Fonds F-282 - Out On Campus fonds

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Out On Campus fonds

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  • Textual records
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  • Source of title proper: Title of the fonds is based on the name of the records creator at the date of the latest records transferred. Series titles were supplied by the archivist and are based on the contents of the series. At the file level, titles typically reflect the records creator's original usage, with exceptions noted in the file description.

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  • 1975-2019, predominant 1988-2016 (Creation)
    Out On Campus

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70 cm of textual records
ca. 724 photographs: prints
122 photographs: negatives
11 media disks
2 videocassettes
2 banners

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Administrative history

Out On Campus (OOC) was established in 1972 as a student group to support and advocate for LGBTQIA2S+ members of the SFU community, as well as provide a space for social and cultural events. Out On Campus supports undergraduate, graduate, and Fraser International College (FIC) students. At the time of writing (2024), OOC is a department of the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS), with a referendum passed in 2012 (SFSS Space Expansion Fund - Reallocation) assigning $0.50 per full time student per year to OOC, and is partially funded by the Graduate Student Society (GSS). Originally named Gays of SFU (occasionally written as SFU Gay People), it was re-named Gay and Lesbian People of SFU (GLPSFU) in 1982. The group was then on-hold until 1988, when it was re-established as the Gay and Lesbian Association of SFU (GALA), before being re-named as Out on Campus in 1994. A new constitution was created for each name change, and OOC remains a safe space for people of all genders and sexualities at SFU.

Out On Campus joined the Rotunda groups in 1996, opening the Rainbow Room (now the Out On Campus Centre) after a successful proposal for an LGBTQ+ centre to the SFSS. It further joined the Rotunda libraries in 1997, with the Out On Campus Library focused on LGBTQ+ materials. The Rotunda groups, after years of negotiation with SFU and the SFSS for space as the Student Union Building (SUB) was being built, are now housed in the SUB.

While occasionally being referred to as a collective in previous structures of the organization, the Out On Campus constitution established the Out On Campus Collective, the official governing body of OOC. Largely and historically volunteer-run, the Collective continues this trend, and while not all volunteers are Collective members, any volunteer can be. A part-time staff position was added in 1999, and a second in 2005, now known as the Coordinator and Programming Assistant. In 2018, the Coordinator role was turned into a full-time position.

Out On Campus provides a number of services, including the Out On Campus Centre which in addition to being a safe space for LGBTQ+ community members and allies, has free safer sex resources, free gender affirming products (including chest binders, breast forms, packers, and tucking gaff), sanitary products, razors, refreshments, and kitchen facilities. OOC also offers peer support and crisis referrals, informational resources such as their Resource Guide for 2SLGBTQIA+ students, allies, and community at SFU, an LGBTQ+ library as part of the Rotunda libraries, and regular social, cultural, and educational programming.

Custodial history

The records were in the custody and control of OOC prior to their transfer to Archives in 2018, with the exception of 1994-1997 club accreditation having been kept by the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) and returned to OOC prior to the donation. Additional accruals were transferred to SFU Archives in 2019 and 2024.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records made or received by Out On Campus in the course of carrying out its functions and programs. Activities documented include provision of facilities, resources and referral services; meetings of the Out On Campus Collective and various subcommittees; correspondence and liaison with other individuals and groups; funding, budget planning, and management of its financial resources; planning and organization of projects, programs, and events; and training and management of volunteers. Records include minutes and meeting support papers, correspondence, promotional material such as posters, brochures, and banners, photographs and photo albums, and videocassettes.

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Some records were loose and required foldering and titling.

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  • English

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    Some of the Out On Campus photographs 2002-2004 were arranged in a scrapbook or had items written on the album sleeves. The photos were moved to other containers for preservation purposes. These pages have been digitized and may be delivered through off-line methods. Consult the reference archivist for more information about access to offline digital materials.

    Restrictions on access

    Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Files marked "pending review" must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release and, as a result of the review, access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the reference archivist for more details.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Copyright applies to the records in the fonds and copyright ownership is mixed. Out On Campus retains copyright in the material of which OOC is the sole owner, and agreed to make these available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license (CC BY-NC). The fonds also includes copyright-protected works created by third parties, especially in relation to the Simon Fraser Student Society. For these materials, the Archives may make copies available for private study or research purposes under the fair dealing provisions of Canada's Copyright Act. Use for any other purpose may require the permission of the copyright owner. SFU Archives can assist researchers in attempting to identify copyright owners, but it is the user's responsibility to contact owners and secure any required permissions or assume all risks arising from not so doing.

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    Future accruals are expected.

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    April 2024: Arrangement and description of first four accruals (Coco Chen).

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