Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) representative

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THIS PAGE IS NOT OFFICIAL DEPARTMENTAL POLICY. IT MERELY REPRESENTS THE PEER-ADVICE PROVIDED BY FELLOW STUDENTS AND FACULTY.

What the handbook says

Currently, the GSAC is the student voice in governance of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). The Council meets regularly with the GSAS Dean and other GSAS officers to provide advice on GSAS policy and raise issues of common concern. Each September, the Astronomy Graduate Students should elect a GSAC representative for a one-year, renewable term. The elected representative must agree to attend GSAC meetings and take an active role in the Council. The GSAC representative’s name and electronic address should be communicated to the Graduate School as soon as it is determined.

Additional information

GSAC meetings occur the last Tuesday of every month at 8 pm in Philosophy 301. It is the policy of GSAC that in order for a department to be in "good standing", the department's GSAC representative or a proxy from the same department must attend all meetings throughout the academic year with two allowed absences. Departments who do not meet this obligation are considered to lose "good standing" and are ineligible to receive funding from GSAC funds (which are collected from student activities fees paid by every GSAS student).

Every two years or so, GSAC elects three student representatives to the University Senate. One of the students must be from the natural sciences, one from the social sciences, and one from the humanities. Currently, an astronomy student is the natural sciences representative from GSAC.

Lia says: Add the above to the handbook?

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