About

Over 40 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. If there isn’t one, and you’d like to start up a course union in your department, contact the Director of Student Affairs (who’s the Chair of Course Union Council).

The UVSS also has four Professional Development Unions (PDUs), which act as societies representing the interests of students in their particular faculty. The four PDUs are: Law, Engineering, Education, and Commerce.

Pub Crawls

The UVSS is no longer able to provide special event insurance for pub crawls. 

Recently, the UVSS changed insurance providers and this option is no longer available.  As always, the UVSS needs to ensure that ALL events hosted by the UVSS or its affiliates has the coverage to safeguard everyone involved.  If you are a club or course union that wants to host a pub crawl, it is now your responsibility to purchase Special Event Insurance.  NO PUB CRAWL OR EVENT CAN BE HOSTED BY A CLUB OR COURSE UNION WITHOUT SPECIAL EVENT INSURANCE.

If a group of students decide to host an event without insurance, they would need to ensure that all advertising for the event does not list the club, course union, the UVSS or any other associated name or symbol.  In doing this, individual students will be the host of the event and take on the liability for the event.  This should be done with great caution.

Clubs and course unions are able to purchase their own special event insurance.  The following is a link to an insurer that may provide event insurance for Pub Crawls:  www.palcanada.com. Click on “special event insurance.” Once complete, approved and paid for please provide a copy of your insurance certificate to the UVSS before any advertisement for the event is done.

If you are hosting an event other than a pub crawl, please email the Executive Director at execdir@uvss.ca for assistance in obtaining the appropriate coverage.

Course Union Council

Course unions and PDUs are able to access Academic Funding for on-campus academic events related to their area of study. Course unions and PDUs can also access Publication Funding for a publication related to their area of academic study. Publications exhibiting partisanship or religiosity are not eligible for the publication fund. To access these funds, course unions must complete and submit the forms located below by the deadline set by the Director of Student Affairs. Application will be brought to the second CUC meeting of the term, at which time the requests will be discussed and voted on by the Council. CUC is usually held the first Monday of each month. At these meetings, course unions are ratified and funding requests are discussed. One representative from each course union is required to attend.

COURSE UNION COUNCIL – 4-6 PM

APPLICATION DEADLINES & INFO

Deadlines are subject to change. Contact affairs@uvss.ca with any questions, comments or concerns.

Travel Pool (Any Undergraduate Student):

  • Travel Pool applications are heard at the 2nd Course Union Council each semester (October 3rd)
  • Deadline Feb 1st 11:59pm

Academic Fund (Course Unions and PDUs only):

  • Academic Fund applications are heard at the 2nd Course Union Council each semester (October 3rd )
  • Deadline Feb 1st 11:59pm

Publication Fund (Course Unions and PDUs only):

  • Deadline Feb 1st 11:59pm

Reminders:

  1. All course unions must have at least one representative attend the Course Union Council meeting that they are seeking ratification at.
  2. Base funding is allocated at the first meeting of the term.
  3. All funding requests for Travel Pool,  Academic, and Publication will be decided on at the second meeting of the term.

 Summer Term

  • July 5 –SUB B028
  • August 1 – SUB B028

  Fall Term

  • September 12 – Cinecenta
  • September 12-13: Clubs and Course Union Days
  • October 1 – B025
  • November 5 – SUB Upper Lounge Board Room
  • December 3 – B025

   Spring Term

  • January 9 – Cinecenta
  • January 9-10: Clubs and Course Union Days
  • February 4 – Vertigo
  • March 4 – SUB Upper Lounge Board Room
  • April 8 – B025