Student Fee Referendum

If you are a University of Guelph undergraduate looking for the Arboretum Student Engagement Fee referendum petition, please read and sign the petition here. 


What is the proposed fee?

The Arboretum and Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots U of G Chapter with the support of many students, clubs and organizations propose a “joint referendum” for a modest undergraduate student fee ($2.50 per semester for full time students / .50 per .5 credit for part time students) to support student engagement in The Arboretum.

How does it help me as a student?

The fee will increase communication and opportunities for students to engage by supporting a full time coordinator. The Arboretum is a core part of GryphLife for students -- learning, running, mental health, plant identification, creative inspiration, historical inquiry, wildlife, nature experience, research, connecting to indigenous knowledges, conserving rare and endangered species, walking and connecting with friends. The list goes on!

What will the fee cover?

The fee will support a full time staff person at the Arboretum dedicated to student engagement. An Arboretum Student Engagement Committee – made up of equal numbers of students and staff – will be created to advise on student engagement activities and funds use.

What is the Arboretum?

The Arboretum is 400 acres of nature and learning space right at the edge of campus. It is free for students to access. Here are some things students say about it:

“I go to the Arboretum for a walk with a friend when I get stressed out.”

“I love the boardwalk through the woods.”

“I learned to identify different trees in the World of Trees.”

“The birds in the Arboretum and wildlife gardens are beautiful.”

“Drawing nature is one of my favourite things to do.”

“I love the biodiversity there and want to ensure the greenspace is there for students in the future.”

Is there already a student fee for the Arboretum? No.

I already signed last fall. Do I have to sign again?

Yes, please sign again! This is “Round 2” under CSA rules – collecting signatures from 10% of the CURRENTLY ENROLLED students in the SAME SEMESTER as the vote will happen.

What is a joint fee?

A joint fee is a fee approved by students to improve student experience and held by a university department, with an advisory group including equal numbers of students and staff.

Petition Text:

The Arboretum and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots: University of Guelph Chapter are proposing a joint fee to be paid by undergraduate students to increase capacity and student experience in the Arboretum. The internationally-accredited Arboretum, 400 acres of green space located on campus, focuses on habitat restoration, educating youth about nature, and conserving Canada's rare and endangered woody plant species. The Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots: University of Guelph Chapter club is a recognized post-secondary chapter that aims to create engaged community leaders who understand sustainability issues and their impact on people, animals, and the environment.

The Arboretum does not currently collect any student fees. This is a new fee. The fee amount proposed is $2.50 per semester from full-time undergraduate students and $0.50 per 0.5 credit per semester from part-time undergraduate students. The fee will fund a new Arboretum staff member to provide year-round, accessible, student- centred programming and services differentiated for undergraduate needs, and will increase inclusive access and offerings in various formats for UofG students in the Arboretum, as well as direct engagement with UofG students to access, experience, learn from, and participate in the Arboretum. Separate referendums will be run by the Central Student Association (CSA) and by the Graduate Student Association (GSA).