THE GSA OFFICERS
Section 1. The GSA has two standing Officer positions, a President and a Vice President. The Officers serve to coordinate and lead the activities of the GSA. As members of the GSA Council, they coordinate its activities towards the end of representing the specific interests, viewpoints, and concerns of the constituents of each department and program.
As representatives of the graduate student body at large, the President and Vice President represent and serve the interests of the graduate students within the GSA more generally, both on the GSA Council and among the wider University community.
Section 2. In accordance with Article 3, Section 1, the President shall:
- Act as liaison between the administrative offices of the University, especially that of the Deans of the GSAS.
- Act as liaison between the GSA and any external graduate student associations.
- Be the sole spokesperson for the GSA.
- Represent and present the interests of graduate students on University-wide bodies seeking graduate student representation, such as the Graduate Council and the Arts & Sciences Council.
- Oversee committee activities in conjunction with the Vice President.
- Chair the Budget Committee and propose the annual budget as crafted by that committee.
- Oversee programs and activities planned by the GSA Council, standing or ad hoc committees, or the Officers.
- Preside at Council meetings in conjunction with the Vice President.
- Set the Council agenda in consultation with the Vice President.
The President will be responsible for at up to fifteen hours of service per week and attendance at core functions of the GSA, except under exceptional circumstances, in which case Council members will be notified.
Section 3. In accordance with Article 3, Section 1, the Vice President shall:
Call Council meetings, set the Council agenda in consultation with the President, take minutes or designate the taking of them, and distribute the minutes and Council agenda.
Oversee committee activities in conjunction with the President.
Be the primary source of coordination and communication between the Officers and the Council, as well as between the Council and the student body.
Communicate the activities of the Council through email, maintenance of web sources, and/or print media.
Oversee Representatives’ fulfillment of their duties and inform the Council of any malfeasance or nonfeasance.
The Vice President will be responsible for at up to fifteen hours of service per week and attendance at core functions of the GSA, except under exceptional circumstances, in which case Council members will be notified.
Section 4. With the assent of the Council, the officers may share or shift responsibilities between them. The Officers are responsible for holding regular office hours during the academic year.
Section 5. The GSA Council may call for the censure or removal of the President or Vice President due to malfeasance or nonfeasance. Malfeasance is any action taken against the GSA which runs counter to the purposes of the GSA, a planned program of the GSA, or the integrity of the GSA. Nonfeasance is the failure to carry out the duties requisite to the office.
At the next scheduled meeting, after a motion for censure or removal has been made, both the initiator of the motion and the Officer so moved against shall have the opportunity to address the GSA Council. The Council may remove the Officer by a three-fourths majority vote of active Council members.
Section 6. For services rendered to the GSA, Officers shall receive a stipend for both the summer and academic year, which shall be fixed at the May budget meeting each year, but which shall be no less than the lowest full stipend of any graduate assistant in the GSAS. In addition, they shall receive full remission of tuition at the discretion of the Deans of the GSAS.
Section 7. The Officers may serve no more than two full terms, except in cases where there is no qualified candidate (as determined by the Council) to take the positions of President or Vice President.
Section 8. The election of an Officer is by majority ballot of a three-fourths quorum of active Representatives. If the current Officers wish to serve a second term, they must indicate such at the February Council meeting, with a vote to be taken at the March meeting. If no Officer is elected at the March meeting, then at that meeting any Representatives wishing to run for an Officer position should indicate such to the Council, with a vote to be taken at the April Council meeting. If no Officer is elected at the April meeting, then the President shall open the elections to all eligible students in the GSAS within twenty-four hours of the April meeting. The window for open nominations shall be ten working days after the call for nominations is presented to the GSA student body. In the case of open nominations, the GSA shall create an ad hoc elections committee to read the resumes and letters, selecting the five most qualified candidates for an interview at a special session of the Council, with a ballot vote to be taken at the end of that meeting.
Section 9. In any instance where there are more than two candidates on the ballot for a vacant position and there is no clear majority winner, a second vote shall be taken from among the two candidates receiving the most votes on the previous ballot. All ballots shall be written and confidential.
Section 10. The President shall issue a tie-breaking vote in the case of a tie for electing a Vice President. The Vice President shall issue a tie-breaking vote in the case of a tie for electing a President.