GSA administrative policies
The Board is the main executive body of the GSA. There are desicions to be made on your behalf at almost every Board meeting. These desicions directly or indirectly affect your interests as members of the GSA. However, it is often hard to establish the power of such decisions since the Charta is too broad about it.
Therefore, the GSA would like ot discuss with you the binding power of desicions made by the GSA as such (by the graduate community on the Assembly) and its executive body (the Board).
Your comments, criticism and suggestions will be incorporated into dicusssions on administrative policies by the working group.
As the result of it, the concrete documents will be composed to be presented at the next Assembly to establish and assure continuity of decisions made by the GSA and its executive body.
The first meeting on 29th of March, 2007
At the first brain-storming meeting (29th of March, 2007) the following questions were discussed:
- The necessity to clarify the continuity of decisions passed by the GSA (board, Assembly), is it possible to do?
- The necessity to define the types and strength of decisions passed by the GSA (board, Assembly), is it realistic to achieve?
The following points were agreed on:
- Only board decisions ratified by the General Assembly are binding for the future boards.
- The traditions are established and passed by the General Assembly.
- There should be clear policy on the GSA entities, their power and the binding character of their decisions.
- The pre-structure of the archive is to be created in order to clarify the previous decisions, i.e. what was done and discussed on different matters (administration, voting, finances, etc.)
one of the drafts for a by-law
Governing the continuity of decisions by the GSA executive body
(1) According to the Charta, the GSA executive body consists of the following entities: the General Assembly, the GSA Council, and the Executive Board (see Charta § 2.1).
(2) Such entities and their decisions have to be consistent within themselves and the administrative structure of the GSA.
(3) The decisions of the administrative body, according to their increasing power, can be classified as follows:
(3.1) Resolution issued by the Board. Such resolution is binding for the present board and GSA members, and is effective immediately after been voted for (see Charta § 3.6). Any two Members can introduce the motion to overturn Board resolution at the General Assembly (see Charta § 7.3).
(3.2) By-law issued by the Board. Such by-law is binding after it has been published for five days (see Charta § 8.3). During these five days any two members can introduce the motion to overturn Board by-law at the General Assembly by a qualified majority (see Charta § 7.3).
(3.3) Resolution issued by the Board that is verified by the General Assembly. Such decision becomes binding for the all members and future boards until it is overturned by a qualified majority of the General Assembly (see § Charta 5.8).
(3.4) Decision issued by the General Assembly. Such decision is binding from the moment it was voted for by absolute majority (see Charta § 5.8). Such decision is binding for all Members (see Charta § 5.8).The GA decision can be overturned only by another GA decision by a qualified majority (see § Charta 5.8).
(3.5) By-law issued by the General Assembly. Such by-law is binding for all members from the moment it was voted for by absolute majority (see Charta § 8.3). The GA by-law can be overturned or modified by a rigorous majority of the GA (see § Charta 5.8).
(3.6) Amendment to the Charta issued by the General Assembly. Such amendment is effective from the moment it was voted for by a rigorous majority (see Charta §5.8 and §8.1).
(3.7) Change in the Charta issued by the General Assembly. Such change is effective from the moment it was voted for by a rigorous majority (see Charta §5.8 and §8.1).
(4) A decision of lesser status cannot override or be in contradiction with a decision of a higher status.
(5) A decision of equal status can not be in contradiction with another decision of the same level, but can override it.