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The Executive

The Student Union is organized by five student executive: a President, Vice President (Internal), Vice President (Finance & Operations), Vice President (Academic & External), and Vice President (Student Life). All five of these positions are elected by the students in the Winter semester.

Council

The Council oversees the operations of the Union. It is composed of the Executive, representatives of faculties, representatives of students from particular communities (e.g. International students, LGBTQ students), and the student representatives on the Board of Governors.  

Committees

The following committees are outlined in Bylaw 6 of the Dalhousie Student Union Bylaws

Budget and Finance Committee

  • The Budget Committee will be chaired by the Vice­President (Finance and Operations).
  • The voting members of the Budget Committee shall be:
    • The Vice­President (Finance and Operations);
    • Two members of Council who are not Executive Officers; and
    • One Member who is not a Councillor.
  • The Budget Committee shall:
    • Review the draft budget of the Union;
    • Consult with students regarding the Union budget;
    • Consult with Societies regarding the Union budget;
    • Where necessary, recommend amendments to the budget to Council;
    • Review monthly financial statements of the Union;
    • Review, as necessary budgets for Union businesses, events, and activities.

Bylaw and Policy Review Committee

  • The Bylaw and Policy Review Committee shall be chaired by the President.
  • The voting members of the Bylaw and Policy Review Committee shall be:
    • The President;
    • Two members of Council who are not Executive Officers; and
    • One Member who is not a Councillor.
  • The Bylaw and Policy Review Committee shall:
    • Review the Bylaws and Policies;
    • Bring to the attention of Council any inconsistencies within the Bylaws and Policies; and
    • Where necessary, recommend amendments to the Bylaws and Policies to Council.

Elections Committee

Elections Appeals Committee 

Executive Review Committee

  • The Executive Review Committee shall be chaired by the Chair of Council, who shall not have a vote.
  • The voting members of Executive Review Committee shall be:
    • Two members of Council who are not Executive Officers;
    • One Member who is not a Councillor.
  • The Executive Review Committee shall:
    • Receive complaints and feedback regarding the Executive Officers and, where appropriate, bring such complaints forward to Council in camera;
    • Conduct performance evaluations at least once per year on or before the first Council meeting of January of each Executive Officer on the following grounds:
      • Attendance at Council and Union committees of which the Executive Officer is a Member;
      • Attendance at University committees of which the Executive Officer is a member; and
      • Fulfillment of responsibilities as outlined in the Bylaws and Policies.
    • Meet with each of the Executive Officers during the course of performance evaluations.
    • Meet with each of the Executive Officers prior to the end of their term regarding Executive Officer roles and responsibilities, challenges within their portfolio, and recommendations for changes.
    • Provide recommendations to Council regarding Executive Officer roles and responsibilities, including proposals for Bylaw and Policy changes.

External Committee

  • The External Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President (Academic and External).
  • The voting members of the External Committee shall be:
    • The Vice President (Academic and External); and
    • At least three Councillors who are not Executive Officers elected by Council.
  • Meetings of the External Committee shall be open to all interested Members of the Union and any other such people as determined by the Vice­ President (Academic and External).
  • The External Committee shall:
    • Assist in developing and implementing campaigns of the Union;
    • Provide information to students regarding:
      • Municipal, provincial, and national student issues, and
      • External affairs issues as may be determined from time to time; and
  • Assist Council and the Executive Officers in formulating positions on issues relating to the external affairs of the Union.

Grants and Sponsorship Committee

  • The Grants and Sponsorship Committee is chaired by the Vice President (Finance and Operations).
  • The voting members of the Grants and Sponsorship Committee shall be:
    • The Vice President (Finance and Operations);
    • The Vice President (Internal);
    • Two Councillors who are not Executive Officers; and
    • One Member who is not a Councillor.
  • The Grants and Sponsorship Committee shall:
    • Review and evaluate grant and sponsorship applications;
    • Approve or decline grant and sponsorship requests by Ordinary Resolution of the Committee as per Policy;
    • Report all grants and sponsorship gifts awarded to Council; and
    • Make recommendations to Council regarding Bylaw and Policy amendments related to grants and sponsorships.

Society Review Committee

  • The Society Review Committee is chaired by the Vice­President (Internal).
  • The voting members shall be:
    • the Vice President (Internal);
    • the Vice President (Finance and Operations);
    • two members of Council who are not Executive Officers; and
    • one Member who is not Councillor.
  • The Society Review Committee shall:
    • Evaluate Societies, as per Policy;
    • Ratify Societies by Ordinary Resolution;
    • Offer assistance to Societies where needed;
    • Report at each Council meeting newly ratified Societies; and
    • Make recommendations to Council regarding Bylaw and Policy amendments related to Societies.

Student Life Committee

  • The Student Life Committee is chaired by the Vice­President (Student Life).
  • The voting members of the Student Life Committee shall be:
    • The Vice­President (Student Life);
    • At least two members of Council who are not Executive Officers;
    • At least three Members who are not Councillors; and
    • A Member appointed by the Equity and Accessibility office.
  • Meetings of the Committee shall be open to all interested Members and any other such people as determined by the Vice­President (Student Life).
  • The Student Life Committee shall:
    • Assist Council and the Executive Officers in the development and implementation of diverse, accessible, and inclusive events and programming for students;
    • Create and implement all student life activities and annual events of the Union subject to direction from the Executive Officers and Council that may be provided from time to time;
    • Promote, encourage, and foster student society activities and participation in events; and
    • Make recommendations to Council regarding development of Policy regarding student life.

Additional Committees are outlined in the Committee Policy of the Union.