To all SGPS Members, It is the hope of the 2020-2021 Executive that this message finds you, your friends, and your family well although we appreciate that this is a very busy time and many of you are facing various hardships. Our Executive team is committed to mitigating and representing Graduate and Professional students on these issues. In our previous letter to SGPS Members on April 21st, we made several statements surrounding the direction our Executive Team will be taking during our 2020-2021 term. One of which was the release of a strategic plan which would provide insight into priorities of the SGPS; it is important to note that this plan is non-exhaustive and is influenced heavily by the current situations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Should an issue important to you or your department not appear in this document, please remember that your voice should be heard. Reach out to your department representatives to bring these concerns forward to council, further, we are holding a town hall event on Friday, May 8th where you can comment on the contents of this document directly to our team. It is our goal to make the actions and goals of the SGPS more transparent over our term and to integrate trust and consistency into our structure. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with and for all members of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University.
On March 31, 2020 the SGPS AGM endorsed PSAC 901’s call to suspend summer tuition in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to endorse that campaign was the result of over 150 SGPS members who attended the virtual AGM and voiced their concerns for graduate and professional students in the COVID-19 era and voiced strong support for the suspension summer tuition. The SGPS has now committed to achieving this outcome for graduate and professional students and calls on Queen’s University to suspend graduate and professional student summer tuition. The 2019 – 2020 SGPS Exec Link to the petition to Suspend Summer Tuition for Graduate Students [Queen’s University]