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GSS Newsletter – August 30, 2020



Meet the Graduate Student Society: Advocacy, services and how to get involved! 

Wednesday, September 2nd @ 2:00 pm
This is an information session about the Graduate Student Society (GSS) that represents all graduate students at SFU. We would like to welcome new graduate students to SFU and inform them about what they can expect from their student society. The GSS team will provide information about how the society advocates for graduate students, services that we provide and how you can get involved! Student involvement drives the activities and direction of the society.
Want to meet fellow graduate students? Feel like relaxing and having some fun? Want to improve the graduate student experience? Want to know where you can turn for support and services? Come hang out with us on September 2nd where you can get informed and ask questions. Returning students are also welcome to attend this session to learn more about the GSS. 
Notice for incoming international students
If you are an incoming international student and have concerns about funding, tuition or travel we want to hear from you. We have compiled so important information in the link.
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If you have more questions or are unable to attend this information session please visit our website or email

Events from the Interfaith Centre as well as a Grad specific event from one of the IFC Groups.


The GSS work-search webinar series Zoom recording link

The GSS work-search webinar series was designed to provide graduate students with first hand job searching advice from GSS current students and alumni. We have recorded the sessions and updated the recording link on our event page. If you were not able to make the webinar, you can check it out here.

Wellness & Safety

Reminder from SFU’s Campus Public Safety

SFU has developed guidance documents, safety plans, templates and a training module to help our community plan and prepare for what may be ahead. The SRS Covid-19 Resources page includes a step-by-step guide to working on campus along with resources you’ll need along the way. For any questions about the training module, please contact and for any general questions specific to Covid-19, please contact


Common Areas Safety Plan

SFU has released a comprehensive safety plan for SFU’s common areas, which you can find here. For students planning to return to campus, a list of open study areas and lounges is included as an appendix to the plan. Please note this list is subject to change depending on compliance with established safety measures. Safety and Risk Services is working with Facilities Services to map campus study areas and lounges, and to add them to the SFU Snap app.



Non-US international students who want to travel to a destination outside Canada and return to Canada

At this moment, only the students who were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, are exempt from travel restrictions. However, for those who are planning to travel to their country or somewhere else and return to Canada even if their study permit is issued before March 18th, students should contact Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and inquire if documentation from SFU may be needed for their travel. You can find more information on ISS COVID-19 FAQ page

TransLink implementing mandatory face covering policy

Beginning Monday, August 24, non-medical masks or face coverings will be required when on board transit vehicles. This mandate will support everyone in feeling more comfortable in continuing to use transit as our region continues to reopen. View online. For additional information on how to use transit right now, more details on the mask mandate and the Safe Operating Action Plan, please visit the Coronavirus Precautions page.


U-Pass BC Planning for Fall

As of September 1st, U-pass BC is back online and available to all the SFU students enrolled in the fall semester and currently residing in Metro Vancouver. For more information visit here


GSS Online Education Survey Presentation

The GSS has released an analysis of our July survey that dealt with issues arising from online learning, along with recommendations to SFU departments and administration on how to make the student experience better. You can find the presentation here.



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