About the GSA


How can I get involved in the GSA?

All GSA members have the right to participate in all GSA events, including, but not limited to, meetings of the GSA Board of Directors, Annual General Meeting (AGM), social events, elections, by-elections, and referenda, unless specified in the constitution and bylaws.

GSA members who wish to join the GSA Board of Directors may run for election as a General Director (departmental representative or community representative) or an Executive position, in accordance with the GSA Constitution and Bylaws.

How can I receive valuable information from the GSA?

The GSA manages a listserv in which valuable information regarding the bus pass, elections, notice of AGM and more are sent to graduate students. This listserv is updated once a year in September. If you are not a part of the listserv and wish to be added at any time, please email the GSA general email (gsa@uoguelph.ca) to request you be added. The GSA also sends a monthly newsletter which is distributed to each department through the GSA General Directors.

I have a question regarding a graduate student matter, who should I contact?

All questions can be directed to the GSA general email (gsa@uoguelph.ca) account and will be directed to the correct Executive for response.

If you wish to contact a GSA Executive directly, you may contact them at the below addresses.

Executive Email Portfolio
GSA President gsapres@uoguelph.ca GSA operations, administrative concerns
GSA Vice President Internal gsavpint@uoguelph.ca Elections, Board of Directors, Mediation and Conflict Resolution
GSA Vice President Finance gsavpfin@uoguelph.ca Health and Dental Plan, GSA Grants and Bursaries
GSA Vice President External gsavpext@uoguelph.ca Transit, Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP), City of Guelph
What is the difference between CUPE and the GSA?

The GSA works to advance the academic and social goals of the graduate students at the University of Guelph through advocacy, social, and financial resources. The GSA is the recognized primary graduate student government body, as such the GSA is the organization that is recognized by the University to seek grad student members on academic boards and committees.

CUPE acts as a liaison for teaching assistants and sessional lecturers through a Collective Agreement that regulates the terms and conditions of the employment of members of the Local's bargaining units.

The GSA and CUPE 3913 are autonomous from one another at the University of Guelph.

What is the GSA?

The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) is your official representative at the University of Guelph. Whether in negotiations with university administration, participation on various university committees, or through interaction with other student organizations on campus, the GSA is making sure the interests of graduate students are taken into consideration.

The mission of the GSA is to advance the academic and social goals of the graduate students of the University of Guelph through advocacy, social, and financial resources.

Who is a member of the GSA?

Full-time and part-time graduate students at the University of Guelph are members of the GSA.