University Students’ Council Committees

The USSU is governed by University Students’ Council; to aid Students’ Council, there are a number of committees that review issues in-depth and provide recommendations for action to the Executive. For more information regarding USSU committees, you can read the USSU Bylaw.

U of S students create an energetic community where diverse personalities and interests thrive—inside and outside the classroom. Becoming a Student At Large (SAL) on a USSU committee is a great way to get involved with your students’ union and contribute to making our campus a better place.

Academic Relations Committee

The Academic Relations Committee shall determine all academic policies and programs of the Students’ Union, subject to ratification by the Council; and implement those academic policies as requested by the Council.

The Academic Relations Committee is composed of the Vice-President (Academic Affairs) as chair; three Councillors elected by Council; three students-at-large appointed by the Appointments Committee; and the Academic and Governance Assistant as a non-voting member.

Appointments Committee

The Appointments Committee shall make appointments as required by the bylaw or requested by USC and ensure that all positions filled by the Committee are open for nominations or applications for a period of at least two weeks and that the openings are adequately publicized.

The Appointments Committee is composed of the President as chair; the Vice-Presidents as non-voting members; and four Councillors elected by Council.

Campus Group Committee

The Campus Group Committee shall liaise with campus groups regarding all issues and communications arising from or to student groups, including funding, ratification, insurance, and event coordination. They review applications for ratification referred to the committee and confirm ratification decisions made by the Vice-President Operations and Finance. Adjudicate campus group grant applications as per relevant policies and act as the hearing board for appeals to funding, ratification, or insurance decisions made by the Vice-President Operations and Finance.

The Campus Group Committee includes the Vice-President Operations and Finance as chair, the General Manager or designates as a non-voting member, three councillors elected by Council, and four appointed students-at-large.

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee shall conduct elections and referenda in accordance with the Articles and Bylaw and the policies created regarding the administration of elections and referenda; conduct elections in accordance with the Election Schedule; conduct referenda in accordance with the Referendum Schedule; be knowledgeable about other procedures and policies necessary for a proper election; interpret and enforce Part 3 of the Bylaw.

The Elections Committee is composed of the Chief Returning Officer as chair; the Assistant Chief Returning Officer, appointed by the Appointments Committee, as vice-chair; the General Manager and/or designate as a non-voting member; two Councillors elected by the Council; and two appointed students-at-large appointed.

External Relations Committee

The External Relations Committee shall improve communication between members, the Union, and national and provincial lobbying organizations to which the Union belongs; develop, organize, and distribute lobbying campaign information to the members; where the Union holds membership in a national or provincial lobbying organization, and assist the Executive and Council in other lobbying campaigns undertaken by the Union, be responsible for issues pertaining to access to education, and develop Union policies and lobbying documents as required.

The External Relations Committee is composed of the President as chair, the Communications and Marketing Manager as a non-voting member, three Councillors elected by Council, and three appointed students-at-large.

Finance and Assessment Committee

The Finance and Assessment Committee shall consider all financial matters referred to it by the Council or the Executive Committee and make recommendations to the Council, including the approval of the annual budget and capital expenditures. They review Union fees to assess their value and impact on members and develop long-term strategies for administering student fees in keeping with the USSU’s mission. The committee will discuss USSU operations in collaboration with relevant senior managers and seek to ensure that members of the USSU are, as much as possible, made aware of the financial activities of the Union.

The Finance and Assessment Committee includes the Vice-President Operations and Finance as chair, the USSU Accounting Controller or designates as a non-voting member, four Councillors elected by Council, and two appointed students-at-large appointed.

Indigenous Student Advisory Committee

The Indigenous Student Advisory Committee shall seek to strengthen and uphold the relationship between the Union and the Indigenous Students’ Union and Indigenous students, without limiting the generality of the foregoing: improving communication and/or relations between Indigenous members, the Indigenous Students’ Council, and the Union; advising the Union on measures to promote, support and/or celebrate the success of Indigenous Students; advising the Union on measures, initiatives, and/or opportunities that would help to strengthen relationships between the Union, including its departments and operations, Indigenous Students and the broader Indigenous community.

The Indigenous Student Advisory Committee is composed of the President as co-chair; the President of the Indigenous Students’ Union as co-chair; the Indigenous student members of University Students’ Council; four self-declared Indigenous students-at-large appointed in consultation with the President of the Indigenous Students’ Council; the General Manager or designate as a non-voting member.

International Student Advisory Committee

The International Student Advisory Committee shall seek to strengthen and uphold the relationship between the Union and International Student Bodies, and International students, without limiting the generality of the foregoing: improving communication and/or relations between International members, the International students’, and the Union; advising the Union on measures to promote, support, and/or celebrate the success of International Students; advising the Union on measures, initiatives, and/or opportunities that would help to strengthen relationships between the Union, including its departments and operations, International Students, and the broader international community.

The International Student Advisory Committee is composed of the Vice-President Student Affairs as co-chair; the International Students’ Association President as co-chair; the International Student members of University Students’ Council, four appointed self-declared International students-at-large, the Communications and Marketing Manager, or designate, as a non-voting member.

Student Experience Committee

The Student Experience Committee shall analyze non-academic, non- governmental issues that the Council deems to be important to members and make recommendations to Council with regard to these affairs when appropriate.

The Student Experience Committee is composed of the Vice-President (Student Affairs) as chair; the Business and Services Manager as a non-voting member; three Councillors elected by Council; and three students-at-large appointed by the Appointments Committee.

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee shall ensure the sustainability of Union operations through analysis of current and potential business practices and partners; be responsible for implementing operational policies as requested by Council; develop sustainability policies as required; advise the Union on how to better implement sustainability policies, if necessary; and develop, organize, and implement the distribution of sustainability information to the members.

The Sustainability Committee is composed of the Vice-President (Student Affairs) as chair; four Councillors; four appointed students-at-large; the Facilities Manager as a non-voting member; the Community Engagement Coordinator of the Office of Sustainability as a non-voting member.