With the passage of this referendum, the two groups will now have their own presidents, cabinets and their own senates. There will only be one student body president sitting on the Board of Trustees who will represent both the undergraduates and the graduate and professional students.
The referendum required a 50 percent plus one vote to pass and received over 80 percent of the vote.
Board of Elections Chairperson Paul Kushner said the election went as planned.
“Other (than) the delay in announcing the results, tonight went the way it is supposed to go,” Kushner said regarding the election results being reported two hours after they were expected.
Today’s referendum only required a 50 percent plus one vote because it was proposed as a constitutional referendum from Student Congress. Past Graduate and Professional Student Federation referendums had to be put on the ballot themselves, meaning it required a two-thirds vote to pass.
This plan was constructed by student government, GPSF and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp.
Madelyn Percy will serve as the graduate student government president for the 2017-2018 academic year.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with my fellow graduate and professional students, the undergraduates and administration to ensure that graduate and professional student voices are represented on campus,” Percy said.