Tech Fund Referendum FAQ
What is Tech Fund?
Tech Fund is a student-centered initiative at the iSchool that focuses on supporting the information, communication, and technology needs of the students at the iSchool. We are dedicated to improving the student experience at the iSchool.
Students contribute to the Student Tech Fund automatically when they pay their tuition fees each year. The funds are then used to meet our mandate:
"[to] directly enhance ICT (information, communication and technology) based learning, research, exhibiting, collecting and administrative services for Masters of Information (MI), and Master of Museum Studies (MMSt)."
This has been seen to encompass a number of different things including purchasing new computers, laptops, tablets, cameras, e-readers, design tools and software for the Inforum, new technologies and equipment for Studio 307, different kinds of supplies for the student lounge, funding various student run events, official iSchool workshops, and even a student staff position for Studio 307. Check out some of the available technology purchased by Tech Fund in the Inforum!
What is the Tech Fund Referendum?
The Tech Fund referendum is a direct vote on the continuation of collecting the Tech Fund fee as a student levy.
This vote is open to all Masters of Information (MI) and Masters of Museum Studies (MMSt) students.
The vote is scheduled for February 13th, 2017 - February 28th, 2017.
Why is the Tech Fund holding a Referendum?
In accordance with the by-laws developed to ensure fair treatment of students and their supporting funds, the Tech Fund reviews policy, by-laws and holds a referendum every two years. The referendum is to confirm student support for the collection of the Tech Fund levy fee.
Since no referendum was held in either of the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 academic years, there is to be a referendum for the 2016-2017 academic year in hopes of reinstating the levy fee for the 2017-2018 academic year.
What is the Referendum Statement/Question that I will be voting on?
The Tech Fund is a student-centered initiative at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool) that focuses on supporting, encouraging and enhancing the co-curricular ICT (information, communication and technology) based learning, research, exhibiting, collecting and practical skill development of both the Master of Information (MI) and Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) students. The Tech Fund works to facilitate the purchase and implementation of a vast amount of technologies (hardware and software) and services at the request of the iSchool students, and also funds a large number of student planned events and iSchool workshops throughout the academic year.
The last Tech Fund referendum, which was held during the 2012-2013 academic year, generated a successful outcome in favour of the Tech Fund receiving a fee in the amount of $100 per year for full-time students and $50 per year for part-time students. However, at the discretion of the current 2016-2017 committee, the Tech Fund has decided to cut the fee in half as they intend to bring in (with minor fluctuations depending on iSchool enrollment) only as much as the committee is able, and has been seen, to spend in a single academic year ($30,000).
All students registered in the Master of Information and Master of Museum Studies programs will contribute $25.00 per academic session (no fee charged during the summer session) for full-time students (for a total of $50.00 for fall/winter period) and $12.50 per academic session (no fee charged during summer session) for part-time students (for a total of $25.00 for fall/winter period) towards the Tech Fund. Concurrent Registration Option (CRO) students will pay the equivalent fee of a full-time student. The reinstatement of the collection of fees for the Tech Fund will be determined by this referendum and, provided the referendum is successful, will be applied to the 2017 fall session.
I agree to the collection of the Tech Fund levy fee (as indicated above) to be automatically charged through ROSI. Please indicate your selection by checking "Yes" if you agree to the collection of Tech Fund fees, or "No" if you do not agree to the collection of Tech Fund fees.