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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 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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Campus Club Week

We will be hosting live events, sharing resources and highlighting some of our many groups throughout the week! Visit our Facebook event for details.

Succession and Transition Planning
September 29 at 2:00pm Hosted by VP Operations and Finance, Jamie Bell
Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/tfp-figz-osj
About this session: Learn the ‘What, Why and How’ of Successions and Transitions to keep your group strong from year to year.

Governance Masterclass
October 1 at 2:00pm Hosted by VP Operations and Finance, Jamie Bell, featuring USSU General Manager, Caroline Cottrell.
Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/oza-uwjr-qno
About this session: Confused about what to include in your constitution, or wondering if there is a better way to run your group? Now’s your chance to talk about group governance and get solutions to some problems!

Granting 101
October 2 at 2:00pm Hosted by VP Operations and Finance, Jamie Bell
Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/ufv-ckzd-vqh
About this session: We have a new campus groups policy and a new online submission process! Learn everything there is to know about campus group grants!

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Academic Awareness Week

Are you confused about your rights as a student? Are you unsure of what constitutes academic misconduct and plagiarism? Are you aware of your responsibilities as a student?

USSU Academic Awareness Week gives you tips and tricks on knowing your rights and responsibilities at the University of Saskatchewan. Knowing your rights and responsibilities is one of your duties as students at USask! Visit our Facebook page September 14-18 for information to help your academic life.

Take our Academic Awareness Week Quiz, and you could win;

1st Prize $50.00 Gift Card, Mask, Hand Sanitizer
2nd Prize $30.00 Gift Card, Mask, Hand Sanitizer
3rd Prize $20.00 Gift Card, Mask, Hand Sanitizer

Visit our Academic Advocacy webpage for more information

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Fall Term U-Pass Update

U-Pass for the Fall Term will be assessed to students attending on-campus classes. Undergraduate Students taking only online (remote) delivery of Fall Term courses will not be assessed the U-Pass fee.

Those attending on-campus courses may apply to opt-out of the U-Pass service if you qualify for one of the following categories: those living outside the city limits, those living in on-campus housing (Ogle Hall, Voyageur Place Residence, Lutheran Theological Seminary, and St. Andrew’s, *College Quarter residences are not eligible), or those unable to ride the bus due to a disability.

Opt-Out applications are available at ussu.ca/upass. The last day to apply for the Term 1 Opt-Out is September 17, 2020. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30pm.

U-Pass activation details are being finalized and will be available as soon as possible.

Details regarding opt-ins for U-Pass will be announced at a later date.

For more information, please email contactus@ussu.ca

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Spring and Summer U-Pass

With online (remote) delivery of Spring and Summer courses, undergraduate students will not be assessed the U-Pass fee. You may see the fee on your account, but the amount will not be collected.

Please note that students will not have access to spring and summer U-PASS. Students wishing to access transit can visit Saskatoon Transit to see the various payment options available. Information on U-PASS availability for the Fall semester will be announced at a later date.

For more information visit ussu.ca/upass or email contactus@ussu.ca

 

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USSU Fee Update

The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union exists to represent, serve, and support the academic and non-academic needs of undergraduate students of the University of Saskatchewan through accountable, dynamic, and unified leadership. It also serves to protect and maintain the integrity of quality, accessible public education.

Understanding the many difficulties students are facing, we have decided to hold the student union fee at the 19/20 rate and collect $48.06 for the fall term. We are reducing our infrastructure fee by 50% and collecting $32.22 for the fall term. These reductions are made possible by financial reserves and investments that we are able to draw from for short term support.

The USSU is committed to providing services to our members and will announce any updates regarding changes as decisions for the fall are made.

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Now Hiring – Student Graphic and Media Designer

The Student Graphic and Media Designer works with the Communications and Marketing Manager to develop and complete communication initiatives including print, video editing, and digital materials that promote and maximize awareness of the USSU, its operations, and services.
This position is a part-time, term position (with the possibility for a second term), working 20 hours per week September-April, and 38 hours per week May-August. Applicants must be current​ undergraduate students at the University of Saskatchewan.
Please email your cover letter, resume, and portfolio by December 7, 2018 to:
Jason Ventnor
Communications and Marketing Manager
University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union
We thank all candidates, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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