Senate Graduate Studies Committee

Standing committee (Reporting Category "B")

Last updated December 03, 2022

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Members Conditions Term Expiry Date Name
Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies  Chair Ex-officio     Jeff Derksen
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Ex-officio    

George Agnes

Roxanne Panchasi 

Associate Director, Graduate Admissions, Records and Registration Ex-officio     Krista Gerlich-Fitzgerald
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.     Andrew Gemino
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, 2023 John C. Foerster
Graduate Student  
Graduate Student (Alternate)  
Graduate Student (Alternate)  
GSS Executive representative
Ex-officio     Reese Muntean
Coordinator, Graduate Academic Programs Policy & Curriculum Secretary, Ex-officio (non voting)     Hannah Buteau
Recording Secretary
Ex-officio (non-voting)     Ruth Anyankpele (

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.

2022 Meeting Schedule

Date of Meeting Material Deadline
January 11, 2022 December 8, 2021
February 1, 2022 January 5, 2022
*March 8, 2022 February 9, 2022
April 12, 2022 March 16, 2022
May 10, 2022 April 13, 2022
**June 7, 2022 May 11, 2022
July 5, 2022 June 8, 2022
September 6, 2022 August 10, 2022
October 4, 2022 September 7, 2022
***November 1, 2022 October 5, 2022
December 6, 2022 November 9, 2022
TBA December 7, 2022

*March 8, 2022 is the last meeting to clear items for the Fall 2022 calendar
**June 7, 2022 is the last meeting to clear items for the Spring 2023 calendar
***November 1, 2022 is the last meeting to clear items for the Summer 2023 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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