Last updated: February 12, 2021 @ 07:31AM
Life at Brock
I. Student Organizations
1. Brock University Students' Union
Student Centre 313
Welcome to/back to Brock Badgers. The Brock University Students' Union (BUSU) is here to make your life at Brock more enjoyable, safer, affordable, and the experience of a lifetime. BUSU offers a full range of services such as your Universal Bus Pass, Health, Dental and Vision care plans, photocopy services, on-campus lockers, affordable ATM's, a full service Advocacy department, free faxing services, Exam Drive Home service, Zipcar and over 100 different social clubs.
BUSU also offers amazing entertainment and programming for you while at Brock. BUSU hosts concerts, comedy nights, pub nights, a wide range of vendor and opportunity fairs, as well as, live music and arts performances.
BUSU also provides student run and operated businesses such as the General Brock store, Harvey's, Subway, Flavours, Skybar restaurant, and Booster Juice. BUSU is very proud to be able to employ over 200 employees in a number of different outlets and office jobs.
We could keep telling you all the things that BUSU does, or you can go to busu.net for information on everything above and more.
Stay connected with us on Facebook fb.com/brockBUSU and on Twitter@brockbusu.
From everyone at BUSU, welcome to/back to Brock and we hope to see you soon.
2. Office of the Ombudsman for Students
An Ombudsperson helps resolve concerns and complaints in an impartial, confidential and informal way. The Ombudsperson provides a safe, comfortable and confidential place for you to discuss your concerns or complaints outside formal channels. The Ombudsperson cannot impose solutions, but can suggest options and strategies for resolution.
The Ombudsperson will:
||Listen and help to analyze the problem or complaint;
||Identify and explain relevant policies and procedures;
||Help to define and evaluate options and help you resolve problems informally.
The Ombudsperson may:
||Investigate a problem, complaint, or concern, mediate conflicts;
||begin discussions with other people or departments involved (only with your permission);
||make referrals to other campus and community resources and recommend changes in University policies or procedures.
Contact the Ombudsperson for student-related issues and concerns; to discuss a sensitive issue in confidence; for help in resolving a conflict with another person or department; for help in communication in negotiation with faculty, staff, students, or others and for advice on policies, procedures or regulations.
3. The Students'-Alumni Centre
This building is a milestone on Brock's history as it is funded and operated solely by students. Some of the services found in the Student's Centre are: the BUSU Offices, Isaac's Bar and Grill, Union Station, Brock TV, the Brock Press, the Student Lounge, the Health and Dental Plan Office, Brock First Aid Responders, BUSU clubs and the Food First Program.
4. Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG Brock)
Working in Niagara since 1988, OPIRG Brock is a social, economic, and environmental justice organization, based in St. Catharines. OPIRG Brock hosts and supports events, campaigns, initiatives and organizing groups, both on Brock campus and throughout Niagara. Connecting the issues on campus and in the broader community sits as the primary function of OPIRG Brock. This work is always guided by the principles of intersectional anti-opression that prioritizes the voices and narratives of marginalized communities. OPIRG Brock also hosts internships and placement positions for BrockU students, sitting on multiple BrockU and community committees, and does ongoing consultations with community groups.
More information can be found at the OPIRG Brock website (opirgbrock.com), OPIRG Brock Facebook & Instagram (@OPIRGBrock), or by emailing email@example.com. Our BrockU Office is in the Mackenzie Chown C, Room 313.
905-688-5550, extension 3384
Brock University's Department of Athletics provides students with the opportunity to take part in athletics both as participants and fans. Inter-University activities are available to all students and cater to those interested in the pursuit of excellence. Each year approximately 500 student-athletes compete on Badger teams. Daily training and weekly competition provide student-athletes some of the best opportunities in Canada.
It is the mission of the Department of Athletics to enrich the overall student life experience by providing quality sport programs and leadership in the pursuit of athletic excellence. Inter-university sport is an experience of a lifetime. Not only will student-athletes earn a degree but they will also develop life skills that will last forever. The Athletic Department has full time coaches for both genders, in sports such as hockey, basketball, rowing and wrestling. There are also full-time staff that are on campus that coach our teams in volleyball, cross-country and swimming.
As a member of Ontario University Athletics (OUA), women's teams compete with other universities in basketball, cross-country, curling, fencing, ice hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.
Also in the OUA, men's teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, curling, fencing, ice hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, squash, swimming and wrestling. Competition is also available in lacrosse.
Brock Athletics is a member of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The CIS is the governing body for university sport in Canada. Each year, 10,000 student-athletes across Canada participate in a competitive schedule of approximately 3000 events starting in September and continuing through to March.
Brock University also has one of the best Athletic Therapy Clinics in Canada and provides sports medicine and athletic therapy services to interuniversity athletes with sport injuries. The Clinic has three full-time athletic therapists and access to the services of sport medicine specialists and a pedorthist. In addition, approximately thirty student therapists gain valuable career skills in the field and in the clinic working with the varsity teams.
III. Brock Sports – Recreation Programs
905 688 5550 x 4060
Walker Sports Complex
Brock University boasts some great facilities for student recreational and athletic use. Facilities available include a 50m, 8-lane Olympic size pool which includes a whirlpool, dive tower, hydraulic floor and tarzan ropes; the Zone (fitness centre), 3 gymnasia (11,000 sq. ft. 120000 sq. ft. and 22,000 sq. ft), a 200 m indoor run/walk track, squash courts, outdoor tennis courts, dry saunas, an indoor rowing centre, multiple outdoor fields including one artifical turf field, and a new High Performance Training Centre for varsity athletes. The Zone Fitness Centre will be tripled in size for the 2020 school year.
Brock University students, through fees paid with tuition, have access to use the pool, courts, gyms, the Zone, fields and track by showing your student ID prior to each use. As well, students can attend express fit fitness classes at no extra charge (includes spin, boot camps, aquatic fitness, etc.)
Competitive and recreational intramural programs are offered in many sports, including slow-pitch, flag football, indoor and outdoor soccer, ice and ball hockey, broomball, european handball, floorball, volleyball, basketball, innertube waterpolo, ultimate Frisbee, badminton, dodgeball, table tennis, tennis, squash, underwater hockey, and more. Join over 6700 students who take part in these activities each year.
To be introduced to a new activity or to improve existing skills, join an instructional program. Courses offered include aquatic leadership and learn to swim programs, dance, fitness, fencing, yoga, pilates, first aid, personal training, and many more.
Brock Recreation hires over 400 students each year. There are also a number of volunteer opportunities, including internship and placements for students. Students works as intramural officials, instructors, camp counsellors, personal trainers, customer service staff, lifeguards and more. Check the website for information.
IV. Parking Services
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There are plenty of parking options at the University from long term parking permits to short term parking permits. For detailed information, visit our website or contact us by phone or email.
V. Brock University Campus Store
905 688 5550 ex 3237/5583
The Bookstore/Campus Store, conveniently located in the Plaza Building ground floor is the primary source of required textbooks and course materials (new, used, guaranteed buyback, digital, course packages, etc.) and recommended reading materials. It also stocks a wide selection of general books including dictionaries, study and essay writing guides. We offer a courier service at the Textbook window. The Bookstore/Campus Store also stocks stationery, cards, magazines, clothing and memorabilia, miscellaneous computer supplies and a Kodak picture-developing machine. The Campus Store now includes Parking services, IT help desk and a courier service.
Campus Store hours: September to April: Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 5 , Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; July and August: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 pm. Please check for updated days and hours on our website.
VI. Office of Alumni Relations
As a graduate, you are now part of the Brock University Alumni Association network. The Brock Alumni Association is dedicated to strengthening the connections with our more than 105,000 alumni, working to create connections between alumni, and keeping alumni updated with news about the University.
Alumni are entitled to many benefits including discounts on attractions, entertainment, retailers, hotel accommodation, home and auto insurance, life and dental insurance, as well as on-campus benefits such as Career Services resources, special membership prices at the Walker Complex, discounts at the Campus Store and borrowing privileges in the Library. Information about these benefits and many more can be found at brocku.ca/alumni
The Alumni Association hosts a number of activities and events, both on and off campus. These opportunities help build your personal and professional networks. Visit brocku.ca/alumni to update your address and email today to help build and strengthen your network!
Network with Brock graduates through our various Brock Alumni social media sites:
VII. Development and Donor Relations
905 688 5550, x4190
Fax: 905 641 5216
Thistle East 265
The department develops programs to engage private support that will advance Brock University's mission and support our students. Brock relies on the generosity of our donors to ensure we provide strong academic programs, an innovative learning environment, and state-of-the art facilities for research. The Board of Trustees and Canada Revenue Agency policies govern the department's activities.
There are many ways that donors support Brock University. Some options include gifts of cash (either pledged over time or as a one-time donation), estate gifts and bequests, class giving, gifts in kind, and gifts in memory or in honour. Donations to Brock University are eligible for charitable receipts for income tax purposes.
Supporting Student Success-Areas of Support
The generosity of our donors has allowed us to expand our physical campus and support important programming for our students. Currently our areas of focused support include student wellness, research, teaching and learning, the student emergency fund and athletic scholarships.
The Annual Fund is a component of our fundraising programs. Through the Annual Fund, student callers contact Brock's students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to provide information about initiatives at Brock University and to provide the opportunity to make an investment in Brock and contribute to the support of our students. The impact of donations to the Anuual Fund is far reaching as they have funded student awards and created enhanced learning environments throughout campus.
To make a gift and support student success, visit brocku.ca/donate