Graduate Student Senate



The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth encourages and endorses the active engagement of students in shared governance. The principles of shared governance require that all constituencies are able to deliberate and express opinions on matters related to their programs and activities and have the opportunity to recommend appropriate actions to the Chancellor.

The complex nature of today's University requires that students have a meaningful voice in shaping the activities and programs that affect them directly. Working collaboratively with the Office of Graduate Studies and the Division of Student Affairs and more broadly with the administration and faculty, the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is intended to be a vibrant organization representing the goals, interests, concerns, and professional development of graduate students at UMass Dartmouth. 

The purpose of the GSS shall:

  • Serve as a resource and advocate for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth graduate students; 
  • Represent the interests, concerns, and professional development of the graduate student population of the University; 
  • Facilitate community and communication among graduate students in different Colleges, Schools, and departments;
  • Identify and address current and emerging needs of graduate students. 

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Membership Requirements

In order to be eligible to serve on the GSS, candidates must be graduate students enrolled in the college in which they are seeking to represent, and must be in good academic standing, as defined by their specific college or school program guidelines.

Election Requirements

Any graduate student who is currently registered for at least one graduate level course bearing a minimum of three (3) academic credits shall be eligible to vote in graduate student senate elections. 

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