Senate Graduate Studies Committee

Standing committee (Reporting Category "B")

Last updated June 15, 2021

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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     Keshav Mukunda
Applied Sciences Chair, Faculty Graduate Curriculum Committee (or designate)     Parvaneh Saeedi
Arts     Sean Zwagerman
Business Admin.     Carolyn Egri
Communication, Art & Technology     Philippe Pasquier
Education     Lucy Le Mare
Environment     Dongya Yang
Health Sciences     Frank Lee
Science     Michael Silverman
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, 2022 John C. Foerster
Graduate Student Pooya Taheri
Graduate Student (Alternate) Zhiyun Peng
Graduate Student (Alternate) Abdul Zahir
GSS Executive representative
Ex-officio     Reese Muntean
Coordinator, Graduate Academic Programs Policy & Curriculum Secretary, Ex-officio (non voting)     Michelle Grahame 
Recording Secretary
Ex-officio (non-voting)     Janelle Kropp (

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.

2021 Meeting Schedule

Date of Meeting Material Deadline
January 5, 2021 December 2, 2020
February 2, 2021 January 6, 2021
*March 2, 2021 February 3, 2021
April 6, 2021 March 10, 2021
May 4, 2021 April 7, 2021
**June 1, 2021 May 5, 2021
July 6, 2021 June 2, 2021
September 7, 2021 August 11, 2021
October 5, 2021 September 8, 2021
***November 2, 2021 October 6, 2021
December 7, 2021 November 3, 2021

*March 2, 2021 is the last meeting to clear items for the Fall 2021 calendar
**June 1, 2021 is the last meeting to clear items for the Spring 2022 calendar
***November 2, 2021 is the last meeting to clear items for the Summer 2022 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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