Category Archives: admin

SGPS Awards 2016-2017

Due to overwhelming demand, the deadline for nominations has been extended until April 7th 2017.

The SGPS has opened a call for nominations to recognize the exceptional work of its membership and the Queen’s University community.

The awards are…

  • The SGPS Student Contribution Award – for SGPS members who have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or Queen’s Community.
  • The SGPS Staff/Faculty Excellence Award – for Queen’s University staff/faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership outside of the classroom.
  • The SGPS Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award – for SGPS members who have worked as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow in the past 12 months and have also made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or Queen’s Community.

The deadline for nominations will be on April 7th 2017 and there is only one award available in each category.

To nominate someone or to learn more, check out

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.

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

Office Closure

The SGPS office will be closed at noon today.

We will reopen tomorrow at 9:30AM.

Thank you for your understanding!

Departmental Society Registration

SGPS Event Sanctioning is coming!

Register or establish your Departmental Graduate Student Society before 11:59pm on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 in order for your GSS to potentially receive sanctioning for your Orientation Week events.

For more information or to register your Departmental Graduate Student Society, click here!