In less than a week undergraduates will vote in a referendum on whether they want a spring and summer universal bus pass, or U-Pass, or be left scrounging for bus change while taking summer classes.
Students can cast their vote online through PAWS on Nov. 14 and 15 by selecting “Vote” on the homepage tab bar. If the referendum passes, the current U-Pass will be extended to include the spring and summer terms, creating a mandatory $36.75 fee per term for undergraduates who are enrolled at that time.
Students not enrolled in summer classes will not be charged.
At least 10 per cent of the undergraduate student body must vote for the referendum to be legit.
The spring U-Pass will be valid from May to June and the summer U-Pass will be valid July through August.
The same exemption rules for the current U-Pass will apply to the spring and summer U-Pass. Students wishing to opt out must live outside the city limits or in on-campus housing, be enrolled exclusively in distance education courses, or have a university disability parking pass.
Currently undergraduates have the option of paying $73.51 a term for a fall or winter U-Pass, which saves students that use public transit money as a monthly city bus pass costs $75.
The results will be announced at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Browser’s Cafe and will be posted on the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union website.
Referendum Question: Do you support the implementation of a Spring and/or Summer U-Pass (universal bus pass) for undergraduate students enrolled in May and/or June (Spring Session, Quarter 1 and 2 or the entire spring term) for $36.75 with a yearly consumer price index adjustment and for July and/or August (Summer Session, Quarter 3 and 4 or the entire summer term) for a fee of $36.75 with a yearly consumer price index adjustment for those undergraduate students enrolled in July and/or August?
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