Director Elections & Referendum – Spring 2020

DIRECTOR ELECTION RESULTS

        Director of External Relations   >> Terms of Reference

Matthew McDonald – 240 [ elected ]
None of the Above – 22
Abstain (I do not wish to vote) – 43

Advocates for graduates students on affordability issues such as tuition and housing with both the university and government. The position maintains relationships with other student societies on and off campus.

        Director of Graduate Services   >> Terms of Reference

Mona Mehdizadeh – 237 [ elected ]
None of the Above – 29
Abstain (I do not wish to vote) – 39

Stewards the services provided by the GSS for graduate students such as the health plan and the UPass. The position also advocates for graduate students with regards to services provided by the university.

        Director of Internal Relations   >> Terms of Reference

Foroozan Daneshzand – 238 [ elected ]
None of the Above – 22
Abstain (I do not wish to vote) – 45

Maintains communication and relationships with graduate student caucuses and with Council representatives. This position reviews and helps change the GSS governance documents and support AGM planning.

REFERENDUM RESULTS

The following two referendum questions will appear on the ballot during the GSS Elections.

World University Services of Canada at SFU Fee:

Be It Resolved That the general membership of the GSS approve an increase to the semesterly fees to be paid to SFP/SFU WUSC, from $1.00 to $2.00 for full-time students and from $0.50 to $1.00 for part-time students.

At SFU, we sponsor six refugee students every year. The funding for this project comes from the Student’s levy ($2.5 within the undergraduate students fees & $1 within the graduate student fees). This levy has not been changed since 2012. Since then the living and housing cost has been exponentially increasing and the inflation rate has increased almost eight fold over the past decade in BC. An increase is needed to maintain the support required for sponsored refugee students at SFU and to sustain SFU students’ long-term commitment to this unique and life changing youth-to-youth sponsorship program. 

For more information please visit: https://www.sfu.ca/refugeeprograms/students.html

RESULT:
Yes     –     230   [ approved ]
No     –     56
Abstain (I do not wish to vote)     –     19
 

Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group Fee:

Be It Resolved That the general membership of the GSS approve an increase to the student levy for the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) to $5.50 per semester for full-time students, and $2.75 per semester for part-time students, adjusted annually for inflation according to the Vancouver Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) is an independent, non-profit student society based at SFU, engaging students in social and environmental justice since 1981, through action, research, education, and community-building. In order to adjust for past losses due to inflation (45%) since the last increase in 1994, and in order to expand a number of areas in SFPIRG’s programming and resources, we are putting forward this referendum question to all SFU students that would increase the SFPIRG member fee. We are also asking SFU students to approve annually adjusting the fee for inflation according to the Vancouver Consumer Price Index (CPI), so that future losses due to inflation are accounted for.

For more information: https://sfpirg.ca/member-fee-referendum/

RESULT:
Yes     –     170   [ approved ]
No     –     94
Abstain (I do not wish to vote)     –     41

BY-LAWS AND REGULATION

Elections and referenda, collectively known as electoral undertakings, are governed by the documents below. 
 
Constitution and By-Laws (page 20)

R1010 Electoral Undertaking Regulation

QUESTIONS?

Email the Electoral Committee at ec@sfugradsociety.ca or the Chief Electoral Officer at electoralchief@sfugradsociety.ca