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Federation of Students

The Federation of Students' role is to provide services and representation for undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo. All full-time undergraduate students are members of the Federation and may seek positions within its structure. The Charter of the Federation of Students, which guarantees certain rights and privileges to students, was approved by the Board of Governors of the University and then by the Provincial Secretary on April 27, 1967.


The principal "Objectives" of the Federation are:
To promote the welfare and common interests of the students of the University of Waterloo.
To act as the representative of the students.
To promote and maintain responsible student government.
To promote and co-ordinate student participation in athletics, cultural and social activities.
To promote and maintain communications between the student body and the duly elected and appointed authorities of the University of Waterloo.

The Students' Council is the governing body of the Federation and includes 32 elected students from all Faculties, St. Jerome's and Renison Colleges plus all Executive members. The functions of Council include upholding the above objectives, administration and control of finances and control of all Offices, Commissions and Standing Committees of Council. All activities are overseen by Council so make sure that your Faculty representatives attend Council meetings.

The Executive Board is composed of the principal officers including the President, Vice-President Operations and Finance, the Vice-President University Affairs, and all Senior Officers. The Board controls day-to-day administration, and recommends policy to the Students' Council.

The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and as such oversees all of the Federation's activities. The President is also the Executive's representative on the University Senate and the University Board of Governors. The President oversees the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Vice-President Operations and Finance works with the General Manager to oversee and formulate the Federation Budget, the Federation's business, and other ancillary services such as the Toronto Bus Service, the Landlord and Tenant Information Office and the Federation Safety Van. This Vice-President also oversees the Office of Internal Affairs and is responsible for the co-ordination of all Federation social events.

The Vice-President University Affairs is directly responsible to Council, to make sure members are informed of all matters pertinent to Federation policy. This position is also responsible for the supervision of the Speaker and Secretary of Council as well as the Office of Student Issues. The VPUA is the external liaison with the provincial government through the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.

The Office of Academic Affairs' responsibilites include encouraging the evaluation, maintenance and development of academic programs and standards at the University of Waterloo.It focuses on developing cohesive student representation in the academic sector of the University and in the relevant levels of government.

The Office of Internal Liaison's responsibilities include encouraging greater input and communication between the Federation and Clubs, Faculty Student Societies, Residence Councils, and Federation Clubs of the University of Waterloo.

The Office of Student Issues' responsibilities include addressing important issues outside of the academic curriculum with the purpose of educating the university community. The office educates and makes all people at the University aware of gender issues and concerns; promotes dialogue about gender issues, human rights issues and public issues; ensures that the University of Waterloo provides an environment wherein its members can pursue personal and social growth as well as academic excellence; and enriches the learning environment through extra-curricular programs and the provision of alternative learning situations.

The Office of the Ombudsperson provides an impartial, independent and objective service to members of the University community. The primary objective of the Office is to ensure that a client's problem is dealt with in an equitable manner and that his or her rights are maintained.

The Ombudsperson deals with situations both academic and non-academic in nature. Appointments can be made by calling ext. 2402 or by dropping into the Office. All letters and interviews are treated confidentially.

Other Federation Services include the GRAPHIX Factory - a Word Processing, Resumé and Graphics Service, the Music Source, Campus Shop, Post Office, Used Books Store, the Bombshelter Pub and Patio, Federation Hall, SCOOPS, and access to a non-pay phone (for local calls only).

Persons wishing information on any aspect of Federation activities are advised to write to the Federation of Students, Campus Centre or telephone 888-4042.


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