The Memorial University of Newfoundland Students' Union Act (1968) incorporated the Students' Union (MUNSU) as the official students' union representing undergraduate students at the University's St. John's campus.
The Students' Union provides a range of advocacy work to improve the lives of its members and increase accessibility of post-secondary education. It lobbies all levels of government and other decision-making bodies and organizes campaigns around these and other issues which are important to the membership. It also provides services to improve the quality of student life: the Attic (Copy Centre, Convenience, and Postal Service), Health and Dental Insurance, SafeDrive / WalkSafe, the Student Handbook/Dayplanner, Breezeway Bar, CHMR-FM radio, and others. The cost of services are partially funded by Students' Union fees paid by each undergraduate student upon registration. MUNSU assists students on an individual basis to resolve student aid as well as academic-based problems and appeals. Through the offices of the Director of Advocacy, problems with appeals, assessments, repayment, and general complaints in these areas are addressed.
The Students' Union offers free legal services to students and a legal aid supervisor is available for appointment. These sessions are not considered extended legal counsel. Students who have more serious issues may be referred to the MUNSU lawyer, for one free consultation, per issue, per semester.
MUNSU has established and provides funding for a number of Resource Centres on campus: Women's Resource Centre (WRC), International Students' Centre (ISC), Lesbian-Bisexual-Gay-Transgendered Resource Centre (LBGT-MUN), MUN DISC (Disability Information and Support Centre), Students Older than Average (SOTA), Student Parents Resource Centre, and the Aboriginal Students' Centre. The Students' Union also operates over 100 student clubs organized around a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities.
The Students' Union is a member of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) representing over half a million students across Canada. Further information may be obtained from the website at www.munsu.ca.
All full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students of the University pay compulsory fees to their respective students' unions (MUNSU or GSU) and all students, upon registration, automatically become members of either MUNSU, the undergraduate students' union, or GSU, the graduate students' union.
The Graduate Students' Union (GSU) at Memorial University of Newfoundland is an organization run for graduate students by graduate students. Founded in 1967, the GSU is one of Canada's oldest independently incorporated graduate student governments. Every graduate student at the University becomes a member of the GSU upon registration. Presently, the graduate student body consists of over 3000 full and part-time students, thereby comprising more than 10% of the total student population at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
The Graduate Students' Union has two main functions: 1) to represent and protect the interests of the graduate students at all levels of university governance, and 2) to help enhance the quality of graduate student life at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Graduate student fees, presently $20 per semester per student, provide the GSU with an annual operating budget. These fees are used to run the GSU office, help finance social and academic events for graduate students, provide conference aid for students presenting at conferences, and to cover other operating expenses.
The Graduate Students' Union is run by a Board of Directors consisting of the five GSU Executive officers and one student representative from each academic unit with a graduate program. Additionally, graduate students who sit on various university committees regularly attend. The Board meets once a month to assist the Executive in guiding the development and direction of the organization. The Board meetings also give students a chance to raise concerns from their individual departments and in return, to receive advice or suggestions on problem solving. These meetings are the main line of communication between the Executive officers and the graduate student population at the University. It is for this reason, that the GSU needs an active and interested Board of Directors. Graduate students who are interested in getting involved are always welcome, and should speak to their department representative, or contact the GSU office.
The Graduate Students' Union is located in Feild Hall on the north side of campus. Operated by the GSU, Feild Hall is comprised of four floors: the top two floors for a graduate student residence, one floor for departmental graduate student offices and GSU offices, and the ground floor for Bitters - Restaurant and Lounge, the pub owned and operated by the GSU.
The Graduate Students' Union general office is located on the second floor of Feild Hall in room GH 2007. Office hours are posted outside the office door, on the answering service, and the website. You can reach the GSU by phone to (709) 864-4395, by fax at (709) 864-3395, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to Graduate Students' Union, Feild Hall, GH2007, 216 Prince Philip Drive, St. John's, NL, A1B 3R5. Further information about the GSU can be obtained from the website at www.gsumun.ca.