Students lined up Monday, Nov. 11 to pick up their opt-out cheques. PHOTO: Jess Tsang

Opt-out cheques delayed

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By Angela Hennessy

There were 1,600 Ryerson Student Union health and dental refund cheques not ready for pickup on Monday.

Students who opted out of both plans were waiting to pickup $300 and lined up all day in the Student Service Centre to get their cheques.

A third room has been set-up this year in Oakham House to accomodate the rise in opt-out cheques.

There were separate lines for students based on the first initial of their surnames and moved at different speeds.

Some students waited only five minutes, but others waited over an hour.

Students with last names D through I waited for nearly two hours, including those whose reimbursement cheques were not there.

The process was a hassle for many people and students complained on social media that the whole process was very disorganized and frustrating.

Ryerson Student Union president, Melissa Palermo, said the missing cheques were not sent out with the others but should arrive by the end of the week at the latest and will be mailed out to students. Members’ Health and Dental Plan benefits are valid for a full 12 months, from September 1st through August 31st of the following year.

The RSU Members’ Health Plan covers 80% of the cost of most medications legally requiring a prescription. The dental plan gives students access to $750 per benefit year to cover basic, comprehensive and major services.

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