AUSU Values and Guiding Principles


The Athabasca University Students’ Union exists to serve its student membership and enhance their AU undergraduate experience. Through meaningful services, advocacy, and student leadership, AUSU embraces its student diversity while supporting an exceptional online learning experience.


The Athabasca University Students’ Union has students at the heart of the organization and supports their exceptional online learning journey, while continually seeking opportunities to enhance the AU student experience, now and in the future.

Values and Guiding Principles

Students First: AUSU will keep students at the forefront of its decision making, understanding that its primary objective is to enhance the overall undergraduate student experience at Athabasca University. AUSU is proud of the student diversity within the organization and celebrates the successes of its members. AUSU will continually strive to bring awareness and recognition of its AUSU members and adapt to their ever-changing needs.

Relevance: AUSU services are developed based on the needs of AU undergraduate students and must be relevant to those ever-changing needs. Adaptability is essential to ensure services achieve a high level of value to our members.

Accountability: AUSU will strive to be transparent and accountable in all aspects of the organization, while always respecting student dollars.

Excellence: AUSU will continually strive for a high level of integrity, quality, professionalism, and respect while holding AU to the same standard of excellence at all levels of the University.

Community: AUSU will promote and participate in developing awareness and recognition of open, online and distance education while fostering an interactive and engaging virtual student community that connects students across borders and faculties.

Advocacy: AUSU will advocate to all levels of the university and government to ensure that undergraduate students are represented, and their voices are heard. AUSU will foster strong student leadership and promote the value of online distance education.

AUSU Council will strive to uphold the values and principles of the organization and constantly measure themselves against them.


Please note AUSU Values and Principles were voted in by Council as a part of the 2020-2023 AUSU Strategic Plan, which can be accessed here.