Council

2020-2021 UTGSU COUNCIL MEETINGS
MEETINGS START AT 5:30PM SHARP UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED

*All meeting dates and times subject to change*

For Council Representatives
Given serious concerns raised by Members as well as by UofT administration regarding student gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the  General Council / Board of Directors meetings will be held online via the meeting software, ZOOM.  Members must register by sending an email to register@utgsu.ca before each meeting.  Your email to register@utgsu.ca must include your 1) First and Last Name, 2) Course Union/Dept Name, 3) the email address that you have on file with the union, and your 4) Student Number.   All participation will be conducted via the ZOOM software, so please prepare to have access to a device during the meeting time.  

Please note that if you are a council representative intending to send a proxy, then you must email your name, course union, and name of your intended proxy to Gail, membership@utgsu.ca and to internal@utgsu.ca no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. (Please refer to Policy O3 in our Policy Handbook).

For Guests:
Members who are not council representatives must register by sending an email to register@utgsu.ca with the subject line ‘Guest’ before noon on the date of the Council meeting.  Your email to register@utgsu.ca must include your 1) First and Last Name, 2) the email address that you would like to receive meeting information to, and your 3) Student Number.

Date and LocationAgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes
September 15, 2020
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Meeting online
AgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes
September 30, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Meeting online
AgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes
October 27, 2020
5:30 pm start time
Meeting online
AgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes
November 17, 2020
5:30 pm start time
Meeting online
AgendaSupporting Documents
January 19, 2021
5:30 pm start time
Meeting online
February 23, 2021
5:30 pm start time
Meeting online
March 30, 2021
5:30 pm start time
Meeting online
April 27, 2021
5:30 pm start time
Meeting online

Click here to access the Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes from the 2019/2020 Year

Accessibility

All Council Meetings take place in a wheelchair accessible space. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact executivedirector@utgsu.ca.

UTGSU Council Member Engagement

The UTGSU encourages the full active participation of its Course Union members. Participation comes in many forms: attending and contributing to a discussion, volunteering to join a committee, and submitting a motion. The monthly meetings of the UTGSU Council are open to all graduate students, although only UTGSU Representatives may speak and vote. Approximately 160 Representatives from every Course Union discuss and vote on various issues.

Over the years Council has dealt with the mundane to the esoteric, such as preposterous tuition increases, university blunders, student income tax deductions, divestment in South Africa, the War in the Gulf, student involvement in departmental committees, comprehensive exams, childcare at U of T, housing in Toronto, SGS Bursaries, etc.

Council also receives reports from the UTGSU Executive and spokespeople for groups on campus and in the community. Each UTGSU community member’s contribution is valuable and highly welcomed.

Contact

For general or logistical enquires: executivedirector@utgsu.ca.

For specific content issues surrounding Council meetings: chair@utgsu.ca.

For errors or minor edits to Council Minutes: secretary@utgsu.ca.

Speaking Rights for UTGSU Members

UTGSU Council Meetings are governed by Bourinot’s Rules of Order.

All UTGSU Members are encouraged to attend General Council meetings and may be extended speaking rights if they have something relevant to contribute to a specific discussion. To attain speaking rights, the Member should ask their Course Union Representative to move a motion once the meeting reaches the item they wish to speak to. The motion would typically be worded as:

BIRT the UTGSU Council extend speaking rights to (name, name, name, etc.) for an item (number and name of the item).

If the motion passes the Member requesting speaking rights will be allowed to speak. They may not participate in a debate on the motion that would extend them speaking rights.

View Old Council Documents

Some documents are available digitally in the archive page. This archive is under construction, so not all documents are available online. To view any document, members can make an appointment with  executivedirector@utgsu.ca to come in and view the minute books in the record’s room at the UTGSU offices if you wish to view old Council documents.