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GSS Internal Committees

The Graduate Student Senate operates and achieves much of its work and service through committees. Each senator is required by the GSS R&P to be an active member of at least two committee, and each department representative and commissioner is also required by the GSS R&P to be an active member of at least one committee. Each committee is led by chairpeople - sometimes more than one based on the size and reach of the committee.

Budget Committee

  • Processes and approves budget requests that are made of GSS.
  • In the event that no budget requests are made of GSS within the month, the
  • Budget meeting will meet to discuss sponsoring other events currently occurring or planning to occur on campus to fund. The committee should seek these events based on the applicability to graduate students and visibility that would be provided to GSS.
  • The Budget committee is responsible for the logistic implementation of the OWG and Travel grants every semester. Budget committee members do not need to serve as reviewers but should act as organizers of the grant review and act at the discretion of the Treasurer. Budget committee will work in conjunction with the Treasurer, OWG reviewers, and the Graduate College to improve and clarify the guidelines of the OWG.
  • Budget committee will constantly be searching for other funding sources that GSS and graduate students can benefit from. Budget committee is responsible for writing at least one End of the Year Issue Summary regarding their actions and accomplishments as a committee (Chapter 15.09).

Governance Committee

  • The committee shall be the official interpreters of the R&P and Constitution of GSS. Governance committee will assist in the writing and technicalities of all resolutions presented from body members to Governance committee. This is meant to act as a review of potential resolutions.
  • Governance committee will ensure that progress is being made on the implementation of Resolved points in passed resolution. Explanations of changes will be sought after from resolution sponsors if implementation of the resolutions changes or progress is not made.
  • The committee will constantly be seeking avenues by which to advance the legislative agenda of the GSS body in the interest of graduate students.
  • It is also responsible for writing at least one End of the Year Issue Summary regarding their actions and accomplishments as a committee

GPSAW Committee

  • Organize programming for the Graduate & Professional Student Appreciate Week

GSS Internal Awards Committee

  • The committee shall have a Chair and a minimum of four additional members. All committee members must be current GSS members and not graduating that same spring semester.
  • The committee makes recommendations for the Executive Emeritus, Senator Emeritus and Graduating Senator awards. The committee also determines the number of awards provided and the recipients of those awards.
  • The committee shall issue applications for the awards no later than the tenth week of spring semester. A minimum of two weeks, from the date of availability, or longer will be granted for application submission as deemed appropriate by the GSS Emeritus & Awards Committee. With the approval of the Executive Council, the committee will determine the date and manner of awarding the Executive Emeritus, Senator Emeritus and Graduating Senator awards.
  • Create the resolution for the awards in the next general body meeting.

Health Insurance Committee

  • Work with the president to further GSS’s efforts to subsidize and lower the burden of cost of the student health insurance for graduate students.

COVID-19 Concerns Committee

  • Work to provide a channel for graduate students to share their concerns and questions about Fall & Spring planning as it relates to the pandemic. Provide answers to students if the body is able to and direct them to the relevant office or working group as needed.

Social Event Committee

  • Create (this year virtual) social events for graduate students. This can include networking, seminars, workshops, etc. These events are intended to strengthen the graduate student community and provide professional development opportunities.