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.

001B – GSA Constitution

The GSA Membership also has the opportunity to approve additional ancillary fees, as well as amend existing fees.  These changes can be enacted through either a general election (known as a referendum) or through an general meeting of the membership. Such a vote by the membership binds the association to operating within the parameters of the related documentation, in this case a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for each fee respectively.

002A – GSA Operating Fund

003A – GSA Capital Maintenance Fund

005A – GSA Ombudsperson Fund

In addition to the Constitution and MOU’s (known as ‘foundational documents), the GSA Board 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

011A – Membership Provisions of the GSA Bylaw

040A – GSA Elections and Referenda Bylaw

080A – Issue Bylaw Regarding Student-Supervisor Relationships

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

GSA Board of Directors and Meetings

GSA Board of Directors 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.