Friday, February 20, 2009

Notice of Referendum

Please take notice that the Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser
University has put the following question to referendum:

"Do you agree that the Society should increase the amount of the special
levy collected from all graduate students for the purpose of providing an
extended health and dental benefit plan for graduate students from at most
$340 per year to at most $399 per year in order to maintain the level of
health and dental benefits provided under the plan?

If this question fails, the current levy rate of at most $340 per year for
graduate students will remain in effect, and both of the following
reductions in benefits are projected:
 - a cap of $20 on the maximum reimbursement per paramedical (e.g., massage
therapy, chiropractor, physiotherapy) visit, and
 - reduction in dental coverage from 80% to 70%."

Campaigning on the question will be permitted from Tuesday, March 10 to
Monday, March 23.

Polling shall occur on March 24, 25, and 26 (concurrent with the GSS Officer
elections) and shall be done online using the SFU WebSurvey system. More
information on how to vote and the hours of voting will be sent out by email
to all graduate students via their SFU email accounts.

For more information on the referendum, please visit the Society's website: or contact the GSS Electoral Committee:


Lindsay Zibrik
Chair, Electoral Committee
The Graduate Student Society at SFU