Fee Levy Groups Fall Opt-Out Period: September 22-26, 2014

What are fee levy groups?Fee levy groups are student organizations and initiatives at Concordia University that are student-elected through the referendum process. Fee levy groups are made up of Concordia undergraduate (and sometimes graduate students) as well as community members from wider Montreal communities. Fee levy groups receive all or part of their operating budgets from a per-credit Concordia student fee levy. Fee levy groups are autonomous from the administrations of Concordia University, the CSU, the GSA, and all academic bodies and associations.

Fee levy opt-outs

Students have the choice to opt-out of an individual fee levy group, if they so choose, during specified opt-out periods that take place each semester one week after the deadline for withdrawal with tuition refund from two term and fall term courses.

The next opt-out period will be from Monday, September 22 to Friday, September 26, 2014.

You can opt-out of the fees of an individual fee levy group with your student ID card and student account record, at the location of an individual fee levy group during their advertised office hours between September 22-26 or, when applicable, by appointment with a fee levy group. The specifics for each fee levy group participating in this common opt-out period is provided below.

You can find more information below about opt-outs for the following groups:
Art Matters * Centre for Gender Advocacy * Cinema Politica * CJLO 1690AM  * Community University Television (CUTV) * Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore * Concordia Food Coalition (CFC) * Concordia Greenhouse * Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program (CVAP) * Frigo Vert * People’s Potato * Quebec Public Interest Research Group  (QPIRG) * Queer Concordia * Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) * Sustainable Concordia.


Art Matters

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.08$/credit (0.30$/credit for Fine Arts students)

opt-out in person at VA-038, 1395 René Levesque Ouest, during the following dates and times:
September 22-26: 10am-12pm
available by appointment; contact information: admin@artmattersfestival.org / 514-848-2424 x5011

Centre for Gender Advocacy

Undergraduate Fee Levy: $0.37/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: $0.50/semester

Opt-out in person at 2110 Mackay (1st floor) during the following dates and times:
September 22-26: 9am-5pm

Cinema Politica

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.07$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 1$/semester

Opt-out by appointment only.
Contact information: rachel@cinemapolitica.org


Undergraduate fee levy: 0.34$/credit

opt-out in person at CC-430 (Loyola Campus) during the following dates & times:
September 22-26: 10am-5pm
by appointment; contact information: manager@cjlo.com / (514) 848-8663

Community University Television (CUTV)

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.34$/credit

Opt-out in person at 2110 Mackay, 4th floor, during the following dates and times:
September 22-26, 11am-12pm and 5pm-6pm
by appointment; contact information: info@cutvmontreal.com

Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.09$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 0.50$/semester

opt-out in person at 2150 Bishop Street during the following dates & times:
Tuesday, September 16 – Friday, September 26, 10am-6pm

Concordia Food Coalition (CFC)


Undergraduate Fee levy: 0.08$/credit

Opt-out by appointment only.
Contact information: concordiafoodcoalition@gmail.com

Concordia Greenhouse

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.12$/credit

Opt-out in person on the 13th floor, 1455 de Maisonneuve West (Hall Building) during the following dates & times:
September 22 – 26: 11am-5pm

Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program (CVAP)

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.35$/credit

opt-out in person at 2110 Mackay, #210, during the following dates & times:
September 22-26: 10am-4pm
by appointment; contact information: info@concordiavolunteers.org / 514-848-2424 x 7876

Le Frigo Vert

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.33$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 1.50$/term

opt-out in person at 2130 Mackay during the following dates & times:
September 22: 11am-6pm
September 23: 11am-7pm
September 24: 11am-6pm
September 25: 11am-6pm
September 26: 12am-4pm

People’s Potato

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.39$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 2.00$/semester

opt-out in person at H-735 (inside the kitchen) at 1455 de Maisonneuve West during the following dates & times:
September 22-26: 9:00am-2:30pm

Quebec Public Interest Research Group  (QPIRG)

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.31$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 0.50$/semester

opt-out in person at 1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204, during the following dates & times:
September 22-26: 12pm-6pm

Queer Concordia

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.02$/credit

Opt-out by appointment only.
Contact information: queerconcordia@gmail.com
—–Sustainability Action Fund (SAF)

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.25$/credit

Graduate Fee Levy: 1.25$/semesterOpt-out in person at 2070 Mackay (EN-300.00) during the following dates & times:
September 22-26: 10:00-12:00pm
by appointment; please contact safconcordia@gmail.com or (514) 848 2424 ext. 5138

Sustainable Concordia

Undergraduate fee levy: $0.15/credit
Graduate Fee levy: $0.50/semester

Opt-out in person at 2090 rue MacKay (Z-204-1) during the following dates & times:
September 22: 1pm-2pm
September 23: 9am-5pm
September 24: 1pm-6pm
September 25: 9am-5pm
September 26: 1pm-5pm


More info about fee levy groups:

What do fee levy groups do?

Together, fee levy groups provide students and the community with diverse resources, services and campaigns, including:
•           ecological and sustainable development campaigns and projects;
•           an international development volunteer program;
•           a gender advocacy center;
•           a fine arts festival;
•           a political cinema series;
•           independent student media (television, radio and print);
•           a natural food co-op;
•           a vegan soup kitchen;
•           a social and environmental justice center;
•           a co-operative bookstore.

In practice, the work of fee levy groups takes many forms, such as:

- fostering a safe environment for LGBTQ students;
- promoting safer, healthier, and more affordable food options on campus;
- providing access to affordable textbooks;
- directly financing students working on projects to improve the environmental and social sustainability of Concordia;
- writing and broadcasting stories concerning events, activities, and student government at our school;
and much more!

In addition to these core mandates, all fee levy groups provide many other tangible benefits to students, such as:

- meaningful volunteer and internship opportunities;
- meaningful job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students;
- mentorship from people with experience in diverse fields;
- skills in running non-profit organizations by participation in assemblies or board of directors.

How are fee levy groups accountable to students?

Our membership base is students who decide the direction and core mandates of our organizations. If a group currently collects fee levies, it is because the undergraduate student body at large had previously decided to confer that status.

Importantly, fee levy groups are legally incorporated, have a constitution, hold Annual General Meetings, publish annual reports and have externally reviewed financial statements. Key documents and information are posted on the websites of fee levy groups, for easy access by members and students.

Along with an ongoing public presence on campus (through services, events, campaigns, projects and more), fee levy groups maintain transparency and accountability to their members. As fee levy groups, we may be comparatively bigger or smaller, but we each work hard to the best of our capacities to provide tangible benefits to the Concordia community. We are by and for Concordia students and community.

The idea of community

Concordia University, like any diverse, multifold community, is made up of many different parts, all of which are valuable. The entire Concordia community benefits from having vibrant, engaged, and accountable organizations on campus.

Not everyone will access every fee levy group during their time at Concordia; in the same way, not every student will go to a CSU meeting or a Stingers game. But these services and initiatives are made possible by all students, and they are therefore always available to all students. One of the strengths the Concordia community is that we support projects and initiatives because many students can benefit from them, not necessarily all of them. The principle of sustainable community is that even though I might not directly benefit from something, it’s still worthwhile to support because it strengthens my community, and by doing so makes all of us better.