What is a General Meeting?

A General Meeting is a meeting of the general membership of an organization required by law, often held annually, to conduct important business on behalf of the organization.

It’s a highly influential opportunity to shape the direction of the organization, hold the Board of Directors, Executive, and your elected student Councillors directly accountable, and to act as a forum for discussing what’s important to you.

As all UWaterloo undergrads are members of WUSA, you are invited to attend to help make important decisions that will guide our efforts moving forward.

Why should you attend?

Want to hear what’s going on with WUSA? Or bring forward a change to improve your student experience? Here’s your chance to participate and have your say! 

The day-to-day operations of WUSA are looked after by your elected student representatives and supported by staff, so that you can focus on your academics, social life, well-being, and everything else students’ juggle.

Once a year, WUSA holds a General Meeting where all 30,000+ members (including you) can attend to provide direction for what you want us to do and how you want us to operate for the year ahead.  

FAQ

The General Meeting Agenda is approved by the Board of Directors. The Board will determine items for the General Meeting and may refer items through different channels (exec committee, regular council discussion item, town hall discussion, etc), if necessary. The agenda is then released 2 weeks prior to the meeting. 

Have questions about the WUSA General Meeting process? Email pres@wusa.ca or chair@wusa.ca.

The Board sets the agenda for the General Meeting. WUSA’s constitution prohibits new items that were not released with the agenda from being voted on; so, any amendments proposed at the meeting must be within the scope of the original motion. The Board will include any member submitted proposals to the Agenda, provided they do not contradict the law, bylaws, or policies.

The General Meeting does not have the power to make decisions that are conferred as a responsibility of another body (i.e. the Board of Directors or Students’ Council) under WUSA’s constitution. So, a General Meeting can neither act on nor revoke/limit the exercise of any power of the Board of Directors or Students’ Council, without first amending the bylaws. In this way, the Constitution (and amendments made to it by the General Meeting) effectively limits the power of the General Meeting, ensuring that elections and referenda remain the key democratic decision-making tool in WUSA.

When adopting the Agenda, the Board traditionally includes a provision that the General Meeting accepts the course of business, and that any items that are not addressed, unless otherwise dispensed with or referred elsewhere, including due to loss of quorum, are to be referred to the Students’ Council for rendering of a decision. 

All WUSA meetings are governed by Robert’s Rules to ensure meetings are held in an orderly fashion.  

Read full general meeting rules

Robert’s Rules is essentially a guide of the rules, ethics, and customs that are followed during the meeting.

We understand the rules aren’t always easy to follow along with so we’ve created a guide to help! 

Meeting Agenda & Minutes

There are many ways to keep up-to-date with the latest Council meeting minutes and agenda. Download and view past Students’ Council meeting agendas and minutes from our General Meeting Agenda and Minutes Sharepoint.

If you are interested in agendas and minutes for council meetings that are not listed, please contact the Research and Policy Officer.