SRA Information Page

This page exists as a resource for those wishing to understand more about the Student Representative Assembly. Whether you have just been elected, are considering running, or are simply curious about the SRA, resources are available to help you learn everything you need to know.

The meeting schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year can be found here. Unless noted otherwise, all meetings are located in Gilmour Hall 111 (Council Chambers) beginning at 5:00pm.

If you have any questions, contact:

Speaker - speaker@msu.mcmaster.ca

or 

Preethi Anbalagan, Vice-President (Administration) - vpadmin@msu.mcmaster.ca

 

Understanding the Budget

During the second meeting of the SRA, the new Assembly will be passing the Operating Budget and Capital Budget for the 2016-2017 year. Below, Jeffrey Doucet, Vice-President (Finance) (2013-2014), outlines what to expect with the Operating and Capital Budgets.

Introduction to the MSU Budget is a document prepared by the 2012-2013 Vice-President (Finance) Jeff Wyngaarden.

Expect more documention for the 2016-2017 to be presented in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions regarding the budget, contact the Vice-President (Finance) at vpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca.

How an SRA Meeting Works

SRA Meetings consist of the 35 members of the Assembly (the 4 Board of Directors and the academic representatives) coming together to discuss business of the MSU. SRA Meetings are like large group meetings with certain rules and practices that help it to function effectively. 

The SRA Meeting is governed by Robert's Rules of Order which is a system that we use to ensure meetings are governed effectively. It can seem complicated at first to understand this system. Don't worry - there will be plenty of opportunities to practice your skills and become comfortable using this system.

The following video will introduce you to some of the key aspects of an SRA meeting, as well as what you can do to get things done.

If you are interested in watching past SRA Meetings, check out The Silhouette's LiveStream account to watch meetings in action.

Standing Committees & Executive Board

Committees are the places where the major work of the SRA gets done. There are 6 Standing Committess of the SRA and Executive Board. There are also other MSU Committees that you can be a part of.

While the bylaw that outlines the roles and responsibilities of an SRA Member states that you must "demonstrably participate" in a Standing Committee or Executive Board, it is highly recommended that you are a voting member of one of these groups. 

Feel free to review the work of this year's Executive Board as well as the Standing Committees.

Memo on Standing Committees  provides you more information on the type of work each Committee does and Information on Committees  will highlight some of the other Committees that you can be a part of.

The following documents outline the roles and responsibilities of the Standing Committees and Executive Board, according to our Bylaws.

BYLAW 3/B - STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE SRA 
BYLAW 6 - EXECUTIVE BOARD

If you have any questions, contact:

Speaker - speaker@msu.mcmaster.ca

or 

Vice-President (Administration) - vpadmin@msu.mcmaster.ca

Vice President & Speaker Informatio

On April 1 & 2, 2017, the incoming SRA will be electing the 2017-2018 Vice-Presidents. There are three Vice-Presidents - the Vice-President (Administration), the Vice-President (Finance) and the Vice-President (Education). The MSU Speaker for 2017-2018 will also be elected on April 2, 2017.

The format of the election has dramatically changed to allow for more student input. For a complete breakdown of how the election will run, please refer to Operating Policy - VP, Speaker, & Commissioner Elections.

The following information is meant to help the members of SRA 2017-2018 better understand the roles of the Vice-Presidents to help them make an informed vote. 

In this video, the 2013-2014 Board of Directors highlights their thoughts on the priorities and expectations for their roles as well as questions you can ask potential VP Candidates.

BYLAW 4 - OFFICERS outlines the duties of the Vice-Presidents according to our Bylaws.

The following documents outline the Job Descriptions of each of the VPs as well as documentation that has been created by past VPs. For each position, you can review the current VPs' Year Plan (the goals/projects they wanted to accomplish at the start of their term) as well as the Transition Report for previous VPs (the document that is provided to help the incoming VP undersatnd their role).

Vice President (Administration)


Vice President (Finance)

Vice President (Education)

Speaker

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the current Vice-President in the role as well as the current President or Speaker.

President (president@msu.mcmaster.ca)

Vice-President (Adminstration) (vpadmin@msu.mcmaster.ca)

Vice-President (Finance) (vpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca)

Vice-President (Education)(vped@msu.mcmaster.ca)

MSU Speaker (speaker@msu.mcmaster.ca)

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