After more than a year of struggle among student leaders, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp announced that UNC's student governance will be split into two governing bodies — an undergraduate student government and a graduate and professional student government — effective this April.
According to a memo from Crisp, the undergraduate student body president will continue to have a seat on the Board of Trustees, but the graduate and professional student president will not.
“The SG-GPS President will continue to have the ability to speak to the Board of Trustees and support graduate students on some BOT committees. The BOT may want to consider having a designated Trustee from the University Affairs Committee assigned to graduate and professional student issues,” the memo said.
Two referendums came before this decision, both of which did not have enough votes to make any change. Crisp decided to step in to mediate the decision after the two groups could not come to an amicable solution.
In February, actions will begin to update the election process for the two bodies of government.