GENERAL ASSEMBLY

TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH 2016 AT 6:00PM

MARION AUDITORIUM

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As an undergraduate student of the University of Ottawa, you can participate in the highest decision-making body of your Student Federation: the General Assembly! In this open meeting, you can help direct the work of your student union by voting on governance, bylaws, policies, campaigns and budgets. You can have your voice represented and stay in the know of all activities of the SFUO.

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Academic Amnesty: The University Senate voted to allow students to miss class without academic penalty. However, this Academic Amnesty does not allow you to miss or skip an exam, if you do have an exam scheduled during the General Assembly.

Simultaneous interpretation: The GA is bilingual. Students are invited to make interventions in the language of their choice. Simultaneous interpretation will be available for unilingual students. If you require an interpretation device, you will have to bring photo ID with you.

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AGENDA WITH QUORUM

  1. Call to order by the Chairperson
  2. Land acknowledgement
  3. Approval of the agenda
  4. Update from the Executives
  5. Budget update
  6. 20 minutes question period (may be extended by a simple majority vote)
  7. Motions
  8. Ratification of elections results
  9. Approval of Audited Financial Statements
  10. Closing of the meeting

AGENDA WITHOUT QUORUM

  1. Call to order by the Chairperson
  2. Land acknowledgement
  3. Update from the Executives
  4. Budget update
  5. 20 minutes question period
  6. Quorum check
  7. If quorum is not met: closing of the meeting

MOTIONS:

In light of the completely inadequate and decentralized nature of any policy regarding accommodations and disabilities at the University of Ottawa, and whereas such a centralized policy is standard on campuses around the country, we propose a motion to demand the following:

  • That the SFUO be mandated to campaign for and petition the Board of Administrators as well as the Board of Governors for the expedient adoption of a comprehensive, centralized policy regarding disabilities and accommodations for the student body;
  • That such a centralized policy be in line with all the requirements of the Human Rights Act of 2010, recognizing that the absence of such a centralized policy is a violation of students rights;
  • That this policy reflect the interests of the students and be developed based on recommendations and needs of students affected;
  • That, in order to guarantee affected students have a voice, the SFUO campaign be oriented towards understanding the specific needs of students of the University of Ottawa, distinct from comparable accommodations policies at other universities in Canada.

WHEREAS, effective January 9th, the University of Ottawa’s Food Services introduced new restrictions to the Dining Hall in the University Centre;

WHEREAS these new restrictions include (1) the possibility of requiring students to leave and re-enter during meal-time changes (thus incurring the cost of a second entry), (2) the ban of bags and backpacks from the space, and (3) the refusal of entry to students without meal plans when capacity has been reached;

WHEREAS students face virtual monopoly food prices on campus resulting from the University’s food contract with Chartwells;

WHEREAS Food Services’ website claims that “Everyone is welcome – anyone can eat at the Dining Hall: students, professors, staff, even guests.” ;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the SFUO Executive lobby Food Services and uOttawa senior administration to eliminate barriers to entry at the new dining hall, including but not limited to, re-entry at meal-time changes, banned bags and backpacks, and limited access to students without meal plans.

WHEREAS circumstances may arise where students require emergency financial assistance;

WHEREAS students who hold high amounts of debt, due to tuition fees, ancillary fees and the high cost of living, may find themselves with serious life-threatening situations and require financial assistance; and

WHEREAS the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa is run by students, levied by students and supports students;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT an emergency hardship fund be created and implemented by the Vice-President Finance of the SFUO – in consultation with relevant staff, service and executive members – to act as a source of financial assistance that students can apply for.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT money be allocated to this fund in the 2016-2017 budget to be approved by the SFUO Board of Administration in August 2016.

WHEREAS students elected to the SFUO Board of Administration (BOA) must represent the student body and work to ensure the SFUO is run effectively,

WHEREAS quorum at General Assemblies has not yet been met, meaning not enough students have shown up for the assembly to function,

WHEREAS many BOA representatives did not attend the last General Assembly,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT BOA representatives’ attendance at General Assemblies be mandatory, and that these representatives’ absences be treated the same as if they were absent from a BOA meeting, as outlined in the SFUO Constitution.

Due to a recent, high profile surge in the activity of misogynist, male supremacist hate groups both on and off campus, the need to defend the students of our campus from these oppressive forces has become unnervingly apparent. One such group, the “Canadian Association for Equality” (CAFE), has been actively organizing events to spread their hate speech on campus. CAFE has been protested on campuses across the country for its denial of rape culture and the importance of consent, and for its misogynist, oppressive politics and misinformation.

At Ryerson University, this even led to their being decertified and banned from campus. The University of Ottawa’s administration, however, has made clear their willingness to aggressively defend CAFE and their hate speech, going so far as to employ security and police forces against student protesters. This is completely unacceptable. In light of this, and in the interests of the safety of our student body:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the executive pursue the following steps:

  • The immediate decertification of CAFE and their permanent removal from campus;
  • The issuance of an official statement condemning CAFE, hate speech and oppressive politics on campus, as well as the threatening tactics, coercion and use of police force against student protesters;
  • The ban of male supremacist groups (including so called “Men’s Rights Activists”) from organizing on our campus, both as clubs recognized by the SFUO and unaffiliated clubs using campus buildings for meetings, in recognition of their status as hate groups.

WHEREAS the SFUO should be a fully bilingual organisation in English as in French.

WHEREAS section 1 of the Policy Manuel found in the Constitution states: “The SFUO and its executive work to promote equal use of both official languages at all levels where the Federation is active.”

WHEREAS several students have expressed concerns over their elected representatives’ level of bilingualism.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT 3.4.2 be changed to:

“Any member of the Federation is eligible to run for the position of Vice-President, Finance, on the condition that she:

a. Is at the time of her election at least eighteen years of age.

b. is bilingual, that is to say, achieves a grade of three (3) out of four (4) on the reading test and five (5) out of five (5) on the oral test in both official languages. Tests are to be administered by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute of the University of Ottawa using the “French Proficiency Test,” the “English Proficiency Test” and the “CanTEST.” Each potential candidate must take the tests scheduled for her by the Chief Electoral Officer.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT section 3.5.2 be changed to:

“Any member of the Federation is eligible to run for the position of Vice-President, Equity, on the condition that she:

a. Is at time of her election at least eighteen years of age.

b. Is bilingual, that is to say, achieves a grade of three (3) out of four (4) on the reading test and five (5) out of five (5) on the oral test in both official languages. Tests are to be administered by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute of the University of Ottawa using the “French Proficiency Test,” the “English Proficiency Test” and the “CanTEST.” Each potential andidate must take the tests scheduled for her by the Chief Electoral Officer.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT section 3.6.2 be changed to:

“Any member of the Federation is eligible to run for the position of

Vice-President, University Affairs, on the condition that she:

a. Is at time of her election at least eighteen years of age.

b. is bilingual, that is to say, achieves a grade of three (3) out of four (4) on the reading test and five (5) out of five (5) on the oral test in both official languages. Tests are to be administered by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute of the University of Ottawa using the “French

Proficiency Test,” the “English Proficiency Test” and the “CanTEST.” Each potential candidate must take the tests scheduled for her by the Chief Electoral Officer.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT section 3.7.2 be changed to:

“Any member of the Federation is eligible to run for the position of

Vice-President, Social, on the condition that she:

a. Is at time of her election at least eighteen years of age.

b. is bilingual, that is to say, achieves a grade of three (3) out of four (4) on the reading test and five (5) out of five (5) on the oral test in both official languages. Tests are to be administered by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute of the University of Ottawa using the “French Proficiency Test,” the “English Proficiency Test” and the “CanTEST.” Each potential candidate must take the tests scheduled for her by the Chief Electoral Officer.”