How to Become an Independent Student Group (ISG)

How to Become an Independent Student Group (ISG)

What Is a SSMU ISG?

An Independent Student Group is an organization that exists independently outside the framework of the SSMU but is affiliated with the Society because of its involvement on campus.

Benefits to Being a SSMU ISG

As a SSMU ISG you are eligible to apply for the following resources:

  • operations space
  • funding
  • mailboxes
  • room booking privileges

Selection Criteria

The process for becoming an ISG is relatively straight forward.

There are a number of requirements an ISG must meet to be considered for affiliation with the SSMU:

  • The organization must benefit McGill undergraduate students. The benefits provided should be those that do not overlap with any services already offered by the SSMU.
  • The organization must be primarily student run.
  • The organization must be legally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.
  • The Board of Directors of the organization must include a seat dedicated to a McGill undergraduate student.
  • The organization’s mandate, constitution, and activities must not be in violation of the SSMU’s Constitution, Internal Regulations, or Policies. This aslo includes the guidelines outlined in the Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy (GSVP) trainings.

ISG Application

The SSMU ISG application process is as follows:

  • Get in touch with the Vice-President (Student Life) to provide a proposal for why your group should be considered for SSMU ISG Status. This proposal should include information about:
    • your organization’s constitution
    • the budget for your current fiscal year
    • a member list including the names of at least fifty (50) SSMU active members in the organization
    • the benefits of the organization’s to the McGill undergraduate students
  • If the Vice-President (Student Life) finds that the appropriate criteria have been met, they will make a recommendation to the SSMU Legislative Council. Independent Student Group status can be granted with a two-thirds vote from Council.

We do our best to ensure the site is as up to date as possible, but new developments in ISG processes may take time to go live. Please take note that the information listed above may not reflect the most recent changes.