StFX, Students’ Union agree to terms on “historic” consultation agreement

March 7, 2016

Saint Francis Xavier University passed a motion last week to accept a new Consultation Agreement with the school’s student union on university finances. The new “precedent setting” agreement contains several clauses related to increasing tuition, ancillary, and auxiliary fees; introducing new fees; and installing a strict timeline for consulting with the Students’ Union. Of particular note is a clause that enables the Students’ Union to initiate a student referendum if ancillary or auxiliary fees are shown to increase by more than 5%; if the students vote with a 75% majority against the fee increase, StFX will not institute it. “This agreement is the first comprehensive document in the province to truly give students a voice in the realm of University decision-making,” said StFX Students’ Union President Troy Mrazek. StFX Students’ Union