Copyright © 2020 Federation of Students, University of Waterloo operating as Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association
The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association By-laws operate as the Constitution of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, governing all aspects of the Corporation. Included are such things as requirements for membership, the structure of such bodies as Students' Council and the Board of Directors, as well as an outline of the services, commissions and standing committees overseen by the organization. Bylaws are established and revised by the general membership during meetings of the corporation (typically held in March and October of each calendar year).
The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Policies are statements of belief held by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association on a range of issues concerning undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo, including policies on academic program delivery, sustainability, and academic autonomy. Policy expires after 3 years, when Students' Council must choose to renew, amend or remove policy.
Students' Council is the representative body of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, and is empowered to create operational guidelines to manage those areas of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association overseen by Students' Council. Examples of Council Procedures include guideline for elections and referenda, budget preparation, and the management of the Special Projects fund.
Board of Directors
The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association is constituted as a corporation without share capital under the Ontario Corporations Act. As with most corporations, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association maintains a Board of Directors which primarily oversees the financial, legal and contractual matters of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association. In addition to Federal and Provincial laws, the Board of Directors is bound by the Board of Directors Procedures and Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association's Bylaws, which regulate affairs of the corporation with regard to such matters, from authorization of expenditures, to ethical purchasing contracts, to child care policy. Review of Board procedures occurs annually and is the responsibility of each member of the Board of Directors.
Elections & Referenda
The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association governs elections and referenda for the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association. This procedure was passed by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association's Council. It governs elections for Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Executive positions, including by-elections for vacancies occurring before November 1st; Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Councillor positions, including by-elections for vacancies occurring before November 1st; and Undergraduate Student Senator positions for the University of Waterloo Senate, except with regard to spending limits, reimbursement and appeals, which are dealt with in Senate Bylaw 5.
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The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association has developed a number of agreements and contracts with the University of Waterloo, since our inception. Agreements between the University and Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association include terms for the use of certain spaces, contract for business transactions and general improvements at the university.
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The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association and Student Societies enjoy a rich tradition of supporting and advocating for undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo. The WUSA/Society Agreement is a memorandum of understanding that exists to better establish a relationship that can continue to be increasingly more fruitful and beneficial to all undergraduate students.
In order to operate the Bombshelter Pub and Federation Hall, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association has reached a series of agreements with the university focused around our use of the space and the sale of alcohol.
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In order to implement results of the 2007 referendum on a universal bus pass for full-time undergraduate students, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association entered into two agreements. The first contract is with the Region of Waterloo (owners of Grand River Transit). This agreement lays out the process for the collection of fees and provision of services regarding the universal bus pass. The second agreement is between the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, the Region of Waterloo and the University of Waterloo. The second agreement allows for WatCards to be used as bus pass and sets out rules for the collection of WatCards if misuse is expected.
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Health Services Expansion
After the successful completion of a student referendum in the winter of 2010, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association entered into an agreement with the University of Waterloo about how to move forward with an agreed upon expansion of the Health Services Complex.
Health & Dental Plan Agreement
The WUSA's Health & Dental Plan provides students with unique health and dental benefits. The Plan was designed by students for students to provide many important services and cover expenses not covered by basic health care (i.e. OHIP or UHIP), such as prescription drugs, dental care, travel health coverage, vision care, and more. WUSA is pleased to offer this valuable service and hopes you make the most out of it.
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Student Life Centre Operating Agreement
The Student Life Centre is managed by the Student Life Centre Management Board, which is made up of representatives of the University of Waterloo, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association and the Graduate Students Association. The day-to-day management of the building is further governed by the Student Life Centre Operating Agreement.
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1968 University of Waterloo - Federation of Students Agreement and Supporting Memorandum
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WUSA/Mathematics Endowment Fund Memorandum of Understanding
WUSA/University of Waterloo of Pharmacy Memorandum of Understanding
Independent Auditors Report
Every year, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association contracts an independent auditor to perform an audit on its financial statements to ensure that they are free from material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.
Education and Reconciliation: Indigenous Student Success at the University of Waterloo
This report seeks to address the systemic barriers that affect and impact the Indigenous students at the University of Waterloo to access and succeed in post-secondary education. In this report we advocate for territorial acknowledgements, larger Indigenous spaces, increases in financial assistance, more data and research on Indigenous students, staff and faculty at the University of Waterloo, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in curricula, and the hiring of more Indigenous staff and faculty across all departments and faculties.
2014 Governance Review: Governance Effectiveness Assessment Report
Teaching Quality and Culture at the University of Waterloo
Report of the Course Evaluation Project Team
The Charter of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association is the founding document of the organization. The Charter, created and filed in 1967 established the Association as a legal entity and set forward the broad rules that still govern us today.
Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Long-Range Plan
The objective of this plan is to cement WUSA's reputation as a strong, innovative organization that is responsive to the developing issues and needs of its membership, while remaining focused on activities that support its vision and mission. The mission, core values, enduring principles and long-term strategic goals will remain unchanged year-to-year. The strategies will guide future executive in focusing on deliverables throughout their term, to ensure that WUSA remains responsive to our internal and external environments.