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Statement of Principles on the Management of the

Student Commons
Whereas the meaning of “Management Committee” is the same given in the Student
Commons Operating Agreement, presented to the University Affairs Board on May 28,
2013, or the equivalent meaning in any future approved Student Commons Operating
Agreement that does not prohibit the implementation of the resolutions of this motion;
and
Whereas the Student Commons Operating Agreement specifies that members of the
management committee must be “named by” the UTSU (seven (7) persons), the Clubs
Committee of the UTSU (three (3) persons), and the Organizational Development and
Services Committee of the UTSU (three (3) persons); and
Whereas it is acknowledged that the process for “naming” these persons should be
defined by a UTSU bylaw and/or policy, and could include democratic elections; and
Whereas it is desirable to give direct representation to students who have paid the
Student Commons fee so that they may have a direct say in how that fee is stewarded;
and
Whereas it is also desirable that some members of the Management Committee be
appointed for the purpose of contributing essential skills to the management committee,
such as experienced financial and business management or proper care of a physical
facility; and
Whereas it is important that the Management Committee avoid conflicts of interest,
perceived or real, in their decisions to allocate space or financial resources; therefore
Be It Resolved That the membership of the UTSU supports, in principle, that the
policies and/or bylaws created in regards to the Student Commons Operating
Agreement, contain the following requirements:
1. That a majority of the Management Committee be comprised of students elected
solely for the purpose of sitting on the Management Committee, by and from a
constituency which shall be limited to and will include without limitation all

students who have paid the Student Commons fee, as approved by referendum
in the Fall of 2007; and
2. That all members of the Management Committee must
(a) not be a current president or head of any UTSU-recognized club or levy
group;
(b) declare all groups which have operations on a University of Toronto
campus, especially UTSU-recognized clubs or levy groups, on which they
have been an executive member in the past three (3) years;
(c) declare all groups which have operations on a University of Toronto
campus, especially UTSU-recognized clubs or levy groups, from which
they have received endorsements for an election in the past three (3)
years;
(d) abstain from voting or speaking on motions which pertain to the allocation
of space or financial resources to the groups mentioned in lines (b) and
(c);
(e) fully uphold the “Board of Directors Code of Ethics” as outlined in the
UTSU policy manual, especially in regards to material conflicts-of-interest;
and
(f) agree that failing to fulfil these requirements will be grounds for immediate
removal from the Management Committee.