These can be accessed on the Psychology Department Members website and available only to staff, faculty, and current psychology graduate students. They are updated yearly and contain all the essential information you will need as you progress through the program. This is a very good place to look first if you have a question or concern.
All psychology graduate students are members of the Psychology Graduate Caucus. There are Caucus meetings once a month and all grad students are welcome to attend. Through the caucus, grad students can voice concerns and opinions about the department and assist in departmental decision making.
Graduate Student Resources
The GSS is the student society and government for all graduate students at Simon Fraser University. They represent over 4,000 students in 38 academic programs at SFU’s Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses. The GSS engages in many different types of advocacy on behalf of graduate students and to assist graduate students.
Graduate Student Society Benefit Plan (Health and Dental Insurance)
As a graduate student at SFU, you are a member of the Graduate Student Society which provides eligible students with Health and Dental insurance coverage. Detailed Plan information including an FAQ is available here.
The Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Jeff Derksen, and the staff in the GPS office oversee most functional aspects of graduate studies at SFU. The GPS website is a source of a wealth of information concerning all official aspects of completing graduate studies at SFU. You will find information there about scholarships and awards, professional development, graduate general regulations (GGRs…which you should read!) and other policies related to participating in graduate studies. All official forms needed for applying for graduation, leaves (medical, academic, personal, and parental), and extensions can be found on the GPS website here.
Now that you have arrived in Vancouver, you may have a lot of questions about where to find the appropriate resources to meet your needs. This page has information that will help you settle into your new life as an international graduate student at SFU. Find tips and resources about acquiring a social insurance number, extending your study permit, applying for scholarships, awards, and more.
Denver Lynxleg (Anishinaabe/Scottish) is the Indigenous Graduate Student Programs Coordinator with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. She is on campus Mondays and Tuesdays to enhance current Indigenous graduate students' holistic academic path through mentorship, workshops, and as a resource connector and to support Indigenous undergraduate students’ transition into graduate studies.
Financial Aid and Awards
Financial Aid and Awards provides information on scholarships, awards, bursaries, and the Work-Study program for Graduate students.
Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies provides merit-based awards to graduate students of high academic achievement. The specific eligibility, application process, value and duration of these awards and scholarships differ.
Other Student Resources
SFU Health and Counselling offers medical and counselling services, and other resources and events. Note: there is a counsellor dedicated to graduate students, as well as workshops geared at common challenges and stresses experienced by graduate students. There are also services specific to Indigenous and International students.
The Interfaith Centre seeks to facilitate living one’s faith, to support the spiritual well-being of students, staff and faculty, and to increase the understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices across all three campuses.
Get active! Check out the athletics and recreation facilities you have access to as an SFU student.
The SFSS Women’s Centre at SFU grew out of the Simon Fraser Student Society’s Women’s Caucus, which held its first meetings in 1968. The Women’s Centre first opened in 1974. The Women's Centre is funded both by the SFSS and the Graduate Student Society. Regardless of your orientation or identity, the Women’s Centre is a space that is dedicated to providing education and services to all visitors, including allies. So, feel free to stop by anytime to ask questions, access the library, eat your lunch on our couches, or just say hi to staff and volunteers.
Out On Campus
Out On Campus is a department of the Simon Fraser Student Society dedicated to supporting SFU’s LGBTQ+ students and allies. All are welcome to use the space and access their services. They are funded by the SFSS and the Graduate Student Society and are located in the Rotunda (TC 314N). Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9:00-16:00.
The Ombudsperson at SFU is an independent, impartial, and confidential resource for students. The Ombudsperson provides information and guidance on students' rights and responsibilities, and University regulations, policies, and procedures. The Ombudsperson does not advocate or represent students directly but acts as a confidential and impartial resource to learn self-advocacy skills. The Ombudsperson is available to help students become their own advocates by providing them with information or advice about regulations, policies and procedures and strategies to use constructive ways to raise issues.
Safety & Risk Services is dedicated to advancing world leading practices in safety, security, and the management of risk across SFU. They encourage a safety-conscious campus community through their many programs and initiatives.
Human Rights Policy (GP 18), 5.4: The Human Rights Policy Board provides policy advice to the University Secretary, concerning the implementation of the Human Rights Policy and carries out other functions as provided for in the Policy. The Human Rights Policy Board will consist of three faculty members, three staff members, three students (at least one graduate and one undergraduate), and a Chair.
The aim of the office is to offer survivor-centered trauma informed supports, referrals, and information to Survivors of sexual violence and misconduct and to provide support, referrals and information to all those impacted by sexual violence and misconduct including those who receive disclosures of sexual violence and misconduct.