Peer Support Program
Volunteers are trained to provide support to other students who are called to a Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee (CUPC) meeting. These committees have the authority to restrict and in some cases even terminate a student’s enrolment, so the meetings are a big deal for the students involved.
As a volunteer for this program you are limited to a support role, so you won’t be required to speak or advocate for students in the meeting. You are to be available to students at the faculty office or student centre on the day of the CUPC meetings. If a student would like your support, you can assist them by talking to them before their meeting, attending the meeting with them to take notes and debriefing immediately after their meeting.
Meetings are usually held after the final release of results. Which is 6 July for Semester 1, and 30 November for Semester 2.
Training & shifts:
You will attend training on how to support students, the CUPC process, and how to refer to relevant University support services. You will be assisted by student mentors and Advocacy staff. You must be available to attend training.
To take part in the program, you must be at least in your second year of study, attend the training, and be available during some of the committee meeting period. Shifts are normally broken up into morning and afternoon shifts with regular breaks including a 30-60 minute lunch break. If you are not available for the whole period, but only for a few shifts, we still welcome your assistance.
How to apply:
To apply for this program please complete the form below and provide as much detail in your answers as possible.
This is a competitive process and we have a lot of interest in the program each semester. We consider all application questions when shortlisting volunteers. You will be notified of the outcome of your application via email.