MSU Policy Papers Need Student Feedback
The McMaster Students Union (MSU) is seeking anonymous student feedback on three policy papers: Academic Success, International Students, Student Rental Housing & Near-Campus Neighbourhoods. The MSU policy papers are crafted by students who perform months of research and consultation work. Ultimately, the papers are presented to and adopted by the Student Representative Assembly (SRA), and become the future advocacy priorities of the MSU. The policy papers are the crux of MSU lobby work towards McMaster University, Hamilton City Council, and/or the provincial and federal governments. They define the specific areas in which current and future student advocates will focus attention and seek policy change on behalf of the undergraduate students of McMaster University. In short, MSU policy papers are the democratic and transparent mechanism by which students can influence and monitor the advocacy work of the MSU.
Students are encouraged to provided feedback on any or all of the papers. To find additional links to the papers, as well as a tool to provided feedback, please click here.
For this academic term, the areas of focus include:
Academic Success: Through research, consultations, and evidence-based recommendations, this paper strives to inform the University of student concerns and provide recommendations that can be implemented to enhance learning outcomes and student success. The MSU would like to encourage decision-makers at McMaster University to address the concerns and foster an accessible, supportive learning environment for all students.
International Students: International students have unique experiences which require special attention and care when implementing policies at the institutional level. These needs include supporting their transition to university, immigration and visa support, tuition regulation, specialized COVID-19 responses, and other issues which will be addressed in this policy paper.
Student Rental Housing & Near-Campus Neighbourhoods: This paper will identify core principles that the McMaster Students’ Union (MSU) believes are central to ensuring safe, high-quality student experiences associated with living in and interacting with near-campus communities. The paper will also examine many of the issues McMaster students face in this respect, and how the MSU proposes these issues can be approached from an institutional, municipal, and/or provincial level with the goal of guiding MSU advocacy to improve the experiences of McMaster undergraduate students.
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