Memorial's U-Pass student vote has closed and votes have been tabulated.
Full-time Memorial University undergraduate and graduate students registered at the St. John’s campus, Centre for Nursing Studies and Marine Institute cast their votes on the proposed U-Pass program from February 26-28, 2019.
Of the approximately 12,565 eligible voters*, 6,977 voted.
Total number of eligible votes submitted: 6,977
Total number of “Yes” votes: 2,012
Total number of “No” votes: 4,965
Approximate voter participation: 56%
Vote Results Breakdown
*Total eligible voters is based on the number of eligible voters at 7 a.m. on February 26, 2019. Due to the live nature of the vote feed, this number could have varied slightly throughout the voting period.
Vote Validation Process
From March 1-6, 2019, the submitted votes were validated for eligibility. This validation process was completed by Memorial’s Centre for Institutional Analysis and Planning, with assistance from university groups such as the Office of the Registrar and Information Technology Services. As part of this validation process, a secondary eligibility review meeting took place, in which each students’ union was invited to send a representative to observe the process and decision making.
University administration recommended that the Board of Regents not proceed with a U-Pass program for Memorial University. This recommendation was brought forward and approved at the March 2019 Board of Regents meeting.
The Memorial University Universal Transit Pass (U‐Pass) would provide unlimited travel on enhanced Metrobus services, effective September 2020. The U-Pass would require a student fee of $139.00 per semester (fall and winter) and $110.00 per semester (spring, intersession, summer or Marine Institute technical session). The fee would be adjusted annually according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on September 1 of each year. Any other changes to the program would be administered by an advisory committee, with student representation.
All full-time Memorial University undergraduate and graduate students registered in a given semester at the St. John’s campus, Centre for Nursing Studies or Marine Institute would be assessed the U-Pass fee.
Students may opt-out of the U-Pass program if they qualify for any of the following opt-out criteria in a given semester:
- Students reside outside of the Metrobus service area (1 kilometer from a bus stop) and do not live in direct route of a U-Pass park and ride lot.
- Students’ academic program requires them to be away from campus for a total of 60 calendar days or more during the semester. Examples include, but are not limited to, study abroad, co-op work term, Marine Institute work term, internship, clinical placement or leave of absence.
- Students not registered for classes, studying, conducting research or using facilities on campus at any time during the semester.
- Students with a medical condition that prevents them from using Metrobus services (Metrobus or GoBus).
- Students change from full-time status prior to the semester U-Pass opt-out deadline.
- Students enrolled in the Postgraduate Medical Education program.
- Students that are unable to use a U-Pass due to exceptional circumstances*.
*Case-by-case exceptional circumstances will be reviewed for potential opt-out or subsidized funding.
Do you agree to the creation of a Memorial University Universal Transit Pass (U‐Pass), which will require a student fee of $139.00 per semester (fall and winter) and $110.00 per semester (spring, intersession, summer or Marine Institute technical session), applicable to full-time Memorial University undergraduate and graduate students registered at the St. John’s campus, Centre for Nursing Studies and Marine Institute?