Council

2019-2020 UTGSU Council Meetings
meetings start at 6:10pm 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 April 28th 2020 General Council / Board of Directors meeting will be held online via the meeting software, ZOOM.  Members must register by sending an email to register@utgsu.ca before noon on April 28th.  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.  UTGSU officers will then reply to your email with a URL access code to the ZOOM meeting just before the scheduled meeting time.  All participation will be conducted via the ZOOM software, so please prepare to have access to a device during the meeting time.  Text communication will be possible, but a working microphone is recommended.  Our Chair, Jeremy Rothschild, has agreed to moderate this meeting in addition to normal chairing duties.  More details will follow in a forthcoming email.

Given the logistical complications of holding this meeting online, some Directors are anticipating tabling all items highlighted in yellow in the draft agenda.  The Levy Group report included in the package is for information only.

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 me, internal@utgsu.ca, and to Gail, membership@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 April 28th.  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
June 3, 2019
Wilson Hall – New College
Room 1016
AgendaN/AMinutes
June 11, 2019
Wilson Hall – New College
Room 1017
AgendaDraft April, 23 2019 Minutes
Draft Amendments to Policy 01.21
Draft Amendments to Bylaw Article 14
Draft Amendment to Bylaw Article 12
Minutes
July 31, 2019
Koffler House – Room 108
AgendaN/AMinutes
August 20, 2019
McLennan Physical
Laboratories
Room 103
AgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes
September 24, 2019
Banting Institute
Room 131
AgendaSupporting Documents
2019-2020 Course Union Manual
Minutes
October 7, 2019 6:30 PM
Wilson Hall, New College
Room 1016
AgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes
October 29, 2019
Wilson Hall, New College
Room 1017
AgendaSupporting Documents
Social Justice Education Student Caucus Constitution
Minutes
November 26, 2019
Wilson Hall, New College
Room 1017
AgendaSupporting Documents
Annual General Meeting
December 5, 2019

O.I.S.E (252 Bloor St West)
Room G162 (OISE Auditorium)
Agenda
(with supporting documents)
N/AN/A
December Council Meeting
December 10, 2019

Earth Sciences Building
Room B142
AgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes
Re-adjourned Annual General Meeting
January 27, 2020

Medical Sciences Building JJR Macleod Auditorium
Room 2158)
AgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes to be approved at next Annual General Meeting.
January Council Meeting
January 27, 2020

Medical Sciences Building JJR Macleod Auditorium
Room 2158)
AgendaSupporting DocumentsN/A
February 13, 2020
Medical Sciences Building
Room 2170
AgendaSupporting DocumentsMinutes
February 27, 2020
Earth Sciences Centre
Room B142
Agenda
March 9, 2020
Sidney Smith Hall
Room 1085
AgendaMinutes
March 25, 2020
Meeting moved online with Information in the second Mailout
AgendaMinutes
April 28, 2020
Meeting moved online with Information in the Mailout
AgendaMinutes
May 16, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Meeting moved online with Information in the Mailout
Agenda
May 19, 2020
6:15 – 9:15 pm
Meeting moved online with Information in the Mailout
AgendaSupporting Documents
June 1, 2020
6:15 – 9:15 pm
Meeting moved online with Information in the Mailout
Agenda
June 30, 2020
6:15 – 9:15 om
Meeting moved online with information in the Mailout
Agenda

Click here to access the Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes from the 2018/2019 Year on the UTGSU Archive.

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.