Sever Ties Referendum

Sever Ties Referendum | Important Dates | Yes Committee | No Committee | Voting

In November 2015, the Federation of Students received a petition of over 4000 signatures to initiate a referendum for the following question:

"Do you think the University of Waterloo should sever ties with the following institutions due to their complicity in violations of the human rights of Palestinians: University of Haifa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science?"

As per the Feds by-laws, "A Referendum for any purpose connected with the affairs of the Corporation may only be called by: A requisition in writing of either twenty-nine hundred (2900) voting members or at least ten percent (10%) of the voting members of the Corporation, whichever is fewer.." Feds President Chris Lolas was then to verify the validity of the signatures. It was determined that over 2900 signatures were from voting members of Feds, and a referendum was called. Students' Council approved the following dates for the referendum:

All-candidates meeting for referendum:

  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 2016 - Location: SLC Great Hall

Interim period: 

  • 12 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 - 9:59 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016

Campaigning period: 

  • 10 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 9:59 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2016

Polling period: 

  • 10 a.m. Monday, January 25 2016, - 10 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
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Sever Ties Debate:

As per the Feds Elections and Referenda procedures, the "All-committee meeting" will form the YES and NO campaign committees, and elect a Chair for each side. All undergraduate students are welcome to join either committee at this meeting. The meeting will also cover the rules of campaigning for each side.

Any questions can be directed to the Elections and Referendum Officer at or the President at