If you are a graduate, law, consecutive education student, or an undergraduate medical student the SGPS is your student society. Your elected executive team and the staff of the SGPS work for you.

Your student organization represents and advocates for you on all levels of University administration and lobbies the federal, provincial, and municipal governments on issues crucial to the well being and success of graduate and professional students.

The executive, elected representatives, and volunteer committee members represent graduate and professional interests and participate in the governance of the University Senate, the Board of Trustees, the University Council, and over 40 University Committees.

In response to the needs and concerns of our members, we also run several services including your Health and Dental Plan, a bursary program, the Peer Academic Advisors Program, the Graduate Peer Support Centre, and more.

There is a blackout period for the first 45 days (approximately) of the Fall term as our insurer waits for Queen's to provide enrollment data. During this blackout period, if you need to use your benefits, please keep the receipt for whatever you have done as you will be able to file for reimbursement once you have been formally added to the plan by the insurer.

To see if you have been assessed the fee for the SGPS Health and Dental Plan, check out your “printable fee statement” on SOLUS. If you have a charge labeled “SGPS Health and Dental Plan” you have been assessed the fee.
Instructions on how to find your “printable fee statement” can be found at www.queensu.ca/registrar/solus/finances
If you have any questions about the fees you have been assessed, please contact solus@queensu.ca

Questions about the SGPS Health and Dental Plan?

As many returning students are aware, the SGPS had a previous partner contract with the AMS and City of Kingston called “Bus-It”. This contract allowed for all students to receive bus passes for 90$/year as a mandatory fee on their fee slate. With the need for physical distancing on busses, cancelled routes, and shift to remote learning, this program was temporarily halted.

As the Ontario continues to move through the stages of re-opening and the continued uncertainty, the decision has been made to not renew the Bus-It contract for the 2021-2022 year. Instead, the subsidy program for the Kingston Transit Post-Secondary Student Pass (which allows the student to pay only the amount they would have under Bus-It) will continue for the 2021-2022 academic year year. All AMS and SGPS members who have purchased a bus pass are able to access the subsidy during the application period.

The Bus-It contract is incredibly well supported and well used by students and negotiations will most definitely be revisited this fall to plan the new contract for the 2022-23 year.  The SGPS continues to support that transit needs to be affordable and accessible and will be advocating for the best deal for our students.

Applications for the fall semester are now open!

All Queen’s students who purchase the Kingston Transit Post-Secondary Student Pass and were assessed the Mandatory fee slate are eligible.

Just complete the form at sgps.click/f21bps before October 3, 2021!

The dates of the application period will be communicated via the SGPS newsletter and our social media accounts (@QueensSGPS on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram).

We are excited to announce the launch of our orientation schedule, with events taking place throughout the entire month of September!

Please note that due to the current uncertainties surround the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent surge associated with the Delta variant, this schedule is subject to change without notice.

Stay tuned for more information about these exciting events. Keep following our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get registration links for our events as they will be made available over the coming weeks.

Please note, all times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

POW WOW Dance Fitness

September 8 and 10, 6:00 pm on Zoom

We are excited to announce our first orientation event, a POW WOW Fitness Bootcamp. This 90-minute class will be held virtually on September 8th and September 10th.

We are excited to collaborate with the Athletics and Recreation Centre for this event. In addition to the workout class, we will be giving out prizes and answering any questions about athletic programming for the upcoming year.

While there is no equipment required for this class, participants are encouraged to find an open space for optimal participation. If this is a concern for you, please reach out to us to inquire about accommodations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to athletics@sgps.ca or indigenous@sgps.ca.

Cooking with Grammas

September 14, 5:00 pm on Zoom

We are excited to announce the return of Cooking with Grammas, in partnership with the Faith and Spiritual Life group at Queen’s. The Grammas, who are from Queen’s Women’s Association, provide the knowledge and recipes and you will bring the ingredients to learn to cook a meal, all in the comfort of your own kitchen!

This virtual cooking class offers a great way to meet a diversity of Queen’s and Kingston community members, learn some cooking skills, and have a delicious socially distant meal, together!

The recipe for this event will be released 1 week prior to this event. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free variations will be provided. This event is part of a series which will continue on the second Tuesday of each month.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to athletics@sgps.ca .

Skill Share

September 18, 2:00 pm on Zoom

Feeling creative? Then this skill sharing event is the event for you! Come join us for a combined skill share event which will include both beading and meditation.

We will begin the event by some introduction into beading. We will then get to practice our beading techniques by making a key chain together. Half-way through the session we will take a break from the beading to relax with some folk-music meditation before getting back into beading to finish up our key chain.

For this event we will locally deliver (within Kingston) all the materials needed for the key chain. We only have XX kits so make sure you sign up early. If you are outside of Kingston but still want to join, please contact us and we will provide you with a list of the materials you will need to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to social@sgps.ca.

Speed Friending & Trivia

UPDATED DATE & TIME - September 24 3:00 PM at Tindall Field

What better way to meet people than some good old speed-friending?

Come join us to get to know your fellow graduate and professional students better. We will start the afternoon activities with some speed-friending questions which will get you meeting a bunch of fellow students. Then stick around and try out your general knowledge with some trivia. We have some awesome prices up for grabs!

To keep everyone safe at this event we just want to remind people of some of the rules that will be enforced during this event:

✔️ In order to attend, you will have to register in advance

✔️ All attendees will have to fill out the SeQure App COVID-19 self-assessment before they come to the event and bring the QR code either on their phone or printed out.

✔️ Masks must be worn at all times

✔️ The events will be physically distanced

✔️ Sanitization stations will be set up around the field.

✔️ No food or drinks will be allowed at the field.

✔️ If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 do not come to the event.

Come out and have a great (and safe) time with some of your fellow peers. We look forward to seeing you there!

REMINDER: All events are subject to change without any warning. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for updated information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to social@sgps.ca.

UPDATED EVENT - Virtual Game Night

September 25 8:00 PM on Zoom

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel the outdoor movie night. But fear not, you will not be left without a social event that evening. Come join us at the SGPS for an evening of fun Jack Box games on Zoom.

You can try out your drawing skills in a round of Pictionary or your general knowledge in a round of trivia.

Get to know some fellow graduate and professional students as you battle it out for the ultimate prize of bragging rights. We will also have some nice actual prizes up for grabs.

So come out and enjoy your Saturday with us.

I have questions about…

Accessibility Queen’s Accessibility Hub

Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)

Becoming a Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant Your Department
You can find the appropriate contact for your department at the link below
Financial Assistance Student Awards
Funding Packages Your Department
You can find the appropriate contact for your department at the link below
Getting Involved Queen’s Clubs Office
SGPS VP Community
Issues with your Teaching or Research Assistantship PSAC 901
Library Access Queen’s University Library
Living in Kingston/Housing SGS Habitat
You can find information about living in Kingston at the link below.

Queen’s Community Housing Accommodations Listing Service (ALS)
Neither Queen’s or the SGPS endorse or warrant the quality of the rental units provided through this listing service. It is a tool to help students in need of rental accommodation connect with landlords who have rental properties available.

Office/Study Space Your Department
You can find the appropriate contact for your department at the link below
Orientation Activities SGPS Events

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Events

Your Department
You can find the appropriate contact for your department at the link below

Primary Health Coverage for International Students UHIP
Purchasing Textbooks and Course Materials Campus Bookstore
Resources for BIPOC Students Queen’s Coalition against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

Queen’s Black Academic Society

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Queen’s Asian Students’ Association

Queen’s Equity Services

Seeing a Doctor or a Counsellor Queen’s Student Wellness Services
Setting up my Queen’s NetID/Accessing OnQ Queen’s Information Technology Services (ITS)
Students with Children Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) FAQ

Queen’s Division of Student Affairs Resource Page

Study Permit, Work Permits and Visa Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)
Supplemental Health and Dental Coverage StudentCare
Tuition and Fees Office of the University Registrar
solus@queensu.caInformation regarding Ancillary Fees can be found at https://sgps.ca/sgps-activity-fees/
Questions about ancillary fees? Contact director@sgps.ca
Due to issues within our physical space, the SGPS offices remain closed. Please use the contact list on our website to reach out to us.
SGPS President
Justine Aman
Vice-President Community
Anthony Lomax
Vice-President Finance
Courtney Bannerman
Vice-President Graduate
Rohit Shukla
Vice-President Professional
Jennifer Li
Athletics & Wellness Commissioner
Kassandra Coyle
Equity & Diversity Commissioner
Monica Garvie
Indigenous Graduate Liaison
Brittany McBeath
International Commissioner
Sabrina Masud
Social Commissioner
Emilia Ganslandt