Constitution, Internal Regulations, and Policies

Constitution, Internal Regulations, and Policies

The SSMU is governed by its Constitution, Internal Regulations, and Policies. If you have suggestions or ideas, please contact the SSMU President or your Councillor.

Please note that Internal Regulations, the Policy Book and the Plan Book are living documents that are often revised. The SSMU endeavours to provide accurate and up-to-date versions of these documents as soon as they become available. If you have an urgent concern related to the Constitution or Internal Regulations, please contact the SSMU President, the Speaker, and/or the General Manager.

 

Letters Patent

This is the official Letters Patent.
 

Constitution

SSMU Constitution of the Students’ Society of McGill University (amended November 10, 2017).

The SSMU Constitution is a document that deals with all of the most fundamental elements of the Society. It also serves as SSMU’s legal “By-law” for the Quebec government in relation to SSMU’s status as a non-profit corporation (it is for this reason that we recently changed our By-laws to be known as Internal Regulations, per our legal counsel, as our Constitution is essentially our ‘By-law’ in the eyes of the Quebec government).

The Constitution outlines the SSMU’s role in providing service, leadership, and representation to McGill’s downtown undergraduates, the basic outline of the seven Executive positions, basic electoral processes, and various disciplinary processes. The Constitution can only be altered by Referendum.

 

Internal Regulations

Internal Regulations-Governance 2018-11-29 (amended on Novembre 29, 2018)
Internal Regulations of Student Groups (amended on April 04, 2016)
Internal Regulations-Representation and Advocacy 2018-11-01 (amended on November 11, 2018)
Internal Regulations-Finances 2018-03-29 (amended on March 29, 2018)
Internal Regulations-Elections and Referenda 2019-02-07(amended on February 7, 2019)

After the Constitution, the Internal Regulations of SSMU are the highest level of regulation that exists within SSMU. The Constitution sets out broad principles through which the Society functions, and creates and defines the main organs of SSMU governance. Whereas general principles are included in the Constitution, the Internal Regulations create frameworks for their application.

Internal Regulations can be changed by Council or General Assembly.

 

SSMU Policy and Plan Book

The Policy and Plan Book can be accessed here (amended February 7, 2019).

SSMU Policies and SSMU Plans can be changed by Council or General Assembly.

Policy Adoption Date Expiry Date
Policy on Clubs and Services As SSMU’s Highest Priority

September 27, 2018

(Legislative Council)

May 1, 2019
Mental Health Policy and Plan February 20, 2014
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2020
Policy on Accessible Education March 20, 2015
(Referendum)
January 1, 2020
Policy on Consent Education and Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence-Related Policy Advocacy April 9, 2015
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2020
Policy on Campus Free from Harmful Military Technology April 9, 2015
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2020
Climate Change Policy October 15, 2016
(Legislative Council)
May 1, 2020
Indigenous Solidarity Policy March 31, 2016
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2021
Policy on Support for Family Care October 15, 2016
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2021
Human Resources Policy April 7, 2016
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2021
Accessibility Policy April 7, 2016
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2021
Smoking on Campus Policy April 7, 2016
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2021
Global Access to Medicines Policy December 1, 2016
(Legislative Council)
May 1, 2021
Policy Against Unpaid Internships March 9, 2017
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2022
Policy on Implementation of a Fall Reading Break March 21, 2018
(Referendum)
January 1, 2023
Sustainability Policy April 5, 2018
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2023
Equity Policy April 05, 2018
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2023
Policy on Effective Committees February 07, 2019
(Legislative Council)
January 1, 2023
Policy on VP Internal Intoxication and V.I.P Culture at SSMU Events September 27, 2018
(Legislative Council)
May 1, 2023
Policy on Council Transparency October 18, 2018
(Legislative Council)
May 1, 2023
Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy February 20, 2014
(Legislative Council)
May 1, 2023
Conflict of Interest Policy February 20, 2014
(Legislative Council)
May 1, 2023