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What is the process and timeline involved in moving forward with a referendum question?

As outlined in the Policy for Compulsory Non-Academic Ancillary Fees, requests for increases to student society fees must be approved by the University Affairs Board of the Governing Council.

A referendum is required for all new student society fees, all new designated portions of fees (e.g., a special levy or a fee to fund a separate organization or function), and all increases which are not proposed pursuant to a previous referendum permitting a society to request cost-of-living (or other inflationary) adjustments.

Once a student society decides that it wishes to hold a referendum, a representative should notify the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students. Our office will be able to indicate which policies, guidelines, and procedures are relevant, and provide an estimate of the approval timelines that would apply if the referendum results are submitted to governance for approval. The Office of the Vice-Provost, Students can also provide links to previous referenda materials that have gone through the governance process which may assist in the framing of the referendum question.