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FAQs regarding termination of agreement with Ryerson Students' Union

Why did Ryerson terminate the agreement with the RSU?  

In January 2019, Ryerson University learned of allegations of improper use of Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) funds by members of the 2018-2019 RSU Executive. Given the seriousness of these allegations, the university met with the RSU Executive and Board of Directors to request a number of measures. Since February 2019, Ryerson University has tried in good faith to negotiate an agreement that ensures that a model of good governance and accountability forms the basis for a partnership that puts the student experience first. Unfortunately, the RSU has ceased responding to the university’s efforts to reach common ground.  Despite the university’s best efforts to be an accommodating and collaborative partner, the RSU has failed to meet the conditions set out in January 2019. 

The university’s main objective is to ensure that money collected from our students is properly managed, allocated and accounted for. The university has now lost confidence in the RSU administration and in its ability to adequately represent students and supply the services that they pay for. That is why we have chosen taken this action. It is not a decision we have made lightly.  

What’s the status of the agreement between Ryerson and the RSU?  

Ryerson University has made the difficult decision to terminate its 1986 Operating Agreement with the Ryerson Student’s Union (RSU). Effective January 24, 2020, the university no longer recognizes the RSU as the exclusive organization representing Ryerson students.

Can students form another student government?

Yes. A new student government may be formed and we encourage students to begin giving this some consideration.

The process to determine the structure of an independent, representative government for full-time undergraduate and all graduate students at Ryerson University is well underway.

In early March 2020, full-time undergraduate and all graduate students will have the opportunity to vote for the structure(s) of their representative government(s).

For more information on this process, please visit www.RUNextGov.ca., external link, opens in new window

The university remains firmly committed to working in good faith with a student government that demonstrates a commitment to good governance and sound financial management.

What happens to the Ram and the Rye and Oakham Cafe?  

Ram and the Rye and Oakham Cafe are managed by The Palin Foundation. It is our hope that these businesses will continue to serve students while consideration to the new student government structure is determined.  

What happens to the Student Campus Centre (SCC) building?

The SCC is managed by The Palin Foundation. It is our hope that the SCC will continue to serve students while consideration to the new student government structure is determined.

What is the Palin Foundation?

The Palin Foundation is a separate not-for-profit charitable corporation and serves to support student programs and services offered in the SCC and Oakham House. There is a board of directors appointed by student groups and the university.

What impact will this have on CESAR?  

As CESAR is separate corporate entity from the RSU, this decision will not have any impact on them.

What happens to the Eyeopener funding?  

The Eyeopener is its own corporation. As it is independent of the RSU, it will continue to receive fees.

What happens to the Ryerson radio station (the Scope/CJRU) station funding?

The radio station is its own corporation. As it is independent of the RSU, it will continue to receive fees.

How can students book space on campus?

Students can book space on campus for their events using the Student Event Management System on ConnectRU.  

Hundreds of events are planned on campus each year by dedicated students. Ryerson’s Student Affairs staff are available to help with the event planning and space booking process.  

What is the status of RSU student groups, associations and clubs?

The status of RSU student groups, associations and clubs is governed by the RSU. The university is not involved in the process of establishing or recognizing RSU student groups, associations and clubs.

However,  Ryerson fully recognizes the important role that campus groups play in fostering a sense of community, belonging, student engagement and success on campus. In order to continue the important work of campus groups , funding has been made available for group use.

The university has created a process for campus groups and course unions, who were funded by the RSU, to apply for funding for the 2019/2020 academic year. To submit a request, interested groups can find out more information, requirements, and the application form here, external link, opens in new window

What will happen to my health and dental benefits?

Students who have paid for health and dental coverage will continue to be covered until the end of the academic year.  

Will the RSU continue to exist?

It may continue to exist. The termination of the university’s 1986 agreement with the RSU means that the university no longer recognizes the RSU as the exclusive student association that represents Ryerson students and no longer collects fees on the RSU’s behalf.