What does an Assembly Member do?
An Assembly Member is responsible for disseminating important information about new services or events to graduate students in their graduate program. Equally important, an Assembly Member is charged with the duty of bringing forth concerns or new ideas shared by peer graduates in their Master’s or Doctoral program. Perhaps most important, an Assembly Member has authority to vote in official GSA matters, including appointment of new Executive Officers, approving ballot language for elections, and deciding a course of action during critical events. Each Assembly Member must attend a minimum of 2/3 of all Assembly meetings per quarter in order to qualify for a departmental rebate.
What is a Departmental Rebate?
Each graduate program qualifies to select one (1) graduate student per fifty (50) registered graduate students in their program. So long as all of the appointed Assembly Members attend a minimum of 2/3 of the Assembly Meetings each quarter, the department earns $1.00 for each registered graduate student. The rebate is deposited into an Office of Student Life (OSL) account created for the graduate students of that department. Therefore, it is important to organize yourselves and register at OSL. This is the only means by which GSA is authorized to reward Assembly Members for their time of service.
How do I sign up?
Graduate students interested in serving as an Assembly Member should download the following PDF document by clicking on this link: Informational Handout for Department Reps. The PDF document contains instructions on how to register as an official departmental Assembly Representative, how to register at OSL (if needed), and how to access awarded funds. When you are ready to begin gathering signatures, download this Assembly_Member_Petition form. You will need to print, complete, and submit the form in person to Tiesha Tallman, VP of Communications & Records. You may choose to simply bring the form with you to your first Assembly meeting.
In addition, if you are an assembly rep already or plan on becoming one, please register with OrgSync by clicking this link.
What if I can’t attend a meeting? What if I have to miss an entire quarter?
If you find that graduate research or personal circumstances prevent you from attending one or more Asssembly Meetings, don’t despair! Simply appoint a proxy! To do so, please follow this link: Proxy. Print, complete, and send with your chosen proxy to the meeting for that night. You may also deliver the form in person to the GSA Lounge front desk staff at anytime prior to the Assembly Meeting. Substitutes without a proxy form may attend Assembly Meetings to gather information, but will not be permitted to vote, and their presence will not count towards your departmental rebate.