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UTGSU Digest: Office Closure for the Winter Break & Office of the University Ombudsperson Feedback Form – December 14, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Office Closure for the Winter Break
2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation

5. 2018 Governing Council Student Nominations
6. Three-Year Initiative to Improve Graduate Education and Funding
7. Winter Welcome Social
8. Christmas Market Event with the International Students’ Caucus
9. Office of the University Ombudsperson: UTGSU Feedback Form
10. Student Journal Forum 2018

 

1. UTGSU Office Closure for the Winter Break
The UTGSU Office Reception and Health and Dental Insurance Office will be closed on Monday, December 18, 2017, to January 2, 2018, and re-opening to regularly scheduled hours on January 3, 2018. If you require additional information during our office closure in relation to your health and dental plan, you can find more information on the Student Care website at www.studentcare.ca. Please refer to their ‘Contact Us’ page for additional information about their holiday hours and emergency contact information. If you are faced with an academic advocacy issue during our office closure, you can refer to the resources available on the UTGSU Academic Advocacy webpage. If you need to get in touch with the UTGSU directly, you can email Dave Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered by your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU and pay fees to The University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.

3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: 
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca. 

5. 2018 Governing Council Student Nominations
The University of Toronto is looking for prospective candidates that are either full-time or part-time students at U of T in a program that leads to a degree, post-secondary diploma or certificate to serve as an elected student governor. Governors are collectively and individually stewards of the University and are asked to contribute to decisions that affect the University’s current and future achievements. Prospective candidates are advised to review the Elections Guidelines 2018 at the following website: http://uoft.me/GCElections2018Nomination forms will be available at http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/Governing_Council/elections.htm between 12:00 on Thursday, January 4, 2018, and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018. Paper copies will be available in the Office of the Governing Council, Room 106, Simcoe Hall, 27 King’s College Circle.

6. Three-Year Initiative to Improve Graduate Education and Funding
The Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto has introduced a three-pronged approach to improve graduate education for doctoral-stream students in Arts & Science programs on all three U of T campuses. Branden Rizzuto, the UTGSU Executive-at-Large 1, worked very closely with the Vice-Dean of Graduate Education & Program Reviews to have this information available online. To view, visit the following link: https://goo.gl/9CMGFb.

7. Winter Welcome Social
The UTGSU and Hart House, with sponsorship from SGS, have partnered on a Winter Welcome Social for the new year. The event will take place on January 10, 2018 from 5-7pm in the Hart House Music Room and all returning and incoming graduate students across all three campuses are welcome to attend. The event will be filled with winter-themed snacks, games and a raffle draw for individual prizes worth up to $60. More information on the event can be found at: https://goo.gl/h3kgM6.

8. Christmas Market Event with the International Students’ Caucus
Join the International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and other international students for a free tour of the Distillery District at the Toronto Christmas Market on Tuesday, December 19. Information on the tour can be found at: www.gotourscanada.com/walking-tours. The ISC will meet at St.George Station by the corner of Time Horton’s at 2:40pm. The cost of TTC tokens to the event will be covered by the ISC. RSVP at: ISC Christmas Market Registration. Space is limited to a first come first serve basis. Follow the ISC on Facebook at: ISC Facebook page to stay updated on other upcoming events.

9. Office of the University Ombudsperson: UTGSU Feedback Form
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Executive Committee is asking for current University of Toronto graduate students to provide feedback on the Office of the University Ombudsperson, which provides impartial, confidential advice to students on current university policies and procedures. The hope is to provide meaningful feedback on how the service could be improved. The UTGSU Executive Committee will then take this data and put it together in a written report for The Office of the Ombudsperson Review Committee to consider. This survey is anonymous and personal information will not be collected. Please complete the survey before January 2, 2018. https://goo.gl/forms/XleMeojP5CHOy2lV2.

10. Student Journal Forum 2018
Are you involved in student journal publishing? Ever thought of starting your own journal? University of Toronto Libraries will be hosting a Student Journal Forum that will bring together student journal editors, or those looking to start a journal, to discuss best practices as well as resources and services to help sustain your publication. There will be short presentations focused on helping student editors learn more about the journal process. Happening on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 10am – 1:30pm at Robarts Library in the Robert H. Blackburn Room (4th floor). Online registration now open. Visit the Student Journal Forum website for more information on this free event.

 

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