What is a Referenda?
The SFSS Referenda is an opportunity for students to vote on important issues and have a say in major decisions at the SFSS. Voting is happening soon and will be from February 14 to February 16, 2023. Spring 2023 referenda will include 4 main items that will affect the following SFSS By-laws:
- BY-LAW 2 – MEMBERSHIP
- BY-LAW 4 – POWERS, DUTIES, AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS’ MEETINGS
- BY-LAW 6 – POWERS, DUTIES, AND OBLIGATIONS OF COUNCIL
- BY-LAW 7 – POWERS, DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- BY-LAW 8 – STUDENT UNIONS
- BY-LAW 9 – STUDENT UNION LEVIES
- BY-LAW 13 – ELECTIONS
- BY-LAW 15 – RESIGNATION, IMPEACHMENT, OR ABANDONMENT
Make an informed decision by better understanding each referenda item you’ll be voting on. But first, let’s get you acquainted with these main referenda keywords:
- Amend: Changing or revising a statement in our By-laws.
- Associate Member – Students that are enrolled at another college or institution that are not undergraduates of SFU. They are recognized as a member by either a contract or agreement by the Society, and by a majority vote of approval from Council.
- By-law: A legal binding document that contains provisions respecting the internal affairs of the society (Simon Fraser Student Society) that must be approved or changed by membership.
- Council: Elected SFU Undergraduate students that manage the affairs of the society on behalf of the students (Members). They act as a Board of Directors for the SFSS.
- Executive Committee: A standing committee of the SFSS Council that has administrative and managing duties and works closely with the SFSS staff. The Executive Officers of SFSS are the following: President, Vice President University and Academic Affairs, Vice-President External and Community Affairs, Vice-President Equity and Sustainability, and Vice-President Events and Student Affairs.
- Majority Vote of Council – More than half of the votes.
- Membership: All registered undergraduate students at Simon Fraser University who have paid their student activity fee to the society.
- Member in Good Standing – A Registered member who has paid all fees, fines, and penalties levied as per the By-laws
- Proxy Vote – Vote casted on behalf of another person.
- Referendum: All-student votes on a particular issue. It is an opportunity to vote on important issues and have a say in major decisions at the SFSS.
- Registered Member – Registered Undergraduate SFU student that has paid SFSS fees.
- Slates – A group of 2 or more candidates running in an election under a similar platform for a mutual advantage with a goal of getting each other elected.