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Your Phone Is Now Your U-Pass

U-Pass is now available on your smartphone. The Saskatoon Transit app allows eligible U-Pass users to access their U-Pass directly from their smartphones. For more information on how to download the Saskatoon Transit app and link your student account visit

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Spring Term 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 Spring Term.

Undergraduate students taking any on campus component 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 Spring Term U-Pass is June 11, 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.
Spring Term Opt-Outs will be processed by Student Accounts starting the first week of May 2021. 

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

Important Dates:

April 19, 2021
Spring Term U-Pass can be activated or reactivated at the USSU Office in Upper Place Riel.

* If you previously received a U-Pass, you will be required to reactivate your U-Pass at the USSU Office. Spring Term U-Pass is active May 1 to June 30.

April 19, 2021
Opt-Out applications may be submitted online to the USSU.

April 30, 2021
Winter Term U-Pass is deactivated at the end of the day. Spring Term U-Pass will be required effective May 1, 2021.

May 1, 2021
Spring Term U-Pass is active. If you have received or reactivated your U-Pass for the 2021 Spring Term, you can access Saskatoon Transit with your U-Pass.

May 14, 2021
Last day to submit opt-out applications for qualified students enrolled in Spring Term, Quarter 1, Quarter 2 (6 credit), and Quarter 1 (3 credit) classes. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m.

June 4, 2021
Last day to submit opt-out applications for qualified students enrolled in Spring Term, Quarter 2 (3 credit classes). Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m.

June 1, 2021
Last day to submit opt-in applications for qualified students enrolled in Spring Term. Completed online applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m.

June 30, 2021
Spring Term U-Pass is deactivated at the end of the day. Summer Term U-Pass will be required effective July 1, 2021.

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USSU – Empower Me

The USSU is proud to offer this service to our members! If you’re struggling to find support during this time of physical distancing, Empower Me provides access to counselling and other well-being services delivered by telephone or video-conferencing. It’s confidential, multilingual, and accessible 24/7 at 1-833-628-5589 from anywhere in North America.

Learn more at

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USSU Election

The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) is conducting elections for the USSU Executive and University Senate. Voting begins at 9am on Wednesday, March 24, and ends at 4pm on Thursday, March 25.

All eligible voters will have access to the My Election channel in PAWS. Additionally, a notice of the election will appear in PAWS as a larger “sticky” announcement at the top of the PAWS Announcements feed and will not disappear until dismissed by individual users (with “Vote now” or “No thanks” buttons) or the close of the election.

For candidate information visit

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USSU Executive Candidates Information

Learn more about your USSU executive candidates by watching the March 17th forum or viewing their campaign platforms. Thanks to all who attended and asked great questions of the students looking to represent you in 2021-2022.

2021-22 USSU Executive Candidates

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Immigrant and Refugee Health Club

Hello International Students!

The Immigrant and Refugee Health Club is offering an opportunity to connect with students in the College of Medicine to help international students who may be dealing with social isolation, who need help understanding the Canadian healthcare system, or who may want to practice their English language conversation skills.

Please contact for more information and feel free to sign up here. 

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USSU Executive Candidates Forum

Meet your USSU candidates, March 17, at 7pm on Zoom. Students will be able to ask questions at the forum. If you are unable to attend, you can email your questions to or comment on Facebook. Candidate information is also available at…/elections/ussu-executive-candidates/

Register in advance for the forum.…/tJApdOGoqjMoGtCEBHz6juc6JRWZlphk7ErN

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Experience in Excellence Awards

An Experience in Excellence is actualized through recognizing those leadership qualities in an individual that better both the academic and non-academic environment for the undergraduate students of the University of Saskatchewan.  Nominations are open until March 15, 2021.

Vera Pezer Award for Student Enhancement (Volunteerism)

This award is presented to U of S student volunteers who have given their time and energy to ensure that non-academic facets of the student experience are enhanced.  Nominate a deserving student. 

Walter Murray Leadership Award

This award is presented to an undergraduate student who has provided leadership beyond the call of duty in enhancing the student experience at the University of Saskatchewan. Nominate a deserving student.

Academic Advising Award

This award honours outstanding delivery of Academic Advising at the University of Saskatchewan and serves to recognize the importance that Academic Advising has on enhancing the student experience. Nominate a deserving Academic Advisor.

Experience in Excellence Award winners will be annouced at the end of March.

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USSU and Utile Housing Survey

The USSU is currently collaborating with UTILE (Student Housing Implementation Working Group) on a study to better understand the issues affecting the Canadian student population, especially relating to housing.

To better meet the needs of university tenants, we must document the situation and put student housing on the radar of our governments. This project is the most ambitious survey to date on this subject in Canada.

The students studying at the University of Saskatchewan are being asked to answer this short survey, which will take less than 10 minutes. Whether you live in an apartment or with your parents, we want to know about your housing reality!

Personally-identifying information is never collected, all responses are anonymized, and data will only be used for research and non-profit purposes. The study will help advance knowledge about student housing in Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan, and across Canada.

To access the survey (available in French and English), click on this link:


Thank you for your valuable collaboration on this project. 

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USSU Elections

Students’ voices are needed now more than ever. As the university begins its post-pandemic recovery, students need to be involved. That’s where you come in. If you’ve ever thought about creating a better campus environment for your fellow students, consider running for a position on the USSU executive!

Visit for details.

USSU General Election Schedule 2021

February 22 Call for nominations for Executive and Senate positions. Email for Nomination Forms for Senate Candidates.

March 1 MANDATORY Online Orientation Meeting for all undergraduate students who wish to run for Executive at 4 pm. Chaired by the USSU General Manager and Communications & Marketing Manager. Nomination Forms for Executive Candidates will be available after the Orientation Meeting. Email for the Orientation Meeting Invite.

March 5 All Nomination forms must be emailed to by 4:00 pm. Candidates will be emailed the ZOOM information for the Procedures Meeting.

MANDATORY Online Procedures Meeting for Executive and Senate Nominees at 4:30 pm. Chaired by the Chief Returning Officer.

March 8 Academic standing checks for nominees.

March 11 Confirmation of academic standing.

March 15 Campaigning begins at 12:01 am.

March 24 Voting begins at 9:00 am on PAWS

March 25 Voting ends at 4:00 pm. The deadline for formal complaints, complaints must be emailed to the ACRO at by 4:00 pm.

Elections Committee meets at 4:00 pm. to discuss any disciplinary matters and ratify the results, which will be emailed from PAWS to the ACRO by 4:30 pm.

Election results, subject to further discipline, are announced online at

All campaign material must be removed by 11:59 pm.

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