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Vote ‘Yes’ to a university experience2018-03-13T17:02:04+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 online from 8:00am on March 20 to 5:00pm on March 22..

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 exact wording of the referendum question?

Do you approve a fee of $0.57 per credit up to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2018 to be used for a Personal Electronics Repair Service for students (with labour free of charge for students, and never charging more than cost for parts)? This fee will be increased with the rate of inflation as determined by the consumer price index.

How will the fee be levied?
$0.57 per credit to a  maximum of 15 credits per semester.

When will this be available to use?
Fee collection will start in September of 2018, so the service will be available within the first few weeks of the semester but we’ll be looking for ways to start preparing a few weeks in advance. 

Why is this service being proposed?
We understand that, today, our members depend on technology to succeed academically. The Personal Electronic Repair Service is a program created to assist students in their success by providing a repair service with little to no additional costs on top of the initial fee.

What do students receive through the service?
The hope is that the students will not need to pay any additional costs towards basic repairs and anything needing to be ordered special for the repair will just be charged cost and labour will always be free.

What kind of repairs are included in this service?
Repairs would include (but not limited to) cell phone screen/hardware repairs, laptop screen/hardware repairs, software troubleshooting, assistance reinstalling operating systems, and similar services.

What are the expenses of the service?

  • Wages and Benefits
    As set by the collective agreement with CUPE 1004. The CSU is proud to be a Living Wage employer, and we’ll be working hard to attract the best technical talent to deliver an exceptional level of service to the members.
  • Hardware and Repair
    The first year of the repair service, this number is higher as we build a slight inventory and have some spending allowance to purchase hardware for the students as needed. Cracked screens on cell phones are a common occurrence and keeping an inventory of the most popular models on-hand with an ability to purchase older models if needed is a benefit to the program.
  • Software upgrade and installation
    Maintenance of software on all computers and devices within the organization. Can assist students with installs and upgrades as well through the repair service
  • Technician tools
    These will be purchased with the guidance and suggestion from the repair person that is hired to fill the position. Tools needed to repair phones, replace screens, repair hard drives etc. will all be selected by the individual. This number is also slightly higher the first year as tools will need to be purchased, but does lessen over the years to a maintenance level and may not be used often based on research of other programs like the Reboot program at the KSA and FixIT Student Technology Service as provided through the University of Fraser Valley SUS.
  • Professional Development
    This is factored from the professional development line item already created from the operating budget.
  • Insurance and Replacement Costs
    Keeping money aside to assist students if in the event of a repair the device is bricked or computer broken we can afford to replace the device for the student.
  • Website Hosting
    This is to maintain the CSU website and keep it clean, up-to-date, and functioning. Also currently factored into the operating budget. Will get a home here.
  • Marketing and Swag
    Used mostly in the first year and the beginning of each semester to promote the service and help students learn about what the service provides.

Can I opt out?
No. This is a mandatory fee for all students.

What is the exact wording of the referendum question?
Do you approve a fee of $0.65 per credit up to a maximum of 15 credits per semester effective September 2018 to be used to support the traditionally marginalized groups on campus? This fee shall increase annually according to the Canadian Consumer Price Index.

How will the fee be levied?
$0.65 per credit to a  maximum of 15 credits per semester.

Why do we need this?
The CSU supports six traditionally marginalized collectives, queer students, women students, students of colour, international students, students with accessibility needs, and First Nations students. The CSU does not have the capacity to provide these groups with adequate support to expand their presence on campus, encourage community building, and help advocate for their needs with the university and government.

What will the fee be used for?
The fee would allow the CSU to significantly expand our social justice and equity-building activities, including new events like those held at other universities, such as a black history film festival, International Women’s Day events, truth and reconciliation actions, and more.

This would also allow us to hire a full-time staff member to support our collectives, which help represent the marginalized populations of our campus community. We’re proud to be a Living Wage employer, and we’ll be working hard to recruit someone with the social justice know-how and experience to build up the CSU’s equity program.

Do other student unions have this fee?
Most student unions have designated fees for social justice or equity seeking groups to ensure they have dedicated funding every year and that they can act independently and on their own. As an example, these funds allow for the SFU Women’s Centre to be regularly open for self-identified women to come in for a welcoming space that provides resources and assistance should they need it.

Can I opt out?
No. This is a mandatory fee for all students.

What is the exact wording of the referendum question?

Do you approve an increase to the CSU Health and Dental Plan Fee (the “Plan Fee”) of 16% (from $234.04 to $271.48) commencing September 2018, and, furthermore, approve increases to the Plan Fee of up to 5% in each academic year thereafter to be determined by the CSU Board of Directors?
(Note: If this referendum question is not approved, eligible Capilano University students will continue to pay the existing Plan Fee, and the CSU will need to consider reductions to the coverage levels provided under the Plan.)

How will the fee be levied?

Current fee: $234.04 per year. Proposed fee: $271.48 per year

Who is assessed the CSU Health and Dental Plan fee?
All full-time students taking three courses (nine credits) or more are automatically assessed the CSU Health and Dental Plan fee in the fall semester. Full-time students starting in the spring semester must self-enroll.

What do part-time students pay?
Part-time students pay 50% more for the plan as they have the option to self-enroll / opt-in to the plan. Plan fee x 1.5 = part-time rate. The plan is not mandatory for part-time students.

How would the 5% increase be applied year to year? What are the triggers? What is the process?

  • Why
    Every year, the CSU receives an updated projected plan cost for the next policy year from our insurance company. This cost is based on usage of the plan (ie. claims submitted) + inflation costs. Based on past experience, and trends in student health and dental plans across the country, increasing the fee by the consumer price index has not been sufficient in order to cover our costs. This 5% will allow the board to make changes to the plan fee to align with any increases to costs.
  • Triggers
    When the project plan cost is higher than the plan fee that is assessed to students. The CSU board may increase the plan fee assessed to students to cover the costs of the plan.
  • Process
    CSU services committee will review projected plan costs to see if it triggers a review. If a review is required, the committee will take into account the new costs, current fee, total funds are in the contingency reserve fund, and any potential benefit adjustments. Once all of those elements are reviewed the committee may recommend to the CSU board of directors for a fee increase up to the 5% depending on what is required.

Is coverage going to get better?
Coverage is going to change slightly. The only changes in coverage will be:

  • Per-visit maximums for massage therapy will be reduced from $60 to $50 and annual maximum is now $500.
  • Eye exam coverage will go from $100 to $50.
  • Physiotherapy is covered to a maximum of $40 per visit, $400 maximum annually.
  • Glasses and contacts coverage will be changed from $200 to $150.

These benefits were reduced in order to save on costs on the plan in order to propose not such a high fee increase. Students will still be able to receive the same level of benefit as long as they access Studentcare’s Provider Networks which offer the services at set discounted rates, that are in line with the rates above.

Why is there such a high increase this year?
The CSU’s insurance rates have gone up over the last few years and the CSU tried to hold off on proposing a fee increase as long as possible. We wanted to use some of the funds in our contingency reserve fund as well as Studentcare was able to negotiate a deal with our insurance company for the 2017/2018 policy year to get extra low rates due to a competitive bidding process that was undertaken.

What happens if this question fails?
If this referendum question is not approved, eligible Capilano University students will continue to pay the existing Plan Fee of $234.04, and the CSU will need to consider reductions to the coverage levels provided under the current Plan. The CSU services committee will review the benefits provided and look for ways to cut the benefits in order to bring our costs down to below $234.04.

Can I opt out?
The fee is mandatory for full-time students. The only option for students to opt-out is if they already have health and/or dental coverage through another plan and must provide the proof of that coverage during the change-of-coverage period during the first few weeks of the fall semester.