Feild Hall, the facility managed by the GSU, is comprised of four floors: two floors serve as a residence for graduate students, one floor houses departmental graduate student offices and one floor on which the graduate student restaurant and lounge, Bitters, is located.
The GSU general office is located on the second floor of Feild Hall in room 2007. Office hours are posted outside the office door, on the answering service and on the website. You can reach the GSU by phone (709)737-4395, by fax at (709)737-3395, by email email@example.com, or by writing to: Graduate Students' Union, Feild Hall #2007, 216 Prince Philip Drive, St. John's, NF, A1B 3R5. The GSU prides itself on maintaining a very current and informative website at www. mun.ca/gsu which should be a regular destination in every graduate student's websurfing.
The GSU has two important functions: 1) to represent the graduate students' interests in enhancing the quality of graduate student life and 2) to help sort out problems and misunderstandings arising between individuals and the university. Student fees, presently $20 per semester per graduate student, provide the GSU with its annual operating budget. The fees are used to run the office, assist social and academic events, provide a conference aid fund and cover other operating expenses. A detailed budget is presented at the first board of directors' meeting each semester to be passed or amended.
The GSU is run by a board of directors consisting of the GSU executive and a student
representative from every academic unit with a graduate programme as well as those graduate
students who sit on various academic councils and committees of the university. The board meets
once a month to assess executive decisions and to discuss matters of importance to graduate
students. The board meetings are also a chance for graduate students to raise any concerns from
individual departments and in return receive advice or suggestions on problem solving. These
meetings act as the main line of communication between the executive and the general graduate
student population. For this reason, the GSU needs an active and interested board of directors,
without which the GSU would be ineffective.
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