GSA Committees

2016-2017

Current as of May 1, 2016

GSA Standing Committees:

By-Laws & Constitution Committee

Mandate:  This Committe provides a critical examination and evaluation of the By-Laws and any proposed change(s) to the By-Laws and to ensure the integrity of the By-Laws.  It also makes recommendations for change(s) to GSA Governing policy, if any, at the AGM and, where necessary, at the Board of Directors.  It is responsible for reviewing any referendum question(s) referred by the Board of Directors.

Membership: Danyelle Liddle, General Director& Amber Hutchinson, General Director

Chair: Amber Hutchinson, GSA V.P. Internal


Finance Committee

Mandate:  This Committee advances the academic goals of graduate students as per the mission statement of the GSA.  It also creates an annual GSA budget, bursaries and awards, and assists the VP Finance in preparing financial updates.

Membership: Seyedmehdi Emam, General Director, Nick Manuel, General Director& Ahmet Shaltout, General Director

Chair:  Seyedmehdi Emam, GSA V.P. Finance


Grad Lounge Sustainability Committee

Mandate:  To initiate the development of strategic goals that ensure sound management and stable Grad Lounge operations.  The G.L. was set up to operate as a financially indeipendent entity, operating 12 months of the year, with the exception of the l2 weeks in August and the last 2 weeks of December.

Membership:  Seyedmehdi Emam, GSA V.P. Finance, General Director - TBD; Bonnie Runge, Grad Lounge Manager & Erin Angus, Office Manager (non-voting)

Chair:  Danyelle Liddle, GSA President


Social Outreach Committee

Mandate:  This Committee advances the social goals of graduate students and supports the GSA in promoting its ideals by hosting activities and events.  It also works to increase global and community awareness of ethical and environmental issues on campus.

Membership:  Bianca Di  Sabatino, General Director

Chair: Syer Haque, GSA Activities & Communications Coordinator

 

GSA/ CSA Joint Committees:

Student Health & Dental Plan Committee

Mandate:  This Committee makes decisions regarding the student health and dental plans at the University of Guelph

Membership: Seyedmehdi Emam, GSA V.P. Finance


Student Transit Committee

Mandate:  This Committee manages the Student U-Pass and Late Night Agreements, held with the City of Guelph.  The Committee deals with transit-related issues.

Membership: 1 General Director

Co-Chair: Lindsay Plater, GSA V.P. External (rotate duties with CSA)

University Committees:

Admissions & Progress Board of Graduate Studies

Mandate:  This Board keeps under review policies regarding admissions of applicants and progress of graduate students in their programs.  This committee also takes action on behalf of the Board with respect to unsatisfactory progress and special requests by graduate students.

Membership: Beryl Chung, GSA President (2016 - 2017); Danyelle Liddle, GSA President (2017-2018) assumes membership September, 2017


Alcohol Interest Group

Mandate:  This Group works to gain a snapshot of the situation on campuses across Canada and on our campus.  It also reviews best practices regarding alcohol education, programming, and discipline options.  It also reviews educational, training, programming and discipline initiatives presently in place on the Guelph campuses and make recommendations to the Alcohol Safety Committee and senior Administration for change, if warranted.

Membership: Bonnie Runge, Grad Lounge Manager, 1 General Director TBD


Animal Care Committee

Mandate:  This Committee oversees the care of animals used for research, testing or teaching occurring with any location that operates under the auspices of the University of Guelph.  It ensures that animals will receive care and treatment that meets or exceeds the standards outlined by the provincial guidelines and statutes, and by the Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.  It also reviews protocols for the use of animals in either research or teaching with attention to the three “r”s asking: can animals be replaced in this program? Can the number of animals be reduced? Can the procedures be refined to lessen the pain and distress of the animals?

Membership:  


Anti-Hate Committee

Mandate:  This Committee educates the community about the Standard Operating Procedures and its relation to the University’s human rights policy.  It also makes recommendations to the Human Rights Advisory Group for amendments as necessary and appropriate.  The committee responds to particular allegations or incidents and make recommendations for action that uphold the University’s human rights policy.

Membership: General Director TBD


Athletics Advisory Committee

Mandate:  This Committee advises the President of the University of Guelph and the Director of Athletics on policy matters regarding the athletics programs, and use of athletics facilities at the University of Guelph including: student fees, athletics budget, new athletic centre, intramurals, etc.

Membership: 


Co-Curricular Transcript Advisory Group

Mandate:  This Group reviews trends and developments relating to the transcript.  It also provides advice for future expansion of services.  The Group serves as the appeals board to hear any concerns regarding inclusion of an organization, or matters related to validation where the appellant is dissatisfied with a decision made by the validator.

Membership: 


Code of Ethical Conduct 

Mandate: To provide information and support to the University community and campus organizations with respect to the Code and these Procedures.

Membership: 1 General Director TBD


Compulsory Fees Committee (formerly Student Support Services Fee Committee)

Mandate:  This Committee is advisory to the Compulsory Fees Committee on matters dealing with programs funded all or in part by the SSF.  Specifically, on an annual basis, each SSF Advisory Committee shall provide the following: a qualitative assessment of the programs funded; an analysis of the expenditures against the budgets for each program area; recommendations for changes to be made in programs or budgets for the future.

Membership: Seyedmehdi Emam, GSA V.P. Finance & 1 General Director TBD


Energy Conservation Working Group

Mandate:  This Group work to identify key issues related to energy conservation at the U of G.  It also assists in developing and supporting initiatives designed to promote energy conservation at the U of G.  It reviews the University of Guelph Community Energy Program annually and other initiatives undertaken to reduce campus energy consumption and to advise on how the program corresponds with North American and worldwide trends and benchmarks.  It also reviews Terms of Reference and make recommendations for change.  The Group provides guidance in prioritizing and choosing energy conservation projects funded by the Student Energy Retrofit Fund.

Membership: VACANT:  1 General Director


Graduate Student Learning Initiative Committee

Mandate:  This Committee works to share information among service providers, promote existing services jointly, and collaborate in the development of new services to meet the needs of graduate students as learners, instructors, researchers and professionals.

Membership: 


Hospitality Services Advisory Committee

Mandate:  This Committee provides a structured and open forum whereby unbiased representation from various user groups will evaluate and review various policy and operational aspects of Hospitality Services.  It also acts as an open channel of communication for members of the University community to register their concerns and/ or suggestions concerning departmental policy.  The committee acts in an advisory and consultative capacity, responsible to the Executive Director of Hospitality Services.

Membership:  


Human Rights Advisory Group

Mandate:  This Group advises the Director of the HREO on the following: use of this Policy and its Procedures; proposed changes to the Policy and its Procedures; preparation of the annual report to the President, including analysis of statistical information about use of this Policy and its Procedures; timing and process for a formal review of this Policy and its Procedures to be recommended to the President; appointment of the Human Rights Resource Persons under 11.3.1 by action through a subcommittee of HRAG.

Membership: Eleanor Harvey, General Director


Information Technology Student Advisory Committee

Mandate:  This Committee serves as an advisory committee for Information Technology on campus on matters dealing with IT programs and services for students.

Membership: 


Judicial Committee

Mandate:  This Committee hears and judges alleged infractions of non-academic behaviour as outline in the document Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Membership: Shoaib Saleem, General Director& 1 General Director vacant


Mental Health Advisory Committee

Mandate:  This Committee works to create a comprehensive mental health framework for Guelph that aims to develop & maintain a campus environment that fosters a broad vision of mental health & well-being.  The committee also oversees the following sub-committees:  Academic Sub-Committee; Supportive Community Sub-Committee; Help Seeking Sub-Committee; Crisis Sub-Committee

Membership: 5 General Directors TBD


Mitchell Building Steering Committee

Mandate:  This Committee monitors the entire sequence of programming, design, constructions and occupancy of the redevelopment.  It also consults with constituencies and forms proposals in a report that shall be submitted to the ACC for approval.

Membership: 1 General Director TBD


OUTline Committee

Mandate:  This Committee provides peer support and information services on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender diversity to all individuals and families in the University of Guelph and surrounding community, especially those in the early stages of the coming out experiences and those most at risk.  It also provides strategic direction to OUTline’s programs and services in the short and longer term, and ensure on-going accountability to students for funding received via the student levy.

Membership: General Director TBD


Parking & Traffic Appeals Committee

Mandate:  This Committee monitors, reviews and hears appeals of the parking and traffic system. 

Membership: 2 General Directors TBD


Sexual Assault Advisory Committee

Mandate:  This Committee reviews present programs and recommends enhancements using best practices.  For more information, please visit: http://www.uoguelph.ca/vpacademic/sexual-assault/

Membership: General Director TBD


Special Grants/ Speakers Fund Committee

Mandate:  This Committee provides year round funding opportunities for special projects and initiatives that enhance the student experience and enrich the University Community.  This fund supports recognized student groups, clubs and registered students to run activities, programs or events that enrich the University Community.  These activities could be open to all University students or a selected cohort of students.

Membership: Seyedmehdi Emam, GSA V.P. Finance and General Director


Student Health Advisory Group

Mandate:  This Group discusses and recommends about Student Health Services and issues affecting student well-being.  It is involved in decision making regarding the health facility and services and provides input into the operation of the clinic.

Membership: Seyedmehdi Emam, GSA V.P. Finance


Student Life Award Committee

Mandate:  This Committee discusses and selects nominations for various Student Life Awards.

Membership: 

Student Life Award Committee - Gordon Nixon Leadership Award

Mandate:  This Committee discusses and selects nominations for the Gordon Nixon Leadership Award.

Membership: 1 General Director TBD


Student Rights & Responsibilities Committee

Mandate:  This Committee oversees the Policy on Non-Academic Misconduct.  It also prepares and recommends non-academic student regulations which further a community environment conducive to learning

Membership: 


Student Services Fee Advisory Committee - Career Services

Mandate:  This Committee is advisory to the Compulsory Fees Committee on matters dealing with programs funded all or in part by the SSF.  Specifically, on an annual basis, each SSF Advisory Committee shall provide the following: a qualitative assessment of the programs funded; an analysis of the expenditures against the budgets for each program area; recommendations for changes to be made in programs or budgets for the future.

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Student Services Fee Advisory Committee - Counselling Services

This Committee is advisory to the Compulsory Fees Committee on matters dealing with programs funded all or in part by the SSF.  Specifically, on an annual basis, each SSF Advisory Committee shall provide the following: a qualitative assessment of the programs funded; an analysis of the expenditures against the budgets for each program area; recommendations for changes to be made in programs or budgets for the future.

Membership:


Student Services Fee Advisory Committee - Library Learning Commons

Mandate:  This Committee acts as an advisory to the Compulsory Fees Committee on matters dealing with programs funded all or in part by the SSF, on an annual basis.  It provides a qualitative assessment of the program funded by reviewing last year’s annual report to the Compulsory Fees Committee and the PPP PIRF submission for the Learning Commons.  It also provides an analysis of the expenditures against the budgets for each program area by drafting the current year’s report.  The Committee provides recommendations for changes to be made in programs or budgets for the future.

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Student Services Fee Advisory Committee - Student Financial Services

Mandate:  This Committee oversees University compulsory non-tuition fees and the various services supported by them.  It also reviews the annual survey results from students regarding their experience with Student Financial Services.  The Committee provides feedback with regard to Student Financial Services, the student experience and the annual report to the Compulsory Student Fee Committee.

Membership: 1 General Director TBD


Student Services Fee Advisory Committee - Student Life

Mandate:  This Committee is advisory to the Compulsory Fees Committee on matters dealing with programs funded all or in part by the SSF.  Specifically, on an annual basis, each SSF Advisory Committee shall provide the following: a qualitative assessment of the programs funded; an analysis of the expenditures against the budgets for each program area; recommendations for changes to be made in programs or budgets for the future.

Membership:


Volunteer Connections Committee

Mandate:  This Committee ensures that the organization is accountable to its members.  It is also involved with the operations and finance of the organization such as approving the budget and hiring staff.  The Committee provides support to the staff with leadership, service and involvement programs.

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University Centre Board

Mandate:  This Committee supports the use of the University Centre as a place for social, educational and recreational activities and programs.

Membership: Beryl Chung, GSA President (2016-2017), alternate member