Every student at King’s is a member of the King’s Students’ Union (KSU). The KSU is the voice of King’s students, providing advocacy and representation through the Council of Students and offering services such as the health and dental plan, free contraceptives and intramural sports programs. We also operate and manage the Galley and Wardroom.
The governing body of the KSU is the Council of Students, or just ‘Council,’ made up of 15 elected representatives. Council creates and manages committees, ratifies student societies and allocates all student society funding. Twice a year at General Meetings all King’s students vote on the budget and the major committees — you get to decide on the priorities and focus of your Union for the year.
The KSU is Local 11 of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The CFS lobbies and advocates for students’ rights at the provincial and national level, conducts research on post-secondary education, and supports several social justice and equity campaigns.
KSU members represent you to the University administration. Two KSU representatives sit on the King’s Board of Governors along with the KSU President. Many other councillors sit on other University bodies like the Finance Committee and the Equity Committee. There are many ways to get involved. We have over 30 elected positions on various committees, we hire about 10 students for various staff positions, and all of our societies are entirely student-operated and funded.
We provide a comprehensive health and dental plan. We also have many sexual health products and resources available for free, including condoms, lube, dental dams, sexual health zines and more. We offer a free member handbook and dayplanner to all students.
The KSU owns and operates two student-run businesses on campus – the King’s Galley and the HMCS Wardroom. The Wardroom is a student lounge and study space by day and a lively bar by night (open to all ages). Both businesses employ, and are managed by, students. The Galley is a locally-sourced and ethical café, offering coffee, tea, and lunch options.
All student societies on campus are ratified (officially certified as societies) by the King’s Students’ Union. Anyone can start a society and receive funding to run events, provide services, and get students involved. From the nationally-famous King’s Theatrical Society to the oldest literary society in North America, the UKing’s Literary Society; King’s PRIDE to Students Against Israeli Apartheid; from the Anarchist Cheerleaders Collective to the Michael Cera Society – there’s truly something for everyone.
You have access to the services and activities of several levied societies through the KSU as well, including The Watch (your campus newspaper) CKDU (your campus-community radio station) and the South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre.
Check out the KSU Website or drop by our office in the Link between the New Academic Building and the Arts & Administration Building.