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FAQ

1What is the ASFA?

The Arts & Science Federation of Associations (ASFA) represents each and every student within the Arts & Science Faculty at Concordia University. This year we speak for over 20, 000 Arts and Science students, making us the largest Faculty at the University. ASFA is the Umbrella Federation for 30 Departmental Student Associations (also known as “Member Associations”), each of which represents a department of study within the faculty of Arts & Science at Concordia.

ASFA is dedicated to enriching your student experience through all avenues of student life and we work towards making it as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. This includes planning events (Orientation Week/Frosh, wine and cheeses, etc.), responding to student body feedback, offering services to students (MCAT/LSAT test preparation, the shadow program, midnight coffee hour, etc.) and much more.

ASFA runs on a volunteer basis and there are lots of opportunities to get involved, either within the association, within the Member Associations, or as a part of an affiliated group or organization. We are continuously striving to get more students involved and active on campus, and our Executive team has and will continue to work arduously in order to help you find a suitable and effective role towards that end.

2Who can participate in frosh?

‘Full-package’ tickets are reserved exclusively for first year students who will start school at Concordia University in the Fall, or for those who have begun this past Winter semester. New transfer or exchange students will be considered first years. Our frosh caters to Arts and Science students, as well as Fine Arts students and Independent students.

All other students not in entering their first year at Concordia can purchase individual tickets to our events the week before frosh, or buy tickets at the door.

3I’m from Montreal, is it worth it for me to do frosh?

We encourage all incoming Arts and Science (and Fine Arts and Independent) students to participate in ASFA Frosh 2017! It is a great way to make friends, get familiar with the Concordia campuses, and get acquainted with upper year mentors. Frosh will definitely be an experience you will not want to miss!

4What is the legal drinking age and what if I am a minor?

The legal age of alcohol consumption in Quebec is 18. Unfortunately, we cannot accept minors at frosh for liability reasons and IDs will be checked during mandatory consent training.

5What if I don’t drink, or can’t drink?

Frosh events are about building connections with people getting to discover Montreal. Drinking is always optional and we want every participant to enjoy themselves.

6Are any frosh events mandatory?

The only mandatory part of frosh is consent training, which takes place at the same time as registration (aka when you get to pick up your frosh bracelet and swag bag). We also recommend that you attend the Loyola BBQ day, as this will be when your frosh group will be revealed.

If you don’t plan on coming to all events, but purchased a ‘full-package’ ticket; please let your frosh leader know.

7I can’t make all of frosh, can I only pay for certain events?

Individual tickets will be sold for very few events; however, you may purchase them as supplies last the week before frosh.

8How do I sign-up/register for frosh? Is it necessary to sign-up?

Registration is required to participate in Frosh. You can register online at https://e.sparxo.com/asfafrosh17 and purchase your ticket.

Alternatively, you can pay in cash or check in person at 2070 Mackay Street - Suite 400, H3G 2J1.

9I made a mistake in the information I provided on my frosh registration online, how can I fix it?

For any inquiries, please email frosh@asfa.ca and an executive will get back to you.

10Do I need ID during frosh, even after I get my frosh bracelet?

Yes, please always keep government-issued ID on you at all times.

Acceptable government ID includes: driver’s license, passport, citizen/ residency card, or medical card. You may be turned away from venues without a valid form of identification.

11What should I bring to frosh?

A check list will be provided to you, now get ready for the best week of uni!

12I have dietary restrictions, will I still be able to participate in events?

We try to accommodate as many conditions and restrictions as possible. When registering, please indicate that you have dietary restrictions. Once your frosh week begins, please remind your leaders and, if necessary, carry your medication on you at all times.

13I have another issue that ASFA should know about, how can I tell you?

If you have any other concerns (medical, mental health, etc.) that you would like to be noted please email us at frosh@asfa.ca or message ASFA Concordia on Facebook. We check these regularly and will be sure to get back to you immediately.

Please remember that we will be better equipped to help you if you tell us of any potential issues before Frosh begins. You are also welcome to approach any ASFA Executive during the event in order to share any issues that may arise. Please do not worry about approaching us; we are here to ensure your safety and fun at Frosh!

14What is consent?

A consenting partner is one who enthusiastically agrees to be there and involved, who is able to give permission freely and without fear, pressure, force or intimidation. If your partner is passed out, asleep, drunk or high, they can’t legally give consent to engage in any sexual activity.

Consent must be:

  • Mutual. Everyone involved has to agree.
  • Informed. Everyone involved needs to know what they are consenting to.
  • Continuous. Your partner can change their mind at any time.
  • For every act. Just because your partner said yes to one sexual act doesn’t mean they have consented to every sexual act.
15How do I ask for consent?

It is the responsibility of the person who is initiating a sexual activity to ask for consent, check-in and be aware of the other person.

You and your partner can talk about what you like and don’t like before having sex; and in the moment you can check-in by asking questions like:

  • Does this feel good?
  • Should I keep going?
  • Is that ok?
  • What do you want me to do next? Do you want me to slow down/stop?

Really listen to what your partner is communicating, and respect your partner’s boundaries. If you are unsure about your partner’s feelings, or if they seem uncomfortable, stop and communicate. Remember that silence, the absence of No or Stop, does not equal consent. If you are not sure, ASK!

16What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted, non-consensual, sexual contact. There are a range of behaviors and actions that fall under the definition of sexual assault. Sexual assault is not only unwanted penetration (rape), it is also any unwanted touching, kissing, grabbing etc.

17What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any form of unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual acts, and verbal sexual aggressions. This includes harassment online or in-person. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, unwelcome sexual teasing, jokes, remarks, questions, or suggestive signals.