UTGSU Weekly Digest: UTGSU Spring Conference Bursary & Revised U of T Mandated Leave of Absence Policy – May 10th, 2018

May 10th, 2018

Digest

1. Travel Insurance
2. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
3. UTGSU Summer Office Hours
4. UTGSU Gym Summer Schedule

5. Revised U of T Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
6. UTGSU Conference Bursary: Now Accepting for Spring 2018 Cycle
7.  Graduate Wellness Portal Now Live
8. The SGS Summer Gym Bursary Application Opens May 15
9. Bikechain Bike Touring Skillshare
10. Bike Mechanics for Kids

 

 

1. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered in your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance 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, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage. For more information, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the Health and Dental Office at health@utgsu.ca.

2. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance Plan (i.e. if you had paid the Winter fees), and you are graduating in June, you will still be covered under the plan until August 31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the Health and Dental Office at health@utgsu.ca.

3. UTGSU Summer Office Hours
The UTGSU office and HDI office will be reverting to a summer schedule from May 1st, 2018 to August 11, 2018. Our summer hours will be Mondays to Wednesdays from 10 am to 3 pm and Thursdays from 12 pm to 3 pm. The UTGSU office and HDI office will be closed on Fridays, however, folks will have the option of booking appointments with staff. Please email info@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU Gym Summer Schedule
The UTGSU Gym summer schedule is now available on our website. Reservations for the month of May will be taken on April 26, 2018, beginning at 10 AM by emailing gym@utgsu.ca or by calling 416-978-8464 for the Summer Schedule. Check out the UTGSU Gym Summer Schedule Page for more information.

5. Revised U of T Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
A revised version of the proposed University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy is now available on the student consultation website at https://consultations.students.utoronto.ca/, with changes since the January 2018 version of the Policy highlighted in yellow. Students, faculty and staff have been invited to provide feedback through the online form for consideration by the University. A UTORid is required to access the documentation and form. Should you find this channel inaccessible in any form or insufficient for voicing concerns, please contact Sam Stead atgovernance@utgsu.ca. 

6. UTGSU Conference Bursary: Now Accepting for Spring 2018 Cycle
The UTGSU is now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 Conference Bursary. The UTGSU Conference Bursary was created to assist students with financial expenses that arise from attending academic conferences. For more information, visit: 2018/2019 Spring Conference Bursary

7. Graduate Wellness Portal Now Live
Looking for mental health services, resources, or academic supports? Need to talk to someone about your experiences of supervision? Visit the Graduate Wellness Portal, a collaboration between the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Access a directory of U of T and community resources, supervisor tipsheets, and FAQs. This is an evolving portal that is shaped by you! We encourage feedback, questions, or content suggestions be sent to sgs.communications@utoronto.ca. If you would like to join the Wellness Portal Working Group, please email Cristina at external@utgsu.ca with the subject “Wellness Portal Working Group”.

8. The SGS Summer Gym Bursary Application Opens May 15
If you are a registered doctoral-stream student planning to be on campus this summer, strike a balance between work and play by purchasing a summer gym membership at an athletics facility on St. George campus. Upload your proof of membership purchase to the SGS portal (https://apps.sgs.utoronto.ca/) and get up to 100% back in your pocket from the School of Graduate Studies. Details: uoft.me/sgsgym.

9. Bikechain Bike Touring Skillshare
Long-distance cycling is a wonderful way to travel! On May 23rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, join Bikechain’s staff and volunteers for a discussion of all aspects of touring, including gear, clothing, food, route planning, and outfitting your bicycle. This workshop will be helpful for people who want to get started or learn more about touring, as well as for folks with more experience who have particular questions they would like to discuss. The event will be held at Bikechain, 563 Spadina Cres. entrance on Bancroft. RSVP at www.bikechain.ca/events.

10. Bike Mechanics for Kids
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 am to 12 pm – Bring your children (4-12 years old) on campus to learn how to keep their bikes in top condition, including bike maintenance and safety. Stick around after the workshop to have a mechanic check of your child’s bike to make sure it’s safe and ready to ride. You’ll be all set for summer! Adult supervision required at all times, registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca. Children of University of Toronto students, staff, and faculty are welcome. This event is offered in collaboration with BikeChain. Afterward, take your kids to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences for the Science Rendezvous!