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  1. The GSA Council represents the different graduate programs at IUB. Each graduate program may send one representative to the GSA Council, regardless of the number of students enrolled in this program.
  2. The graduate programs are free in their decision on how to select their representative. Each representative is appointed to the Council for the duration of one academic year. Their term coincides with the term of the Board.
  3. The Council supports the Board in its work and ensures equal representation of all academic fields present at IUB.
  4. The Council does not hold separate meetings; all members of the Council have full voting rights at meetings of the Board (see also §3.5).
  5. The members of the Council inform the graduate students in their respective programs of all resolutions of the Board.
  6. The members of the Council hear all complaints, suggestions, petitions or inquiries by the students in their respective graduate programs and inform the Board of all topics thus addressed.
  7. The members of the Council introduce new graduate students in their respective programs to the GSA and inform the Secretary of their arrival.
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  1. It was agreed that Secretaries General are responsible for the organization of the program representative elections (SG facilitates and coordinates the election of the Council Members of his/her school).

    The question is whether Council members can have substitutes as well.

    1. Regarding representatives of council members, I'd say that we should not over-regulate the program representative election. I'd leave this decision to the members of the program. In my opinion, if there are enough volunteers and they want to have a substitute for their representatives, then they shall elect one.

  2. This was our intention too. Maybe it has to be better clarified that by "facilitates and coordinates" we mean that a SG is responsible for informing about the idea of program representatives, and to initiate the elections, not to regulate the process as such. Another important point: one can be representative of the program he/she is officially a part of.

  3. Preliminary draft of the changes:

    (1) The GSA Council represents the different graduate programs at Jacobs University. Each graduate program may send one representative to the GSA Council, regardless of the number of students enrolled in this program.
    (2)The SG are responsible for providing schools and programs with information on the role of the Council. Each SG is responsible for facilitation of Council elections within her/his school.
    (3) The graduate programs are free in their decision on how to select their representative. Each representative is appointed to the Council for the duration of one academic year. Their term coincides with the term of the Board.
    (4) Member can be a representative only for a program s/he is enrolled in.
    (5) The Council supports the Board in its work and ensures equal representation of all academic fields present at Jacobs University.
    (6) The Council does not hold separate meetings; all members of the Council have full voting rights at meetings of the Board (see also §3.5).
    (7) The members of the Council inform the graduate students in their respective programs of all resolutions of the Board.
    (8) The members of the Council hear all complaints, suggestions, petitions or inquiries by the students in their respective graduate programs and inform the Board of all topics thus addressed.
    (9) The members of the Council introduce new graduate students in their respective programs to the GSA and inform the Secretary of their arrival.