The 33rd Assembly general elections period will begin with the opening of nominations for open program representative seats and one executive position on 14 March 2013.
For information on elections, contact the Elections Committee at gsg-ec [at] umd [dot] edu.
All candidates and those interested should review the 2013 Election Packet.
The number of Program Representative Seats are listed here for each department and major.
Program Representatives are selected from each graduate program on campus at a ratio of one Representative per 100 students, with a minimum of one representative per program. They attend monthly Assembly meetings, communicate regularly with their constituents, with information from the Assembly to their constituents, and with issues and concerns from their constituents to the Assembly, and serve on at least one GSG committee. Attendance of the Assembly is mandatory, but absences can be excused for academic, work, and emergency responsibilities. Proxy representatives can be sent to ensure the program’s voice is heard in discussion and on votes. Assembly meetings are held on Friday afternoons, typically on pay days, once per month. They begin at 1 PM, and last an average of 2 hours.
All exectuive positions are open for nominations during the general election. A brief description of each is given below.
Each VP is expected to work approximately five hours per week for the GSG. For this work, they receive an honoraria of $1,250 per semester.
Attendance of the Assembly is mandatory for all executives. If three Assembly meetings are missed, they are automatically cited with a Charge Of Neglect and the Assembly votes on impeachment.
All candidates for executive positons shall make themselves available for the "Meet the Executive Candidates" event at Grad Pub on Friday April 26th.
The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the GSG as well as the Chair of the GSG Executive Committee. The President oversees and guides the general operations of the Graduate Student Government. The President hires and supervises the GSG’s Director of Operations and co-supervises the Graduate Legal Aid Office with the Coordinator for Graduate Student Life.
In addition to parliamentary duties such as signing legislation, calling for referenda, and issuing executive orders, the President serves as the public face of the GSG. The President is a member of several other committees and boards, such as the Graduate Council, the University Senate, and the Committee for the Review of Student Fees.
The President also has the responsibility of appointing delegates to campus organizations that provide seats for representatives of the Graduate Student Government. This includes positions such as the GSG Presidential Advisor on Senate-Related Issues, the GSG representatives to the Senate Campus Affairs and Senate Student Affairs Committees, and many others.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The VPAA is charged with investigating University and Graduate School policies that pertain to the academic and professional development of graduate students, as well as reviewing and developing GSG policy and programs related to the academic and professional development of graduate students.
Vice President for Committee Affairs
The VPCA oversees and coordinates the functioning and staffing of standing and ad hoc committees of the GSG.
Vice President for Community Development
The VPCD organizes and oversees the activities planned by the Social and Sport and Executive committees, and plans events dedicated to increasing participation of graduate students in the life of the campus and the GSG.
Vice President for Legislative Affairs
The VPLA chairs the monthly GSG Assembly meetings, prepares legislation for the Assembly, serves on the Rules Committee, and ensures minutes of the meetings are kept and distributed.
Vice President for Financial Affairs
The VPFA oversees the financial affairs of the GSG, which includes administering the Event Funding Request Process, chairing the Budget and Finance Committee, and overseeing the GSG budget.
Vice President for Graduate Student Affairs
The VPSA is responsible for investigating issues affecting the graduate student body, turning that information into productive and meaningful actions that can be taken by the organization. Issues such as housing, workload, and stipends are frequently dealt with by the VPSA.
Vice President for Public Relations
The VPPR is responsible for conducting outreach to departments and graduate programs, collaborating with the chairs of GSG committees to publicize their work and communicating the work of the GSG with the campus community and beyond.
The exact calendar for the 33rd Assembly will be set in the July-August 2013 timeframe. All regular Assembly meetings will be held on a Friday starting at 1 PM, roughly four weeks apart. Exact dates vary depending on holidays and the University calendar. Ten meetings are held every year from September to June.
To nominate yourself in the GSG elections, follow these simple instructions:
To vote in the GSG elections, follow these simple instructions:
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