The Committee for Member Support (CMS) is a group of student volunteers that operates to educate graduate students and postdocs about their rights and responsibilities and to support students and postdocs in cases where their rights have been violated.
In pursuit of this mission, the CMS provides a confidential support service and acts as a source of information regarding University rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
In cases where students wish to seek legal advice (or incur other costs related to a rights violation), the CMS can facilitate monetary disbursements from their Member Legal Services Fund (MLSF).
How to contact us:
Contact the CMS if you have (or you know someone who has) any questions related to
- McGill bureaucracy
- Graduate students' (including post-docs') rights and responsibilities
- Graduate student-supervisor relationship
- McGill student grievance related procedures
All information & communication with Committee for Member Support are kept confidential.
How to reach us?
1. The Member Support Commissioner Office hours- 5:30pm to 6:30pm on every alternate Thursday in the PGSS office (Thomson House, room 401).
Fall 2015 Office hours:
October 1st, 2015
October 15th, 2015
2. Contact the Member Support Commissioner by email ssc.pgss[at]mail.mcgill.ca
3. Contact Jenna in the PGSS office during normal business hours and she will help you to contact the Committee for Member Support (CMS).
4. We can also set up a special meeting during normal working hours of Thomson House in case emergency assistance and/or advice is needed by PGSS member.
Who can help?
Sailing smoothly through graduate school at McGill means knowing who to contact in case you meet some bumps along the way. The following is a list of important names and contact information for organizations on campus that can help you navigate. Or contact CMS, and we can help guide you.
Office of the Ombudsperson
McGill Legal Information Clinic (MLIC)
Harassment and Discrimination Assessors
Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS)
PGSS/GPS Education Bursary
With matching funds from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office, Post Graduate Student Society members have been supporting graduate students in need since 2009.
Students who submit an application for In-Course Financial Aid are automatically considered for the PGSS/GPS Education Bursary.
For more information, visit McGill's Scholarships and Student Aid website
Grad Supervision Website
Compared with undergraduate education, graduate education—and beyond—tends to involve long-term and either individual or small-group supervisory relationships that have a special and lasting influence on the careers and lives of supervisees and supervisors.
The grad supervision website is for new and experienced graduate supervisors, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Its focus is guidance and practical advice. It was adapted through an agreement with the University of Oxford and Australian National University. Read more on our About page.