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Build up your advocacy knowledge this term!

Know Your Student Rights!

Hi everyone! Now that the Add-Drop period is over and classes are starting to pick up, it's the perfect time to brush up on our student rights!

Did you know that you should not be penalized for work missed during Add-Drop? Or that (unless given the choice) you cannot be asked to write a final exam worth more than 75%?

Check out www.ssmu.ca/studentrights to learn more about your protections under McGill academic policies, as well as how to address violations when they arise.

Wondering what else your SSMU Executives will be up to this year?
Check out our 2016-2017 Executive Goals Report.
EVENTS

Second Annual Student Academic Summit

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11 AM - 4 PM (SSMU Ballroom)

Are you a student representative interested in making change on campus? Then, you're invited to attend the 2nd Annual Student Academic Summit!

Hosted by SSMU University Affairs, this full day of workshops and networking will provide you with student advocacy tools and information on various issues, including academic rights, students' mental health, study spaces, and many more. There is no cost to attend, and a light lunch will be served by the SSMU's Student-Run Cafeteria.
Register here by Friday, October 7 at 5 PM.

Panel Discussion: Sexual Violence & Power Dynamics in the University Context

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6 - 8 PM
(McConnell Engineering Building, Room 204) *room change*

In collaboration with Consent McGill, SSMU Equity and McGill Community Engagement Day bring you a panel discussion to examine how sexual violence and power dynamics operate in a university setting.

Join us for a conversation with students, faculty, and staff who will offer their perspectives on the challenges and complexities of addressing and responding to rape culture on campus, with a focus on the abuse of power and authority in relation to sexual violence. For more information, check out the Facebook event.
This event is held as a part of #ConsentMcGill Campaign 2016 (September 26-30).

Community Engagement Day 2016 Talks

Thursday, September 29, 2016, Downtown Campus

CED Talks are a public discussion series presented as a part of Community Engagement Day. Web registration is encouraged, but not mandatory. This year's line up includes:

  • Indigenous Solidarity in a University Setting (register here)
    1 - 3 PM, SSMU Building Lev Bukhman Room (Room 201A)
  • Online Spaces: Talking Black (register here)
    2 - 4 PM, SSMU Building Room 108
  • Respectability Politics & Communication (register here)
    4 - 5:30 PM, SSMU Building Room 108
  • Sexual Violence and Power Dynamics in a University Setting (register here)
    6 - 8 PM, McConnell Engineering Building Room 204

For more information about each talk (including list of speakers), click hereCED Talks are also open to the public, so feel free to invite non-McGill community members.

A New Frame of Mind: The Transition Towards Integrated Psychological Services at McGill

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1:30 - 2:30 PM (SSMU Ballroom)

McGill is moving towards an integrated model of psychological services where students will no longer be required to self-select between Mental Health or Counselling Services. This is the first step in the transition towards a single point of entry for all health and wellness units in Student Services.

Join the Health and Wellness Steering Committee for an interactive presentation and Q&A on these changes during the fourth annual Students in Mind conference. Student representatives are welcome to attend this session to learn more about current initiatives and how they can provide feedback during this critical transition phase.
This event is a part of Students in Mind Mental Health Conference (October 1-2).

FEEDBACK

Focus Groups:
Proposed McGill Policy Against Sexual Violence

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27-28, 2016

SSMU, PGSS, and MCSS are organizing confidential focus groups, facilitated by trained SACOMSS volunteers, in order to collect feedback on the proposed McGill Policy Against Sexual Violence. A report on these consultations will be compiled for the administration and the wider McGill community.

If you have not registered for a group, you can still attend our last drop-in session this Wednesday, September 28 (TOMORROW), from 12:30 - 1:30 PM in Royal Victoria College Room W-124. Or, send your thoughts directly to ua@ssmu.mcgill.ca or the administration's online form. Want to learn more about the proposal? Read the SSMU-PGSS press statement.


Seeking Testimony:
Experiences with Academic Accommodation

SSMU is collecting testimony on students' experiences requesting accommodation for mental health, disability, and/or medical reasons. We want to hear your stories! This consultation is the first step in creating a case for an equitable, accessible, and consistent approach to accommodations across McGill. We are still looking for submissions from students in all programs. Click here to provide feedback.

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