Mandate and constitution

GSA is the independent voice of graduate students on campus, and we are recognized by Brock University as the official representative of Brock graduate students.

The Graduate Students’ Association’s purpose is to:

  • Promote academic, professional and social student development
  • Facilitate interaction between students from all departments
  • Provide opportunities for interaction between students and the internal university community (including faculty and administration)
  • Enhance the profile of graduate students in the external community
  • Advocate and lobby for student representation and meet student concerns
  • Promote equity of access for student opportunities

The overarching document of the association is the Constitution, which provides high level guidance for the organization in support of its mission, vision and values. This document is enacted by the GSA membership through either a campus wide referendum or a General Members meeting, both mechanisms allow every graduate student the opportunity to vote on potential changes. A digital copy is provided below.

GSA Constitution

In addition to the Constitution, the GSA Board (Council) enacts legislation to expand and support what is specified by members through the Constitution.  These documents are known as ‘Bylaws’ and outline various aspects of the GSA’s governance and operational structure.  A digital copy of these documents is provided below.

010A – Legislation of the Graduate Students’ Association Bylaw

040A – GSA Elections and Referenda Bylaw

080A – Issue Bylaw Regarding Student-Supervisor Relationships

081A – Issue Bylaw 02 Regarding List Distribution of Electronic Mail to Members of the Graduate Students’ Association

GSA Board (Council) Meetings

GSA Board (Council) Meetings are held monthly. All meetings are open to the public and graduate students are always welcome to attend. Students who wish to bring a matter to the board’s attention are asked to contact the GSA office 7 days in advance of the meeting, so their issue may be added to the agenda.

GSA Annual General Meeting

Presented and approved at the March Board of Directors Meeting, the Graduate Students’ Association recommends to the membership approval of the following Memorandums of Understanding, which if passed will bind the GSA, as well as its Officers and Directors to the following provisions.  These memoranda were brought forward to the Board in response to the Government of Ontario’s recently announced Student Choice Initiative and the changes in structure to ancillary fees depending on if they are classified as essential or non-essential.  In order to provide greater transparency to graduate students around the fees you pay, as well as greater clarity on the usage of these funds, the GSA has chosen to voluntarily restructure its fees to address these concerns.  The outcome is fees that have significantly clearer provisions on how and where they can be spent, ensuring the GSA continues to serve its membership as effectively and efficiently as possible.

The following four memoranda and associated fee restructure were passed at our Annual General Meeting on April 18th, 2019.

GSA Operating Fund

GSA Capital Maintenance Fund

GSA Emergency Student Support Fund

GSA Ombudsperson Fund

If you have any questions related to the new fee restructure please contact Christopher Yendt at gsafinance@brocku.ca.

Referendum

Results for new proposed $20 Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness Fee:

Yes 189votes
No 113votes

*Abstain voters: 30 — Total number of voters: 332 — Percentage voted: 19.31%

The new Mental Health & Wellness fee will be assessed to all registered Graduate students, once per year, beginning in the Fall 2015 term. For details see Memorandum of Understanding for this fee.