Senate Graduate Studies Committee

Last updated: June 12, 2024

Standing Committee (Reporting Category "B")

Members Conditions Term Expiry Date Name
Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies  Chair Ex-officio     Mary O'Brien
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Ex-officio     George Agnes
Associate Director, Graduate Admissions, Records and Registration Ex-officio     Michelle Grahame
University Librarian (or designate) Ex-officio     Nicole White
Applied Sciences Chair, Faculty Graduate Curriculum Committee (or designate)     Parvaneh Saeedi
Arts & Social Sciences     Kate Slaney
Business Admin.     Sudheer Gupta
Communication, Art & Technology     Arne Eigenfeldt
Education     Lucy Le Mare
Environment     Valerie Crooks
Health Sciences     Lawrence McCandles
Science     Vance Williams
Graduate Student Elected annually in the Spring Semester by and from graduate students. Post-election vacancies will be filled by election by Senate. 1 year May 31, 2025 Sikandra Ali
Graduate Student Marissa Traversa
Graduate Student (Alternate) Randy Puderak
Graduate Student (Alternate) Pok Man Tong
GSS Executive representative
Ex-officio     Massi Khaleghi 
Coordinator, Graduate Academic Programs Policy & Curriculum Secretary, Ex-officio (non voting)      
Recording Secretary and Curriculum Assistant
Ex-officio (non-voting)     Stania Juriga (

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NOTE: In general an "alternate" member is invited to attend meetings when a regular member is not available. Please confirm the role of the alternate member on this committee with the committee secretary.

2024 Meeting Schedule

Date of Meeting Material Deadline
January 9, 2024 December 6, 2023
February 6, 2024 January 10, 2024
*March 5, 2024 February 7, 2024
April 2, 2024 March 6, 2024
May 7, 2024 April 3, 2024
**June 4, 2024 May 8, 2024
July 9, 2024 June 12, 2024
September 10, 2024 August 7, 2024
October 8, 2024 September 11, 2024
***November 12, 2024 October 9, 2024
December 10, 2024 November 13, 2024

*March 5, 2024 is the last meeting to clear items for the Fall 2024 calendar
**June 4, 2024 is the last meeting to clear items for the Spring 2025 calendar
***November 12, 2024 is the last meeting to clear items for the Summer 2025 calendar


  1. To maintain the academic standards established by Senate.
  2. To review and make recommendations to Senate concerning new graduate programs.
  3. To review and make recommendations to Senate concerning major changes to graduate programs.
  4. To review and approve all proposed new graduate courses, course deletions, and minor changes to programs. These changes shall be reported to Senate in summary form.
  5. To administer, review and make recommendations to Senate concerning Graduate General Regulations.
  6. To consider matters concerning Graduate Studies referred to the Committee, and to make recommendations to the appropriate bodies.
  7. To consider and decide on policy recommendations concerning graduate course registration, course and program withdrawal procedures, and on the administration of graduate records.


  1. The Committee quorum shall be the Chair and seven members.
  2. A voting member of the committee who cannot attend a meeting may send a qualified alternate. For faculty members, this shall be a member of the same Faculty who is qualified to chair his/her Department Graduate Program Committee, selected by the Faculty Graduate Program Committee. For graduate students this shall be a graduate student so elected at Simon Fraser University.
  3. The Committee may establish sub-committees. With a two-thirds majority vote the Committee may delegate some of its powers defined by the Graduate General Regulations to such sub-committees, or to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Graduate students must be represented on all sub-committees.
  4. Committee meetings shall be open, except when addressing matters related to privacy of individuals.
  5. Committee meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
  6. The Committee shall report to Senate in March of each year.

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