Nomination Form – Executive Committee, FRCs, and Board of Directors positions Nomination period begins February 5, 2020 at 10:00am and ends February 26, 2020 at 6:00pm. The Executive Committee and FRC nomination forms can be found here and the Board of Directors nomination form can be found here.
To be eligible, candidates must submit this nomination form to the GSA office by Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 6:00 pm. Candidates may submit a nomination form for only one of the listed positions. Completed forms can be emailed to the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) directly at email@example.com or dropped in at our office.
On January 17th, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced an initiative to give students the option to choose whether to pay or not pay the non-essential supplementary fees. This is the Student Choice Initiative or SCI.
McMaster University has determined the Fall 2019 optional opt-out period to be between September 12th to 20th, 2019. This can be performed through Mosaic.
These are mandatory fees that the students have to pay and do not have the choice to opt-out from paying. These fees include:
Athletics and recreation
Health and counselling
Academic support Student ID cards
Student achievement and records
Financial aid offices
Campus safety programs, and
Student transit passes
GSA Non-Essential Fees
These are Fees that students will have the option to choose to opt-out. These fees include the following:
GSA Grad Recognition Awards
GSA Club funding
GSA Social Events
GSA Community Enhancement
It is recommended by the GSA to pay ALL non-essential fees as the GSA represents the students and through these resources, the GSA strives to make the grad student experience better at McMaster.
How to opt-out –
STEP 1 – Log in to MOSAIC and click on the Student Choice Initiative tile.
STEP 2 – Read and review all the information before proceeding to opt-out.
STEP 3 – Review the non-essential fees to make an informed decision. Click on the slider if you want to opt-out of paying certain fees.
STEP 4 – Click next to proceed to the payments page.
I do not think I have used or intend to use any of the above-mentioned services, why should I opt-in then?
The GSA advocates on behalf of the students to the Administration of the University and the Government. This advocacy might not seem to directly impact you individually but many facets of Graduate Student life are actually influenced. For instance, the negotiation and subsidization of the Health and Dental Plan and the HSR transit pass fee. Through the GSA, you can also get academic research support and funding.
How much am I paying for the non-essential fees?
The GSA has budgeted less than $20 to be paid in order to use the above-mentioned services.
I already opted out, how do I opt back in?
By opting out in September, you will NOT have the opportunity to opt back in when you wish to use any of the above-mentioned services by the GSA.
I do not agree with a few of the GSA’s initiative which makes me want to opt-out. What should I do?
The GSA is by the students, for the students. Because of the democratic nature of the organisation, we need to function in a way that benefits all our students collectively. However, we do not shy away from any concerns or criticisms brought forward to our attention by our students. If you have any issues you would like us to address please feel free to email us.
The GSA invites all members to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Click here to view the agenda for the AGM. Additionally, please find minutes from March 2018 GSA Council meeting and other important documents attached below which will be discussed at the AGM:
Nomination Form – Executive Committee, FRCs and Board of Directors positions
Nomination period begins February 5, 2019 at 10:00am and ends February 26, 2019 at 6:00pm. The Executive Committee and FRC nomination forms can be found here and Board of Directors nomination form can be found here.
To be eligible, candidates must submit this nomination form to the GSA office by Monday, February 26, 2019 at 6:00pm. Candidates may submit a nomination form for only one of the listed positions. Completed forms can be emailed to the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped in at our office.
During the 2018 GSA Election process, it was brought to the CRO’s attention that there were concerns from our members about using Google Forms as an election platform. The members’ concerns were considered and the CRO decided that the election would be redone via SimplyVoting for Friday March 23, 2018 at 10am until Sunday March 25, 2018 at 6pm.