Committees and Boards
The Students' Union is governed by Students' Council; to aid Students' Council, there are a number of boards and committees that review issues in depth and provide recommendations for action to Council. These are listed here. To access any of the available documents (minutes, agendas, etc.) for these committees, please click on the appropriate link on the left.
The Students' Union is committed to open, transparent governance, and records of its proceedings are public. Where records are not available, it is usually due to privacy issues.
Please note that meeting minutes are not posted until approved, which generally occurs at the subsequent meeting. Therefore some recent minutes will not yet be listed.
The Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Committee (ARRC) is composed of seven voting members from Students' Council and the Indigenous Students' Union (ISU), three student at larges (all of which must identify as FNMI students), as well as other important stakeholders in aboriginal relations at the U of A. It acts as a link between Students' Council and FNMI students, and assists in the SU's implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
The Audit Committee is composed of seven non-executive voting members of Students' Council The committee is responsible for reviewing all Students' Union and Student Group financial statements, credit card expenditures, election results and alterations to the Students' Union budget. The committee is empowered to investigate any inappropriate transactions.
The Bylaw Committee is composed of seven voting members of Students' Council. The committee is responsible for drafting bylaws and referendum/plebiscite questions as required by Students' Council. The committee may also make recommendations on bylaws to Students' Council.
The Council Administration Committee (CAC) is composed of five voting members of Students' Council as permanent committee members. Please note that all voting members of Students' Council (excluding proxies) are considered voting members of the committee. The committee has the power to amend Standing Orders of Students' Council and may make recommendations to Students' Council on its structure and committees. The committee oversees both the Speaker of Students' Council and the Chief Returning Officer and is the main administration force of Students' Council.
The Discipline, Interpretation, and Enforcement Board (DIE Board) is the 'court' of the Students' Union, responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Bylaws of the Students' Union. It meets only as required. DIE Board is often required to meet during elections to rule on challenges to the decisions of the Chief Returning Officer (CRO).
The Executive Committee, composed of the President, the four Vice-Presidents, and the General Manager (non-voting), are responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Students' Union and coordinating its longer-term strategy. The Executive Committee has broad powers of recommendation to Students' Council and may act in place of other committees should the other committees not be able to do so.
The Finance Committee is composed of seven voting members of Students' Council, the Vice President (Student Life), the Vice President (Operations & Finance), as well as non-voting members from several stakeholder groups. The committee is responsible for developing policy and disbursing grants from numerous funds including student group funds and the Access Fund. The committee also oversees the Students' Union awards program, recommends the annual operating budget of the Students' Union to Students' Council, as required by Students' Union legislation, and makes recommendations on alterations to the budget.
The Nominating Committee (NomCom) is composed of six voting members as well as the Vice President (External), Vice President (Academic) and Vice President (Student Life). The Nominating Committee is responsible for organizing recruitment efforts and screening candidates for various governance positions that come up throughout the year, which the SU is mandated to provide candidates for. This can include filling vacant seats on GFC and the Senate, recruiting volunteers for selection committees or focus groups, filling SU committees and working groups, or handling other recruitment-related tasks as necessary.
The Policy Committee is composed of six voting members of Students' Council, the Vice President (Academic), the Vice President (External) and the Vice President (Student Life). The committee makes recommendations to Students' Council on Students' Union political policies, which guide the advocacy efforts of the SU’s executives and Student Representative Associations (SRAs). The committee also receives reports from the Executive Committee on its policy activities and evaluates their effectiveness.
The Sustainability and Capital Fund Committee (SCFC) is composed of three members of Students' Council, one member of the Executive Committee, one member of the Sustainability Committee, two members of the Council of Faculty Association (CoFA), one member of the Council of Residence Association (CORA), one member of the Indigenous Students' Council (ISU), four student at larges (with preference for one student at large given to an undergraduate student from Campus Saint-Jean) as well as other important stakeholders. SCFC is in charge of administering the Sustainability and Capital Fund to relevant student projects. The members of SCFC are: Mackenzie Burnstick, Levi Flaman, Lionel Liu, Pien Steinbusch, Julia Villoso and Bin Ge Yang.
The Student Group Committee (SGC) is composed of two members of Students’ Council, the Vice President (Student Life), the Vice President (Academic), and four students-at-large (one of which must be a current executive of student group). The committee is responsible for the oversight of student groups, and may make determinations in regards to complaints against student groups and appeals by student groups to decisions made by Student Group Services.
The Sustainability Committee (SUSC) is an Ad-Hoc committee composed of three members of the Students’ Council, one member of the Students’ Union’s Executive Committee, one member of the Indigenous Students' Union Executive Committee, and four students-at-large (one of which is currently considered an international student). The committee is responsible for annual evaluations of the Students’ Union’s sustainability practices, providing sustainability related reccomendations and ensuring that the Students Union adheres to current sustainability standards and follows best practices whenever possible. The members of the Sustainability Committee are: Mackenzie Burnstick, Daniela Carbajal Velez, Brett Friesen, Milan Regmi, Pien Steinbusch and Julia Villoso.
The Translation consists of five members, either elected representatives of Students' Council or student-at-larges, who possess the required French/English skills. The Translation Committee is an operational committee responsible for updating the French versions of SU Bylaw and Political Policy to reflect changes in the English versions. The committee also works to ensure that all bylaw and political policy documents are provided in both English and French. The members of this committee are Meghan Fausto and Gabriela Soto.
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