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All Student Cards to be Validated

August 31, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is pleased to learn that the Office of the University Registrar will be validating all student cards, regardless of a student’s tuition standing. The AMS’ Academic Affairs Commission had various concerns about the existing validation policy and its impact on students. A valid student card gives access to the Athletics and Recreation Centre, Health, Counselling and Disability Services, cafeterias and other vital student services. The shift in the Registrar’s policy is an encouraging acknowledgement of the problems raised by the AMS and students at large.

“Validated student cards give access to a number of important on-campus services, and the previous policy created large barriers for students. This change will enable students who are in complex financial situations to participate in the Queen’s community and access important services while they finalize their finances. Furthermore, the previous practice on student card validation removed services for which payment is not due until September 30th” – Isabelle Duchaine, Academic Affairs Commissioner.

The AMS recognizes that registration and payment are complex issues, and is very happy that the Registrar’s Office has acted on the concerns raised by students. The AMS looks forward to having similarly productive discussions on student-related matters throughout the year.

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, atcomm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

Academic Affairs Commission (AAC) – /about-your-ams/aac-academic-affairs-commission.aspx

The Academic Affairs Commission is responsible for advocating on behalf of students and supporting students in all matters of an academic nature.