We must stand together to fight these drastic cuts and to improve students’ living standards and their study environment.
Member students are at the heart of the Union’s creation process. As such, they will be able to set the course of the QSU by passing motions in governing bodies of their respective student associations. All individual members will have privileged access the Union’s documents and services.
There are thus two categories of members. Individual members, as described above, and association members. The role of the latter is to represent you in the decision-making bodies of the QSU and to follow up on specific topics. You can follow the work accomplished by them by consulting the documents of these meetings.
Here are the different bodies by which the QSU will make decisions and follow up on specific topics.
Democracy and representativeness of our members are important values for the Quebec Student Union. That is why our voting arrangements combine the features of each of our associations, small associations such as larger ones.
In the vast majority of its bodies, namely the board of directors and the general assembly of the Quebec Student Union, each member association or director has one vote. The internal regulations are selected by this means.
In the political body of the QSU, named the caucus, to ensure greater representation of our members, the vote will follow a double majority within which a decision of the caucus initially requires the agreement of the majority of the member associations and the agreement of associations representing at least 40 % of individual members. To avoid the possibility of a few associations associations taking control of the agenda, it is impossible for fewer than 20% of associations to block a motion. To address the problems of other organizations, the voting procedure is adjusted depending on the number of members at each session.
The caucus is the heart of the union. The caucus shall meet once every three months. It is in this body that makes all of the association’s political decisions. It is also where all annual orientations are voted on.
The caucus then mandates the committees. They may meet as often as necessary, in between regular meetings of the caucus, and work on the mandates assigned to them by the caucus in an informal way (for example: by preparing research documents, notices, action plans, etc).
Board of Directors
The board of directors meets once every three months or more when needed. It is composed of a delegate from each member association and three members of the coordination committee, namely the president, the secretary-general, and the associative affairs coordinator. Its role is to manage the financial and administrative affairs of the association.
The general assembly meets at least once a year, in spring, to elect to members of the coordination committee. The general assembly brings together the official representatives of all its member associations. Furthermore, it is the body that is vested with the authority to modify the by-laws.
The Coordination Committee
The coordination committee is a ten (10) person team elected in the general assembly of the national student association. They each receive a stipend equivalent to minimum wage for full-time work for the duration of their one year tenure. Their role is day-to-day management of the work plans ratified by the governing bodies, political advocacy, and coordinating the actions of the associations in respect of the mandates handed to them by member associations.
Manages and organizes of the coordination committee and act as spokesperson of the association.
Supports the president and monitors the progress of the work plans on a day-to-day basis.
Manages financial and institutional affairs.
Implements the work plan ratified by the committee for academic affairs and is in charge of all topics pertaining to pedagogy and university management.
Higher education coordinator
Implements the work plan ratified by the committee for academic affairs and is in charge of all topics pertaining to the management of the university network and student welfare.
Socio-political affairs coordinator
Carries out the work plan ratified by the committee for socio-political affairs and maintains ties to community organizations and allied groups.
Graduate Studies and research coordinator
Implements the actions outlined in the work plan of the national council of graduate studies and research, is the spokesperson for the committee and is responsible of issues pertaining to graduate studies and university research.
Graduate Studies and research presidency
Carries out the actions outlined in the work plan of the national council of graduate studies and research, is the spokesperson for the committee, and is responsible of issues pertaining to graduate studies and university research.
Leaders of associative affairs and mobilization (2)
Coordinates and carries out all tasks pertaining to mobilisation efforts and the support of member associations, for example by organising training workshops for them and keeping ties with non-member associations.
Graduated studies committee
Since graduate studies are an important component of the Québec university network, it therefore important to give them a special place.
This committee shall be composed of all member associations whose whose members are entirely or partly registred in graduate students. This body is responsible for addressing issues specifically affecting graduate students and a university research. It shall annually receive an independent budget during the budget exercise and will be able to carry out its own political advocacy, as long as its stances do not run contrary to those of the national association.
Regional association committee
Because of the specific issues and governmental decisions that weaken regions, it is more than necessary to create a space to allow these associations to collaborate with each other and garner the resources necessary to carry out their actions.
This body shall be composed of all member associations whose main campus’s head office is located neither on the island of Montreal nor in Québec city. Its role shall be to address regional issues and it will be given an annual budget during the budget exercise.
The committee on socio-political affairs is responsible for the work plan and content on topics pertaining to civic issues lying outside the field of higher education (environment, housing, youth, inclusion and diversity, etc.)
The committee on academic affairs is responsible for the work plan and content on topics pertaining to higher education (student financial aid, frais institutionnels obligatoires, long-distance training internships, etc).
The committee on institutional affairs is responsible for the the management of the association’s internal rules, procedures, and policies.
Committees on specific issues may be created by the caucus. They are temporary coalitions created to work on a specific issue during a given timeframe and that are open to non-member associations. This is a concrete way for the Québec Student Union to be more in tune with civil society and to avoid being isolated from it.
These committees could facilitate the collaboration of associations on issues such as the fight against climate change and for the protection of the environment, or for the recognition of clinical internships in psychology.