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Q.  What is the GSS?

The GSS is the Graduate Student Society, at the University of Windsor.  We represent, inform, and assist graduate students in all departments in many situations.  We are also members of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS, local 48), giving our members a national voice.

Q. Where is the GSS?

The GSS office is located at 484 Sunset Ave.  Any questions or concerns about GSS services should be made here.  The office hours are Monday -Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 p.m. and on Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  You can call us at 253-3000 ext. 3915, or send an email to sgpsea@uwindsor.ca, or fax us at 561-1401.  We also maintain a website at www.uwindsor.ca/gss.

Q.  Who is the GSS?

All graduate students are members of the GSS.  Without you, the Society would not exist, and all students are welcomed and encouraged to be as involved in our work.   Representing each department is a Council member, who serves to pass along information and concerns, both from the Society to grad students, and vice-versa.  In addition to departmental representatives, there are 3 at-large representatives, who advocate for the special interests of Women, International Students, and Aboriginal Students. There is also a 5 member Executive.  

Q.  Where is a good place to hang out?

Funny you should ask.  The Sunset Cafe located on the ground floor of 484 Sunset.  The phone number is:  253-3000 Ext. 3877.

Q.  What can the GSS do for me?

The GSS provides many services.  Please see your handbook for more.

FAX & PHOTOCOPYING – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

*The GSS provides these services to all graduate students.  Please contact the GSS offices to set up an appointment time.

Faxing:

Local

$1.50 per page

 

Long Distance

$2.00 1st page

Each additional page - $1.00 per page

 

Each additional page

$1.50 per page

 

*(There is no charge for the fax cover sheet)

Photocopying:

8.5 x 11

$0.5 per page

 

All larger sheets of paper

$0.10 per page

*Maximum number of pages for photocopying is 100 per job.

FREE ISIC CARD

Graduate students pay membership fees to the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) during the fall and winter semesters.  As a result, as a full-time graduate student, you are entitled to a FREE ISIC card during these semesters as well as in the summer semester.   Part-time students are required to pay $17 to obtain their card. 

 HANDBOOK

Part of your Society fees pay for the cost of the GSS Handbook/Academic Calendar.  This book will be ready for distribution by late August.

 Q.  I heard something about insurance.  What is that?

Part of the tuition you pay is sent to the GSS to pay for your Drug, Dental, and Vision insurance.  See your handbook for the current amounts or the GSS website.

The information below is extremely important!!!!!

If you have other coverage, you must opt-out by: September 29, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

You must provide proof of other coverage.

If you have other coverage and were not registered for the fall 2010 semester, you must opt-out by: January 24, 2011, by midnight.

If you have a family or spouse that is not covered, you can opt them in.  You must do so by: September 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

If you have a family or spouse that is not covered and you were not registered for the fall 2010 semester, you can opt them in.  You must do so by: January 24, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Opt-in forms must be completed and turned in to the GSS office, 2nd floor Grad House, 484 Sunset Ave., ONLY! 

The information above is extremely important!!!!!

Q.  What can I do for the GSS?

Get involved!  Every September, elections are held in each graduate department for a representative to the GSS Council.   Nominations for these positions will be open in September 2008.  Watch for an announcement (memo) to be posted in each graduate department.  Nomination forms are available at the GSS.  Also, 3 at-large members are elected:  A Women’s representative, an Aboriginal Student’s representative, and an International Student’s representative.

NOTE:  All departmental representatives for GSS Council are paid a stipend for each meeting attended to a maximum of $300 every August (end of your term as Council rep.).  Council meets once per month for approx. 1-1.5 hours and lunch is provided.  The term of office for each representative will be September 2010 – August 2011.  Of course, you can be involved without being a council member.  Watch for announcements, or email an executive that is doing something related to what you would like.

Q.  What else does the GSS do?

The GSS also represents you nationally.  By being involved in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) we are united with other students across the country, to lobby the government to improve the condition and quality of our post-secondary education.