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Bylaws & Policies

Bylaws

The Bylaws are the highest governing document of the Dalhousie Student Union. The most recent version of the Bylaws was approved at an Annual General Meeting on April 6, 2016. 

Bylaws (2016)

Policy Passed by Council 

While the constitution guide the Union's long term vision and goals, policies govern everyday decision making. Policies can be changed when needed by a vote at council.

  • Social Media Policy

    • The DSU manages several social media outlets. This policy outlines an online code of conduct. 

  • Society Policy

    • There are hundreds of student societies at that are governed by the Dalhousie Student Union. The Society Policy outlines all the rules and regulations that govern societies, including exceptions.

  • Elections Policy

    • Each year, students elect the Dalhousie Student Union Executive, Senate Representatives and Board of Governors Representatives in a general election. The Elections Policy outlines how these elections are administered.

  • Referenda Policy

    • Societies at Dalhousie are empowered to petition council to run referenda (a yes/no question put to the general membership of the DSU) during the General Election in order to establish or increase levy fees. The DSU also uses referenda to ask for any increases. The Referenda Policy expands on the Elections Policy to outline how referenda are administered.
  • Financial Policy

    • The DSU manages over $2 million of student funds, so the Financial Policy outlines some of the ways that money can (and cannot) be spent. Executive wages and regulations are included.

  • Grawood and T-Room Society Night Policy

    • Societies governed by the Dalhousie Student Union are able to book the Grawood or the T-Room for society events. The Grawood and T-Room Society Night Policy outlines the rules governing this service.

  • Sponsorship Policy

    • The Dalhousie Student Union often works with other campus and community groups on events and activities through in kind and monetary sponsorship. The Sponsorship Policy outlines how sponsorship funding is distributed.

  • Facility Operations Policy

    • The Dalhousie Student Union is responsible for the management of the Student Union Building and some student-controlled space at the Carleton and Sexton campuses. The Facilities Operations Policy outlines principles about the governing of these spaces.

  • Procurement Policy

    • The Dalhousie Student Union currently contracts food service provision to an outside contractor. The Procurement Policy outlines the process for tendering contracts in food and beverage services.

  • Commissioner Policy

    • Each member of the student union Executive has the power to hire student commissioners who assist the Executive with their work or work on specific projects of the student union. The Commissioner Policy outlines some of the recommended commissioners and the process for selecting commissioners.

  • Board of Operations Policy

    • The Board of Operations advises Council on a variety of issues including the finances, Constitution and policy, facility operations, and human resources of the Dalhousie Student Union. The Board of Operations Policy outlines the Board’s responsibilities.

  • Union Rules and Procedures Policy

    • The Dalhousie Student Union has council meetings every two weeks and general meetings at least twice per year. The Union Rules and Procedures Policy outlines how these meetings will be run so decisions are made in an effective and efficient manner.

  • Grants Policy

    • Some of the Dalhousie Student Union budget is allocated to grants. The Grants Policy provides guidelines for the allocation of these grants.

  • Constitution Policy

    • The Constitution is the primary governing document for the Dalhousie Student Union. This policy outlines how it is filed.

  • Committee Policy

    • The Dalhousie Student Union has several student committees that work on everything from programming to academic policy to effectively representing students at the Board of Governors and Senate. The Committee Policy outlines the membership and terms of reference for the standing (or permanent) committees of the student union.

  • Council Policy

    • The Dalhousie Student Union has several student committees that work on everything from programming to academic policy to effectively representing students at the Board of Governors and Senate. The Committee Policy outlines the membership and terms of reference for the standing (or permanent) committees of the student union.

  • Executive Policy

    • Each year, students at Dalhousie elect five students to the Executive Committee of the Union. The Executive Policy sets out terms of reference for these Executives to help them properly administrate the student union.

  • Equity Policy

    • The Dalhousie Student Union is committed to equity in its campaigns, services, operations, and events. The Equity Policy outlines the student union’s efforts to prioritize equity and accessibility in its operations.

  • Equity Hiring Policy

    • The Dalhousie Student Union has full- and part-time staff who help to provide the campaigns, services, and events organized by your student union. The Equity Hiring Policy outlines ways that the student union promotes employment opportunities to a diverse group of potential employees.  

  • Ethical Investment Policy 

    • This policy outlines the DSU’s responsibility to avoid investments in businesses whose activities and practices pose a risk of serious harm to individuals or groups, or whose activities are inconsistent with the Student Union’s mission and values.