U-Pass Opt-Out Deadline

Last day to apply for Winter Term Opt-Outs is January 18, 2021. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30pm.

If you wish to opt-in or book an appointment to activate your U-Pass, visit ussu.ca/upass


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Winter U-Pass Opt-Ins, Opt-Outs and Activations

Winter U-Pass

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Place Riel will remain closed to the general public. This means U-Pass must be distributed differently for the Winter Term.

Any student taking anything at all on campus will be assessed the U-Pass fee. Please schedule an appointment and come individually to Place Riel for your card activation, activations are required each term. Appointment information will be sent to you with your confirmation email.

U-Pass Opt-In

Students taking remote delivery classes will not be automatically assessed, and opt-ins are required each term. Any student who wishes to Opt-In to the U-Pass Click Here and follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the Opt-In Form
  2. Check your PAWS account to see if the assessment has been placed on your account. This could take up to four business days.
  3. Once you are assessed the fee, schedule an appointment and come individually to Place Riel for your card activation.
  4. Please ensure that you have your student card, and have been assessed the U-Pass fee on your PAWS account before scheduling an appointment to activate your U-Pass. You will receive a confirmation email for your appointment.
  5. When you arrive at the front doors of Place Riel for your scheduled appointment, call 306-966-6962, have your student card ready, and a USSU employee will greet you, confirm your appointment, and escort you to the USSU office to activate your U-Pass.
  6. The last day to Opt-In for Winter Term U-Pass is April 1, 2021.

Winter Term Opt-Ins will be processed by Student Accounts starting the first week of January 2021. Saskatoon Transit will allow students to access the bus with their student card while Student Accounts processes the Opt-Ins until January 18, 2021. 

U-Pass Opt-Out 

If you have been assessed the U-Pass fee, normal parameters exist for opting out for students attending on-campus courses. Students may apply to opt-out of the U-Pass service if they qualify in one of the following categories: living outside the city limits, living in on-campus housing (Ogle Hall, Voyageur Place Residence, Lutheran Theological Seminary, and St. Andrew’s, (College Quarter residences are not eligible), or they are unable to ride the bus due to a disability.
Winter Term Opt-Outs will be processed by Student Accounts starting the first week of January 2021. 
The last day to apply for the Winter Term Opt-Out is January 18, 2021. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30pm.

Face Masks

Face masks (non-medical mask or cloth face-coverings) are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for faculty, staff, and students who have approved access or are required to be on campus.

Feeling Sick

If you are feeling unwell and/or showing signs of illness, you should self-isolate. Even if your illness and symptoms are not consistent with that of the COVID-19 virus, please stay home, monitor your symptoms, and reduce your contact with others:

  • isolate yourself at home to avoid spreading it to others
    • if you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance
  • visit a health care professional or call your local public health authority
    • call ahead to tell them your symptoms and follow their instructions

For more information regarding U-Pass, please email contactus@ussu.ca

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USSU Fall Term Survey

The USSU wants to know about your experience during the fall term to understand how we can better advocate on your behalf. By completing this survey, you will be entered to win one of three $50 gift cards.


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USSU Help Centre – Mental Health Week

Let’s Talk Mental Health and Illness. Mental Health Week is back!
Mental health can often be a difficult and broad topic. Many factors can affect your mental health. Often you may not feel like there are any reasons. You are not crazy, or lazy, or spoiled for feeling mentally unwell. Your mental health isn’t insignificant just because someone has it worse than you. Although mental health is still highly stigmatized, we want you to know it is okay to get help and it is okay to talk about it. Join us for Mental Health Week to learn about different aspects of mental health. Each day we will cover a different theme of mental health and each day we will have a speaker surrounding that topic! We will also be posting information around each theme throughout the day so stay updated on all the information on our Help Centre page https://www.facebook.com/ussuhelpcentre or our Instagram @USSUHelpCentre.
Below is the theme of each day as well as the speakers for the day. Just click the Eventbrite link and register for the presentation. It is all digital and free! Descriptions of each event are provided in the Eventbrite page.
Day 1: Men and Mental Health- November 23
No Need to “Be a Man” Reducing Stigma Around Men and Mental Health
Presented by presented by Devan Moxley Teigrob, Mental Health Nurse at the Student Wellness Centre.
3:00 PM -4:30 PM
Day 2: Reducing Stigma Surround Mental Health and Wellness- November 24
Food Matters- Nutrition and Mental Health
Presented by Amy Pickering, Registered Dietician at the Student Wellness Centre
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Day 3: International Students and Mental Health- November 25
Culture Shock and Adaption
Presented by Jordan Hartshorn, International Education Officer at International Student Study and Abroad Centre
11:00 AM- 12:30 PM
Day 4: Mental Health and Addictions – November 26
No Harm in Harm Reduction
Presented by Elizabeth Plishka (She/Her), B.A & Sc. Hon Health Studies
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Day 5: The Biology of Mental Health- November 27
Mental Health/Illness and the Brain- Ask a Psychiatrist
Presented by Dr. Alana Holt, Psychiatrist at Student Wellness Centre
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Please contact helpcentre@ussu.ca for any questions

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USSU Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 6 pm on ZOOM. To register for the Annual General Meeting visit ussu.ca/agmregistration

For more information and the amendments please visit ussu.ca/agm




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Debt Free Degree

The USSU is working alongside the UCRU Undergraduates of Canadian Research Intensive Universities and eight student unions across the nation to bring you the #DebtFreeDegree campaign. This is a movement aimed at increasing the accessibility and affordability of post-secondary education in Canada.

We are advocating to the Government of Canada to accomplish two main goals:
· Doubling government investments in Canada Student Grants
· Establishing a two-year grace period on all federal loans

We encourage you to join the movement by writing a postcard to your MP at debtfreedegree.ca/take-action,  or we will send it for you, sharing our posts with your network, and providing us with feedback at info@ucru.ca

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USSU uFood Program Now Available

uFood is an online emergency customizable food hamper program.
All current USask students experiencing food insecurity are eligible to access the uFood program four times per Term.
Orders must be placed online at https://fms.ussu.ca/fmi/webd/uFood
Please contact foodcentre@ussu.ca with any questions.

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Teaching Excellence Awards

The USSU Teaching Excellence Awards recognizes Professors and Teaching Assistants who demonstrate teaching excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. An excellent teacher gives us access to knowledge and gives us the tools to turn that knowledge into wisdom. Students evaluate teachers and their environment in a number of ways; three important areas include enthusiasm, organization, and fairness of evaluation.
Do you have a Professor or Teaching Assistant that inspires you? Is your instructor passionate about teaching? Do they go that extra mile to ensure you succeed?
Nominations are open from October 26 to November 6.

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Annual General Meeting

All undergraduate students are eligible to propose amendments to the USSU Bylaw. The USSU consults with the USSU lawyer to ensure that the proposed amendments adhere to the spirit and intent of the Bylaw.

The AGM will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 6 pm on ZOOM. To register for the Annual General Meeting visit ussu.ca/agmregistration

Please use the Amendment Form and email your proposed amendments to gm@ussu.ca
Proposed amendments are due October 30, 2020, by 4:30 pm.

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Mayoral Candidates Forum

The USSU is hosting a Mayoral Candidates Forum on October 20th at 5pm on ZOOM. Martin Gaal from the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan will moderate the forum. Join us to ask questions that concern students.

Don Atchison
Charlie Clark (incumbent)
Rob Norris
Zubair Sheikh
Cary Tarasoff
Mark Zielke

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