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Volunteer for the
January Know Your Rights campaign!

Interested in promoting students' academic rights? With the Winter term right around the corner, we are looking for volunteers for our January Know Your Rights campaign! Participants should be available to table on at least 2-3 weekdays during the Add-Drop period (January 4-17). Training will be provided in early January.

Check out the SSMU Student Rights website for more info, or register now by filling out the form here. For questions or more information, contact the SSMU VP University Affairs. Otherwise, best of luck on your final exams!

UPDATES

Policy Against Sexual Violence Approved at Senate!

On Wednesday, November 23, the McGill University Senate unanimously approved the new Policy against Sexual Violence following several months of community consultation.

SSMU University Affairs would like to thank the members of the Sexual Assault Policy Proposal working group and all those who have demanded better from our University in its responses to sexual violence. We stand with survivors who have been let down by our administration in the past and those who have been forced to share their stories publicly in search of justice.

We would like to reiterate our commitment to advocating for the needs of our members regarding this issue, particularly those who are disproportionately affected by sexual violence. Any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding the policy development and implementation process can be directed to ua@ssmu.mcgill.ca.

Defer ONE Exam Without Supporting Documentation

Final Exam Deferral Pilot Project

Students will now be granted a first time exam deferral request (e.g. for illness or other extenuating circumstances) without supporting documentation in the following Faculties:
• Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
• Arts (including Social Work & Religious Studies)
• Education
• Engineering (including Architecture)
• Law
• Management
• Science

This policy does not apply to students in Music, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, or Continuing Studies. Learn more about it here, and don't forget to spread the word.

Research Report - A Seat at the Table: An Analysis of the McGill University Board of Governors

The SSMU has released a research report, entitled "A Seat at the Table," in response to longstanding issues with transparency and accountability at McGill University's Board of Governors. These include a lack of diversity or community representation; a privileged nomination process; unregulated confidential sessions; and insufficient consultation mechanisms.

Recommended solutions include expanding Member-at-Large seats from the McGill community; actively recruiting for diversity in Governors; revising regulations for closed and in-camera sessions; implementing tracked voting for all decisions; and developing clear protocols for student consultation.

Read the full report here.

OPPORTUNITIES

Hiring: Harmful Military Technology Researcher

Would you like to see a campus free from harmful military research? We're hiring a researcher to analyze military contracts and technical documents obtained through Access to Information requests. This is a paid position for $12.35/hour from January through April 2017 (80 hours total). Apply here by December 8!

Peer Programs Workshops

Passionate about supporting other students? The Peer Programs Network offers regular workshops to help you develop new skills! Confirmed Winter 2017 sessions include:
On-Campus Resources & Referrals: January 24, 2017 (2:30-4:00 PM)
Active Listening & Effective Communication: February 8, 2017 (1:30-5:00 PM)
Workshop Facilitation Skills: March 20, 2017 (5:30-8:30 PM)

Learn more and register here. Stay tuned for other workshops next semester on public speaking, crisis intervention, and responding to disclosures of sexual violence.

FEEDBACK

#CalloutConstruction Campaign

Are you struggling to get through construction to class? Are there parts of McGill University campus that have become inaccessible because of construction? SSMU is collecting a record of community concerns regarding the impact of ongoing construction on campus accessibility. We'd like to hear about your experiences in order to help us bring concerns to the university administration and the City of Montreal. Post your photos or learn how to report directly through university channels in our Facebook event.

Survey: Students from Foster Care

We are seeking feedback on the needs of our members coming from foster care. This survey includes questions on student demographics and educational experiences in order to identify how we can better support students with child protection, welfare, and/or foster care histories. Participate before December 5th for the chance to win a $10 Panizza gift card! If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact Arisha Khan.

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Email: ua@ssmu.mcgill.ca
Phone: 514-398-6797
3600 McTavish, Suite 1200, Montréal QC H3A 0G3
Office Hours: Thursdays, 10 AM-12 PM

The SSMU Offices are located on unceded, Kanien’kehá:ka traditional territory