The GSA Council
WHAT IS COUNCIL?
Council (sometimes referred to as Association Council) is the core policy and decision making body at the York GSA and is made up of a group of elected and appointed officers by GSA members to represent the membership as a whole. You can make change through Council and hold your elected/appointed representatives to account.
You can find out more about who sits on Council and what Council’s powers are below or read the minutes from previous Council meetings here.
Who is part of Council?
- Vice-President Academic
- Vice-President Wellbeing and Community
10 Elected Part-Time Officers (including elected Faculty Reps) – They are voting members of Council and are democratically elected each year by you (elections happen in the Autumn of each academic year)! They hold a vote on Council and make decisions about what the GSA campaigns on, the policy it creates, and holds Sabbatical Officers to account.
You can read more about what Part-Time Officers do here [LINK TO ALTERNATIVE PAGE ABOUT PART-TIME OFFICERS]
What can Council do?
- Mandate elected representatives and Officers of the GSA to express a particular view on a particular issue, or to carry out a particular function.
- Set, amend, and repeal policies or bylaws of the GSA;
- Scrutinise and hold to account the Principal Officers of the GSA and positions elected to Council
- Decide on a motion of censure or no-confidence in any of the Officers, members of Council or Trustees of the GSA;
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There are many ways you can get involved with Council and be part of making change at your GSA!
- Standing for election
Each academic year, we elect members to sit on our Council. They hold a vote on Council and make decisions about what the GSA campaigns on, the policy it creates, and holding Sabbatical Officers to account. In addition, our Part-Time Officers can also run their own campaigns for change. Find out more about our next election here
- Attending Council meetings
Did you know that you don’t just have to be a Council member in order to attend meetings? Feel free to come along to any of our Council meetings and contribute to the discussions (please note that for any confidential matters you may be asked to leave for those items). Your input can be part of influencing what decisions are made at Council! Find out the dates for our Council meetings here
- Submitting a motion
You can make change by submitting a motion to Council! Any student may submit a motion, paper or report to Council. This could be by mandating your elected representatives to take a certain stance or carry out certain work, creating policy or holding your elected representatives to account! Find out more about how to submit a motion below.
SUBMIT A MOTION
How to Submit a Motion
Any student may submit a motion, paper or report to Council. This could be by mandating your elected representatives to take a certain stance or carry out certain work, creating policy or holding your elected representatives to account!
Creating motions is easy! All you need to do is tell us your proposed policy title and write about what your policy is!
You can find the motion template here: https://forms.gle/ZNCujmActrsLyTys6
Once a policy has been proposed it will be reviewed by the Representation and Democracy (R&D) coordinator. The policy proposer is welcome to meet with the R&D coordinator prior to or following submission if they require any advice on their policy submission.
The policy will then be passed to the Chair of Council for inclusion at the next GSA Council meeting.
Papers for each meeting are sent out a week before Council, so any policy proposals received in the week before a Council meeting will appear on the agenda of the subsequent meeting.
The proposer will be invited to present their proposal. It will be debated by the GSA Council, and the secretary (R&D coordinator) may be asked factual questions relating to implementation or past practice.
The proposer will be asked to leave the room whilst the policy is voted on.
If the policy is rejected, the proposer may ask for feedback on how to improve the policy, and work with the R&D coordinator to revise the policy.
If the Policy is approved, it will become a by-law. Council approved by-laws are reviewed by Council on an annual basis from the meeting of their approval.
Council Dates for the Year
Here are our Council meeting dates for the 19/20 academic year!
Council Meeting Date
- 29th June 2020
- 19th June 2020
Paper Submission Date
- 27th June 2020
- 17th June 2020
OUR DEMOCRATIC POLICIES
Through decisions made by students, we have a number of policies here at the GSA that impact how we run. Our policies reflect the values of our membership and ensure that we are democratic and representative of our members.
Here you will find current GSA Policies which have been passed by our Council. Our Council is the core policy and decision making body at the York GSA and is made up of a group of elected and appointed officers by GSA members to represent the membership as a whole.
MINUTES, PAPERS AND PREVIOUS MOTIONS