The Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) ordered seven key staffers to go on paid leave last Wednesday, pending an "investigation", the details of which are as yet unknown to the general student population. However, it is known that the Graduate Issues and University Relations Coordinator and the Graduate Benefit Plan Coordinator are being subjected to interrogations today. SFSS executives aren't talking to the press or to the general public, but the evidence points towards an attempt to leave the SFSS Graduate Health and Dental Plan with Gallivan and Associates, and possibly to join the CFS National Student Health Network.
Fortunately, The Peak has been covering this issue in great detail:
- [News] Campus Fiasco: Seven SFSS staff sent home (Amanda McCuaig)
- [News] Campus Fiasco: Senior staff questioned (Amanda McCuaig and Derrick Harder)
- [Opinion] Campus Views: SFSS Fiasco - start to a crazy year (Amanda McCuaig)
- [Opinion] SFSS’ “Night of the Long Knives” (Kevin Tilley)
- [Letter] What happened to SFSS staff? (Bryan Jones)
There is very little that I can add at the present time to what The Peak has covered - in either news or commentary. However, The Peak did leave out one important facet of this story. Both Financial Coordinators have been placed on leave, leaving the Society's Finance Office empty. However, the Society has not been shut down. This raises an important question: who is doing the accounting? Are the SFSS executives trying to do the accounting? Or are they just spending money without keeping track of what they are spending?
UPDATE (2006-08-03): I can now answer the questions that I asked. I have been informed that the Society's auditors (who are qualified accountants) did some of the cheque writing for some of the Society's employees. Furthermore, both Financial Coordinators are now back at work.