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Feb
28

Campaign Launch: U4Consent

This month, the UTSU is launching a series of new U4Consent initiatives. Active since 2015, U4Consent is a dynamic, multifaceted public education campaign that includes all of the UTSU’s sexual violence programming. The new initiatives include: Raising awareness of the university’s new sexual violence training module, and lobbying for sexual violence training to be made […]

By President | Advocacy
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Feb
28

Student Suggestions to Improve University Mental Health Policy

Chimwemwe Alao| vpequity@utsu.ca February 28th, 2018 Full Report: Mandated Leave Policy   Update In the wake of the proposed University-Mandatory Leave of Absence Policy, a wide range of student groups and grassroots movements organized in order to voice their opposition. As part of this dialogue, the UTSU, in collaboration with Students for Barrier Free Access, hosted […]

By executiveassistant | Advocacy
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The Standard Lease Template and New Rules to Protect Rental Tenants

There are new rules that protect you if you rent off-campus housing in Ontario. Starting on April 30th, 2018 a new standard lease template must be used for all new leases of rental properties in the province. The standard lease aims to simplify the renting process and provide clear, easy to understand terminology regarding rent […]

By executiveassistant | Uncategorised
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Feb
21

Health and Wellness Missed Appointments Fee

This week, the UTSU reached an agreement with Health and Wellness and Student Life that will see the missed appointment fee eliminated in most cases. Effective immediately, students will no longer be fined for missing appointments at Health and Wellness, as long as the reason for the absence was beyond the student’s control. Importantly, mental […]

By President | Advocacy . Announcement
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Laptop Ban Postcards

In about 35 undergraduate courses, professors have banned the use of laptops to take lecture notes. Our position is that laptop bans are unimaginative, inaccessible, and unfair. They’re an indication of a resistance to change, an inability of some academics to adapt and self-reflect in their teaching style, and a paternalistic response to underdeveloped study […]

By President | Academic . Advocacy
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Feb
03

Equity101 Guidebook Released

In keeping with the trend of educational equity campaigns, the UTSU has developed a campaign focused on providing students with accessible resources in order to teach them and make them more aware of the higher concepts of equity that they may not have knowledge of.  To this end we’ve developed a framework and materials through […]

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Jan
30

UTSU Help Desk Review

Mathias Memmel |president@utsu.ca January 30th, 2018 Full Report: Help Desk Review   Preface This is the first review of the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) Help Desk service, as offered through Intercom. Based on the high-volume of student usage of this service in 2017, as well as high levels of satisfaction, we recommend the long-term […]

By President | Services
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Jan
25

Update on CUPE 3902 Negotiations

Earlier this week, the members of Unit 1 voted to set a strike deadline of 26 February. If the union and the university have not reached a tentative agreement by that date, a strike will begin. Unit 1 represents all TAs, invigilators, and postdoctoral instructors at U of T. The current Unit 1 collective agreement […]

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