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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Dec
14

Update on U-Pass

Since May, VP External Anne Boucher and her counterparts at Ryerson, OCAD, and George Brown have been working on getting a U-Pass for UTSG students. Last week, the TTC board voted to move forward with a PRESTO-based U-Pass. Consultations will start in January, and the TTC will make a final decision by March at the […]

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Dec
13

#SupportTheReport

Canadian Research institutions have potential to be globally competitive with more research opportunities for students, and more jobs. However, Canada falls behind the United States in providing reimbursement of indirect costs of research in Canada. For Canada to remain a global leader of solving the world’s most urgent issues, our labs need funding. Dr. David […]

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Dec
13

Update on CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Negotiations

Earlier this week, the members of Unit 1 voted in favour of a strike mandate. Unit 1 represents all TAs at U of T. Again, a strike mandate vote isn’t the same as a strike vote. The members of Unit haven’t voted to strike, but they have indicated that they’re willing to strike. A strike […]

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