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Group photo of GSS students with Chancellor Davenport

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the branch of the Student Government Association (SGA) that serves as the official voice for graduate and professional students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

It is time to elect the new GSS President and Vice President! The election will be electronic and take place from April 9 to 13. The link will be sent out to all graduate and professional students to vote.

In addition, your vote is needed for the new GPSA (Graduate and Professional Student Association) constitution. Here is a copy of the proposed text. This has been approved by the current senators, however, we request all graduate student approval before it is ratified.

GPSA Proposed Constitution


The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) has been working hard behind the scenes to organize events throughout the week. To start off the week, they will be having a BBQ lunch at Circle Park for graduate students to meet their senators and to meet the candidates for the 2018-2019 officers. Graduate students should be sure to bring their VolCard and join the GSS for lunch.

On the morning of April 4, the GSS Awards Breakfast will take place at the Tennessee Terrace in Neyland Stadium, starting at 8:30 a.m. This event is generously sponsored by Chancellor Davenport. Awards will be presented to outstanding graduate students and graduate student organizations, as well as faculty and staff that have been recognized by graduate students as being strong supporters.

There will be fun in the evenings, as well. Trivia Night at Soccer Taco in Market Square will begin at 7:00 p.m. on April 4. And on April 5, grab your skates for a Roller Disco at Skatetown, starting at 8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about these events, contact the Graduate Student Senate at or visit them at

GPSA Constitution Non-Discrimination Statement

The GPSA condemns discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, class, national origin, immigrant status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. Membership in the GPSA and the GSS shall open to all students, and shall not be restricted on the basis of any of the aforementioned categories.

As such, we support the faculty statement on free speech and diversity.


Joint Statement about UT FOCUS Act

In the October Senate Meeting, the Senate unanimously accepted the following resolution against outsourcing facilities management on our campus.

Outsourcing Resolution

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