GSA Referenda 2020

Zone Expansion Referendum

Although the expansion of the Zone is well underway, graduate students are now in the position to decide whether they wish to financially contribute to the project, which will secure our access to the new facility.  Currently, all graduate students pay an auxiliary fee that permits their access to the fitness centre. However, to ensure our future membership within the expanding Zone complex, this auxiliary fee is to be supported with an additional fee, specifically for the construction of the new facility, which will be $17 per term for the next five years. The agreement, outlined within an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is what graduate students are being asked to vote on, and can be found here.

The GSA Executive team has worked throughout the year to assess what impacts graduate students will experience as a result of whether the fee is passed successfully. The chart below provides a summary of this information.

VOTE YES

VOTE NO

 

Membership

Graduate students will continue to have access to the Zone and its amenities.

Membership

Graduate students will not have access to the Zone or any fitness amenities.

Fee

$17/term membership fee for every full-time graduate student. This fee will be included in graduate student tuition, and will be mandatory.

A prorated fee may be charged to part-time students.

Fee

Graduate students will not be charged a $17/term fee.

Graduate access to the Zone and amenities will be restricted, and students wishing to utilize the Zone will be charged a membership fee consistent with other groups wishing to access the space (at least $106/term).

Duration of Fee

Graduate students will pay $17/term for the next 5-years to contribute to the Zone expansion. After this period, graduate students will be charged $1.25/term as a maintenance fee.

Duration of Fee

No membership or maintenance fees will be charged to graduate students.

Additional Services

Graduate student-specific programming will be introduced, and may potentially include graduate student spin, dance and yoga classes. These fitness classes will not be available to undergraduate students.

New programming will be introduced and adapt to trends. With new space and equipment, the Zone will be better equipped to offer yoga classes, pilates, Zumba, boxing, kickboxing and kettlebell classes. Based on popularity, these classes may also be offered in graduate student-specific programming.

New workout equipment will be introduced in the expanded zone, and will include updated resistance training machines, battle ropes, rowing and ski ergs, boxing equipment, sleds, sandbags, and kettlebells.

Additional space within the zone will not only increase the space between machines, but a new yoga studio and green turf will be included

Additional Services

No graduate student programming will be introduced or available.

Graduate students will not have access to the Zone or any of its amenities.

The GSA encourages everyone member to vote, and to make an informed decision when they do so.  If you have any additional questions, please contact our Office and we would be happy to answer.  Remember voting takes place online, through your Brock Email, and every member will receive an email with a link to vote (additional emails will be sent throughout the course of the campaign period).  Ballot access will be open from March 25th, 2020 shortly after midnight and extend until March 26th, 2020 at 4:00pm.  Results will be announced shortly thereafter.

Graduate Mental Health and Wellness Referendum

Graduate students have contributed to Student Wellness, though the Mental Health and Wellness Fee, since 2015, and in that time the need for services has expanded significantly.  The current graduate contribution, through the previously mentioned fee, is term limited and expires at the end of April 2020.  As these were funds specifically allocated for graduate student support, a loss of funding by way of ending this fee will have a significant impact on the kind of services and supports available to graduate students. For the past two years Brock University has led the Maclean’s Rankings (#1) in mental health services, and the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC) relies on student fees in order to provide leading practices around mental health support, for graduate students. The agreement, outlined within an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is what graduate students are being asked to vote on, and can be found here.

GSA Executive team has worked throughout the year to assess what impacts graduate students will experience as a result of whether the fee is passed successfully. The chart below provides a summary of this information.

VOTE YES

VOTE NO

 

Membership

Graduate students will continue to have access to dedicated mental health and wellness supports.

Membership

Graduate students will not have access to dedicated mental health and wellness supports.

Fee

$20/term (Fall/Winter only) fee for graduate students. Exceptions will be made for students who do not attend campuses where these services are provided. This fee will be included in graduate student tuition and will be mandatory.

Fee

Graduate students will not be charged a $20/term (Fall/Winter only) fee

Graduate access to services and dedicated supports will be restricted.

Duration of Fee

Graduate students will pay $20/term (Fall/Winter only) for the next 5-years to contribute to the Mental Health and Wellness. After this period, graduate students will have the opportunity to vote again (March 2025) on the future of the services.

Duration of Fee

The $20/term fee will be not be charged to graduate students.

Additional Services

Provide Counselling to Grad Students; Last year about 6.3% of all students seen were grad students (about 800 grad students were helped by Brock Counselling Services).

Provide access to Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners to Grad Students; last year about 33% of students accessing mental health services at Student Health Services were grad students.

Provide access to leading practice training and development opportunities for Grad students such as SafeTalk & Mental Health First Aid; last year 132 grad students participated in this training.

Provide health and wellness supports and programming such as positive psychology; last year 32 events were designed and delivered exclusively for grad students.

Additional Services

Increased wait times for Counselling because we lose funding.

Less students seen by mental health practitioners because we lose funding.

Elimination of grad specific programming because we lose funding.

The GSA encourages everyone member to vote, and to make an informed decision when they do so.  If you have any additional questions, please contact our Office and we would be happy to answer.  Remember voting takes place online, through your Brock Email, and every member will receive an email with a link to vote (additional emails will be sent throughout the course of the campaign period).  Ballot access will be open from March 25th, 2020 shortly after midnight and extend until March 26th, 2020 at 4:00pm.  Results will be announced shortly thereafter.