Members of Student Congress discussed the proposed split between the Graduate and Professional Student Federation and undergraduate student government at its semester planning meeting on Saturday.
“This is us losing authority,” Student Congress Speaker David Joyner said.
Student Congress met in a six-hour open session to set goals for the upcoming semester.
The group discussed GPSF as part of a policy information session about representation and the student constitution. Other information sessions covered student government finances and campus climate.
“My worry with a split government is that undergraduates and graduates wouldn’t be interacting much at all,” said Cole Simons, chairperson of the Oversight and Advocacy Committee.
Simons questioned what would happen to student representation on the Board of Trustees if there were separate graduate and undergraduate student governments. Currently, the student body president sits on the Board of Trustees.
“We don’t need to be diminishing that voice any more,” Simons said.
Joyner said more meetings will be held to discuss the proposed GPSF split before the policy change would be brought to a full student body vote.
Representative Sarah Hudak said it is important for students to understand the benefits of either option.