Clubs, Course Unions, & Professional Development Unions

For any questions regarding Clubs, Course Unions, and PDUs, please email the Director of Student Affairs at affairs@uvss.ca.

    • The UVSS has more than 200 active clubs, which add to our dynamic and lively student community. 
    • There are also 25 sports and recreation Vikes Recreation Sport Clubs, which you can find more information about on the Vikes website.
    • Clubs are funded through student fees and receive a stipend from the UVSS every semester. They are free to join and are open to all students.

List of active Clubs 

    • If you want to start a new Club, the first step is to ensure that there are not existing Clubs with the same purpose. You can find a list of current Clubs here. Next, you need to sign up at least 10 undergraduate students to your new Club and fill out the Club Registration Form. Lastly, a representative of your Club must attend a Club Council meeting to ratify your Club. If you have any questions about this process, contact the Director of Student Affairs (affairs@uvss.ca).
    • To be eligible for funding, a new Club must conduct the above steps the Friday before the first Clubs Council meeting at the term. For their first active term, all new Clubs are eligible for half funding. Upon their second term as an active Club, they are eligible to receive full funding.
    • At the beginning of every term, Clubs must submit a Club Registration Form by the Friday before the first Clubs Council meeting of that term. They must also send a representative to this first meeting. If the Club is ratified at this meeting, the Club is considered active and is eligible for funding. If a Club is ratified at any other meeting in the semester, they are considered active but have missed the deadline to receive funding. 
    • If a Club does not both fill out a registration form and have a representative attend a meeting, and does not do this process for more than two semesters in a row, they are officially inactive and are not eligible for funding. 
    • If an inactive Club wishes to become active, they must follow the process of starting a new Club.
    • Over 30 different Course Unions represent UVic’s academic departments. Membership is open to students registered in any class of that department. Course Unions plan academic events and social activities related to their area of study. Ask your department if there is a Course Union for your field of study. 

List of active Course Unions

    • Contact the head of your department to make sure there isn’t already a Course Union for your area of study. You can also check the list of active Course Unions

If there isn’t one, and you’d like to start up a Course Union in your department, please fill out the Course Union Registration Form and contact the Director of Student Affairs (affairs@uvss.ca).

    • At the beginning of every term, Course Unions must submit a Course Union Registration Form by the Friday before the first Course Union meeting of that term. They must also send a representative to this first meeting. If the Course Union is ratified at this meeting, the Course Union is considered active and is eligible for funding. If a Course Union is ratified at any other meeting in the semester, they are considered active but have missed the deadline to receive funding. 
    • If a Course Union does not do the above process for more than two semesters in a row, they then revert to a new Course Union if they choose to register again. This means they need to follow the same process as starting a new Course Union.
    • The UVSS has four Professional Development Unions (PDUs), which act as  quasi-autonomous societies representing the interests of students in their particular faculty. 
    • The four PDUs are: Commerce, Education, Engineering, and Law.
    • PDUs are eligible for all the same funding as Course Unions. Their members also pay a separate fee levy towards their respective PDU as follows:
      • Commerce – $50 per semester 
      • Education – $7.50 per semester 
      • Engineering – $30 per semester 
      • Law – $170 per semester 

In order to be eligible for ratification, at least one executive member of all Clubs and Course Unions must complete any of the following sexualized violence prevention workshops:

Funding

Club and Course Union funding is deposited in the Club’s or Course Union’s account and can be used to pay for any expenses except liquor or gift cards. Funding remains in your account until the end of the fiscal year in April, at which point it is rolled over into either the joint Clubs account or the joint Course Unions account. The only funds that do not roll over are those in trust accounts. 

All funding applications are due the Friday before the first Clubs Council meeting and the second Course Union Council meeting of the term. For more information on deadlines, read Important Dates below. 

Submit funding applications: 

  • By email to affairs@uvss.ca 
  • By drop-off in the Director of Student Affairs’ box in the SUB General Office
  • By drop-off in the Director of Student Affairs’ box in the Board of Directors Offices
  • The Club/Course Union must have a representative attend the first Clubs/Course Union meeting of the semester. This is when all base funding is allocated. A representative may be any member of the Club/Course Union. 
  • For Clubs: The amount of base funding received depends on the number of Clubs there are, but is usually between $50-$100 per Club. 
  • For Course Unions: The amount of base funding received depends on the number of Course Unions there are and can vary, but is usually between $200-$300 per Course Union. 
  • All Clubs and Course Unions that are ratified at their council’s first meeting of the term receive this funding, which is deposited into the budget account.
  • These funds may be used for any travelling that your Club, Course Union, or a student not associated with a Club or Course Union plans on doing. 
  • The Travel Pool grants may give up to: $100 for individuals and $300 for groups of three or more individuals. Anything over this amount must pass a 2/3 vote at Course Union Council.

To apply, submit a Travel Pool Application the Friday before the second Course Union Council meeting of each term (see below for Important Dates). 

  • Only active Clubs can receive Special Project Grants (SPGs). Each Club can receive a maximum of $1,500 every year (May 1 – April 30), and each individual application can only be for a maximum of $600. 
  • SPG money must be spent in the semester it was received, and will not roll over past the first Clubs Council meeting of the next term. 

To apply, submit a Special Project Grant Application form the Friday before the first Clubs Council meeting of each term.

  • Academic Funding is available to groups to host events relevant to the group’s academic community, on campus or in the greater Victoria area.
  • This funding cannot be used to host events by religious groups or political parties.

To apply, submit an Academic Funding Application the Friday before the second Course Union Council meeting of each term (see below for Important Dates). 

  • Publication funding can be used to publish publications of any sort, including journals, zines, compilations, and more. 
  • Publication funding cannot be used towards religious or partisan publications. 
  • Publication funding of $500 or more must pass by a 2/3 vote at Course Union Council. 
  • Upon publication, please submit a copy of the publication to the Director of Student Affairs.

To apply, submit a Publication Funding Form the Friday before the second Course Union Council meeting of each term (see below for Important Dates). 

  • Upon ratification, a trust account is opened for each Club and Course Union. A trust account is essentially a savings account. Clubs and Course Unions are encouraged to fundraise and deposit these funds into their trust account. This is the only account in which Clubs and Course Unions are allowed to make deposits. 
  • The funds in trust accounts are the only funds that are not emptied at the end of April.
  • All Club and Course Union funding must be accessed through cheque requisitions. After you buy a good or service for your Club or Course Union, submit a cheque req form with itemized receipts and invoices to receive reimbursement through a cheque from the UVSS. The only things you cannot be reimbursed for are alcohol and gift cards. 
  • Cheque Req Forms are available online, in the General Office, and in the Board of Directors Offices. 
  • Here is a sample Cheque Req Form to get you started!
  • They can be handed in through email to affairs@uvss.ca or dropped off to the Director of Student Affairs’ inbox in the SUB. Submit a cheque req by Wednesday at 9:00A.M. to receive a cheque by Friday of the same week. 

See the Cheque Req page for more info!

  • Deposits can only be made to your Trust Account. 
  • To make a deposit, fill out a deposit form in the General Office.

If you have received a donation, the cheque must be payable to The University of Victoria Students’ Society, NOT the name of your Club or Course Union. Put the name of your Club or Course Union in the memo.

  • Check your Club’s or Course Union’s balance or email the Director of Student Affairs at affairs@uvss.ca 
  • For a record of transactions, submit an account summary request form available in the General Office. This must be filled out by a signing authority and submitted to the accounting office. Please allow for a two-day turnaround for account summaries.
  • Signing authorities are the legal stakeholders of your Course Union or Club and assume responsibility for the finances and liability of your group. 
  • Signing authorities must be updated every semester through email to the Director of Student Affairs. 
  • Signing authorities are the only members of your Course Union or Club who have the authority to book rooms, request account summaries and expense reimbursements, and deposit funds, among other things. Each Course Union and Club is required to have two signing authorities, but may have up to three.
  • For Course Unions, signing authorities are outlined in the constitution. 
  • You can update your signing authorities at the beginning of every semester when you register. At any other point in the semester, contact the Director of Student Affairs.

Room & Equipment Booking

For room, equipment, and table bookings in the SUB, please complete the Room & Equipment Form.

    • UVSS Clubs and Course Unions are able to book spaces in the SUB for free.
    • For Felicita’s bookings (we reserve Wednesday nights for student groups and Saturdays for Clubs and Course Unions), contact the Felicita’s Manager (manager@felicitas.ca)
    • Clubs, Course Unions, PDUs, and advocacy groups must be ratified and have at least one signing authority prior to requesting rooms
    • Rooms, indoor table bookings and Simpson Property requests can be reserved online
      • Note: when booking space for bake sales – it is only the space you’re booking, a folding table can be booked via the UVSS online booking system here.
    • Outdoor space bookings can be requested here.

For UVic recreation rentals including field rentals and gymnasium please contact Vikes Recreation at atrsbook@uvic.ca.

  • Resources Available to Clubs and Course Unions in the SUB: 
    • A projector + screen
    • Tables
    • Tents
    • Clubs speakers are available for checkout at the General Office.
    • Button Maker –  Need to make some swag for your Club? You can now book the 1.5″ button maker at Zap Copy at no cost. Button parts are also available in store—only $8.50 for 25 buttons or $30 for 100 buttons.
    • Zap account – Planning on doing a lot of copying or printing? Get an account request form at Zap and leave it in the Director of Student Affairs’ box to have printing directly withdrawn from your account.
    • Lockers – to receive a locker or update your lock information, please email: alma@uvic.ca 
    • Mailboxes – Please contact the Director of Student Affairs. Please do this if you intend on receiving a lot of mail.

Important Dates

Important decisions like funding, ratification, and policy are all passed at Clubs Council and Course Union Council. If you want to start a new club or course union, will represent your group at Club Council or Course Union Council Council, or are an executive for a club or course union, it is important that you know these dates!

Here’s the schedule for 2020-2021!

Course Union Council will be held at 1:00pm and Clubs Council will be held at 2:00pm via Zoom on the following dates: 

Date Important forms, applications, and deadlines
Monday September 14, 2020 To receive base funding, Registration forms are due midnight on September 11. 

Special Project Grant applications are due midnight on September 11.

Monday October 19, 2020 Academic, Publication, and Travel Pool applications are due midnight on October 16. 

Registration forms are due midnight on October 16.

Monday November 16, 2020 Registration forms are due November 13.
Monday December 14, 2020
Monday January 11, 2021 To receive base funding, Registration forms are due midnight on January 8. 

Special Project Grant applications are due midnight on January 8.

Monday February 1, 2021 Academic, Publication, and Travel Pool applications are due midnight on January 29.

Registration forms are due midnight on January 29.

Monday March 8, 2021 Registration forms are due midnight on March 5.
Monday April 5, 2021

Agendas and minutes can be found here.