GSA General Director Elections – Nomination Period Extended

The nomination period has been extended for the Fall 2020 GSA General Director Elections to September 28, 2020. Please see the new election dates below.

Graduate Students’ Association General Director Elections

Call for Applications: General Directors
Nomination Deadline: September 28, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
Campaign Period: September 29 & 30, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
Voting Period: October 1 & 2 (up to 11:59 p.m.), 2020

GSA General Director Election

Graduate Students’ Association General Director Elections

Call for Applications: General Directors
Nomination Deadline: September 21, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
Campaign Period: September 22 & 23, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
Voting Period: September 24 & 25 (up to 11:59 p.m.), 2020
Elected Term: October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021

Virtual Grad Student Orientation

Welcome, new graduate students!

New graduate students arriving at the University of Guelph are usually invited to a live orientation event at the beginning of September.

Due to the pandemic, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) has moved the new graduate student orientation online, at

Fall 2020 Bus Pass Update

As the University will be following a hybrid format for F20 (and the majority of classes will be offered online), the GSA submitted a proposal to City Council to temporarily suspend the U-Pass contract for F20 and W21, so that the many graduate students not physically returning to Guelph would not be burdened with a fee for a service that they will likely not be using.

Pro-rated Refund for W20 Bus Passes

The Central Student Association (CSA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) are happy to announce that Guelph Transit and City Council have agreed to our request for a pro-rated refund for your Winter 2020 bus pass fee and late night service fee.

Student Financial Services has offered their support and will manage the refund process.

Summer 2020 Bus Pass Update

Beginning on July 6, 2020, fare collection for Guelph Transit will resume.

As graduate students were not charged a transit fee for the Summer 2020 semester, bus passes for July and August must be obtained directly from Guelph Transit.

Guelph Transit is launching a July and August pass for post-secondary students. The pass can be added to your OnYourWay fare card for $68.00 per month starting July 2.

To purchase the pass, you need to show one of the following:

GSA Executive Committee election results

The results of the W20 GSA Executive Committee Election are as follows:

  • President: Nicole Berardi
  • V.P. Internal: Mohsen Yoosefzadeh Najafabadi
  • V.P. Finance: Akshay Chadha
  • V.P. External: Britta McBride

Term of Office: May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021.

Student Benefits Office Closure

The Student Benefits Office is currently closed due to cancellation of classes. The inbox will be monitored during this closure, so your inquiry will be responded to by the end of the next working day.

Should you require immediate assistance, please call 1-877-746-5566 X 2. For access to benefit plan details, forms and opt-out information please visit

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