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External Student Issues of St. FX Students Final Survey

Title of Research: External Student Issues of St. FX Students

http://www.theu.ca/final-survey/

Purpose of Research
To provide the office of the VP External with indication on what external issues matter most to St. FX students.

What You Will Be Asked to Do in the Research:
You will be asked to fill out a survey.

Benefits of the Research and Benefits to You
The responses you provide will go to the VP External Affairs Office in order to better inform policy objectives that improve the St. FX student experience.

Risks and Discomforts
The confidentiality of your response will be protected by the VP External Affairs Office of the St. FX Students’ Union. It is the opinion of the Office that all potential risks or discomforts associated with your participation in the research have been mitigated to the utmost degree.

Confidentiality
All information you supply during the research will be held in confidence. Your name will not appear in any report. Confidentiality will be provided to the fullest extent possible by law.

The data will be safely stored with the researchers. The file containing your data will be stored with a security password and will only be accessible to the researchers. All data collected and material related to this project (including informed consent forms) will be stored safely for two years, after which it will be deleted/destroyed permanently. The findings from this research may be presented, maintaining the anonymity of the participants, at a Students Nova Scotia Conference to better inform policy objectives of Students’ Unions throughout the province.

Voluntary Participation
Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop participating at any time.

Withdrawal from the Study
You can stop participating in the survey at any time, for any reason. If you wish to withdraw from the study, simply exit-out of the page. In the event you withdraw from the study, all associated data collected will be immediately destroyed wherever possible.

Questions About the Research?
If you have questions about the research in general or about your role in the study, please feel free to contact the St. FX Students’ Union’s Research and Policy Associate by email at su_policy@stfx.ca.

Focus Group for External Student Issues Research Project

Focus Group for External Student Issues Research Project


Invitation to Participate: Focus Group

Research: External Student Issues of St. FX Students

Date, Time and Location:
Thursday, March 22, 5:15PM - 6:00PM, Alumni Lounge (fourth floor Bloomfield Centre)

Purpose of Research:
To provide the office of the VP External with detail on what external issues matter most to St. FX students and why these issues are so important.

What You Will Be Asked to Do in the Research:
The time required for participation will be 40 minutes. You will be asked to discuss the external student issues you have experienced at St. FX and offer feedback, either explanatory or critical, on the data that the External Affairs Office received from the initial online feedback form. While maintaining confidentiality, findings from the feedback form will be shared with the focus group.

Benefits of the Research and Benefits to You:
The responses you provide will go to the VP External Affairs Office in order to better inform policy objectives that improve the St. FX student experience.

Risks and Discomforts:
The confidentiality of your response will be protected by the VP External Affairs Office of the St. FX Students’ Union. It is the opinion of the Office that all potential risks or discomforts associated with your participation in the research have been mitigated to the utmost degree.

Confidentiality:
All information you supply during the research will be held in confidence. Your name will not appear in any report. Confidentiality will be provided to the fullest extent possible by law.

The data will be safely stored with the researchers. The file containing detail on your responses will be stored with a security password and will only be accessible to the researchers. All data collected and material related to this project (including informed consent forms) will be stored safely for two years, after which it will be deleted/destroyed permanently. While preserving confidentiality, the findings from the focus group will be used in order to construct a survey questionnaire. In addition, the findings of this research may be presented, maintaining the anonymity of the participants, at a Students Nova Scotia Conference to better inform policy objectives of Students’ Unions throughout the province.

Voluntary Participation:
Your participation in the focus group is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop participating at any time.

Withdrawal from the Study:
You can stop participating in the focus group at any time, for any reason. If you wish to withdraw from the study, simply exit-out of the page. In the event you withdraw from the study, all associated data collected will be immediately destroyed wherever possible.

Questions About the Research?
If you have questions about the focus group, the research in general or about your role in the study, please feel free to contact the St. FX Students’ Union’s Research and Policy Associate by email at su_policy@stfx.ca.


Statement of Solidarity Regarding Recent Hate Crimes in Antigonish 

Statement of Solidarity Regarding Recent Hate Crimes in Antigonish 

March 14th, 2018

The StFX Students’ Union stands in solidarity with members of the university and the broader community who were affected by the recent hate crimes in Antigonish. Racial slurs were spray-painted on surrounding local schools and the off-campus living residences of StFX students. The Union would like to re-affirm to its Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities that it will continue to strive towards  becoming an entity that equitably represents its students. This is with the aim of fostering an environment of reconciliation that amplifies the voices of those who have been marginalized and protects their safety and security. 

There is no place for racism or intolerance at StFX nor within the Union membership. The Union acknowledges that remaining silent in such instances allows bigotry to remain unchallenged. We would also like to accredit the invaluable work of X Project and the Youth Activism Conference organizers who continue to dedicate themselves to reinforcing that StFX is a community that is intended for everyone. 

Annie Sirois

President & CEO

StFX Students' Union

su_pres@stfx.ca

Statement Regarding Sunday's Bylaw & Legal Presentation to Council

Statement Regarding Sunday's Bylaw & Legal Presentation to Council

On March 11, 2018 the Student Representative Council passed the motion “suspending any consideration of any written notices that were received by the Chair from at least fifteen percent (15%) of the Union membership calling for the removal of the President or VP-Academic pending the resolution of the conflict between section 4(5)(1)(4) and sections 5(2)(4) and 5(3)(3). “

Following legal consultation, at the request of the Chair's office, a presentation was made to council in camera, on Sunday identifying inconsistencies within the Union Bylaws surrounding impeachment procedures specific to the bylaws mentioned above. 

After reviewing the Students’ Union Bylaws, the Student Representative Council has decided to take immediate steps to resolve the inconsistencies identified above, to provide clarity on this issue and remove all ambiguities. An Adhoc Committee has been created to address these concerns and these Bylaws will be passed through council prior to the end of this term. It should also be mentioned that this is the only method of impeachment that is currently suspended, all other consistent impeachment bylaws remain available.

 

Bylaws Under review:

Section 4, Sub-section 5 (Removal of Office), Article 1 (Procedures),

4. Removal of the President or VP-Academic Affairs will be considered after written notice has   been received by the Chair from either:

                        i.     Ten (10) members of Council.

                       ii.     At least fifteen percent (15%) of the Union membership.

                     iii.     The President or VP-Academic Affairs can then only be impeached by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Council by secret ballot.

Section 5 (COUNCIL AND ELECTED POSITIONS TERMS OF REFERENCE), Sub-Section 2 (PRESIDENT - TERMS OF REFERENCE) , Article 4 Limitations

Article 4: Limitations

  1. The President of the Union may  only be  considered  for  impeachment  by  the  Students' Union Representative  Council and  only  after  a  written  petition  for  impeachment  stating  cause,  signed  by  the (10) members of the Council has been received by the Chair of Council.  The Chair must call a meeting of  Council  within  five  (5)  days  after  receipt  of  such  a  petition.  The President may only be impeached by a 2/3 majority vote of Council by secret ballot.

Section 5 (COUNCIL AND ELECTED POSITIONS

TERMS OF REFERENCE) Sub-Section 3 (VICE PRESIDENT – ACADEMIC AFFAIRS - TERMS OF REFERENCE), Article 3

Article 3: Limitations

  1. The VP-Academic Affairs of  the  Union  may  only  be  considered  for  impeachment  by  the  Students' Council and  such  only  after  a written petition for impeachment stating cause,  signed  by ten  (10) members of the Council has been received by the Chair of Council. The Chair must call a meeting of the Council within five (5) days after receipt of such a petition. The VP-Academic Affairs may only be impeached by a 2/3 majority vote of the Council by secret ballot.

Statement Regarding the March 6th Election

Statement Regarding the March 6th Election

The StFX Students’ Union Office of the Chair would like to formally extend an apology to all students who voted in yesterday’s election for Board of Governors Student Representative. The results of this election have been voided by the Elections Committee. The WUSC Referendum, Senior Class Co-Presidents and Graduate Class Speaker results still stand. 

Material in the Candidate Package conflicted with a subsection of the StFX Students’ Union Election Act. An appeal was submitted to the Elections Committee regarding a decision made by the Chairs Office, referencing these conflicting documents. The Returning Officers strive to conduct elections within the bounds and under the authority of the St. Francis Xavier Students’ Union Elections Act.

The Elections Committee apologizes for this void election that was put forth for the Students’ Union Board of Governors Student Representative Position. Voting will restart at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, and will end at 4:00 pm. Please be aware that your voter username and password will be sent out to your Inbox / Junk Email folder the morning of March 14th, 2018.

Any questions can be forwarded to the Returning Officers (su_ro@stfx.ca), or to the Chair of Council (su_chair@stfx.ca)

–     

StFX Students’ Union Election Committee

Press Release Regarding 2018 - 2019 House President Applications

Press Release Regarding 2018 - 2019 House President Applications

Press Release, March 2nd 2018

I would like to express gratitude to all the students who have dedicated considerable time and effort regarding the university's changes to buildings of Cameron and MacKinnon Hall, both in support and in disagreement. For all concerned parties, it is no small feat to take a divisive stance. Productive discussions and debates need to be encouraged at a post-secondary institution.

Throughout the discussions and meetings that took place in February one thing was apparent: if the university's co-ed changes were definite, students wanted to preserve the existing houses within the residences so as to ensure the continuity of positive traditions.

I am pleased to announce that the Students' Union has successfully advocated the university administration. There will be a House-President and Vice-President in MacDonald, TNT, MacPherson, Chillis, and MacNeil for the 2018-2019 year.

There will be one application for Cameron Hall and one for MacKinnon Hall. On the respective applications, individuals will have the opportunity to select MacDonald, TNT and/or MacPherson, or Chillis and/or MacNeil as their preferred option(s) to be the House-President and/or Vice-President of. Successful candidates will only be offered a position within the building their application pertains to.

Moving forward, the University Avenue House-Presidents and Vice-Presidents will be working with the Students’ Union to develop a community agreement intended for Cameron and MacKinnon Hall residents in the fall.

Moreover, I am excited to announce that there will be two co-House President positions in MacIsaac Hall whose applications will be open to the general student body.

All applications will be open on Tuesday, March 6th at noon and will be available at http://theu.ca/jobs.

Annie Sirois

President & CEO

StFX Students' Union

su_pres@stfx.ca

Student Representative Nomination Forms

Student Representative Nomination Forms

The following Students' Union Student Representative nomination forms have been re-opened:

  • Business Student Representative
  • Science Student Representative
  • Arts Student Representative
  • Equity Student Representative
  • International Student Representative
  • Aboriginal Student Representative
  • Student of African-Descent Representative

Interested students can download the form here. Students must collect 10 nomination signatures in order to be considered eligible. A deposit of $25 must be made at time of submission.

All nomination forms are due Tuesday, March 6th by 4:00 PM to the SUB Info Desk!

Feedback Form: EXTERNAL ISSUES OF ST. FX STUDENTS

Feedback Form: EXTERNAL ISSUES OF ST. FX STUDENTS

Invitation to Participate

Feedback Form: External Issues of St. FX Students Link to Participate: http://www.theu.ca/feedback-form-external-student-issues-for-st-fx-students

The form is open from February 12th, until February 16th at 5:00pm.

Purpose of Research: To provide the office of the VP External with indication of what external issues matter most to St. FX students in order to best develop external affairs policies and action plans. This feedback form represents the first of three components of a larger research project entitled “External Student Issues of St. FX Students.” The answers you provide in this feedback form will contribute to the design of the subsequent focus group and the final survey.

What You Will Be Asked to do in the Research: You will be asked to write in a ranked fashion, from most critical to least, the top three external affairs issues you have experienced as a St. FX student.

Benefits of the Research and Benefits to You: The responses you provide will go to the VP External Affairs Office in order to better inform policy objectives that improve the St. FX student experience.

Risks and Discomforts: The confidentiality of your response will be protected by the VP External Affairs Office of the St. FX Students’ Union. It is the opinion of the Office that all potential risks or discomforts associated with your participation in the research have been mitigated to the utmost degree.

Confidentiality: All information you supply during the research will be held in confidence. Your name will not appear in any report. Confidentiality will be provided to the fullest extent possible by law.

The data will be safely stored with the researchers. The file containing your data will be stored with a security password and will only be accessible to the researchers. All data collected and material related to this project (including informed consent forms) will be stored safely for two years, after which it will be deleted/destroyed permanently. While preserving confidentiality, the findings from the feedback form will be shared in order to conduct a later focus group. In addition, the findings of this research may be presented, maintaining the anonymity of the participants, at a Students Nova Scotia Conference to better inform policy objectives of Students’ Unions throughout the province.

Voluntary Participation: Your participation in the feedback form is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop participating at any time.

Withdrawal from the Study: You can stop participating in the feedback form at any time, for any reason. If you wish to withdraw from the study, simply exit-out of the page. In the event you withdraw from the study, all associated data collected will be immediately destroyed wherever possible.

Questions About the Research? If you have questions about the research in general or about your role in the study, please feel free to contact the St. FX Students’ Union’s Research and Policy Associate by email at su_policy@stfx.ca or visit us as 5555 Union Place, 3rd Floor, Bloomfield Centre, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2W5.

University Avenue Councillor Feedback Survey

University Avenue Councillor Feedback Survey

Please see the attached survey to provide feedback for Council members concerning the proposed changes to Cameron and MacKinnon Hall. The survey will remain open until Thursday at 4:00 PM.

  • Only current students may submit feedback, student numbers will be used for verification.
  • Students may only complete the survey once, duplicates will be removed.
  • The results of these surveys will be kept confidential.

THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

WUSC Outreach Survey

WUSC Outreach Survey

Each year, StFX students pay a $4 fee to the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to fund the Student Refugee Program (SRP). The SRP is a resettlement program that supports refugees, who become permanent Canadian residents, in attending post-secondary education. For more information about the program, please visit: https://srp.wusc.ca/.

The WUSC society is looking to increase the fee this year to better support the students who come to StFX on the SRP beyond just their first year. Please see the provided PDF attachment that displays the breakdown of where the fee increases would be allocated.

Complete survey responses will be used to steer the student representative council’s decision on what the referendum question put forward to students will include.

Statement Regarding the Changes to Cameron and MacKinnon Hall

Statement Regarding the Changes to Cameron and MacKinnon Hall

Press Release regarding the recent changes to Cameron and MacKinnon Hall:

January 31, 2018

The StFX Students' Union is invested in ensuring the wellness of all students, both on and off campus. Due to the various types of violence and conduct issues that have existed and continue to occur in these sorority/fraternity style residences, the Union supports the university's decision to amalgamate Cameron and MacKinnon Hall into truly co-ed residences. The Union recognizes individuals' frustrations; however, we cannot advocate for the continuation of an environment that has jeopardized the safety of students.

The Union will be advocating the University that they provide students with the empirical evidence that supports this move, in a way that does not compromise the confidentiality of any students/individuals involved.

Moving forward, the Union is excited to collaborate with the existing House Councils to be innovative with our approach when creating one unified council for each building. Students are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to create new traditions, ones that have a positive lasting impact.

 

Annie Sirois

President & CEO

su_pres@stfx.ca

Notice Regarding the 2018 Students' Union Election Start Time

Notice Regarding the 2018 Students' Union Election Start Time

On behalf of myself, Jessica Fullerton, Chair of Council of the StFX Students’ Union and the Chair’s Office,

The Election’s Act stipulates in Sub-Section 10: Polling and Voting, Article 5.

i.                    Each voter shall indicate their first choice on the ballot and consecutively rank the remaining candidates as they so choose (voters shall be entitled to mark as few as zero candidates or as many as all of them for any given positions in which they are eligible to vote);

As the Bylaws were not upheld, this did not allow voters to indicate their first choice on the ballot and consecutively rank the remaining candidates as they so choose and were not entitled to mark as few as zero candidates or as many as all of them. This election was in direct violation of our StFX Students’ Union Bylaws, therefore it was necessary that the election be shut down and consider any results to this point void.

We apologize for this void election that was put forth and the Students’ Union General Election and Oland Centre Referendum Voting will restart at 8:00 am on January 24, 2018 and end at 4:00 pm on January 25, 2018. Please be aware that your new voter username and password will be sent out to your Inbox/Junk Email folder the morning of January 24, 2018.

Vote Crew Applications

Vote Crew Applications

The Chair of Council's Office is running a “Promote the Vote” campaign for the 2018 general election and referendum! 

They are currently seeking 12 student volunteers to be a part of a 'Vote Crew' for this campaign to help raise awareness for the election and promote student engagement and informed voting in this Students’ Union election! 

Members of the StFX Students’ Union Vote Crew must remain non-partisan for the duration of this election period. If you are interested in a position on the StFX Students’ Union Vote Crew please fill out the application below:

*All applications must be submitted by January 9th at noon*

Grad Student & Education Representative Nomination Forms

Grad Student & Education Representative Nomination Forms

The Students' Union Grad Student and Education Student nomination forms are also now live!

Interested students can download the form here. Students must collect 10 nomination signatures in order to be considered eligible. A deposit of $25 must be made at time of submission.

All nomination forms must be handed by 12:00 PM on January 8th to the SUB Info Desk!

Students' Union President & Vice-President Academic Nomination Forms

Students' Union President & Vice-President Academic Nomination Forms

The Students' Union President Vice-President Academic nomination forms are now live!

Interested students can download the form here. Students must collect 25 nomination signatures in order to be considered eligible. A deposit of $50 must be made at time of submission.

*APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL TUESDAY, JANUARY 9TH AT 8:00 PM AT THE SUB INFO DESK*

A Statement from the Students’ Union President, Annie Sirois

A Statement from the Students’ Union President, Annie Sirois

November 28th, 2017: 

Yesterday evening, university President Dr. Kent MacDonald sent an email to the campus community regarding the recent allegations of sexual assault. The Students’ Union does not support any form of sexualized violence and our main priority throughout these investigations has been, as always, student safety.

The Union supports the university’s Sexual Violence Policy and it is our duty to ensure that the policy is adhered to. It is extremely important that when adhering to the policy’s victim-centred approach, the community acknowledges the responsibility of maintaining confidential aspects of the allegation in the interest of the survivors.

We encourage continued discussion, awareness, and education of sexual violence prevention on university campuses. Earlier this year, the Union partnered with the Health and Counselling centre to provide students with Bringing in the Bystander training. Increased efforts have been taken to actively redress generations of institutionalized power complexes that have perpetuated and allowed for sexualized violence to fester.

We encourage all students to contact su_bitb@stfx.ca to receive training so that we as a community can be proactive bystanders. Training is an incredibly valuable resource however the importance of teaching individuals to not rape cannot be left unsaid. Explicit, direct consent is absolutely mandatory every single time. 

These are not isolated incidents of assaults at StFX, nor are they at institutions in Canada, or in our broader society. These happen every single day. It is, however, time to say no more. The Union endorses the Women’s Resource Centre's '16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence' campaign. 

 

Please find below a list of available resources:

Student Life Office:

3rd floor Bloomfield Centre

902-867-3934

8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

StFX Health and Counselling:

3rd Floor Bloomfield Centre

902- 867-2263

Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

RCMP Antigonish:

902-863-6500

If support is needed outside the times listed above, please contact:

Safety and Security:

902-863-4444

Residence Life Staff:

Community Advisors in your Residence

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

1-877-880-7263

The Students' Union 2017 Annual Plan

The Students' Union 2017 Annual Plan

The StFX Students’ Union is happy to present the 2017-2018 Annual Plan.

The Plan serves as a way for students to keep the Executive team accountable to their goals and has three main pillars: equity, advocacy, and innovative practices!

If you have any comments or questions please email President Annie Sirois at su_pres@stfx.ca

Oland Centre Referendum Student Outreach Survey

Oland Centre Referendum Student Outreach Survey

The Centre for Healthy Living project is a pillar within the StFX Comprehensive campaign. This project entails renovations to the Oland Centre and has an estimated cost of $30 million. The project will progress in phases, with each phase starting only once the respective funds have been raised. The university is looking to go to referendum (defined below) to establish a new student fee that will result in a total $5 million contribution from students. This funding will go solely towards a new health and fitness facility (workout gym) and renovations to the public locker rooms.

Referendum: a yes or no vote by students on a single question that has been referred to them for a direct decision. 

In order to best gauge constituent/student feedback, the StFX Students' Union Student Representative Council has established the following feedback survey. Please note that this is not the referendum in and of itself, rather this survey will be used by Council for consultation when voting on whether or not to go to referendum. 

X Talks: Health (Applications)

X Talks: Health (Applications)

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The "X Talks" series continues into November with presentations from Students, Staff and Faculty surrounding the topic of Health in both everyday life and on campus.

In partnership with the 2017 Movember campaign this month's talk will explore the theme of health. The event will feature some of StFX own students talking about their life experiences in general and at StFX, finished by a keynote presented by Jeremey Saunders, host of the Sick Boy Podcast.

If you are interested in being apart of this amazing event, submit an application below by Tuesday, November 7th at 5:00 PM!

Public Notice of Annual General Meeting

Public Notice of Annual General Meeting

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This is a public notice that the Students' Union will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:00 PM.

Any attendees will be entered to win a Kenny's Pizza $500 gift card giveaway! Stay tuned to the Students' Union social media for additional details in the coming week - including the event's location and Facebook page.

Any questions regarding this year's AGM can be directed to the Chair of Council at su_chair@stfx.ca