How We Run
The CUS is a vast organization. To ensure that we are addressing all fields of student life, the Society has established committees to oversee and govern different aspects of the CUS, ranging from academic affairs to relations with faculty and the university. The committees vary in their functions, and most notably, members of the general public can hold seats within these committees and participate in the CUS’s planning and operations. Committees play a crucial role in helping the CUS support all commerce students during their university career.
Do you aspire to create a meaningful project that contributes to the undergraduate experience? The Commerce Undergraduate Society is eager to hear your ideas.
The Commerce Student Initiative Fund (CSIF) was established this year when Conference Affiliation and Clubs Innovation Grant merged. CSIF aims to encourage and support all CUS Services, Clubs, and students to ignite new initiatives. Working closely with the Board of Directors, CSIF ensures that all applications are assessed fairly. With the funding of $50,000, this committee looks forward to hearing from CUS Services, Clubs, and Students and supporting new initiatives and opportunities for the Sauder community. By receiving Society sponsorship and monetary funding, student ventures unlock access to a wealth of resources for operational success and development.
Application Processes: Applications are now OPEN.
The Decision Process
After applications close, there will be invitations to present. Following the presentations will be a three-day time gap where the committee will make a decision. After a decision has been communicated with the applicant, there will be a seven-day time gap to appeal.
The Funding Process
Once an application has been approved by the committee, the funds will be transferred to their corresponding AMS Club account within seven to fourteen days.
The Endowment Fund Committee makes recommendations in allocating the CUS Endowment Fund to enhance the BCOM student experience. Being on this committee promotes your creativity in thinking about the impactful ways the CUS can allocate this fund.
The Building Users Committee communicates with the UBC Sauder building administration to work out ways to better the Henry Angus Building, such as improving cleanliness and projects that make the building more accessible (CUS Lounge, etc).
The Clubs Review Committee works on the affiliation of clubs in both May and October. It communicates with club affiliated presidents and ensures that the clubs get the CUS assistance they need. The committee also finalizes commissions and monetary support for clubs.
The Awards Committee (A&R) includes CUS members, including the CUS President, Board of Directors individuals, and the Awards & Recognition co-chairs. They are there as the student voice in the awards process, facilitating in the service/club pitches at the end of the year, in addition to ensuring the final awards winners are justified and fair.
The Communications Committee (COMM COMM) will be responsible for writing, reviewing and approving communications from the society to the general public. This committee will also provide recommendations to the Executive Council and Board of Directors on communication strategies and how to proceed with public relations.
The Policy and Code Committee (POCO) oversees the development of the two governing documents in the CUS: The Constitution and the Code of Procedures. This committee is responsible for analyzing the current state of the CUS and developing policies that will support the society’s goals.
The Budget Oversight Committee (BOC) oversees all major financial planning and approves of decisions impacting the CUS’ plethora of services that affect more than 3800 students. The BOC prioritizes previous years’ data and future forecasts to make financially informed decisions.
The Academic Committee oversees academic advocacy for students by communicating important student opinions to the Undergraduate Office (UGO), Dean’s Office, and several Academic Caucus’.