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2013-2014 Annual Report
C-12 Responsibilities, Rights and Welfare of Graduate Student Academic Employees Committee

Summary: 2013-14 was a very quiet year for the Responsibilities, Rights and Welfare of Graduate Student Academic Employees Committee. No major issues were brought forward to the committee to evaluate or discuss.

The one issue brought to the committee, in which the committee served in more of an advisory role, was a draft version of a bill of rights for graduate students. On November 21, 2013, the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) passed a resolution requesting that the Graduate School adopt the bill of rights once approved by the GSA.

On March 5, 2014, GSA representatives Columbia Mishra, GSA president, and Omar Al-Hinai presented the draft bill of rights to the committee for discussion and feedback. All committee members were present except one, and Dr. Terry Kahn, associate dean of graduate studies, was present representing the Graduate School. A very lively discussion took place and committee members provided a plethora of suggestions and recommendations for the GSA. Overall, the committee endorsed the idea of having a Graduate Student Bill of Rights, but revisions were necessary. Since this was the first draft and major revisions were encouraged, it will not be part of the record and thus is not attached.

On March 5, 2014, the final action of the committee was the election of Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson as 2014-15 committee chair.

Marv Shepherd, chair