One of the UTSU’s missions is to advocate for your interests as students. Our current focuses include:
We’re lobbying the government for tuition freezes by cohort, meaning that you’ll pay the same amount of tuition in the first year of your studies as you will in your final year. We’re also lobbying for broad increases in government funding for post-secondary institutions.
Compulsory Note Takers
No student who requires assistance taking notes should have to worry about finding a note taker. Furthermore, all note takers ought to be paid a fair wage by the university.
Provincial and Municipal elections are scheduled for June and October of 2018 respectively. The opportunity is here to engage on issues such as transit, affordability of education, mental health, and student housing. Add your voice to ours!
Eliminate Exam Remark & Deferral Fee
Students ought to be able to view their exams and have them remarked for free.
It’s important that the UTSU, in addition to providing materials and resources on equity-seeking initiatives, is also providing educational programming to our members. We’ll be partnering with students, the Social Justice and Equity Commission, and other equity-seeking groups to develop educational campaigns to change our society for the better.
Free Menstrual Products
We’ll be lobbying the Administration to develop a pilot program to offer free menstrual products in all washrooms at the University of Toronto. In the short term, students needing menstrual products can get them for free at the UTSU office.
Mental Health Resources
We want to assess the quality and availability of mental health resources available to students by division. Using this information we can better target our lobbying efforts and services.
OHIP for International Students
OHIP currently only covers domestic students. We’ll be working with other universities in Ontario to collectively lobby the government to expand OHIP for international students.
Racialized Students Collective
The RSC was established in 2015 to act as a forum for racialized students to share their experiences and to work together to combat racism at U of T. We’ll restore the Racialized Students’ Collective through a partnership with the Racialized Sub-Commission of the SJE Commission.
Stop Laptop Ban
Various departments at the University of Toronto have begun introducing new policies that limit or prohibit the use of laptops in class. This is unacceptable. Education is personal, and only you know which learning tools are the best for you. End of story.
We’re lobbying for a provincially-subsidized pass that grants unlimited-use on both the TTC and GO for students studying in the downtown core! The subsidized UPass would be offered to students as part of their tuition fees.