UTGSU Digest: Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period & UTGSU Hiring General Council Chair and Council Secretary – September 13th, 2018

September 13th, 2018



1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair and Council Secretary
3. UTGSU Statement Condemning UofT’s University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
4. Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
5. Queer Orientation coming September 24th – 29th!
6. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)
7. ISC UTGSU Health Insurance Workshop
8. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) 2019 Intramurals
9. Financial Assistance Fund Application Summer 2018
10. Council of Athletics and Recreation (CAR) By-Election Period now Open
11. Celebrate Science Literacy Week from Sept. 17 – 23rd 


1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st 2018, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:

Opt-In and Opt-Out Dates: September 1st-October 2, 2018 (no exceptions will  be made if you miss the deadlines)
– Link to the Opt-Out site: www.studentcare.ca.
– Link to the Opt-In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca.
– Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca.
– Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2018-2019: (1)  www.utgsu.ca/insurance  (2) www.studentcare.ca and (3) www.greenshield.ca.

2. Hiring: UTGSU General Council Chair and Council Secretary
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking to fill two positions on the UTGSU General Council (Chairperson and Secretary for the 2018-2019 academic year). Experience chairing governing bodies/board of directors, general meetings, experience as a Member of the UTGSU General Council, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, and experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to Members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Remuneration: $150/meeting; approximately 9 meetings per year, beginning in September. Auxiliary responsibilities may be required. Please submit a cover letter and resume to executivedirector@utgsu.ca by TuesdaySeptember 18th, 2018 at 5 pm, stating the position you are applying for. Please contact executivedirector@utgsu.ca if you require more information, or have an accessibility request.

3. UTGSU Statement Condemning UofT’s University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
On June 27, 2018, the University of Toronto Governing Council passed the “University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy” (UMLAP). The adopted policy gives University administration the power to put a student on an involuntary leave if a threshold criterion is met. Despite its adoption, the UTGSU Executive Committee remains in opposition to the policy and will continue to advocate for diverse, accessible, inclusive mental health resources, and we are committed to ensuring that the University takes seriously the concerns raised by our Members. Click here to view the full statement. 

4. Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
The UTGSU Volleyball league will be starting in October. Three divisions are available – Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive – and the league will run Monday to Wednesday nights from 5pm to 11pm. Registrants can register as a team, or individually (will be grouped together or placed with another team). Registration opens on August 27, 2018. Last day to register for the league is Friday September 14th at 5PM. More information about the league and how to register is available online at https://www.utgsu.ca/volleyball/. If you have any questions please feel free to email volleyball@utgsu.ca  and/or come to Gradfest where we will have a table with information about the league as well the opportunity to register in person.

5. Queer Orientation coming September 24th – 29th!
Queer Orientation (QO) is an opportunity for new and returning students, staff and faculty to make connections, engage in activities and have discussions related to LGBTQ+ communities. There are 42 events happening across all three campuses from September 24 – 29, 2018. Some events graduate students may want to attend are:
Queer Graduate Pub Night: http://sgdo.utoronto.ca/event/grade-students-queer-pub-night/
Queer Women on Campus: https://www.facebook.com/events/277819772818908/
Queer for a Minute: http://sgdo.utoronto.ca/event/oise-gsa-queer-for-a-minute/

Full events calendar including all the event details: uoft.me/QueerOrientation2018 or check out the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/291170675006022/

6. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)
This important Standing Committee of UTGSU Council oversees the Union’s legislation and governance practices. Based on your experience in governance and academic skills, this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to conceptualizing the POC Program for 2018-2019, editorial streamlining of existing documentation, or priority restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, also remembering housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. We welcome motivated U of T Graduate Students who are willing to learn from scratch as well as those with any experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy. Please email your application a.s.a.p. to Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca

7. ISC UTGSU Health Insurance Workshop, Wednesday Sept 19 from 5-7 PM at KP113
As an international graduate student, do you have questions about your health insurance plan, like the UHIP, the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan, Family Health Insurance, and the CUPE 3902 Top Up Plan? Ever wondered how you will be covered when you are on an international travel? This workshop is for you! The International Students’ Caucus of GSU invited the expert on insurance policies to talk about how to navigate the world of health insurance and how to get the most out of your coverage on Wednesday, Sept 19 from 5-7 PM @KP113 Carlton Cards Room in Koffler House. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/UUtjignCUbBEUBTT2 by Sept 18 if you’d like to join us. Free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided!!

8. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) 2019 Intramurals
Co-funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), SGS Intramurals offer different levels of competition in many sports through leagues, tournaments, and special events. Leagues are starting up soon, so click this link to submit your information to get signed up onto a sport you have never played or a sport you love! https://goo.gl/forms/A5qVfnv3lP6V31z32 Please email sgs.intramurals@gmail.com for any inquiries and click Here to view the team summaries.

9. Financial Assistance Fund Application Summer 2018
There are three funds that are available to summer Graduate Assistants and RD&G Assistants. Click here for a covering explanation and forms to fill out to receive benefits from the Financial Assistance Fund which is administered by your Union. Funds are provided by your Employer under the terms of the Collective Agreement with CUPE 3907. You may apply to more than one fund and only qualify if you worked in the summer of 2018. Please send your applications (including receipts) by email to treasurer@cupe3907.ca or submit them under the door at the office on the 8th floor of OISE, room 104, or by mail to the address on the forms. The deadline for applying is Friday September 21, 2018 at 23:59 hours. 

10. Council of Athletics and Recreation (CAR) By-Election Period now Open
The Council of Athletics and Recreation (CAR) by-election nomination period is now open at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education! Students interested in getting involved in Sports and Recreation governance should fill out the form below by Friday, September 14th at 5:00pm. Click here to fill out the nomination form.

11. Celebrate Science Literacy Week from Sept. 17 – 23
U of T Libraries welcomes Science Literacy Week (SLW) again this year! Running from September 17-23, 2018, this year’s theme is 2018: A Space Odyssey. Celebrating its 5th anniversary, SLW is a nationwide event with libraries, museums, and universities participating from all over Canada. Highlights include a travelling planetarium, hands-on demo on food of the future, exciting talks on scientific myths in pop culture, our ever-popular rare books exhibit, and more! Many events are accompanied by special displays, and virtual exhibits featuring recommended books, podcasts, and videos. To register and see more Science Literacy Week event details (at U of T Libraries and also around the rest of the campus), visit: http://uoft.me/scilit18