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Senator Responsibilities


Department senators are elected within their department’s own procedures. If you would like to participate in the Graduate Student Senate and a representative, consult your program’s Graduate Director and participate in the process.

According to the Constitution and Bylaws, department senators must…

  • Serve on at least one internal and one external (administrative) committee.
    • Committees shall meet to discuss committee matters at least once per month outside of the regularly scheduled GSS meetings
    • External (administrative) committee position availability may differ each academic year.
  • Attend each GSS meeting or designate a proxy to attend in their absence.
  • Actively and accurately represent the viewpoints of their program of study in all matters.
  • Conduct meetings of graduate students in their college, department, or school to solicit their views and concerns.
  • Inform their constitutions of issues, activities, bills, and amendments brought to the GSS.
  • Maintain an active email account for purposes of receiving and sending information.

Although not included in the official documents, the Senate recommends