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Vote Yes to a UNIVERSITY experience 2017-03-13T10:55:40+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a referendum?
A referendum is a general vote by the electorate on a single or multiple political questions that have been referred to them for a direct decision.

Who may vote?
Anyone who is assessed Capilano Students’ Union membership fees may vote.

How can I vote?
Polling is scheduled to take place in the CSU Members Centre (Library 195) on March 21, 22, and 23 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Students on the Sunshine Coast campus may vote on March 22 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. You must bring picture ID to vote.

Are these fees mandatory? May I opt out?
CSU fees are mandatory and students may not opt out.

How many votes do these questions need to pass?
In order for the referendum to be deemed valid, 5% of Capilano students must vote and a majority of those valid votes must be in favour of the questions.

What is the full text of the question as it will appear on the ballot?
Do you approve the replacement of the existing Building Levy Fee with a new fee as outlined in the following schedule:

$4.00 per credit fee, to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2017;

$5.00 per credit fee, to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2018;

$6.00 per credit fee, to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2019;

$7.00 per credit fee, to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2020;

$8.00 per credit fee, to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2021;

or the purposes of building a student union building on campus that meets the following standards?:

Shall meet LEED gold standards

Designed based on Passive House International Principles

In consultation with First Nations

This fee will be increased with the rate of inflation as determined by the consumer price index.

Note: If this referendum is not approved, Capilano Students’ Union members will continue to pay the existing Building Levy Fee.

What is a levy fee?
A student fee for a specific purpose that cannot be used for general operations.

How much do we pay already for the Building Levy Fee?
$1.31 per credit up to a maximum of $13.10.

 

If this vote fails, what happens to our current Building Levy Fee?
The Building Levy Fee stays at its current price.

Which spaces does the Building Levy Fee currently pay for?
The Building Levy Fee currently funds CSU spaces such as the CSU Members Centre (Library 195), the CSU Maple Lounge (Maple 115), and the CSU Tree House (LB 131) study room. Our current fee is not enough to build new spaces on campus, it is enough to only renovate the existing spaces every now and again. This is not a sustainable model for student spaces on campus.

Why is the CSU proposing this fee?
We at the CSU feel that Capilano University needs better student spaces and a more developed campus culture. Constructing a student union building will help satisfy these needs.

Was there any consultation with students?
The CSU held three public, town hall style consultation sessions, attended by hundreds of students, to get a sense of what kinds of space Cap students are looking for in a student union building. The planning of a student union building has been a part of the CSU’s strategic plan since 2013.

When will the building be completed?
There are a lot of factors that play into the opening date of a new student union building, including negotiations with financial institutions, the university’s master campus plan, and the duration of further student consultations in the building’s design.

We expect the new student union building to open before the fee reaches its maximum, that way the students paying the most, will be the ones enjoying the new space.

What will be included in the building?
Any number of things could be included in the building at this point, and the elements that we include are going to be determined in consultation with our members (Capilano students). Once a fee has been secured, the next steps are to select an architect and to work with our financial institutions on a financing model. Once all of that has been done, we can start a comprehensive student space planning and visioning process with our members. The following are the kinds of things that we might be able to pursue, in consultation with students:

  • pub /licensed cafe
  • nap rooms
  • club rooms
  • club storage
  • space for collectives like a Pride Centre or Women’s Resource Centre
  • shared study spaces for individual studying and group projects
  • sustainable/green areas
  • more pool tables
  • arcade

Where will the building be located?
There are multiple places around campus where the building could go. We have a few proposed places that we used for visioning and planning, but ultimately we will work alongside the university to develop their campus master plan and that document (set to be finished next year) will help decide the final location.

What is LEED Gold Standard? What is Passive house? Why are these things important? Will they make the building cost more?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards are the universally accepted standard for an environmentally friendly and sustainable building. Based off of a points system, LEED standard rankings are Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. As a Gold Standard building, it will be one of the first Gold standard buildings in North Vancouver.

Passive house is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

Will this include student housing?
Not in this physical building, but the CSU is working with the university to develop a plan to get student housing.

 

What is the full text of the question as it will appear on the ballot?
Do you approve of a $0.29 per credit fee to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2017 to be used for clubs and events? This fee will be increased with the rate of inflation, as determined by the consumer price index.

How much will this cost me?
For a student taking three regular courses, this fee would cost $2.61 per semester.

Why is the CSU proposing this fee?
Clubs and events are under-funded at Capilano University and a dedicated fee would allow the organization to put more funds into creating more extracurricular activities on campus, hosting larger, better-funded events and empowering everyday students to pursue their interests with other students on campus.

What will the money be used for?
Funds collected through the Clubs and Events Fee will be exclusively used to support clubs as well as hold bigger and better events for Capilano University students. The funds may be used to provide money for club-led events, sponsorship for clubs to attend conferences and competitions, training and certification, on- and off-campus storage, and associated staffing costs.

The CSU has clubs?
The CSU currently has 35 registered clubs! Check out the clubs directory on our website for a complete list.

What is the full text of the question as it will appear on the ballot?
Do you approve of a $0.50 per credit fee to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2017 to be used for recreation and intramurals? This fee will be increased with the rate of inflation as determined by the consumer price index.

How much will this cost me?
For a student taking three regular courses, this fee would cost $4.50 per semester.

Why is the CSU proposing this fee?
Mental and physical wellness is a priority for the CSU and the university. This fee will help Cap students be more active in their lives by providing funding to recreational activities.

What can these funds be used for?
Some potential things the fee can go towards include:

  • purchasing gym equipment for the fitness room
  • bike lockers
  • large capital projects such as a climbing wall on campus
  • intramural teams
  • rec tournaments
  • funding for athletic student association
  • staff support
  • athletic events
  • sports equipment

The intramural fee is all about improving recreational spaces and the health and wellness of the students at Capilano University. The CSU is committed to improving the students experience and rec activities key to that.

What is the full text of the question as it will appear on the ballot?
Do you approve of a $0.33 per credit fee to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2017 to be used for external advocacy? This fee will be increased with the rate of inflation, as determined by the consumer price index.

How much will this cost me?
For a student taking three regular courses, this fee would cost $2.97 per semester.

Why is the CSU proposing this fee?
The CSU lobbies provincially as a member of the Alliance of BC Students (ABCS), and federally with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and we have seen some major wins, particularly in the last year, including a significant increase in federal student grants and the reduction in provincial student loan interest rates.

What is the Alliance of BC Students (ABCS)?

The Capilano Students’ union is a founding member of the Alliance of BC Students. The Alliance of British Columbia Students is a not-for-profit advocacy group of graduate and undergraduate student societies, with members representing over 60,000 university and college students. The goals of the ABCS, as set out in its constitution, are to:

  • represent the interests of post-secondary students represented by the ABCS’s members
  • provide an open forum of communication for post-secondary student associations
  • address post-secondary issues such as accessibility, affordability, and quality
  • lobby the provincial government in accordance with the ABCS’s policy position
  • build partnerships with the community of post-secondary institutions

The ABCS takes a unique approach to provincial student organizing. The ABCS is a grassroots coalition group that allows its member and partner student societies to advocate on their campuses in the way that suits their student society best.

The ABCS has no central head office, and believes in an easy and straightforward approach to organizational membership that allows for the Alliance and its member and partner student societies to focus on the work that matters most: student issues.

More information is available at the Alliance of BC Students website.

What is the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA)?

If the external lobby fee referendum question is passed, the CSU Board will go to a vote on CASA membership.

CASA is a national voice for Canada’s post-secondary students. Established in 1995, CASA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit student organization composed of student associations from across Canada. We represent undergraduate, graduate and polytechnic associations.

At its core, CASA advocates on behalf of post-secondary students to the federal government. When Canada’s leaders make decisions affecting our post-secondary education system, they turn to CASA for solutions.

CASA asks have been well received by multiple governments and have led to thousands of dollars saved for Capilano students through the Canada Student Loans Program and student loans interest rates.

More information is available at the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations website.

Does this have anything to do with the Canadian Federation of Students referendum that took place in 2015?
Since leaving the CFS, and reducing student fees by approximately $55,000 per semester, the CSU has realized that we lack the resources to fill the advocacy gap that was left by leaving the CFS. In its place, we are proposing a fee of $0.33 per credit per semester to help us lobby different levels of government to support students needs.

Why can’t the CSU engage in national lobbying on its own?
The costs associated with federal lobbying are currently too prohibitive for CSU members to participate meaningfully. If the external lobby fee referendum question is passed, the CSU board of directors will go to a vote on CASA membership.

Do we need to go to referendum to join (or leave) CASA?
No. All that is required is a vote of the board

What is the full text of the question as it will appear on the ballot?
Do you approve increasing all Capilano Students’ Union fees, other than U-Pass and Health and Dental, with the rate of inflation, as determined by the consumer price indexing effective September 2017?

Why is the CSU proposing this fee?
Tying our fees to CPI is common sense! Right now, because our fees aren’t tied to inflation, we lose money every year even if we are bringing in the same amount of member fees.

What is the Consumer Price Index?
CPI is an index of the variation in prices paid by typical consumers for retail goods and other items.

CONTACT

Sacha FabryCSU President
Contact Sacha Faby for more information about the ‘Yes’ campaign!

IMPORTANT DATES

March 21 — Polling period begin
March 21: 9:00am – 5:00pm (CSU Members Centre)
March 22: 9:00am – 5:00pm (CSU Members Centre), 11:ooam – 4:00pm (Sunshine Coast campus)
March 23: 9:00am – 5:00pm (CSU Members Centre)

March 23 — ballot counting
Ballot counting begins at 5:00pm in Dogwood 103

March 23 — unofficial results announced