Levy Referendum

About Referendum

Ever wonder why other Faculties at Ryerson University have such cool Socials, Opportunities, Academic Support, Conferences, Events, Hundreds of Networking Opportunities, Ryerson Themed Merch, and a very strong sense of Unity, Community, plus Pride? In order to have all these outstanding opportunities to enhance plus elevate our entire faculties education we must have a sustainably funded Students' Society. 

Next Fall in 2021 the RCSS will be moving into referendum phase which means FCS students will have the opportunity to vote "Yes, Abstain, or No" for a fully fledged sustainable Faculty Students' Society. If majority students vote "No" then the next chance for the Faculty of Community Services to have a referendum for a students' society will be in 6ish years from now.

Our current society has been highly grateful to be fully funded by the deans office for the past three years. That being said the money is running out. We are the last Students' Society at Ryerson University Faculty-level to still be fully funded by our deans office.

Sustainable Funded Faculty Societies 

Ryerson Societies with Sustainable Fundi

FCS Students' Society Survey Results

Survey Data

The Ryerson Community Services Society has done multiple surveys in the past, and quite recently with very high plus similar results for in favor of having a Sustainable Students' Society. 

In this survey 1250 students took part on a Ryerson voting poll. Meaning each student could have only voted once through their Ryerson Emails.  

1223 voted in favor while 25 students were unsure, and 2 students said no.

FCS Student Population Growth 2018-2022

The Faculty of Community Services is currently in a serious growth phase. In 2018 FCS total undergraduate population was barely 6,200. In 2022 FCS is expected to have roughly 8,000 undergraduate students.

From the incoming first year population being greater than 2,000 it is a safe estimate we can see between 7,700 to 8,200 undergraduate FCS students by 2022-2023 academic year.

All data is from the Universities Planning Office.

BUDGET VS. BUDGET

Largest Undergraduate Faculty to Smallest.
TRSM | Pop. 11,596 | Student Levy Fee: $60.00 | Budget: $1,020,000
FCS | Pop. 6,900 | Budget: < $20,000
FCAD | Pop. 5,660 | Student Levy Fee: $60.00 | Budget: $400,200
FoA | Pop. 4,710 | Student Levy Fee: $47.49 | Budget: $423,678
Eng | Pop. 4,523 | Student Levy Fee: $70.40 | Budget: $518,420
FoS | Pop. 3,284 | Student Levy Fee: $33.90 | Budget: $223,062
Arc. | Pop: 506 | Student Levy Fee: $65.00 | Budget: $40,890

Difference Between RSU, RCSS, & Course Unions

RSU vs. Society

The Ryerson Sudent Union (RSU) is not associated or apart of the University. The RSU has a contract with the University to allow fees into their services by students. But they are 100% not apart or associated with the University.

The Faculty Students' Societies on the other hand are fully incorporated within Ryerson University. All of the funds collected go through the University and the Deans Office to make sure all levy dollars are being allocated and used properly. There is no possible way for a Faculty Students' Society to misuse fees for opportunities not benefiting their collective student body. 

Society vs. Course Unions

A Students' Society acts as an umbrella organization for all students, Course Unions, and Student Groups/Initiatives within a Faculty. Sustainable Students' Societies are able to put money into social change, major events, award grants, course unions, student groups, academics, wellness, conferences, spirit, equity, diversity, and inclusion supports, plus so much more. Students' Societies can rapidly and efficiently implement services compared to all the other levels being the Faculty, Student Groups, and Course Unions. Students' Societies main job is to create a vibrantly engaged community within a Faculty.

A Course Unions main job is to act as a elected student government for a program and not the entire Faculty. Unlike Societies Course Unions receive their money from the RSU and potentially their school administration. Course Unions are considered to be under the RSU. Where as a Students' Society is only under the University with no ties to the RSU. Course Unions job is to run events, network, and create academic change within their schools or programs only. 

 What's Possible With A Sustainable Funding Base

For the past years we have been compiling a list with every new member added. The list you are about to see has a ton of thought into it with consultation from all groups within FCS. The list is grouped by our socieites four pillars (Academics, Career Development, Unity, and Wellness/Well-being).

Academics:

  • Academic Skills Workshops

  • Additional Course Help (Peer Tutoring)

  • Bi-weekly Workshops

  • Free Certificates (CPR, LEED, Ect.)

  • Interdisciplinary Conferences

  • Inter-professional learning 

  • Leadership Conferences

  • Paying for groups going to a Conference

  • Lunch and learns

  • Study Night Sessions

  • Subsidizing Program Material Expenses 

  • Supports for Academic Appeal Process

  • Year End Showcase (YES FCS)

Career Development:

  • Career Week

  • Career Carousel Nights

  • Cross Faculty Competitions

  • Career Focused Events

  • Cross University Competitions

  • FCS Marketplace

  • Job Networking

  • Leadership Opportunities

  • Program Specific Career Fairs

  • Project Funding

  • LinkedIn Workshops

  • Skill Sharing Spaces

  • Student Networking

  • Student Social-Entrepreneurship

Unity:

  • Club Funding

  • Communication and Publication

  • Course Union Funding

  • Faculty Merch (Spirit Wear)

  • Fall Formal

  • Initiative Fundraisers

  • Intramurals (Sports + Arts)

  • Leadership Opportunities

  • More Collaborating Course Union Events

  • New Student Groups under FCS

  • Nightlife Events

  • Online Events

  • Printing Services

  • Pub Nights

  • Recreational events

  • Silent Disco

  • Socials

  • Student Group Marketing

  • Themed frosh

  • Traffic Light Party

  • Volunteer Opportunities

  • Weekly FCS Events

  • Winter Gala

Wellness/Wellbeing:

  • Emergency RCSS Student Relief Fund

  • Equity Supports

  • Massage Therapy

  • Mental Health Supports

  • Paying for students who may be in difficulty hardships due to health or family concerns.

  • Praying/Multi Faith Room

  • Therapy Dogs

  • Wellness Events

  • Wellness Supports

  • Yoga and Zumba 

RCSS

Help us foster creativity, growth, sustainability, and a vibrantly engaged community by shooting us an email or following our social media.

Email: rcss@ryerson.ca

Facebook: @rcssociety

Instagram: @rcssociety

Twitter: @rcssociety

The RCSS is committed to the constant inclusion of students from marginalized communities. We strive to create inclusive spaces that collectively brings diverse perspectives to the circle. 

You can read more about RCSS EDI by clicking referendum tab and then clicking community inclusion.

Equity Statement
Ryerson Community Services Society