Mission Statement / Mandate
The GSIC monitors, assesses, and responds to issues pertaining to the quality and accessibility of graduate education, and they work to keep graduate students informed of these issues. This committee traditionally selects non-executive members of the Society to be dispatched as delegates to general meetings of the Canadian Federation of Students, and otherwise attends to political advocacy on behalf of the society.
Work towards the development of a comprehensive wistleblower policy to cover graduate students
Water Quality on Campus
Review of public water facilities on campus
Racism Task Force
Work in conjunction with Equity Committee to bring the CFS Racism Task Force to Western (as mandated by Council)
Monitoring the funding allocated from the federal government to improve the quality of graduate studies.
Discussion of the potential implications of changes to federal copyright laws in terms of graduate research, production, and intellectual property
Food Quality on Campus
Concern regarding access to healthy, affordable food options on campus
Advocating for reduced tuition fees in the dissertation stage of degree programs
Lab Safety Issues
Verifying that the procedures/policies currently in place to ensure lab safety regulations are sufficient and being followed (as needed)
Grad Student Housing
Conducting an online survey among the graduate students. The survey outcome will be made available to SGPS so that they can put this information into website. It will be helpful for the new students to find their accommodations based on their specific criteria and needs
Occasionally the Canadian Federation of Students publishes information of interest to our members - SOGS endeavours to make this available on our Documents page.