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 issues as well as academic-based problems and appeals. Through the office of the Director of Advocacy, problems with appeals, assessments, repayment, and general complaints in these areas are addressed. Students who have more serious issues may be referred to the MUNSU legal aid service for one free consultation. These sessions are not considered extended legal counsel.
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-Transgender 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 200 student clubs organized around a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities.
The Students' Union is a member local 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.