Council is the governing body of the Society of Graduate Students. It is composed of the following:

Members from any department where there is a graduate student organization must be appointed/elected by this organization in order to become a Councillor.  Members from departments that do not have a graduate student organization must collect the signature of four other members from that department who are in good standing in order to become a Councillor.  If you have questions about whether your department has a graduate student organization, or how elections proceed after signatures are collected in departments without one, please contact your department's graduate administrator. 

 

Council Meetings

{ Next Meeting: September 25, 2014 }

We encourage members to attend all council meetings, but know that this is not always possible.  If you know you are unable to attend either a Council Meeting or a General Meeting, but are able to have someone represent you, please fill out the appropriate form in advance and have your alternate bring it to council with them. 

This month's council package can be found here.  

 

Speaker / CRO Rulings

Occasionally the SOGS Speaker or Chief Returning Officer (CRO) is required to make rulings that affect the Society. Speaker rulings are designed to clarify disputes over the interpretation of the Constitution and By-Laws, while CRO rulings are occasionally required to rule on the validity of nominations, campaign impropriety and election validity. Rulings from the current fiscal year can be found on the Documents page.

 

Joining Council

Serving as a Councillor enables you and your colleagues to voice your concerns and to raise the issues that matter to you. Meetings are held eleven times per year, and average only a couple of hours in length. Being a Councillor enables you to learn more about issues affecting graduate students, both at Western and beyond – and provides an opportunity to meet with graduate students from other departments.

Becoming an active part of SOGS Council can benefit your department’s graduate students. At the end of each term, the Society issues Departmental Grants to those departments who send representatives to Council meetings. Council is the "House of Commons" of SOGS. At Council, decisions are made about the Society’s policies and practices, including the health plan and the Grad Club.

Departmental Grants reward Council attendance; the amount of the grant reflects how many meetings each department has had Council representation at. Grants are issued at a rate of $2.00 per full-time equivalent student, pro-rated to departmental Councilor attendance. Departments with less than ten full-time equivalent students will receive a minimum of $20.00 per term based on a representative attending 100% of SOGS Council meetings per term. How your department’s students use the grant money is entirely up to you as a group.

Please contact the office immediately if:

  • You are interested in becoming a Councillor, 
  • You are a Councillor and wish to take a leave of absence, or 
  • You are a Councillor and wish to resign.

 

Current SOGS Council Seats

Department
American Studies
Anatomy & Cell Biology
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Astronomy and Physics
Biochemistry
Biomedical Engineering
Biology
Business (PhD)
Business (Mgmt)
Chemistry
Classical Studies
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Earth Sciences
Economics
Education
Engineering
English
Environment & Sustainability
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Family Medicine
Film Culture
Financial Economics
Food & Nutrition
French
Geography
Health and Rehabilitation Science
Hispanic Studies
History
Journalism
Kinesiology
Law & Legal Studies
Library & Information Science - Masters
Library & Information Science - PhD
Linguistics
Mathematics
Media Studies
Medical Biophysics
Microbiology & Immunology
Music & Popular Music
Neuroscience
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Orthodontics
Pathology
Pharmacology & Physiology
Philosophy
Physical Therapy
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Social Work
Sociology
Statistics
Surgery
Theology
Theory & Criticism
Visual Arts
Women's Studies
President
Number of Seats
1
2
2
1
2
2
2
4
2
1
3
1
3
1
3
3
2
9
16
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
5
1
3
1
4
1
4
1
1
1
1
3
2
4
1
2
3
1
1
4
3
3
2
3
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
1

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