She Will Vote: Student’s Guide to the What’s What and Who’s Who (SFUO)

“What on earth am I voting for!?” – Common question lately, isn’t it?

Lost in an ocean of posters, class presentations and Facebook groups? We know, it’s hard to tell what’s what, whose who, and often why you should even bother voting.

That’s why EV uOttawa put together the following She Will Vote: Student’s Guide to the What’s What and Who’s Who, a shortened version of the She Will Run guide, based on the SFUO Constitution and website.

Browse through to find the info you’re looking for, and please comment or e-mail us if you have questions, comments or concerns about the content.

Q1 – What is the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa?
Q2 – What are the SFUO Executive Positions?
Q3 – What does the President do?
Q4 – What does the VP Finance do?
Q5 – What does the VP Student Affairs do?
Q6 – What does the VP Communications do?
Q7 – What does the VP University Affairs do?
Q8 – What does the VP Social do?

*Info on the BOA, BOG & Senate will be in next blog post*


Q1 – What is the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa?

A1 – The SFUO is the student union and the instrument of political action of the undergraduate students of the University of Ottawa. Some of their basic aims, as named in the SFUO Constitution, include:

–          to assure the distribution and efficient utilization of the student funds, according to the students’ will;

–          to facilitate cooperation among students in organizing services which supplements academic experience, and (…) develop a sense of community with our peers and other members of society;

–          to achieve a system of post secondary education which is accessible to all, which is of high quality, which recognizes the legitimacy of student representation and validity of student rights and whose role in society is recognized and appreciated.

–          The SFUO Constitution can be found online: http://www.sfuo.ca/pdf/constitution/constitution.pdf

 

 

Q2 – What are the SFUO Executive Positions?

A2 – There are six positions on the Executive of the SFUO: President, VP Finance, VP Student Affairs, VP Communications, VP University Affairs and VP Social.

All of these positions are elected for a one-year term. Being on the SFUO Executive is a fulltime paid position, and requires either taking a year off school or part-time student status.

Any member of the SFUO is eligible to run for an Executive position with the SFUO provided that she:

–          Is at the time of her election at least eighteen years of age.

–          Is bilingual, that is to say, achieves a grade 2 out of 4 on the reading test and 4 out of 5 on the oral test in both official    languages

  • N.B. Tests are administered by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute of the University of Ottawa using the “French Proficiency Test,” the “English Proficiency Test” and the “CanTEST.” Each potential candidate must take the tests scheduled for her by the Chief Electoral Officer.

 

 

Q3 – What does the President do?

A3 – The President is responsible for chairing the Executive and seeing to its proper functioning. She also has signing authority. Along with the Executive, the President is also responsible for dealing with matters in university relations (ex. SFUO and faculties) as well as external relations (ex. SFUO and other universities).

She is also responsible for seeing to the smooth running of all committees or bodies of the Federation, calling regular meetings of the Executive and acting as spokesperson of the BOA and SFUO.

All of the President’s responsibilities are listed in pages 65-68 of the SFUO Constitution.

 



Q4 – What does the VP Finance do?

A4 – The VP Finance is responsible for seeing that the SFUO’s financial activities are properly managed. She acts as Treasurer, has signing authority, and chairs the Finance Committee. She is responsible for preparing the SFUO’s budget at the second summer meeting of the BOA.

The VP Finance is also in charge of the Health Plan and the proper management of the five student businesses: the Pivik, the Agora, 1848, Campus Print and Café Alternatif.

See pages 68-70 of the SFUO Constitution for details.

 

 

Q5 – What does the VP Student Affairs do?

A5 – The VP Student Affairs is the Vice-President of the SFUO. She is responsible for the following: SFUO clubs, Women’s Resource Centre, Food Bank, Centre for Students with Disabilities, Foot Patrol, Peer Help, Pride Centre, International House and Refugee Student Program, and sustainable development initiatives.

Consult pages 70-72 of the SFUO Constitution for the outline of responsibilities.

 

 

Q6 – What does the VP Communications do?

A6 – The VP Communications is responsible for all communication-related matters of the SFUO and will ensure they are bilingual in nature.

Specific responsibilities include: maintaining the SFUO website, coordinating requests from the media, maintaining a comprehensive calendar of SFUO events, producing media releases, internal communications, and general information reports about the SFUO’s activities, and distributing information when appropriate.

For a detailed account of the VP Communication’s responsibilities, see pages 75-76 of the SFUO Constitution.

 

 

Q7 – What does the VP University Affairs do?

A7 – The VP University Affairs is the Secretary of the SFUO. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Student Appeal Centre and for regularly attending Senate proceedings and making recommendations to the Senate via student senators when necessary. She is also the principal organizer of campaigns led by the SFUO.

Refer to pages 72-74 of the SFUO Constitution for the list of roles of the VP University Affairs.

 

 

Q8 – What does the VP Social do?

A8 – The VP Social is responsible for organizing the SFUO’s 101 Week activities. She is also in charge of the SFUO’s philanthropic endeavours and social programming.

See pages 74-75 of the SFUO Constitution for the complete outline of roles of the VP Social.

See the next post for info on the Board of Administrators, Board of Governors and Senate!

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