Constitution, Policies & Strategy

Our constitution, policies, bylaws, and strategic plan together compose the core objectives, principles, and rules that guide our day-to-day work and codify how the GSS functions. Everything we do is built upon these core documents that outline our work and how we run the Society.

The Graduate Student Society of UBC Vancouver represents and advocates on behalf of all UBC Graduate Students to the University, the Government, and the public. We provide academic, professional, social, and recreational services to our members, and act as stewards of the Thea Koerner House Graduate Student Centre.

Our constitution outlines the fundamental objectives of the Society to support graduate students, from removing financial and physical access barriers to graduate education at UBC, to ensuring adequate housing and childcare, being the voice of graduate students on campus, and coordinating interdepartmental graduate student activities.

The GSS is comprised of many elements, including its Board of Directors as the GSS Council, the GSS Executive, Committees, and GSS Staff. To clarify the makeup of the GSS and view its reporting structures, see the organizational chart below. For more information on Committees and Executives, see our Committees and Executive Leadership pages.Our bylaws and policies codify the rules that outline how we run and guide our day-to-day work at the GSS. Everything we do – from how we organize Council, committees, and referendums, to how we manage our spaces and partnerships is guided by our bylaws and policies.

Our Strategic Plan identifies the Society’s current areas of focus and its key initiatives arising from these areas, both to improve the lives of graduate students and improve the GSS as an organization.

The following two acts in the Province of BC relate to student government and further inform the structure of the GSS as a society, as well as the work of the GSS within the University.

Study Room, Thea Koerner House, UBC

GSS Loft, Rm. 4202 of AMS Student Nest, UBC

Leon’s Lounge, Thea Koerner House, UBC

Thea’s Lounge, Thea Koerner House, UBC

Penthouse, Thea Koerner House, UBC