Elections Commission

The Elections Commission is tasked with overseeing and administering the overall electoral and voting process for all DSU elections and referenda. The head of the commission is the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), who can name a deputy referred to as the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO). The elections commission is given a budget to manage their elections each year. If you wish to help out during elections and join the Elections Commission, feel free to reach out! For any questions concerning elections, please contact [email protected] 

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Meet The Team

Mariam Jawhar

The Chief Returning Officer shall: 

oversee and manage the voting process’ of Elections and Referenda; Manage the elections budget; Coordinate all activities relating elections; and more. Please read DSU Constitution for more information.

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The Deputy Returning Officer will be the deputy to the Chief Returning Officer. The Deputy Returning Officer will assume any task and exercise any powers delegated to them in the course of their mandate. Please read DSU Constitution for more information.

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The Union may hold Referenda, on which Members may directly vote on resolutions, in accordance with its Standing Regulations. The voting process will be overseen and managed by the Chief Returning Officer.

Interested in learning more about the DSU Referenda? Here are the important information to keep in mind. For more details please read the DSU Constitution found in the Governance Documents page. For any other inquiry please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

1 Initiation

Referenda may be initiated by the Student Council by a two-thirds (⅔) majority vote or Members by a resolution in writing signed by no fewer than one hundred and fifty (150). Members of the Union from at least four (4) different Academic Sectors with no more than fifty percent (50%) being from any one Academic Sector.

2 Timeline

The timeline is set by the Chief Returning officer no later than (5) days after its initiation. Notice of the question and voting timeline must be sent to the membership no less than three (3) weeks before the start of voting. Voting must occur over a minimum of two (2) voting days that each have a period of no less than eight (8) hours of voting

3 Voting

All Members shall be eligible to vote in a Referendum. Unless otherwise provided for by law, this Constitution, or the Standing Regulations, all Referendum questions submitted to the Members shall be decided by a simple majority vote.

4 Quorum

The quorum for all Referenda shall be three percent (3%) of the Members.

Referendum 2022


Do you agree to ratify the 2022 constitution of the Dawson Student Union, available at [www.dawsonstudentunion.com/referenda] to act as the General By-laws of the DSU?

Referendum 2021

Referendum 2021

On May 13th and 14th 2021, students will be asked to vote on three referendum questions. The questions shall be concerning the amendments of the union`s By-Laws and Consitution, the addition of a Student Insurance Group Plan as well as a modification of the membership fee.

New DSU Constitution

Students will be asked to vote on a new constitution for the DSU. This new document will serve as the union`s By-Laws and Constitution and shall be one of the Union`s most important documents. 

The Union`s constitution has to be updated to ensure that it never becomes obsolete. Unfortunately, due to a complicated amending formula, the By-laws had not been updated in almost half a decade. Our team made a commitment 9 months ago to have a new constitution by the end of our mandate. We hope to make good on that promise.

To find more about the incoming changes with the new constitution, please consult both documents below. 

Referendum Question 

Do you ratify the Constitution of the Dawson Student Union, which was approved by the Board of Directors on April 26, 2021, and by the General Assembly on April 27, 2021, to be the official General By-Laws of the Dawson Student Union and replace all previous documents?

Student Group Insurance Plan

Students will have the chance to vote on a new insurance plan. This plan will cover students for health, dental, travel while also offering a mental health service, telemedicine service and legal assistance service. The plan will be offered by a well-established student insurance plan provider called StudentCare. They currently offer coverages for universities such as McGill, Concordia and the University of Toronto! For more information on StudentCare, you can visit their website https://www.studentcare.ca/


Students were surveyed on the matter and the results indicated that our members wanted a complete insurance plan. Results of the Survey can be found here

Students can find more detailed information on the plan by clicking here

Referendum Question

Do you ratify the addition of the DSU Health and Dental plan, approved by the DSU Executive Committee on April 29, 2021? 

The plan would be funded by an optional fee of a total of 183$ for a twelve(12) months coverage which includes mental health, health coverage, dental coverage, travel insurance, legal protection, and telemedicine?

Members will have the choice to select according to their needs whether they want coverage for all the mentioned above or select the coverage they need for either dental (50$ per year), only health (50$ per year) or additional services which include telemedicine and legal protection (83$). Specific coverages will be listed below. 

The DSU student health and dental plan fee would be added to Annex A of the DSU Constitution.  The health and dental plan fee to cover the cost of the plan would be considered part of the DSU membership fee under an Act respecting the Accreditation and Financing of Student Associations, R.S.Q., c. A-3.01.  All DSU members would be able to opt-out of this fee on an annual basis during an opt-out period set up under the provisions of the plan. 

Modification of the Membership Fee

Students will also be asked to vote on a new membership fee. This would be the first modification in over 10 years. It is important for the union`s long-term financial health that the fee be revised on a regular basis. 

For more information on the student fee modification, click here.

Referendum Question

Do you ratify setting the membership fee in Annex A of the Dawson Student Union Constitution from $19 to $22 per semester for full-time students and from $9.50 to $11 per semester for part-time students to reflect the increase in inflation from last time the fee was set in 2011? 

The fee would be revised every three (3) years according to the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rounded to the nearest half-dollar. 

In the event where a fee increase is not ratified, the amounts mentioned in Annex A of the new constitution for fees would be changed to the current fee levels set in 2011 previously mentioned.

If you have any questions concerning the referendum questions, please feel free to contact [email protected]

For any questions on logistical and voting matters for the 2021 Referendum, please contact [email protected]tunion.com.