The University Students’ Council (USC), University of Western Ontario (UWO), is a student-led organization that first and foremost exists to advocate for and represent undergraduate students at Western University. Since 1965, we have grown beyond an advocacy organization, becoming one of the largest student governments in Canada and one of the largest nonprofits in London. Each day, we work to support, improve and enhance your student experience, because we believe that students have the power to change the world.
The USC is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the Ontario Nonprofit Corporations Act. For more information check out the link below.
Your USC President is the spokesperson for the Western undergraduate student body. They consistently work to provide a more accessible, diverse, and enjoyable student experience for those attending Western and provide support to the other members of the Student Executive.
Vice President External Affairs
The VP External of the USC is your advocate to the decision-makers. They bring up the issues that students face on a day-to-day basis to all levels of government: municipally, provincially, and federally. The Vice President’s team works on crafting evidence-based policy recommendations that work in the best interest for students, which the Vice President then advocates on, alongside the President, to enact change.
Vice President Univeristy Affairs
The VP University Affairs shares much of the same reponsibilities as the VP Internal, execpt her focus in on the way students interact with the University.
Vice President Student Support and Programming
The VP Student Support and Programs is responsible for managing all of the student-run services and programs that contribute to your Western experience. They are your resource for all things student engagement as they work to support and inspire all students taking on their own leadership positions in the community.
Vice President Governance and Finance
The VP Governance and Finance is here to demystify the financial and corporate world of the USC and make sure you’re well informed about the decisions being made. Their number one goal is transparency and they are constantly working to ensure all members of your Students’ Council are acting in line with the USC’s policies to serve the student population.
Vice President Communications and Public Affairs
In the growing digital world we live in, the VP Communications and Student Affairs ensures that the USC’s message and initiatives are being heard loud and clear by all students on campus. They coordinate important public relations campaigns, interviews, and off-campus media coverage so that you’re always in the know about what’s going on at Western.
The Vice-President and their team is responsible for guiding the advocacy policy making process, the information gathering, and advocating on behalf of students regarding issues within the university. The priorities for the year are brought forward by the Executive Team, the Advocacy Standing Committee, and the Council. In working with the university administration, as well as campus groups and stakeholders, the Vice-President strives to meet the needs of our students and helps to provide them with a higher quality undergraduate experience at Western University. The USC believes their priorities reflect the betterment of students, however, input and communication is welcome regarding these advocacy priorities and affairs
- This 2014-21 accessibility plan outlines the policies and actions that the University Students’ Council will put in place and maintain to improve opportunities for people with disabilities.
- This policy outlines the recommendations to improve student mental health at Western.
- Approved by Council in February 2021. For review in 2023/24.
- This policy outlines the recommendations to improve student mental health at Western in light of COVID 19.
- Approved by Council in February 2021. For review in February 2022.
Pedestrian Safety (.pdf)
- This policy outlines the recommendations to improve pedestrian safety both at Western and in the City of London.
- Approved by Council in February 2017. For review in 2021/22.
Student Employment (.pdf)
- For the USC, student employment should be a top priority because of the benefits it adds to the lives of students.
- Approved by Council in February 2018. For review in 2020/21.
- This student financial aid policy paper was written at the request of the 2020-2021 Students’ Council. This paper is intended to give comprehensive recommendations about post-secondary student financial aid for Western University, Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.
- Approved by Council in January 2021. For review in 2022/23.
Early Outreach (.pdf)
- A standing policy of the USC advocating for the continued growth and support of early outreach programming at Western and in the London community.
- A standing policy of the USC intended to give comprehensive recommendations about post-secondary experiential learning for Western University and the Government of Ontario.
- Passed by Council in February 2021. For review in 2023/34.
Open Educational Resources (.pdf)
- A standing policy of the USC advocating for the creation and implementation of an open educational resource pilot project.
- Approved by Council in March 2016. For review in 2022/23.
Performance Based Funding (.pdf)
- PBF is a system whereby a portion of an institution’s funding allocation is contingent on meeting specific performance metrics.
- A standing policy of the USC advocating for the visibility and availability of Fair Trade Certified products on Western’s campus.
- A standing policy of the USC advocating for the implementation of teaching-focused faculty within the University and a greater emphasis of teaching as a responsibility of faculty.
- Approved by Council in March 2016. For review in 2022/23.
Tuition Based Funding (.pdf)
- This paper is intended to give comprehensive recommendations about post-secondary student tuition for Western University and the Government of Ontario.
- Approved by Council in February 2021. For review in 2023/24.
The University Student's Council
A councillor is an undergraduate student who is elected by peers to represent their interests on the council floor. These students come from all the undergraduate faculties and professional schools, and are responsible for understanding the business of council – suggesting changes to policies or initiatives as they see fit.
Board of Directors
When you think USC, you probably just think of student government, support services, events, and elections. And you’d be partially right. But the USC also encompasses a corporate side, manned by a student-led Board of Directors.
The Board focuses in on the business side of the USC and each year, they approve the Council’s budget and assess any financial risks or opportunities. Other important tasks in their job description include developing strategic plans to assist the USC in fulfilling their obligations to undergraduate students, as well as participating in the development of the USC’s organizational plan and annual review.
The Appeals Board
The Appeals Board exists to ensure that all decisions by the USC are made to benefit and support the student population. When a particular decision or action is brought forward for examination, the students on the Appeals Board determine whether or not that decision or action was justified or if it is an infringement on the University’s policies and bylaws. Students on the Appeals Board follow the principles of natural justice, advocating for fairness and good conscience to ensure the USC remains a fully democratic and proactive organization.
The Elections Governance Committee
The Elections Governance Committee members uphold the vision and principles established in By-Law #2, which governs how elections are run at the USC. They develop and maintain a clear set of criteria and considerations to be used when making decisions relating to elections.
Clubs Governance Committee
The Clubs Governance Committee governs the clubs’ community on campus by enforcing and overseeing policies and procedures to ensure fairness in the clubs’ culture.
Our executive team is proud to present the USC’s 2020-21 Executive Roadmap, an overview of our priorities for this academic year.
This Google Docs Packet contains all of the current by-laws, policies, and procedures of the University Students’ Council.
Please note: we’re working to update our governance policies, we appreciate your patience!
Supplemental documents and reports are included in the categories listed below, with a brief description of the category’s contents.
- Budget Document 2020
(Pending approval of Western’s Board of Governors)
Communications & Media
- A guideline to creating a cohesive brand and vision for the USC through regulation of the USC’s visual identity. Contains regulations for the display of the USC logo and how to present the USC’s brand on stationary, Power Point presentations, and business cards.
- Best practices in social media when representing the USC.
External Strategies and Relationships
- A review of the USC’s membership in the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance from the Council year 2009/10.
- A review of the USC’s membership in the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations from the Council year 2012/13.
- A review of the USC’s membership in the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance from the Council year 2013/14.
- This is the Grant Application that will be the foundation throughout the 2015/2016 academic term. The Grants Committee may make revisions where they feel as though the application is not targeting the necessary information.
- This document helps provide guidance to the application process and contains criteria that is used in the adjudication process of the Grants Committee.
Long-Term Strategic Plan
- Outlining our Vision, values and areas of focus.
- A reference document for the Corporation to provide strategic direction for all facets of the Corporation.
- A guide to the execution of the previous strategic plan, A Vision to Lead. Specifies areas of action that should be undertaken to meet the expectations of the strategic plan and identifies the individuals responsible for carrying them out.
A Vision to Lead (2009)
- A previous strategic plan of the USC. Superseded by the 2012 Strategic Plan.
- A previous strategic plan of the USC. Superseded by A Vision to Lead. See attached Executive Summary for an introduction to the plan.
From Gauntlet to Stairway (2002)
- A previous strategic plan of the USC. Superseded by Built to Lead.
The Orientation program behaviour management system functions under a complaints-driven model. Any person may file a complaint against, or raise an issue involving, an orientation leader, Soph, or Soph team, where it is perceived that the individual(s) or group(s) acted in a manner not in compliance with the Orientation Leader Contract, constituency-specific contract(s), Western University’s Code of Student Conduct and Affiliated University College Codes of Student Conduct, and/or the spirit and goals of the Orientation program.
Complaints can be submitted in three ways:
- Through an online form found here: https://westernusc.forms-db.com/view.php?id=179959,
- To report a complaint in person, complainants can request an appointment by emailing email@example.com.
- Complaints may also be submitted through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The complainant’s name, contact number and brief description of the concern must be included in the email.
For more information about how to submit a complaint, the investigation process, what possible infractions warrant a complaint, and/or how to submit an appeal, please read our Soph Behaviour Policy Management Policy.
- Ally Western Constitution
- EnviroWestern Constitution
- Ethnocultural Support Service
- I Know Someone
- Services Review 2012
- Services Review 2009
- Women`s Issues Network (WIN)
- Services Policy – Standards of Service
- Services Policy – Governance Policy
- Services Policy – Selection Procedure
- Services Policy – Service Creation Procedure
Students have the power to change the world.”
USC Mission Statement