On August 14, YUGSA Executives met with representatives of FGS to discuss a number of items, including the $300/year printing credit that all graduate students used to receive. Beginning last fall, new students did not receive the credit.
FGS informed us that the remaining credit will expire at the end of this month for older students (i.e. students who registered before Fall 2017) who still have credit on their accounts.
As a reminder, 4 years ago the YUGSA executive fought back against the unilateral decision by the York administration to cut the graduate printing allocation from $300 to $75 per student (along with a three-year phase-out of the fund altogether). We have always called for the full restoration of the printing credit. Last year we gathered over 1300 signatures in support of re-instating the credit. Despite our efforts, the administration said that they will proceed with the cut.
YUGSA has told York administration that they do not have legitimate reasons for cutting the printing credit, nor have they properly consulted the graduate student membership to get their feedback. FGS representatives said that due to the SHARP budget model, students should pursue demands for supports (like printing) at their resource faculties (e.g. Schulich, Lassonde, LAPS, FES, etc.).
The YUGSA Executives are keen to find out where the money has gone that used to be budgeted for our printing credit – we have insisted that the funding remain for graduate students and we should have a say in how that money is allocated.
We will update you as soon as we receive a response from the administration.
The YUGSA Executive (Acting)