CUSA Committees meet regularly to make decisions about specific ongoing projects. The following are the current active committees. To find out more about a specific committee, email vpi@cusaonline.ca.

Constitution and Policy Review Committee (CPRC)

A joint committee with the Board, this committee reviews all the policies of the Association and proposes changes. It is where most new and old Policies will be scrutinized, and recommendations are made to Council to see what areas need improvement. The Committee works closely with the Vice President Internal.

Committee Members:
Francesca Lepore (FPA)
Erin Okrainec (FPA)
Jordan Vecchio (FPA)
Raj Gill  (FPA, probationary)
Akeel Samji (FED, probationary)

Joint Jurisdictional Issues Committee (JJIC)

A Joint Committee between the Council and the Board that interprets CUSA’s governing documents to determine whether certain matters fall within the responsibility of Council or the Board.

Committee Members:
Jordan Vecchio (FPA)
Stephnie Ughara (FED

Board Nominations Committee (BNC)

A Joint Committee that makes recommendations to Council on who should be elected to CUSA’s Board of Directors. Directors have many important responsibilities for CUSA, and this Committee is instrumental in ensuring that the individuals selected for the Board are independent and effective student leaders.

Committee Members:
Jordan Vecchio (FPA)
Melate Mulugeta (FASS)

Fees, Finances, and Funds Committee (FFFC)

This Committee oversees the financial health and decision-making within CUSA. It makes recommendations to Council and the Board for changes to CUSA expenditure, and set, with the Vice President Finance, the broader financial priorities of the Association.

Committee Members:
Raj Gill (FPA)
Diya Kulkarni (Sprott)
Melate Mulugeta (FASS)
Tyson Scott (FASS)
Stephnie Ughara (FED)

This Subcommittee would also make the work of the ad hoc Ancillary Fee Reform Committee permanent. It will review the fees students pay and suggest new reductions and changes.

Subcommittee Members:
Raj Gill (FPA)
Tyson Scott (FASS)

This Committee is a merger of the former CUSA Awards and Student Initiative Fund Committees. As such, it distributes the CUSA Awards at the end of the year to exceptional Carleton students, and distributes the Student Initiative Fund, which assists students and student groups in endeavors that improve the Carleton community, the profile of CUSA, and/or the interests of the students involved. This Subcommittee works generally independently, but with input from the VPs Finance and Student Issues.

Subcommittee Members:
Francesca Lepore (FPA)
Muhammad Maahir (FED)

This Committee reviews Executive and (if passed by the Board as per the recommendation of last year’s CPRC) Councillor compensation. They decide whether Compensation should change for elected officials. The Committee works independently.

Subcommittee Members:
Madena Sherzad (Science)
Charlie MacDonald (FED)
Kassidy Hammond (FED)

Student Issues Committee (SIC)

This Committee is a revival of a formerly existent one that deals with student issues and advocacy to the university. It also deals with concerns of equity within the organization. It works closely with the Vice President Student Issues.

Committee Members:
Francesca Lepore (FPA)
Charlie MacDonald (FED)
Erin Okrainec (FPA)
Alexis St. Pierre (Science)
Liam Clarke (FPA, Probationary)

This Subcommittee makes a former ad hoc committee permanent. It is concerned with the issues of Indigenous people at Carleton and how CUSA and University policy can better serve the needs of Indigenous students.

Subcommittee Members:
To be filled

This Subcommittee makes a former ad hoc committee permanent. It is concerned with the issues of International Students at Carleton and how CUSA and University policy can better serve the needs of international students.

Subcommittee Members:
Saad Khan (FED)
Raj Gill (FPA)

Community Engagement Committee (CEC)

This Committee will deal with external outreach, partnerships, and advocacy, to outside organizations, community stakeholders, and governments. It will assist and oversee the Vice President Community Engagement in their responsibilities.

Committee Members:
Gauri Bhardwaj (FPA)
Kassidy Hammond (FED)
Muhammad Maahir (FED)
Madena Sherzad (Science)

This Subcommittee distributes the Accessibility Fund, a CUSA program for students with disabilities. More generally, it works to ensure that CUSA events, facilities, and services are accessible to all students, and to raise awareness of issues affecting students with disabilities on campus. It works closely with the VPCE and CDAC.

Subcommittee Members:
To be filled

Student Life Committee (SLC)

This Committee will seek to support and invigorate the student life and experience at Carleton, including CUSA events and initiatives. This Committee works closely with the Vice President Student Life.

Committee Members:
Saad Khan (FED)
Raven Miller (Science)
Stephnie Ughara (FED)
Katelyn Madigan (FASS)

This Subcommittee would help the VPSL and Events and Planning Coordinator with fostering Campus Spirit.

Subcommittee Members:
Saad Khan (FED)
Raven Miller (Science)

This Joint Subcommittee would work with the Vice Presidents Student Life/Issues and Finance, the managers and coordinators, to oversee and promote CUSA’s businesses and service centres.

Subcommittee Members:
Muhammad Maahir (FED)
Akeel Samji (FED)

Commissions

Commissions are like Committees but with some devolved executive or legislative power. 

This Commission provides oversight, guidance, support, and accountability to CUSA Clubs. Specifically, they oversee clubs and societies’ certification and funding procedures, and the Clubs Policy and its regulations. This Commission works with the VPI.

Commission Members:
Katelyn Madigan (FASS)

As in the Social Media Policy, (G-05), this Commission monitors CUSA’s online spaces, including the accounts of individuals acting on behalf of the Association (i.e. Councillors, Execs, Brand Ambassadors), and make sure that they are compliant with our policies on human rights, etc. It is limited in scope, so be forewarned – those who wish to be involved in CUSA’s social media operations should be involved with the Community Engagement or Student Life committees.

This Electoral Reform Commission will identify problems and scandals in previous elections, and propose concrete solutions for the upcoming elections. It would oversee and make recommendations for a new Electoral Code. The Commission would work mostly independently, but with assistance from the Vice President Internal.

Commission Members:
To be determined at June Council meeting

Judicial Bodies

Akin to a Supreme Court for CUSA, and following from the former Constitutional Board. As an independent judicial body made up of students-at-large and Carleton grads currently attending law school, it hears appeals of decisions made by decision-making bodies within CUSA. The Tribunal compiles its decisions, creating a law of precedent within CUSA. It is empowered to hear and decide fundamental questions of policy and Bylaw interpretation within this Association. Tribunal members preferably have some legal background, and cannot be former CUSA employees or Executives.

A lower court for the purposes of Elections offences. At this judicial body, appeals to offences candidates or election volunteers are charged with will be first heard. Further appeals will go to the Constitutional Board. Tribunal members preferably have some legal background. Tribunal members preferably have some legal background, and cannot be former CUSA employees or Executives.

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