Governance Documents

Governance Documents

 

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

The Constitution of the Students’ Society of McGill University 

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

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.

Internal Regulations Date Amended
Governance April 2, 2020
Student Groups March 14, 2019
Representation and Advocacy March 28, 2019
Finances November 14, 2019
Internal Regulations of Elections and Referenda September 8, 2020
Policies of the SSMU Board of Directors

This is the book containing all Policies of the SSMU Board of Directors.

Policy Adoption Date Expiry Date
Conflict of Interest Policy December 2, 2019
May 1, 2023
Equity Policy April 2, 2020 January 1, 2023
Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy October 11, 2018
May 1, 2023
Human Resources Policy September 24, 2020
January 1, 2025
Policies of the SSMU Legislative Council

This is the book containing all Policies of the SSMU Legislative Council.

Policy Adoption Date Expiry Date
Accessibility Policy

April 7, 2016

January 1, 2021
Accessible Education and Academics Policy

April 2, 2020

January 1, 2025
Against Unpaid Internships Policy March 9, 2017
January 1, 2022
Climate Justice Policy November 14, 2019
May 1, 2024
Clubs and Services As SSMU’s Highest Priority Policy April 4, 2019
January 1, 2024
Council Transparency Policy October 18, 2018
May 1, 2023
Effective Committees Policy May 1, 2019
January 1, 2023
SSMU Events Policy April 2, 2020
January 1, 2025
Free Menstrual Hygiene Products Policy October 20, 2016 October 1, 2021
Global Access to Medicines Policy December 1, 2016 May 1, 2021
Indigenous Solidarity Policy April 2, 2020 January 1, 2021
Mental Health Policy January 30, 2020
May 1, 2023
Smoking on Campus Policy April 7, 2016
January 1, 2021
Support for Family Care Policy October 15, 2016
January 1, 2021
Sustainability Policy April 5, 2018
January 1, 2023
SSMU Plans Manual

This is the book containing the outline of all ongoing SSMU Plans.

Plan Adoption Date Expiry Date
Affordable Student Housing Plan February 13, 2020 May 1, 2023
Clubs and Services as SSMU’s Highest Priority Plan October 26, 2016 October 20, 2021
Francisation Plan January 30, 2020
January 1, 2023
Mental Health Plan January 30, 2020
January 1, 2023
Sustainability Plan February 21, 2019
May 1, 2023
SSMU Positions Book

This is the book containing the outline of all official positions taken by the SSMU.

  • Accessibility
  • Affordable Student Housing
  • Education
  • Environment and Environmental Sustainability
  • Ethics
  • Equity and Social Sustainability
  • Implementation of a Fall Reading Week
  • Family Care
  • Research
  • Gender Equality
  • Indigenous Equity
  • Sexual Violence
  • Student Life
  • Wellness