The Office of the Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) oversees the activities of several committees. Committee work plays a vital role in developing and sustaining the living and learning environment at the University of Guelph. Working collectively provides a greater opportunity for campus policies, procedures, and initiatives to be developed, maintained, reviewed and reconstructed as needed to ensure that the changing needs of the University community are addressed.
The Alcohol & Substance Use Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students, who meet each semester to discuss issues and concerns related to alcohol and drug consumption on and off campus. This Committee reviews related policies and education programs in order to make recommendations for policy and process changes to the University's Board of Governors.
In response to new and anticipated legislation regarding recreational cannabis, a team of University of Guelph researchers have been assembled as the Cannabis Advisory Committee. The introduction of these new forms of cannabis will undoubtedly require the University to develop policies and guidelines related to distribution and use on campus. This Committee provides input that guides the University in its anticipation and management of the increased availability of new forms of recreational cannabis (e.g. edibles, beverages, topicals). This Committee will provide recommendations on policies, operations, and educational strategies to the Office of the President.
The Compulsory Fees Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students, who review non-tuition related fees and the various services supported by these fees. Additionally, this Committee is responsible for the Student Life Enhancement Fund. This Committee reviews related policies and ensures compliance with the requirements outlined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, in order to make recommendations for policy and process changes to the University's Board of Governors.
The Experiential Learning Advisory Committee is co-chaired by the Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) and the Associate Vice-President (Academic), and is comprised of faculty, staff and students. This Committee plays a leadership role in developing and evaluating experiential education programming at Guelph, identifying gaps and areas for enrichment, assessing outcomes, and determining opportunities for collaboration within and outside of the University. The overarching goal of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the University on ways to enhance and enrich experiential learning opportunities, both in and outside of the classroom.
Homecoming is an important celebration for members of the Gryphon family and the broader City of Guelph community. To help ensure that the celebration is a safe and enjoyable experience on and off campus, various groups (staff, students, and community members) meet regularly throughout the year to coordinate a successful Homecoming.
The Student Budget Committee is a forum for on-going consultation with students during the University budget development process. The focus of meetings is to review, develop and discuss ideas with regards to University expenditures, revenue enhancement, and strategic investments that might be under consideration. Students representing the Student Budget Committee present a final report that includes recommendations to the University's Board of Governors.
Student Leaders & Admin Meetings (SLAM) include elected student leaders, a student representative from each Special Status Group, the Vice-Provost (Student Affairs), and invited guests. This group has been established as an informal advisory body to facilitate discussion between student leaders and the Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) to discuss a variety of issues impacting the University community. Students are asked to contact their college government president if they have items that they would like brought forward to administration.
The University of Guelph has a comprehensive mental health and well-being framework that fosters a campus environment that promotes and supports student mental health and well-being. The Student Mental Health & Wellness Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students who meet each semester to discuss issues and concerns related to student mental health and well-being. The Advisory Committee provides advice to the Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) and plays a leadership role in evaluating the implementation of the framework, identifying gaps in programs, assessing outcomes and impact, and determining opportunities for collaboration within and outside of the University. This Committee reviews related policies and education programs to make recommendations for policy and process changes to the University's Board of Governors.
The Student Rights & Responsibilities Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students. The central purpose of the Committee is to review and recommend to the University’s Board of Governors non-academic student regulations that promote a safe and respectful community environment conducive to learning, and maintain the mandates of the University of Guelph Judicial Committee, including its Appeals Committee.
The Sexual Violence Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and members of the community who meet to discuss issues and initiatives related to sexual violence. The overall purpose of this committee is to increase awareness and prevention of sexual violence and work to ensure appropriate response programs are available to support those who experience sexual violence. This Committee reviews policies and education programs and makes recommendations for policy changes to the University's Board of Governors.
Student Affairs is comprised of six different departments that provide essential programs and services for students at the University: Student Housing Services; Student Wellness Services; Athletics; Experiential Learning and Career Development; Student Experience; and the Child Care and Learning Centre. Directors who lead these Student Affairs departments meet regularly to facilitate collaboration and coordinated strategic leadership to advance the Division’s commitment to foster holistic student success by providing opportunities for each student to develop as a person, scholar, and citizen.