Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of September 16, 2020 (held virtually on Zoom):

AGM: Council set the date of the next annual general meeting as October 29, 2020. AMS President Cole Evans said a determined effort is being made to meet quorum in order to pass amendments to the bylaws. The meeting will take place virtually.

Code changes: Council approved a clarification to one of the rules for Constituency elections and also modified the terms of the Clubs Benefit Fund.

Textbook Broke: Council heard a presentation from VP Academic & University Affairs Georgia Yee on the high price of textbooks and the need to make education more accessible.

Academic Experience Survey: VP Georgia Yee also presented results from the Academic Experience Survey (AES), including a finding that more students have become aware of the University’s career support services. The AES also revealed that 47% of students reported financial hardship resulting from the cost of housing and 21% spend more than an hour on their commute to campus.

Committee Appointments: Instead of being held during this meeting as in previous years, they are being conducted online. President Cole Evans reported some glitches (emails going to spam folders), but said all the appointments will be made before the next Council meeting.

Mandatory Masks: Council approved a policy requiring mask wearing in the Nest as part of the response to the COVID pandemic.

Next meeting: The next regular Council meeting will be held on September 30, 2020.

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