Type of entity
Authorized form of name
Out On Campus
Parallel form(s) of name
Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules
Other form(s) of name
- Gays of SFU
- SFU Gay People
- Gay and Lesbian People of SFU (GLPSFU)
- Gay and Lesbian Association of SFU (GALA)
Identifiers for corporate bodies
Dates of existence
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. At the time of writing (2024), OOC is a department of the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS). 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 as SFU.
Out On Campus joined the Rotunda groups in 1996 with the Out On Campus Lounge, 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. Out On Campus now employs two staff members, a Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant.