Students' Council Update - November 2018

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Richard Wu
Feds President
Fri, 11/23/2018 - 10:15

Happy November, Warriors! Here's your update from the November Students' Council meeting. 

Open & Online Learning Policy Draft Presented

After months of research, deliberation, and writing, Vice President Education Matthew Gerrits was excited to present a draft of the Open & Online Learning Policy to Students’ Council on behalf of the Education Advisory Committee. This policy recognizes the importance of emerging technology in creating affordable, high-quality educational experiences at the University of Waterloo, and aims to lower the overall cost of education for undergraduates at UWaterloo.

Noting that students at Waterloo paid an average of $635 on textbooks in 2017, the policy discusses the advantages of incorporating Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Online Learning into the classroom, and what high quality course design looks like. The policy additionally recommends a future advocacy direction for the Vice President Education, and makes suggestions as to how the University should implement this in the future.

Co-operative Education and Experiential Education Policy Draft Presented and Passed

Authored by the Co-operative Students’ Council, this policy discusses and provides recommendations surrounding student expectations for co-operative education experiences, the need for a communication framework through which students are able to raise concerns respecting their experience, the interview process, and employer accountability, among others. Students' Council passed this policy unanimously. 

Policy 43: Commercial Services

A revised version of this policy was presented. It aims are to ensure, among others, that an overwhelming majority of employment opportunities are first provided to undergraduates. The policy has since been referred to the Board of Directors for comment and consultation.

Policy 25: Sustainability

As noted by Kurt MacMillan, Vice President Operations & Finance, students are currently only permitted to carry clear, transparent water bottles into exams. Knowing that exam periods are a particularly stressful time for students, Students’ Council agreed to suspend specific portions of Policy 25: Sustainability to allow the Federation to sell water in plastic containers until January 2019 to provide additional options for students this exam season.

Other items

In addition to the items outlined above, Council also considered a Councillors’ Code of Conduct, a policy and accompanying procedure regarding selection of Directors for the Board of Directors, and a policy regarding the formation and dissolution of Commissions.

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On behalf of the entire Students’ Council, remember to stay warm, get lots of sleep, study hard, and I wish you the best of luck this exam season!