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Submissions Invited for Code of Conduct Review

Western’s Code of Student Conduct defines the standard of conduct expected of students at Western, and sets out the disciplinary procedures that the University will follow. The Board of Governors is required to review the Code every five years. An ad hoc committee,  chaired by Western Law Dean Iain Scott, has been formed to oversee the review. Written and/or oral submissions from interested students should be addressed to Dean Iain Scott, Code of Student Conduct Review Committee, University Secretariat, Room 4101 Stevenson Hall, or to iain.scott@uwo.ca. Individuals wishing to meet with the committee should indicate so in their written submissions. The code may be viewed at http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/board/code.pdf Deadline for submissions is Oct. 7, 2016.   The review committee’s report, including any recommended revisions to the code, will be submitted to the Board in early...

USC executive publish year-end review of projects and campaigns

Making it easier to be a student. These words opened the Team Sophie platform and each point following attempted to accomplish just that. This report is a review of the platform, categorizing each point as Complete, Ongoing and Incomplete at the school year’s close. Complete refers to projects or initiatives that have been successfully accomplished or are scheduled to be completed in early 2016. Ongoing refers to projects that are still active and more work can be done next year, with completion still a priority. Incomplete refers to projects where no or little future work is scheduled and the completion is no longer a priority. Many of the advocacy points are categorized as ongoing, as it often takes more than one year to both decide and implement university policy or budget changes. Read the FULL REPORT HERE. For further questions please contact: Kevin Hurren Communications Officer University Students’ Council communications@westernusc.ca 519-661-2111 ext....

USC General Manager steps away from role following eight years of service

Cathy Clarke, General Manager for the University Students’ Council, has decided to leave the USC effective September 30th, 2016, up until which time she will remain with the organization to ensure corporate stability and the transition of her successor. This provides the USC the opportunity to review the scope, autonomy, and accountability of the GM role, as well as the overall organizational structure of the USC. Clarke has served the USC for eight years as a mentor and advisor to many student executives and leaders. Her dedication and teamwork has supported the organization through a number of trials and she can claim many achievements in her tenure. “Through her time at the USC, Cathy has been a fierce advocate for students and worked hard to ensure the organization has always been supported,” said USC president Sophie Helpard. “Many student leaders who are now USC alumni know her to be a mentor and a friend. I would personally like to thank Cathy for everything she has done for me, my executive, and for students. I am proud to have worked so closely with her over my year with the USC and look forward to a new chapter for the organization.” Highlights from Clarke’s years with the USC include the development of a corporate governance structure, financial and program sustainability, comprehensive capital renovations on all USC operated space and a fully funded five-year capital plan. “I’ve seen a lot of positive changes at the USC in my time here and predict a stable future for the organization,” explained Clarke. “It’s time for a change in my life and a change of...

USC executive meets with 21 senior Western staff, makes recommendations

On Monday, January 11 the University Students’ Council Executive met with a number of high-level university administration to identify student priorities and discuss potential collaborative projects. A full list of the meeting’s 21 attendants can be found below, but included Western’s President & Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma, Provost and Vice-President Academic Janice Deakin, Vice-President Research John Capone, Vice-President Resources & Operations Gitta Kulczycki and Vice-President External, Kelly Cole. Topics ranged from rapid transit on campus to the methodology behind course evaluations. There was also an opportunity for the USC to share individual student stories, specifically ones about discrimination and racism at Western. Though this meeting does not replace regular advocacy meetings with administration, this was a unique opportunity to speak with a great number of Western senior staff at once. Chakma also wrote about the meeting’s effectiveness in a letter published online. Ultimately three recommendations were made by the USC and highlighted as priorities moving forward. These recommendations and their background are as follows. Recommendation: The University should develop a Curricular Experiential Learning bursary for professors who wish to integrate experiential learning components into their classes. Non-participatory and lecture-style instruction is still the norm across Western faculties, especially in large classes. Heavy reliance on these types of instruction limits the number of opportunities students will have to participate in curricular experiential learning opportunities. While traditional in-the-classroom learning will always be the dominant pedagogical practice, students are looking for a higher level of diversity and dynamism in their classrooms. It is our belief that professors should, wherever possible, start to integrate more CEL into their curriculum. For professors who wish to incorporate a...

USC executive releases platform review, looking back at first term

Making it easier to be a student. These words opened the Team Sophie platform and each point following attempted to accomplish just that. This report is a review of the platform, categorizing each point as Complete, Ongoing and Incomplete at 2015’s close. Complete refers to projects or initiatives that have been successfully accomplished or are scheduled to be completed in early 2016. Ongoing refers to projects that are still active and more work will be done second term and completion is still a priority. Incomplete refers to projects where no or little future work is scheduled and the completion is no longer a priority. Many of the advocacy points are categorized as ongoing, as it often takes more than one year to both decide and implement university policy or budget changes. Read the FULL REPORT HERE.   For further questions please contact: Kevin Hurren Communications Officer University Students’ Council communications@westernusc.ca 519-661-2111 ext....

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