Graduate Student Senate Committees
Any graduate student can be a member of the standing Graduate Student Senate committees listed below, by appointment of the Graduate Student Government (GSG) President. You do not have to be elected or appointed as a senator to participate. If you are interested in joining or working with any of these committees, please contact the appropriate chairperson, or the GSG President.
Institute-Wide Committees Both the undergraduate and graduate Student Government bodies select student representatives to serve on many Institute-wide committees and boards. Those committees listed as "Committees of the Academic Faculty" or "Committees of the General Faculty" are part of the Georgia Tech faculty governance structure. The remaining committees and boards report to various departments in the Institute's administration, or are governing boards established by Student Government to manage various student operations (such as the Student Center). Any graduate student who meets certain qualifications is eligible to serve on the committees and boards below, with the appointment of the President and confirmation of the Senate.
Both the undergraduate and graduate Student Government bodies select student representatives to serve on many Institute-wide committees and boards. Those committees listed as "Committees of the Academic Faculty" or "Committees of the General Faculty" are part of the Georgia Tech faculty governance structure. The remaining committees and boards report to various departments in the Institute's administration, or are governing boards established by Student Government to manage various student operations (such as the Student Center). Any graduate student who meets certain qualifications is eligible to serve on the committees and boards below, with the appointment of the President and confirmation of the Senate.
Graduate Student Senate Committees
This committee works on academic issues that affect graduate students, such as library funding problems and grade grievance policies. The Vice President of Academic Affairs chairs the Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference (gtRIC); attends to issues similar to the "plus-minus grading" and "dead week" policies; and may serve on ad hoc committees like the Executive Vice President Research/Provost search committee. The Vice President of Academic Affairs remains a full senator with the power to sponsor legislation, and may be called upon to oversee special assignments.
This committee reviews requests for allocations from the Graduate Conference Fund, which was designed to provide financial assistance for graduate students traveling to a conference to present a paper or poster representing research performed at Georgia Tech. The Director of the Graduate Conference Fund reviews over 400 applications for support each fiscal year, determines the amount of funding awarded, and notifies each applicant of award decisions. The Director further serves as a liaison to Financial Managers in the College of Engineering and College of Sciences, and to departmental accountants overseeing travel funding requests.
The primary role of the Health Services Committee is to make recommendations to the administration concerning student health care that will improve the welfare of the entire Georgia Tech student population. As a voting member of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), the Health Services Chair serves as the student representative in negotiations with the official student health insurance provider to obtain the best benefits at the lowest premium for Georgia Tech students. In this role, the Chair works closely with the Director of Stamps Health Services and members of the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia. The Health Services Chair also assists with programs and initiatives at the Campus Recreation Center (CRC), such as "Go T.E.C.H." (Teams Encouraging Campus Health) with the mission of increasing awareness of health and wellness on the Georgia Tech campus.
Chair: Student Welfare Chair
The Student Welfare Committee is charged with addressing graduate issues relating to safety and security, professional development, housing, dining, and other concerns related to the genearl welfare of the graduate student body. In fulfillment of these duties, the Student Welfare Chair attends relevant campus meetings, communicates new opportunities in professional development to the Graduate Student Senate, and provides reports to the executive and legislative branches on the current state of student welfare issues. Recent initiatives include the GT Career Symposium and drafting of the Professional Development Certificate Program.
This committee handles elections for the Graduate Student Senate, and performs comprehensive reviews of GSS policies and procedures. The Internal Affairs Chair further organizes, advertises, and manages the Graduate Student Senate elections in the fall, and spring elections for the Graduate Student Body President and Vice-President. The Chair serves on the Executive Committee and sponsors bills pertaining to policy changes that require Senate confirmation.
The Executive Board of the Institute provides a forum for students, faculty and administrators to work on issues of importance to Georgia Tech. Students are represented by the graduate and undergraduate student government presidents. Students are non-voting members of the Executive Board, Academic Senate and General Faculty Assembly.
- · Academic Senate—the legislative body of the academic faculty charged with creating rules and policies for the academic faculty.
- · Academic Integrity Committee—evaluates the state of academic integrity on campus; advises the Office of Student Integrity on improving the judicial process; helps faculty promote academic integrity in their classes.
- · Graduate Curriculum Committee—makes decisions on students who submit petitions for readmission, graduation or other requests; approves changes in the curriculum; and sets the policy for graduate studies.
- · Student Activities Committee—writes, receives, reviews, and recommends to the Academic Senate all changes in regulations of Student Government that concern social fraternities and sororities, clubs, societies, student housing, student publications, intramural athletics, the Georgia Tech Student Center, and other student organizations and activities; also reviews all proposals from the SGA to the President of the Institute recommending the distribution of Student Activity Fees.
- · Student Grievance and Appeal Committee—acts on its own cognizance or that of any student or student group to define grievances, suggestions, or criticisms concerning any matter relevant to the Institute; transmits constructive recommendations to the appropriate individuals, offices, and committees of the Academic Senate, the Undergraduate House of Representatives, or the Graduate Student Senate.
- · Student Honor Committee—hears and tries cases involving alleged dishonesty in academic matters on the part of students; responsibilities include communicating decisions to the office or offices responsible for recording the case, official notification of the student, and for implementing the action.
- · Student Regulations Committee—originates or reviews changes to the institutional regulations pertaining to the student body and makes recommendations to the Academic Senate.
- · General Faculty Assembly—legislative body of the General Faculty, which includes the academic faculty, research faculty (GTRI), and administrators; develops rules and policies of general concern to the Institute; one graduate student serves on this assembly.
- · Academic Services Committee—annually reviews and makes recommendations to the General Faculty concerning the policies and procedures governing academically oriented, supportive Institutional functions such as the library, continuing education, computer, and research centers; one undergraduate or graduate student serves on this committee.
- · Faculty Benefits Committee—originates or receives, evaluates, and makes recommendations concerning faculty benefits; one graduate or undergraduate student serves on this committee.
- · Faculty Honors Committee—originates or receives and evaluates names of Faculty members to be nominated for honors and awards; takes appropriate action for awarding these honors and awards; one graduate or undergraduate student serves on this committee.
- · Statutes Committee—originates or receives and considers all proposed changes to the Statutes and makes appropriate recommendations to the General Faculty; one graduate or undergraduate student serves on this committee.
- · Welfare and Security Committee—annually reviews and makes recommendations to the General Faculty concerning the policies and procedures governing Institute functions such as those concerned with health, safety, and general welfare, such as are campus planning, campus security, parking, safety, fire protection, nuclear safeguards, civil defense, Auxiliary Services, and the Infirmary; one graduate or undergraduate student serves on this committee.
- · Athletic Board Ticket Committee—sets the ticket policy for varsity sporting events and handles block seating for home football games; one graduate or undergraduate student serves on this committee.
- · Health Service Advisory Committee—reviews the health services on campus and reviews the student health insurance group policy; one graduate or undergraduate student serves on this committee.
- · Housing Priorities Committee—concerned with housing policies on campus and sets rules for RHA; one graduate student serves on this committee.
- · Internal Resource Allocation Advisory Committee—reviews budget requests from departments on campus and makes the budget allocations for each department; voting right alternates yearly between the graduate and undergraduate representative; one graduate student serves on this committee.
- · Neighborhood Planning Unit—provides ambassadorship between Georgia Tech and its surrounding neighborhoods; one graduate student serves on this unit.
- · President’s Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee—advises the President of Georgia Tech on issues related to parking, campus planning, the transportation system and handicapped access; one graduate student serves on this committee.
- · Research Advisory Council—serves as an advisory committee for the Vice President for Research and seeks to enhance research within academic units and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI); one graduate student serves on this council.
- · Safety Advisory Committee—makes recommendations on safety improvements to the campus; one graduate student serves on this committee.
- · Board of Student Publications—charged with advising and supporting Georgia Tech’s student publications, which are funded by appropriations of student activity fees; one graduate or undergraduate student serves on this board.
- · Family Housing Association—provides the cultural and social atmosphere for residents of the family housing system; works with the Housing Department to improve living conditions in family housing; one graduate student is a member of this association.
- · Radio Hall Association Board—oversees the operation of WREK radio, the Georgia Tech FM radio station; one graduate student is a member of this board.
- · Residence Hall Association—provides the cultural and social atmosphere for students living in Georgia Tech’s residence halls by encouraging participation in extracurricular activities; assists the housing administrators in improving living conditions, and represents the interests of dormitory residents; one graduate student is a member of this association’s board.
- · Campus Recreation Center Advisory Board—assists in the development and administration of programs that serve the athletic interests of the Georgia Tech community; reviews policies, procedures, and operations of the Campus Recreation Center; one graduate student Is a member of this board.
- · Student Center Governing Board—develops and administers programs that serve the cultural, recreational, and social interests of the Georgia Tech community; one graduate student is a member of this board.