Structure & Representation

GSS Structure & Governance

The GSS is led by an Executive Committee comprised of six elected officers. The voting membership of the GSS is comprised of Senators representing each of the UNH colleges, programs provided by the Graduate School, as well as international students and residents of graduate housing. Each Senator is required to serve on at least one GSS committee. All matriculated UNH graduate students are at-large (non-voting) members of the GSS.

The GSS Constitution defines the rights, responsibilities, and structure of the GSS. Our Bylaws detail how the GSS conducts business, the rights and responsibilities of our officers, senators, and general members, and our election process.

UNH Graduate Student Senate Constitution & Bylaws (version approved February 21, 2020).

Internal GSS Committees

The GSS has several standing committees that deal with the everyday function of the GSS. (Please review the Constitution & Bylaws for more detail.)
  • GSS Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall, at minimum, consist of the following Executive Officer positions: President, Vice-president, Communications Officer, Community Coordinator, External Relations Officer, and Financial Affairs Officer. The President, at their discretion, may appoint a previous GSS President to serve as a member of the Executive Committee, and may also appoint senators to sit on the Executive Committee. 

  • GSS Governance Committee: The Governance Committee shall consist of the Vice President (serving as Chair), Communications Officer, and at minimum two additional senators. This committee shall oversee the annual election process; shall oversee any removals from office; shall review and propose amendments to the GSS Constitution and Bylaws as necessary; and shall develop and conduct the annual New Representative Orientation. The Committee is also charged with reviewing previously adopted GSS policies as well as approving new GSS policies.

  • GSS Programming Committee: The Programming Committee shall consist of the Community Coordinator (serving as Chair) and at least two other senators. This committee shall plan, coordinate, and develop professional development and social programs for the benefit of the GSS general membership.

  • GSS Financial Affairs Committee: The Financial Affairs Committee shall consist of the Financial Affairs Officer (serving as Chair) and at least two other senators. This committee shall advise the Financial Affairs Officer on all matters of Senate finances. This committee shall also oversee all facets of the annual UNH fee oversight process including communication of mandatory fee changes, solicitation of feedback, conducting an annual meeting of the full GSS to vote on the mandatory fees, and drafting of positions statements.

  • GSS Joint Committee on Advocacy & External Affairs: Under the External Affairs Officer and President, this internal GSS committee corodinates advocacy, interactions, and communication on-campus and with local, state, and national legislators, as well as any official responses to relevant legislation.

External Representation

Members of the GSS represent UNH graduate students on a wide range of committees and councils across the campuses and the USNH system. Below are some of the bodies in which GSS members participate...

UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors

Campus Recreation Building Committee

Campus Recreation Outdoor Pool Oversight Committee

Campus Recreation Steering Committee

Central Budget Committee

President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities

President's Commission on the Status of People of Color

President's Commission on the Status of Women

President's Commission on the Status of GLBT Issues

University Council for Inclusive Excellence & Equity

Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee

Faculty Senate University Curriculum and Academics Policy Committee (UCAPC)

Graduate Council

Health Insurance Advisory Committee

Healthy UNH

Commencement Awards Committee

MUB Board of Governors

NEASC Accredidation Committee

Planning Committee for the Carsey School of Public Policy

Space Allocation, Adaption and Renewal Committee (SAARC)

UNH Sesquicentennial Planning Committee

Transportation Policy Committee

University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees

University System Student Board (USSB)