On February 28, 2018, GPSA heard from Graduate School representatives about the chain of responsibility within the school and proposed policy changes, and passed one bill. The Assembly was reminded that Dr. Sarah Ades, who was recently announced as the new Dean of Graduate Student Affairs, acts as the University-wide ombudsperson to help students resolve conflicts if they are unable to do so within their department or college.
President Matt Krott explained the $9 increase to the student fee for next year. This 3.5% increase would cover such areas as programming for the Gender Equity and LGBTQA Offices as well as increased ticket subsidies for Center of Performing Arts and Student Activities developments. Krott informed the assembly that questions gathered through an online survey regarding unionization were being submitted to the Graduate School and to the Coalition of Graduate Employees, and answers to these questions should be posted on the GPSA website after spring break.
Krott additionally reminded the assembly that intent to run form is live, and all graduate and professional students interested in affecting policy on campus should feel free to apply. The form can be accessed here and the deadline is March 20, 2018.
Bill 67-33 “Relay for Life” was passed by unanimous consent, funding a portion of the entertainment during the 24-hour event. There was discussion about forming a Graduate Student Relay for Life Team. If you would be interested please sign up here.