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We’re Hiring!

hiring-21The Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) at Queen’s University is seeking a member of the SGPS to serve as our Communications Facilitator.

The Communications Facilitator is responsible for administering the SGPS’s social media, marketing, and advertising. Administration includes but is not limited to managing social media marketing campaigns and day-to-day social media activities; development of awareness and online reputation; content management; SEO (search engine optimization) and generation of inbound traffic to not only the SGPS website but all SGPS social media accounts.

This posting will close on Friday, October 29 at 11:59 PM. For more information, click here!

SGPS Health & Dental Plan Database Date

Mark your calendars!

If you are an SGPS member that just started your program at the beginning of September, you will not be active on the insurance database until approximately October 15th. This means your pharmacy, dental office, practitioner, etc. will not know that you have insurance coverage.

Your coverage is backdated to September 1st 2016, so you can pay out of pocket and send a claim in to be reimbursed but your claim cannot be reimbursed until you are in the database.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact (

SGPS Health and Dental Plan 2016-2017

For all information about coverage check out

There have been changes to the opt in and opt out procedures for the SGPS Health and Dental plan.

Coverage has changed to the All or Nothing approach. SGPS Members may no longer opt into just health or just dental coverage. You must opt into both. Students may no longer opt-out of just health or just dental coverage. You must be able to provide proof of alternative coverage for both options to be able to opt opt. For more information on opting out, check out

Students may opt in a dependent (s) or themselves into health and dental coverage from August 15th to September 29th, only. Students must check their optional fee statement for health and dental coverage automatically charged on their Fall 2016 statement on SOLUS before they inquire about opting in, to save being charged twice.
There is now a hard deadline for opting into the plan (including opting in dependents). All opt-ins must be done in the SGPS Main Office by 4:30 PM Friday September 29th. There will be no exceptions.
We can no longer accept cheques as payment for opting in. We are now able to take debit, Visa or MasterCard in our Main Office. Dependents that are opted into the plan will be active on the plan by the first week of October.

As always, there is a hard deadline for opting out of the plan. You can only opt out from September 1st to Septemeber 30th. There will be no exceptions. To opt out, please go to

Check out the infographics below for more information about the plan, including prices and what the plan gives you. If you have any questions, please contact the SGPS via email at or by phone at 613.533.2924

Travel Insurance Infographic

Health and Dental Infographic

ALERT Immigration Status Hoax Targeting International Students

International students are being targeted by an agency that is falsely calling students directly to notify them of issues with their immigration status and asking students to pay $1500 to resolve issues. Please be advised that this is a hoax and that you should not make any payment. If you receive such a call, you should report the incident to the police. If you are concerned about your immigration status please drop by Queen’s University International Centre to talk to our International Student Advisor.

SGPS Meet and Greet for International Students

grizzly_grillNext Saturday, August 6th, come out to the Grizzly Grill and meet other International students in Graduate and Professional programs!

This dry (no alcohol served), family friendly event will take place from 4PM – 7PM. Food and beverages will be provided at no cost to you!

The SGPS International Students’ Committee is looking forward to meeting everyone in a relaxed environment where we can chit chat and have fun!

* Please note that this is not an accessible event as it will take place on the second floor of the Grizzly Grill.

Canada Post Labour Disruption & Claim Reimbursement

As you may already know, there could be a labour disruption at Canada Post. This would mean that if you are not currently set up for direct deposit for Health and Dental claim reimbursement, you will not receive reimbursement until after the labour dispute is settled.

If you have already set yourself up for direct deposit reimbursement you have nothing to worry about.

If you haven’t set yourself up for direct deposit reimbursement, click here for instructions on how to do so.

If you experience any issues setting up direct deposit or any issues receiving payment after you set up direct deposit, please contact our Health and Dental provider (RWAM) directly at 1-877-888-7926

SGPS E-Newsletter 0188

Sincere apologies for the delay everyone! We had some technical issues on our end that we are attempting to get sorted.

Remember, if you want to unsubscribe to the newsletter, please use the links provided at the bottom. The SGPS cannot directly unsubscribe you. The only way to do it is through the provided links. If that does not work please contact Queen’s ITS at 613.533.6666

In this Newsletter…

  • SGPS Social & Athletic Events
  • SGPS Health & Dental Plan
  • New SGPS Website
  • Summer Music Camps
  • Dissertation Boot Camp
  • English Conversation Group @ QUIC
  • Continuing Education Offerings in Mediation and Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Newsletter-00188-may2016 (PDF)