AUSU Update!

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IMPORTANT DATES
– July 29: August course extension deadline
– Aug 4: AU Open House Webinar
– Aug 9: AUSU Council Meeting
– Aug 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Sep 1
– Aug 15: Sept degree requirements deadline
– Aug 31: September course extension deadline
– Sept 6: AU Open House Webinar

Advocacy Efforts with CASA

Every year, CASA (Canadian Alliance of Students’ Associations) gathers its 21 member schools together from across Canada to prioritize issues students are facing to advocate about to the federal government. AUSU members have very unique challenges, so it is important for AUSU to be at the CASA table to raise concerns that might otherwise would not be raised.

This year, AUSU has seats on two CASA committees as well as a CASA board position. In June, CASA had a working retreat for the board to meet in person and discuss the plan of action for the coming year. The AUSU VP External (VPEX) attended this retreat as a member of the CASA board to raise issues important to AU students.

One topic that was addressed was the ?Pan Canadian Accord?. This is discussed every year by CASA, but never became a priority because it is a long term goal. This could greatly benefit AUSU members, however, by addressing the need for inter-provincial agreements to help regulate tuition, make it easier for students to transfer between schools across Canada, and could help AU eliminate higher out of province fees. AUSU VPEX Brandon Simmons was able to get the board to identify this as a long term project that can be worked on in various committees.

This is only one instance where AUSU’s heavy involvement with CASA has allowed the unique needs of AU students to be heard. AUSU is capitalizing on our elected positions with CASA’s Federal Policy and Trades and Technology Committees to create policies that reflect the values of students at AU. If you have any questions, contact the VPEX at vpex@ausu.org.

Connect with other AU Students in the Mobile App

Want to connect with other students, get quick access to services and resources, and stay on top of your studies?

Download the AU Mobile App,
provided free courtesy of AUSU!

The Mobile app features lots of campus activity, so it’s a great way to talk to other students, get support, and share your experiences at AU!

In the past 9 months, there have been over 10,000 conversations, 6,000 chats, and hundreds of friendships made in the Mobile App! There are numerous chat groups, such as study buddy, meet-ups, and overseas connection.

You can also use the app to build study habits, find links to AU and AUSU services, links, and discounts, view courses and programs at AU, find out more about your AU Students’ Union, keep track of events and deadlines, and more!

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