to Schwartz any research and data owned by Schwartz so that she may continue her academic work; and
    BIFRT a letter of support be written to Schwartz regarding her complaints against the University Health Network and the University of Toronto.BIFRT additional letters of support be sent to the Ontario Human Rights Committee, University Health Network, and University of Toronto.

Sexual Orientation

  • Position – Council-Dec. 14/93
    GSU Council donate $250 to the Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre.
  • Position – Council-Dec. 13/94
    BIRT the GSU Council donate $350. to the Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre.
  • Position – Council – Oct. 31/95
    GSU donate $400. to the Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre.

Social Class

Student Aid

  • Position – Council – Nov. 28/89
    BIRT the GSU set up a committee to examine ways of addressing the issue of underfunding in education.
  • Position – Council – Oct. 1/91
    BIRT the GSU condemn the 3% guarantee fee (banks will automatically deduct 3% from all Canada Student Loans) as an unfair levy for a need-based program and as inconsistant with the federal government’s explicit commitment to accessible post-secondary education.
  • Position – Council Nov. 29/94
    BIRT GSU Council authorize the GSU Executive to spend up to $2000 out of the Audit and Legal budget line item to cover the legal expenses ot the OISE GSA in its efforts to monitor the merger of OISE and the Faculty of Education of the U of T.
  • Position – Council Apr. 25/95
    Moved to allocate $1500 to the Scarborough Graduate Association for renovations and furnishings for its lounge.
  • Position – Council Apr. 25/95
    Moved to allocate $1500 to the Mirta Cohen Loan fund.
  • Positions – Apr. 25/95
    Moved that the Political Science Course Union be given $250 for the purchase of a typewriter.
    See – Policy Jan. 26/2000 re “…..national system of grants….”
  • Policy – Nov. 26/03
    “GSU endorse the U of T joint student-administration submission on OSAP reform.”

Students with Disabilities

Taxation

Training

Unfair Practice

User/Tuition Fees (GSU Fee)

  • Policy – Council – Referendum March 29/30, 1988 – voted Yes (525 to 217) to:
    “Do you approve of a GSU fee increase of $13.00 per full-time ($6.50 forpart-time) graduate student beginning in the 1988/89 academic year, with cost-of-living increments in subsequent years?”
    “The cost-of-living increase would be determined annually by a vote of the GSU General Council (which is composed of representatives from 70 graduate departments, centres and institutes.)  The amount would be equal to or less than the increase in the Statistics Canada annual Consumer Price Index up to a maximum of 5% per year.  Council would also have the option of rejecting any cost of living increase.”
  • Position – Council – Mar. 27/90
    BIRT the General Council of the GSU encourage course unions and individual graduate students to write letters to members of the Governing Council and provincial politicians with the minimal demand of not raising tuition or related fees above inflation.
  • Position – Council – Oct. 1/91
    BIRT the GSU oppose this increase (U of T libraries had imposed at 150% increase in fines)  in library fines.
  • Position – Council – Apr. 29/92
    BIRT the GSU Council categorically reject the proposed removal of the Post Program fee differential, and do everything in our power to prevent it . (In the spring of 1992 U of T eliminated the post-programme fee which was 40% of full tuition, for students in their post-residency period, and raised it to 100% tuition. )
  • Policy – Council- Dec. 13/94
    BIRT the Council of the GSU applaud the Administration of the U of T for committing 82.5% of new revenue from both the 1994/95 tuition increase and the elimination of the post-program fee differential to graduate assistance and scholarships.
    BIFRT the Council of the GSU recognize that the Governing Council of the U of T has enshrined this practice in policy.
    BIFRT the Council of the GSU call upon the Administration of the U of T and the Governing Council of the U of T to commit the U of T to dedicating at least 82.5% of the revenue from all future increases to graduate tuition to graduate assistance and scholarships.
    BIFRT the Council of the GSU call upon the Admin. of the U of T and the Governing Council of the U of T to commit the U of T to dedicating at least 82.5% of the revenue generated from the elimination of post-program fees to a post-program scholarship fund to create fellowships for students in all of their post-program years of research.
    BIFRT this post-program fellowship not be restricted to the first two years of a student©ˆs post-program research.
    * Business Arising from Council Meeting, April 29/97, Item 5
    Motion:  BIRT the Council ask the Executive in due course to assemble a tuition policy for graduate students.
    Background:  In 1996 the provincial government struck a committee called “The Advisory Panel on Future Directions for Postsecondary Education”.  The GSU Council approved our submission dated October 31, summarized below:
    1.  That the student share of the operating cost of higher education be frozen at the current (1996/97) level (approximately 34% for the U of T). In addition every effort should be made to return to the previous tuition fee levels.
    2.  That there be no deregulation of tuition fees, and education must be equitably available to all.
    3.  That PSE move away from a policy of burdening students with larger debts.  Instead of promoting Income Contingent Loan Repayment Plans as a panacea, the move should be to return to the grants based program in existence in Ontario not too long ago.
    4.  That a progressive income tax system be introduced in order to contribute to PSE.
    5.  That creation of equitable needs based student funding be a priority at all times.
    6.  That a reduced post-program fee for graduate students be re-introduced.
  • Policy – Council-Feb. 23/93
    The GSU Council oppose the imposition of the proposed ancillary fee. Furthermore, we encourage the University to explore other avenues for dealing with the budget shortfalls it will be experiencing next year in keeping with the “Policy With Respect to Cutbacks in Support for Campus and Student Services” approved April 1, 1986.
  • Policy – Council-Feb. 22/94
    -approved running referendum question “…authorize GSU to collect an incidental fee of $2.00, one dollar of which would be refundable, from all full-time graduate students for free legal services at ‘Downtown Legal Services’, the U of T Legal Aid Clinic.” (referendum passed)
  • Position – Council-Apr.  26/94
    GSU Council grant its approval of the proposed increase to the Dept. of Athletics and Recreation….(new motion) to Health Services… (new motion) to Hart House. (each motion followed by) Further moved that the GSU Council direct its Executive to send copies of this motion to the President of the U of Toronto and the Chairs of Governing Council and its Boards, and to the Minister of Education and Training, along with a letter specifying our understanding that this year’s approval procedure for ancillary fees should be considered to set a significant and positive precedent.
  • Policy – Council- Nov. 29/94
    BIRT the GSU Council direct the GSU Executive to oppose all proposed fees for modem access for graduate students.
  • Policy – Council-Mar. 28/95
    See attached motions on High Performance Intercollegiate Athletics, Capital Levies, and Faculty/Staff Joint Membership Plan.
  • Position – Council – March 24/97
    BIRT the GSU recommend a freeze to the DAR and Hart House fees.
  • Policy – Council Oct. 27/97
    BIRT the GSU Council is opposed to paying for capital projects from the Student Services fees.
    BIFRT any surplus fees generated from the Student Services Fees be allocated by a majority vote of students at COSS.
  • Policy – Council Nov. 26/97
    BIRT GSU appointed representatives to DAR, Hart House and COSS refer all fee increases to the GSU Council and then vote based on the Council’s direction.
  • Position – Council Mar. 2/98
    BIRT the GSU direct its representative on COSS to vote against any increases for DAR, Hart House, and Student Services Fees.
    BIRT the first priority for funding additional positions from student services surplus be for Counselling and Learning Skills and the last priority be for the Career Centre.
  • Position Council Feb. 23/99
    BIRT GSU opposes any increase in student©ˆs services fee above the COLA (0.9% – 1.1%) for 1999/00.
  • Position Council Feb. 23/99
    BIRT GSU Council approves increasing the GSU administrative fee for the supplementary health insurance from $1.50 to $3. effective Sept. 1/99.
  • Policy – Council Sept. 29/99
    BIRT the GSU reiterate its opposition to student levies for capital costs for the development and/or maintenance of any university building project.
  • Position-Council Sept. 29/99
    BIRT the GSU call upon the university to separate the issue of Athletic Centre renovations from the issue of Varsity Stadium redevelopment, and to initiate an open discussion of redevelopment plans for the current Varsity Stadium site.
  • Position – Council Nov. 24/99
    BIRT the GSU calls for the establishment of a Governing Council Task Force on the abolition of student fees.
    * See Policy – Council Jan. 26/2000 re “…progressively reduce tuition fees….”\
  • Position – Council March 29/2000
    BIRT the GSU approve the Hart House budget for 2000/200l.
    BIRT the GSU not accept the 2000/200l budget of the Office of Student Affairs.
    BIRT the GSU approve a fee increase of 1% ($143.86 to $145.30) in the Student Services fee for 2000/2001.
    BIRT the GSU oppose an increase to the budget for the FPEH (Athletics) for 2000/2001.
  • Position – Council – April 26/2000
    BIRT the GSU oppose the use of the Hart House temporary fee increase for funding a HH elevator.
  • Position – Council – March 27, 2001
    BIRT GSU direct its reps at COSS to approve the students services budget for 2001/2002.
    …at COSS to approve the 2% increase in 2001/2002 budget fro Hart House.
    …at COSS to approve the 2001/2002 budget for Student Affairs
    (DAR motion to increase fee to $179.56 failed.)
  • Policy – Council – Dec. 11/01
    BIRT the GSU commit itself, its members and its representatives to oppose requests from the DAR and Hart House for capital levies or fee increases for building improvements, unless these requests are approved by a 2/3 vote of the Council of the GSU.
  • Policy – Council – Jan. 27/03
    BIRT the GSU does not support the operating plan for Hart House for 2003/04.
    BIFRT the GSU call on the University to reinstate funding for capital projects for Hart House.
  • Position – Council – Feb. 24/04
    BIRT the GSU Council directs its COSS representatives to approve a 6.67% increases for the Faculty of Physical Education and Health for 2004-2005.
    …its COSS representatives to approve a 2.0% increase for Student Affairs for 2004-2005.
    …its COSS representatives to approve a 3.5% increase for Hart House for 2004-2005.
    …its COSS representatives to approve a 2% increase for Student Services for 2004/2005.
  • Position – Feb. 24/04
    BIRT GSU reiterates its call for increased public funding and central University support for co-curricular activities.
  • Position – Feb. 28/05
    BIRT the GSU join with AGSAE in their opposition of 25-30% parking increases for unreserved and reserved spaces approved at UTM in the 2005-2006 academic year.
    BIFRT the GSU express this opposition at the University Affairs Board meeting where the annual UTM parking and budget is considered.
    BIRT the GSU join AGSAE in their opposition of graduate and fmaily residence fee increases of 6%, approved at UTM in the 2005-2006 academic year.
    BIFRT the GSU express this opposition at the University Affairs Board meeting where the annual UTM residence budgets are considered.
  • Position – Council Feb. 28/05
    BIRT the GSU support the 2005/2006 operating plan and budget for the Council on Athletics and Recreation.
    BIRT GSU reject the 2005/2006 operating plan and budget for the Office of Student Affairs.
    BIRT GSU support the 2005/2006 operating plan and budget for Hart House.
    BIRT GSU support the 2005/2006 operating plan and budget at Student Services.
  • Position – Council – March 1/06
    DAR – The GSU reject the 2006/2007 operating plan and budget for the Faculty of Physical Education and Health.
    Hart House Fee – The GSU reject the 2006/2007 operating plan and budget for Hart House. Student Affairs Fee – The GSU reject the 2006/2007 operating plan and budget for Student Affairs.
    Student Services – The GSU reject the 2006/2007 operating plan and budget for Student Services.
    Health Services – The GSU support a 3.5% increase to the Health Services fee for 2006/2007.
  • Position – Council March 28/07
    BIRT the GSU condemns the University Affairs Board (UAB) request to reconvene the Council on Student Service (COSS) on budgetary items previously rejected.
    BIFRT the GSU withdraw its voting members of COSS from any further meetings regarding the 2007-2008 operation plans.
  • Position – Council – April 25/07
    BIRT the GSU voting members of COSS will not vote in favour of increases without a motion from the GSU Council authorizing them to do so.
  • Council on Student Services

    Feb. 25/2010
    BIRT GSU Council direct cost representatives to vote in favour of a 3.52% ($2.35) increase of Hart House fees ($66.76 + $2.35 = $69.11).
    BIRT GSU Council direct our COSS representatives to vote in favour of an increase of $5.77 for full-time students and an increase of $1.16 for part-time students for Student Life and Services Fees.

  • Council – April 29/2010
    BIRT Council be mandated to invite the Office of Student Life, Hart House and the Faculty of Physical Education to present a summary of their budgets to the GSU General Council prior to the COSS vote.

Women’s Issues

  • Positions – Council Nov. 28/89
    BIRT the GSU remind the SGS of the inequities of female student enrollment
    across the divisions.
  • Policy – Council Dec. 12/89
    BIRT the Council of the GSU calls on the campus community to respond to this most recent and most extreme example of violence against women (the Montreal massacre) by fully funding and supporting the Women©ˆs Centre in its struggle against overt and covert forms of sexism at the U of T, and by lobbying the central administration to work towards eliminating systemic discrimination against women at the University.
    BIRT the GSU Council direct the GSU Treasurer automatically to withdraw $10.per course union from the second head grant allotments, unless directed otherwise by the individual course unions by Dec. 21/89, with the total amount to go the U of T Women’s Centrre in memory of the women who lost their lives in Montreal on Dec. 6/89.
  • Policy – Council Jan. 30/90
    BIRT the GSU adopt the following policy:
    The GSU supports the fundamental right of all women to control their own bodies, including:
    -freedom of choice in the matter of reproduction
    -access to safe medical abortion procedures in an atmosphere of respect and support
    -abortion services paid by medicare as a medical procedure
    -guaranteed access, without restrictions, to family planning methods and abortions
    -education and information about sexual choices and responsibilities
    -pre and post-abortion counselling
    -opposing the implementation of any criminal law concerning abortion
  • Policy – Council Nov. 27/90
    BIRT the GSU recognizes Dec 6 as “A Day to Remember, a Time to Change”.
  • Position – Council Apr. 30/91
    BIRT the Council of the GSU accept the report of the Maternity Leave Policy Committee, and
    BIFRT the Council urges the SGS to adopt the recommendations  of the Maternity Leave Policy Committee (SGS did-3 term maternity leave and a 1-term parental leave, with deadlines for completion extended by the period of time taken.)
  • Position – Council Apr. 25/95
    GSU donate $100 towards the fund for Dec. 6 Educational Fund.
  • Position – Council-Jan.26/93
    BIRT the GSU Council supports the recommendations in the “Report to the President from the Committee Reviewing the Status of Women Officer”, especially those that address the need for a fulltime office, and those addressing the issues of gender bias in the classroom.
  • Position – Council Oct. 27/97
    BIRT the GSU Council strongly supports the teacher’s unions in their opposition to Bill 160.
  • Policy – Council April 28/03
    BIRT the GSU Council accept the draft memorandum of agreement between the Women’s Centre and the GSU.

GSU Operational Policy

  • Referendum March 1987 – Carried
    “Do you approve of a GSU fee increase of $13 per full-time graduate student beginning in the 1988/89 academic year, with cost-of-living increments in subsequent years.  The cost-of-living increase would be determined annually by a vote of the GSU General Council (which is composed of representatives from 70 graduate depts. centre and institutes). The amount would be equal to or less than the increase in the Statistics Canada annual Consumer Price Index up to a maximum of 5% per year.  Council would also have the option of rejecting any cost of living increase.”
    * Council – Feb. 27/90 –  approve 5% increase in COLA – 1990/91- $44.10
    * Council – Feb. 26/91 – approve 4.7% increase in COLA – 1991/92- $46.12
    * Council – Feb. 25/92 – approve 2.8% increase in COLA – 1992/93 -$47.44
    * -no increase during 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96
    * Council – 1996/97- $48.44
    * Council – Feb. 24/97 – approve 2.5% increase in COLA – 1997/98- $49.66
    * Council – April 1/98 – approve a 1.9% COLA increase – 1998/99 -$50.60
    * Council- Feb. 23/99-approve a 0.9% incres (.46) -1999/00- $51.06
    * Council-Feb. 24/2000-approve a 2.9% COLA  increase ($1.48) – 2000/2001-$52.54
    * Council-Mar. 27/2001-approve 0% increase for 2001/2002
    * Council-Feb. 25/02-approve 0% increase for 2002/2003
    * Sept. 25/90
    BIRT the honorarium of the GSU Secretary be increased from 50% of a full-time TA to 75% of a full-time TA.
    * Council – Mar. 31/92
    BIRT the GSU endorse the raising of the Chairperson honorarium from $50. to$70 per meeting.
    * Council – Oct. 29/91
    Council voted on Executive Motion to pay honoraria to the 4 Executive-At-Large (…will be paid $700. per term, ($2100 for a 12 month period) with cost-of-living adjustments made annually on September 1).Council Jan. 26/93 – no COLA increase (no increase 1994 and 1995)
  • Policy – Council-Jan. 26/93
    -wording for referendum reaffirming commitment to, and membership in, the CFS, fee to go from $4. to $6 for CFS, and $3. to $5. for CFS-Ontario.
    * March 29/2000 – Council approved CFS increase of 2.5% = $6.56 and CFS-O of 2.9% = $5.46
  • Policy-Council Mar. 27, 2001
    …3% increase (.20) in the CFS portion …for 2001/2002 (total $6.76)
    …3.3% increase (.18) in the CFS-O portion…for 2001/2002 (total $5.65)
  • Policy – Council – Dec. 13/94
    BIRT the Guidelines for Conference Funding be adopted (attached).
  • Position –  Council Apr. 1/98
    BIRT if the GSU can recuperate more funds from the UofT than projected, the
    change be applied to offset future fee increases.
  • Position – Council Jan. 26/2000
    BIRT the GSU thank the Provost for his contribution to GSU conference funding.
  • Position – Council Sept. 22/03
    BIRT GSU Council approve co-signing of a line of credit application for up to $10,000 for the Peer Review Magazine.
    BIFRT it is understood by both parties that no money shall be transferred out of GSU accounts, and the GSU will not directly loan or otherwise disburse funds to the Peer Review, but instead wll, if necessary, only co-sign a line-of-credit application and thereby secure such funds, and;
    BIFRT this motion be contingent on the incorporated entity of the Peer Review signing an agreement with the GSU and financial institution pledging full repayment of the loan, offering as collateral assets of the corporation, and acknowledging that these funds are in no way an additional grant to the magazine.
    BIFRT the line of credit be repaid and closed within 3 years.
  • Policy – Executive Oct. 08/03
    The Graduate Students’ Union is committed to the principle that accessible, equitable and inclusive policies and practices benefit, not just persons with disabilities, but also the organization, all our members, and the community as a whole.
    It is therefore important for the GSU to ensure that all feel welcome at our meetings, socials and events. With this in mind, it becomes important to ensure that we have a set of guidelines, or checklist, in place for us to use in planning events. In this way, we can serve as leaders by example within the University of Toronto community, and we can strengthen our commitment to our ideals.
    These guidelines are meant to deepen our awareness and education about the issues that affect accessibility to our events. Each event will have its own special set of circumstances, so this set of guidelines should be taken as neither complete nor applicable under all circumstances. It is a commitment to question, to learn, and to enhance our commitment to accessibility and equity here at the GSU.Access for commuter students
    – 
    Does the event start at a reasonable hour for commuter graduate students, either during or after their workday (between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.)?
    – Does the event conclude at a reasonable hour for commuter students, so that they are able to get home within a reasonable time period?
    – Note that for GO commuters, the last regular trains leave Union station between 7 and 7:30p.m.
    – Note that for TTC commuters, the time taken to return home increases the later an event finishes, and that an ideal time of completion is 9:00-9:30 p.m.Transportation
    – Is the location TTC-accessible?
    – Are there sufficient bike racks for parking?Physical Accessibility
    – Is the building accessible?
    – Ramps/sloping sidewalks?
    – Door openers?
    – Accessible elevators?
    – Is the meeting room itself accessible?
    – Door easy to open/door opener?
    – Wheelchair/scooter parking space?
    – Are there accessible washrooms on the same floor, or within close proximity to the meeting space?
    – Is there accessible parking nearby?Sensory accessibility
    – 
    Is there appropriate signage for the event?
    – Signs at eye level
    – Signs in large print, with high contrast writing
    – Is there appropriate lighting at the event?
    – Are there ASL interpreters or hearing assistive devices on hand if necessary?
    – Are there readable handouts for those with low vision or low hearing?
    – Is the event accessible to guide dogs?
    – Does the event conclude at a time that is reasonable for those with low night vision?Space and food
    – 
    Is the environment scent-free?
    – Is there food that caters to a variety of cultural/religious needs?
    – Is the food healthy and diverse?
    – Is there an adequate supply of vegetarian and vegan fare?
  • Environment
    – 
    Use of biodegradable/recyclable items
    – Keep paper use to a minimumCommunications
    – 
    Use clear, easy to understand language in all communications
    – Legible written communications
    – Braille format available if necessary
    – Communicate accessibility on all event listingsFamily
    – 
    Communicate our childcare policy
    – Ensure events are held at family-friendly times
  • Policy – Council Nov. 24/03
    BIRT the GSU executive recommend an advance to The Peer Review of $1,500 (of the $2,500 start up grant), conditional on filing of incorporation papers with Industry Canada.
  • Policy – Council Dec. 10/03
    BIRT the Clause 8.1 of the GSU Memorandum of Agreement with the Peer Review be amended to read: “…..membership address list for mailing….only used for the mailing of the Magazine….must be securely disposed of after mailing…..agreement regarding restricted us of the address list…..students may opt-out  at any time”.
  • Position – Council Jan. 29/04
    BIRT the GSU pose the following referenda questions:
    Question 1:
    I agree to authorize the GSU to collect a refundable incidental fee of $1.25 per issues ($5.00 per academic year) from all full and part-time graduate students on behalf of The Peer Review graduate studdnt magazine, starting in the 2004/2005 academic year.  This would allow The Peer Review to publish and distribute the magazine to all 11,000+ graduate students four times per academic year, and offer free-of-charge advertising space for graduate students and course unions to promote their events and services.  Individual students can receive a refund of the full fee in the 30 days following the mailing of the first issue of the academic year.
    Question 2:
    I authorize the Council of the GSU to approve annual cost-of-living adjustments to the incidental fee for The Peer Review magazine.
    FYI – this passed.
  • Policy – Council Feb. 24/04
    BIRT GSU Council approve a 3% inflationary increase in the GSU fee for 2004/2005 ($54.02 + $1.62  = $55.64).
    BIRT the GSU Council approve a 2.8% increase ($0.20) in the CFS portion of the GSU fee for 2004/2005 ($7.00 + $0.20  = $7.20)
    BIFRT the GSU approve a 2.7% increase ($0.16) in the Ontario Component of the CFS portion of the GSU fee for 2004/2005 ($5.84 + $0.16 = $6.00).
  • Policy – Council Feb. 24/04
    BIRT the GSU council approve running a referendum on the following question:
    I authorise an increase of $1.00 ($0.50 for part-time students) in the extra levy of Downtown Legal Services, which would take effect in September 2004. The GSU will collect this refundable, annual incidental fee on behalf of DLS. If approved, the annual fee would increase from $2.00 to $3.00 for every full-time graduate student and from $1.00 to $1.50 for every part-time graduate student.
    FYI – this passed
  • Policy – Council Feb. 24/04
    BIRT Article 7.2 (a) of the GSU By-law be amended as follows:
    (a) All Officers of the Corporation shall be Members of the Corporation at least

    one term

    before seeking election and shall continue to be Members of the Corporation while in office.  Should an Officer of the Corporation cease to be a Member of the Corporation, s/he shall resign office immediately.

  • Policy – Council April 27/04
    BIRT the GSU Council implement the following recommendations of the CRO:

    • That the GSU review the Policy Document to establish a minimum voter turnout for referenda determined by GSU Council to be of importance, such as those that may result in large changes to ancillary fees assessed to any student or group of students.
    • That GSU Council form a committee to investigate a strategy to enhance voter turn-out and participation, with the mandate of making recommendations to the GSU Council for the November 2004 Council meeting.
      • It is also recommended that this committee examine Section 1.05 of the Policy Document and make any recommendations needed to implement the strategy developed by the committee.
      • It is further recommended that no further referenda that involve part-time students be undertaken until Council has had a chance to discuss the recommendations of this committee.

    Executive Motion Carried

  • Policy – Executive Aug. 17/04
    BIRT the GSU provide funding for multi-campus orientation events.  A minimum of 5 students must be registered at either UTM or UTSC.  Funding for multi-campus orientation events will be provided at a rate of $10 per student, on a first come, first served basis, up to $1000. (got financial support from Vice-Provost Students.  Applications for funding should be sent to the GSU Vice-President Internal, outlining the nature of the event and how it fosters inter-campus relations.)
  • Policy – Executive Oct. 2/04
    If a member of the GSU Executive or a person designated by the Executive is officially representing the GSU at an event in the GTA not located on the St. George campus, the GSU will reimburse the member for the cost of transportation to and from the event. Members are encouraged to utilize public transit (TTC/GO) when possible, but when safety or practicality prohibits the use of transit, members should use a taxi service or their own vehicle. Transit and taxi costs will be reimbursed for the full amount, while milage will be reimbursed at the rate of $0.25/km.If a member of the GSU Executive or a person designated by the Executive is offiically representing the GSU at an event on the St. George campus, and if the member is driving to and from the event, the GSU will not reimburse the member for the cost of transportation. If the member is not driving, s/he should use a taxi service and will be reimbursed the full taxi fare to and/or from the event, provided that one of the following conditions applies:
    a) safety prohibits the use of public transit, or
    b) there is not efficient public transit route at the time the event starts/finishes.If a member of the GSU Executive or a person designated by the Executive is officially representing the GSU at an event outside the GTA, the member shall consult with the Executive regarding travel expenses prior to the event.Requests for reimbursement shall be directed to the Financial Administrator or the Treasurer.
  • Policy – Council Jan. 31/05
    BIRT the GSU rotate polling stations in an effort to increase voter participation and accessibility among the GSU membership.
    BIRT the GSU adopt the option of mail-in balloting for all members with the following provisions:
    – the mail-in ballot be of a different form than the standard ballot used at polling stations
    – the mail-in ballot be delivered electronically with full instructions, only to members who request a mail-in ballot from the GSU.
  • (a) Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) to GSU fee
    BIRT the GSU Council approve a 1.9% inflationary increase in the GSU fee for 2005/2006 ($55.64 + $1.06 = $56.70).
    BIFRT this increase be collected in two equal instalments.
    Executive Motion (requires a 2/3 yes vote to pass) Carried (1 opposed)
    (b) Canadian Federation of Students, and CFS-Ontario COLA Adjustment
    BIRT the GSU Council approve a 1.67% increase ($0.12) in the CFS portion of the GSU fee for 2005/2006 ($7.20 + $0.12 = $7.32).
    BIFRT the GSU approve a 1.67% increase ($0.10) in the Ontario Component of the CFS portion of the GSU fee for 2005/2006 ($6.00 + $0.10 = $6.10)
    Executive Motion (requires a 2/3 yes vote to pass) Carried (2 opposed)
  • Policy – Council Feb. 28/05
    BIRT GSU Council approve an increase of up to 15.3% in the GSU health insurance premium to maintain benefits.
    BIRT the GSU Council approve running a referendum on the following question:“I authorize the Graduate Students’ Union to increase the incidental fee collected for my supplementary health insurance by up to $6.48 to add eye exams as a benefit ($75 every 2 years) to the 2005/2006 coverage.
  • Policy – Council Feb. 28/05
    BIRT the GSU Council approve running a referendum on the following question:“I authorize the Graduate Students’ Union to collect a health insurance incidental feel of up to $X, from all part-time graduate student members of the GSU.  This would allow part-time graduate students to join the 12-month health insurance plan supplementary to OHIP and UHIP currently covering full-tile graduate students.  If passed, part-time graduate student coverage would begin September 1, 2005.
  • Course Unions

    Council – October 30/07
    Be it resolved that the two new course unions from the School of Public Policy and Governance and the Degree Program in Women’s Studies, respectively, be formally recognized and welcomed to the GSU General Council.Council – Jan. 29/10
    BIRT the Master of Management and Professional Accounting Mississauga Course Union Constitution be accepted.Council – April 29/10
    BIRT we approve the constitution of the Cinema Studies Course Union.

  • HDI

    Council – April 29/08
    “Be it resolved that the GSU General Council ratifies a decrease of 17.5% ($ 136.80 – $ 24.16 = $ 112.64) in the GSU Dental Insurance Plan premium for the 2008/2009 academic year. Be it further resolved that this fee be collected as two equal sessional amounts.”“Be it resolved that the GSU General Council approves an increase of up to 12% ($ 189.36 + $ 22.60 = $ 211.96) in the GSU Health Insurance Plan premium for the 2008/2009 academic year. Be it further resolved that this fee be collected as two equal sessional amounts.”Council – April 30/09
    Be it resolved that the GSU Council approve allocating $5,000 from the 2008/09 health insurance surplus to support the 2008/09 health and dental plan administration costs.
    Be it further resolved that the GSU Council approve this addition to the GSU Policy Document: 3.01 (h) A designated fund, the Health and Dental Insurance Administration Fund, shall be created to subsidize the costs of administering the GSU health and dental plans. The Fund will be established with the remaining $37,000 surplus from the 2008/09 health plan surplus, and can be spent over 3 or more years.
    Be it further resolved that the GSU Health and Dental Insurance Committee oversee the administration of the Health and Dental Insurance Administration Fund.

    Council – Feb. 26/08
    “Be it resolved that the GSU General Council approves an increase of up to 5% in the GSU Health Plan premium for the 2008/2009 academic year in order to maintain the current level of benefits.
    Be it further resolved that this fee be collected as two equal sessional amounts.”

    “Be it resolved that the GSU General Council approves an increase of up to 5% in the GSU Dental Plan premium for the 2008/2009 academic year in order to maintain the current level of benefits.
    Be it further resolved that this fee be collected as two equal sessional amounts.”

    Council March – 26/09
    Be it resolved that the GSU Council ratify an increase in the GSU Health Plan premium of 2.4% ($208.96+$4.88=$213.84) and an increase in the GSU Administration Fee of 2.0% ($3.00+$0.06=$3.06) for a total of $216.90 for the 2009-2010 academic year with modifications to the plan – adding new benefits and adding back the benefits removed during the last academic year.
    Be it further resolved that this fee be collected as two equal sessional amounts.

    Be it resolved that the GSU Council ratify an increase in the GSU Dental Plan premium of 7.57% ($109.64+$8.30=$117.94) and an increase in the GSU Administration Fee of 2.0% ($3.00+$0.06=$3.06) for a total of $121.00 for the 2009-2010 academic year.
    Be it further resolved that this fee be collected as two equal sessional amounts.

    Council – Feb. 25/10
    BIRT GSU Council approve the following Health Insurance Administration Fee referendum question: I agree to authorize the Graduate Students’ Union to increase the administrative fee by 50 cents per session from all full-time graduate students ($1 per academic year), on behalf of the Graduate Students’ Union Health Insurance Plan effective September 1, 2010. This would results in a total administrative fee of $4.06 per year ($2.03 per session). (passed)

    BIRT GSU Council approve the following Dental Insurance Administration Fee referendum question: I agree to authorize the Graduate Students’ Union to increase the administrative fee by 50 cents per session from all graduate students ($1 per academic year), on behalf of the Graduate Students’ Union Dental Insurance Plan effective September 1, 2010.   This would result in a total administrative fee of $4.06 per year ($2.03 per session). (passed)

    Council – March 25/2010
    Be it Resolved That (BIRT) the GSU General Council ratify a decrease in the GSU Health Plan premium of -2% ($213.90 – $4.21 = $209.69) + GSU Admin Fee of $4.06 for a total of  $213.75 for the 2010-2011 academic year with no changes to the plan.
    Be it further resolved that (BIFRT) this fee be collected as two equal sessional amounts.

    BIRT the GSU General Council ratify an increase in the GSU Dental Plan premium of 10% ($117.94 + $11.79 = $123.73) + GSU Admin Fee of $4.06 for a total of $133.79 for the 2010-2011 academic year with no changes to the plan.
    BIFRT this fee be collected in two equal sessional amounts.

  • CFS

    Council – March 26/08
    “Be it resolved that the GSU General Council approves an increase of $ 0.16 (2.1%) in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) portion of the GSU fee for the 2008/2009 academic year ($ 7.64 + $ 0.16 = $ 7.80).
    Be it further resolved that the GSU General Council approves an increase of $ 0.14 (2.2%) in the Ontario component of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS-Ontario) portion of the GSU fee for the 2008/2009 academic year ($ 6.36 + $ 0.14 = $ 6.50).
    Be it further resolved that these fees be collected as two equal sessional amounts.”Council – March 26/09
    Be it resolved that the GSU Council approve an increase of $0.18 (2.3%) in the Canadian Federation of Students portion of the GSU fee for 2009/2010 ($7.80+$0.18=$7.98).Be it further resolved that the GSU Council approve an increase of $0.16 (2.5%) in the Ontario Component of the CFS portion of the GSU fee for 2009/2010 ($6.50+$0.16+$6.66).
    Be it further resolved that these fees be collected as two equal sessional amounts.

    Council – Feb. 25/10
    BIRT GSU Council approve a 0.5% ($0.04) cost-of-living increase in the Canadian Federation of Students portion of the GSU fee for 2010/2011 ($7.98 + $0.04 = $8.02).
    BIFRT GSU Council approve a 0.3% ($0.02) cost-of-living increase in the Ontario Component of the Canadian Federation of Students portion of the GSU fee for 2010/2011 ($6.66 + $0.02 = $6.68).
    BIFRT these fees be collected as two equal sessional amounts.

  • Peer Review Magazine

    March 26/09
    “Be it resolved that the levy funds collected for the Peer Review magazine for the 2007/2008 academic year ($ 5.08) be made available for refund to graduate students, and that any remaining funds be held in trust by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) until the 2008/2009 academic year. The magazine will not be required to produce issues that were to be published during the 2007/2008 academic year and the GSU will not hold the magazine in breach of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for lack of publication.”“Be it resolved that the University of Toronto Administration be directed not to collect a levy for the Peer Review magazine for the 2008/2009 academic year. The magazine will not be required to publish during the 2008/2009 academic year and the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) will not hold the magazine in breach of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for not publishing. Therefore, the Graduate Students’ Union is not responsible for providing funds to the magazine should it choose to publish an issue.”“Be it resolved that the following addition be made to the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Peer Review magazine: ‘Should the magazine dissolve/cease to exist, then all collected funds may be disseminated in a manner deemed appropriate by GSU General Council vote’.”

    Council – Feb. /09
    Be it resolved that the University of Toronto be notified that collection of the Peer Review incidental fee be terminated permanently.

  • Sustainability Policy

    Council – Oct. 1/09
    Be it resolved that the GSU Sustainability Policy be adopted by the GSU General Council.AGM Nov. 26/09
    Be it resolved that the GSU Sustainability Policy be adopted by the GSU.Council – March 29/2011
    Be it resolved that the GSU General Council adopts the amendments to the GSU Sustainability Policy Section 1.1 “Paper Policy”.

  • Student Services and Resources Fund

    Council – Oct. 1/09
    Be it resolved that the Student Services and Resources Fund donate $6,000 to the University of Toronto Student Food Bank,…$12,000 to Bike Chain.Council – Feb. 25/2010
    BIRT $2500 be donated to the Partners in Health charitable organization as emergency relief to Haiti to the Stand with Haiti campaign, from the GSU Student Services and Resources fund;
    BIFRT $2500 be donated to the Sawatzky Family Foundation for the SOPUDEP as emergency relief to Haiti from the GSU Student Services and Resources Fund.
    BIRT an additional $2500 be donated from the GSU Student Services and Resources Fund to each of the Partners in Health charitable organization and the Sawatzky Family Foundation as emergency relief to Haiti.
    BIFRT the GSU Student Services and Resources Fund Working Group be advised of this additional donation.Council – April 29/2010
    BIRT the recommendations of the SSRF Working Group ($10,550) be approved by Council ($5000 Daily Bread Food Bank, $5000 Eva’s Iniatives, $550 Scientific Instrument Collection at UofT).

  • Bike Chain

    Council – Oct. 1/09
    Be it resolved that the GSU hold a referendum in the winter term 2010 asking for a levy of $1 per year per full-time graduate student, and 50 cents/year/part-time graduate student, starting Sept. 1, 2010 for the UofT Bike Chain.Council – Feb.25/2010
    BIRT GSU Council approve the following Bikechain referendum question: I agree to authorize the Graduate Students’ Union to collect an incidental fee (refundable within 3 weeks of registration) of 50 cents per session from all full-time graduate students ($1 per academic year, 50 cents per academic year from all part-time graduate students) on behalf of the University of Toronto Bikechain, effective September 1, 2010. (passed)

  • By-laws and Policies

    April
    “Be it resolved that the GSU General Council amends the GSU Policy Document as presented.” (Emergency Fund/Summer Spending Authority/Spend Money with Notice/Memorandum of Agreement with GSAS and UTMAGS)Council – Jan. 29/09
    Be it resolved that article 7.1 of the Bylaws be replaced with the following: (Executive composition)Be it further resolved that article 7.5 (a) of the Bylaws be replaced with the following: (conduct at meetings)

    Be it further resolved that articles 7.7 through 7.12 of the Bylaws be replaced with the following: (Officers to Commissioners)

    Be it further resolved that article 7.13 of the Bylaws be replaced with the following: (Other Executive duties)

    Be it further resolved that in Section 3.11 (a) of the Policies the following sentence: (Executive honoraria)

    Be it further resolved that the following be added as Section 3.10 (a) (iii) of the Policies: (Executive reports)

    Council – April 30/09
    Be it resolved that the GSU Council approve this addition to the GSU Policy Document: 3.01 (i) A designated fund, the Student Services and Resources Fund, be established with the $62,000 remaining funds from the 2007/2008 Peer Review levy.
    Be it further resolved that a Student Services and Resources Working Group make recommendations on the use of the fund to the GSU Council.

    Be it resolved that all references to GSU Officers in the bylaws be updated to reflect the new Executive structure.

  • GSU Fee

    Council 25/2010
    BIRT GSU Council approve a 1.2% ($0.70) cost-of-living increase in the GSU fee for 2010/11 ($57.90 + $0.70 = $58.60.
    BIFRT this fee be collected as two equal sessional amounts.

Miscellaneous

  • Policy – Council Dec. 11/90
    BIRT the GSU supports the U of Toronto Green Master Plan.
    BIFRT the GSU calls on the U of T administration and Governing Council to implement the recommendations of the Green Master Plan.
  • Policy – Council – Oct. 1/91
    The GSU call upon the library to extend the borrowing time and improve their
    renewal policy by increasing the number of possible renewals.
  • Policy – Council Oct. 25/94
    BIRT this council meeting and all subsequent Council meetings not extend past two and one half hours.  After that time, a motion is required to extend meeting by half hour increments.
  • Policy – Council Mar. 26/02
    BIRT-all Council business in 2 1/2 hours, including guest speakers.
  • Position – Council-Apr. 26/94
    GSU call upon the CFS to add 25% of the fees paid by graduate student members to double the budget line item to support the hiring of a staff member to work on graduate student issues.
  • Position – Council Sept. 29/97
    BIRT the GSU Executive be directed to look into diverting money form the Poster campaign in the washrooms to fund the office of the Ombudsperson.
  • Policy-Council Dec.8/98
    BIRT the Council of the GSU adapt the attached anti-racist policy.
    BIFRT the Council of the GSU direct the GSU Executive to implement recommendation 7 of the attached policy immediately.
    March 1999 – Policy on Community Group Use of GSU facitilities ….available from GSU
  • Position Council Jan. 26/99
    BIRT the GSU urge the CFS to lobby Health Canada to change the Canadian Blood Services questionnaire to eliminate the appearance of racism and homophobia.
  • Position Council Feb. 23/99
    BIRT GSU Ex. inquires about Downtown Legal Services poor response in dealing with graduate students complaints.
  • Position Council Feb. 23/99
    BIRT GSU Council supports the development of an “Ethical Purchasing Policy” for the UofT.
    (won after 10 day sit-in in President’s office by Students Against Sweatshops)
  • Position – Council Oct. 25/99
    BIRT GSU Council call upon the university to recognize the building currently occupied by the Varsity newspaper (44 St. George St.) as a historical site, and to ensure its preservation when construction the Centre for Information Technology.  (it was saved)
  • Positions – Council Jan. 26/2000
    BIRT GSU Council suspend Article 9.1 Vacation and Termination of Office (of GSU constitution).  (GSU President not allowed to register.)
  • Position – Council Oct. 30, 2000
    The GSU condemns the recent use of force against Elan Ohayon during his arrest at Allan Gardens.
    BIFRT the GSU make inquiry of the chief of police for the justification of the use of violence in this arrest. (Elan had slept in Allan Gardens for a year to protest lack of affordable housing and homelessness.)
  • Position – Council Jan. 30, 2001
    BIRT GSU Council donate $200. to J. McQuillan (lost her possessions in a fire).
  • Position – Council April 24, 2001
    GSU Council accept the report of the Special Cttee. on Graduate Student Representation and direct the 2001/2002 Executive Cttee. to begin a process of implementation and report to Council in Sept.
  • Policy – Council Sept. 24/01
    BIRT the GSU call on SGS to create a new student status of “full-time student on approved leave” for the purpose of loans repayment during the period of approved leave.
  • Policy Council Oct. 31, 2001
    “BIRT the GSU recognizes the University’s need for web-based voting in electing student governors.”
  • Policy Council Nov.26/01
    BIRT the GSU call on UofT to review food quality, diversity and labour practices w/r/t Sodexho-Marriott.
  • Position Council Feb. 25/02
    BIRT the GSU support the People’s Assembly development of an alternative to the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Policy Council March 26/02
    BIRT the GSU oppose linking non-academic offences to transcripts (Code of Student Conduct).
  • Position – Council Dec. 10/02
    BIRT final agreement below be approved by Council.
    BIRT the GSU provide $500 from “Sundry Projects” and $2000 from “Contingency” in one-time start-up funding to “Smart Magazine”.
    BIFRT the GSU endorse that “Smart Magazine-Graduate Students’ Union Memorandum of Agreement” under the condition that a clause(s) be added to ensure that “Smart Magazine” and the “GSU Newsletter” insert will be fully independent publications and each organization will be solely responsible for editorial content, considerations of due diligence, and indemnification, and that clause 4.1 be amended.
    BIFRT no monies are disbursed to “Smart Magazine” until it has been incorporated and the final agreement has been approved by the GSU Council.
  • Policy – Council – Jan. 27/03
    BIRT the GSU endorse the OSMART Magazine-Graduate Students’ Union Memorandum of Agreement”.
  • Position – Council April 28/03
    BIRT the GSu produce its survival handbook as a supplement to “Getting There” as a pilot project for 2003.
  • Policy – Council – April 28/03
    BIRT the GSU Executive be permitted to provide posters promoting GSU services and events on an ad hoc basis to Student Affairs for distribution in the Zoom media frames across campus.
  • Policy – Council April 28/03
    BIRT the GSU Council accept the (GSU) policy document as amended.
  • Position – Council April 28/03
    BIRT the GSU Council consider the Part-Time student turnout to be insufficient for approval of the results of the PRT health insurance referendum.
  • Position – Council Sept. 22/03
    BIRT Council approve donating $200 to help SAC bring Norman Finkelstein to campus, provided the Executive is satisfied every reasonable effort to arrange a debater was attempted.
  • Position – Council – Oct. 4/2004
    BIRT the GSU recognizes the importance of external examiners in PhD final examinations and requests reinstatement of funding for external examiners.