The initial attempt was voted down in a runoff election, but it will be back on the ballot in November.
Student Body President Bradley Opere said following the elections, all parts of student government are working together on communication and moving forward.
“Once you come from the division of an election and how everything was run, it sort of can be difficult to start off from there. We’ve been doing a lot of trust building and we still are,” Opere said. “I think it’s positive for the most part.”
In the spring, students had an opportunity to vote for a Two for Two referendum — which would have allowed graduate student government to form an independent governing body; the Better Together referendum — which would have changed the constitution while keeping the current student government structure; or for no change.
According to an April 2016 ruling by the UNC Supreme Court, the November vote will retain the same language and voting procedure.
Dylan Russell, president of GPSF, said he hopes the November election is a positive change for the student body.
“The fact of the matter is that there just needs to be a conversation about where graduate and professional students’ voices belong on this campus ... Graduate and professional students make up 37 percent of the student body and we have very different needs and issues that we need to make sure are heard,” Russell said.
Russell said GPSF is establishing a task force to help ensure graduate and professional students’ needs are met.