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One of the roles of the GSA is to represent and advocate for graduate student interests both on the Carleton campus and within the broader community. This involves the executive sitting on several Carleton committees and boards, including Senate, the Grad Faculty Board, and the Board of Governors, to ensure that the collective grad voice is heard and valued.

Our campaigns are another way we advocate for graduate student interests and students in general. We address issues ranging from post-residency fees and lower tuition to student-worker solidarity, equity, and student union autonomy. The GSA works both independently and in partnership with the Canadian Federation of Students on a number of these issues, as well as on various campaigns and issues that the GSA Council has endorsed. For more information on specific campaigns, please see the drop down menu.

Several of these campaigns are designed and implemented by the GSA Political Action Committee (PAC), which is chaired by the VP External and is open to all students. Most recently, PAC organized a campaign around challenging high tuition fees at Carleton, which included over 1,250 postcards signed by students urging the Board of Governors to vote to freeze tuition. As a result of this campaign, the administration must develop a number of budgets to present to the Board for 2015-2016 that do not include a tuition increase, as well as draft a letter with the GSA to urge the provincial government to provide greater public funding to post-secondary institutions.

If you have any questions, would like to get involved in any of these campaigns, or learn more about PAC, contact

Funding Clawback for OGS Winners: Departments Write Back

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Campaigns, News

Dear President Runte, Provost Ricketts, Vice-President Watt, and Dean Shepherd, We, the undersigned, would like to express our opposition to the recent FGPA proposal to clawback on OGS awards received this year. One of Carleton’s recruitment pledges is that we do not clawback on such funding; we explicitly tell students that this is the case, and many students accept our offers on that basis. It is unjust and unfair suddenly to change this policy mid-game, and such an action will not be without repercussions for our enrolment and for...

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Update: Information on the proposed claw back to departmental/graduate scholarships for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) winners

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Campaigns, News

Dean Shepherd of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) has informed the GSA executive and Graduate Faculty Board (GFB) that there will be changes to internal funding for OGS winners. Under this new scheme, students who have already been informed that they have won an OGS for the 2012-2013 academic year will see up to $5000 of their internal departmental/graduate scholarship used to make up the $5000 university contribution to the total $15000 OGS award. The GSA executive wrote a letter to President Roseann Runte and...

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Proposed OGS Claw Back – We want to hear from you

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Campaigns, News

The GSA wants to hear from you about the proposed claw back of funding to OGS winners. Informational is only partial about how the proposal would work, and we will keep you informed in the Grad Bulletin as new information becomes available. Please email the VP Academic with your questions and concerns.

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Open Letter on Proposed OGS Claw Back

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Campaigns, News

The following letter has been sent by the GSA Executive to the Carleton administration. To: President Rosanne Runte and Vice-President Finance Duncan Watt CC: Dr. John Shepherd, Dr. Wallace Clement, Dr. Langis Roy and Dr. Andre Loiselle RE: Proposed OGS claw back Dear President Runte and VP Watt, I am writing to express urgent concerns from the GSA Executive about an impending claw back to Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) recipients at Carleton University. Dean Shepherd has recently informed the GSA Executive that the university can no...

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Statement Against Homophobic Bullying from the Graduate Students’ Association

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Campaigns, News

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Carleton University would like to express its utter distain for homophobic and threatening internet memes directed at a fellow student. Homophobia, harassment, and the inciting of hate and violence will not be tolerated on our campus. We stand in solidarity with Arun Smith and wish to express deep respect and gratitude for the courage he has shown by publicly addressing the abuse that has been directed at him. The hatred expressed in the memes shocked our campus community and reminds us how...

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Open Letter on Access Copyright

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Campaigns, News

To the Carleton University Community, Carleton University is considering the imposition of an unreasonable copyright scheme that would result in a substantial fee to be paid by students. The issue of copyright and access to scholarly communications in Canada has been a widely discussed and debated subject over the last year. In an age of technological advancements and evolving attitudes towards public access to knowledge creation, the copyright licensing organisation Access Copyright has sought to gain funds from public colleges and...

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Letter RE: Wage Claw Back of CUPE 4600 Wages

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Campaigns

To: Duncan Watt Vice-President (Finance and Administration) Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Dr. Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6 Dear Mr. Watt, As mandated by the Council of the Graduate Students’ Association, I write to you to express our opposition to the claw back of Teaching Assistant wages to compensate for the University’s human resources error. We do not believe it should fall on the shoulders of the employees, some of the most financially precarious in our campus community, to bear the burden of the administration’s two...

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Carleton’s “Sexual Assault Centre”: Thoughts from the GSA

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Campaigns, News

This morning the GSA found out via an online Ottawa Citizen article that Carleton President Roseann Runte had announced the creation of a university administered sexual assault centre in Robertson Hall.  This announcement was made without consultation with the student community, including the GSA, CUSA , and the Coalition for a Carleton Sexual Assault Support Centre. Since 2007, students have been fighting for a student-run support centre – a place for peer-to-peer support for survivors of sexual violence and a site for information and...

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