The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is the Recognized Student Governance Association (RSGA) at University of Minnesota that represents, advocates for, informs, facilitates communications among, and supports Twin cities graduate students (students who are seeking a research degree: a Ph.D. or a Masters that is associated with a Ph.D. program).
All COGS-fee paying graduate students are members of the COGS General Assembly (GA). Each graduate program can elect one voting GA member amongst all their graduate students, to represent their program.
General Assembly Meetings 2018
Preparing for your first GA
Robert's Rules (short video)
Why 35 Nicholson Hall?
GA meeting venue will be Nicholson 35 as it fulfills our need to accommodate at least 100 people, friendly to people with disabilities, availability and cost, and proximity to campus bus stops. Should you need more clarification on this decision, write to us. We will be happy to provide you with more detailed answers.
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Our Executive Committee (EC) Meetings:
Our EC meetings are open to all, although only the 9 directors are voting members. The working of the EC is monitored by our JC. Our EC meetings for 2018 will be held on the Monday of the week preceeding our GAs in Waite Library Annex, Ruttan Hall, on the Saint Paul campus. Timing of these meetings are decided a week before the meeting depending on the availability of majority of the voting directors. Please write to us if you want more specifics. The dates for this year are: September 17th, October 15th, November 5th and November 26th. Majority of the EC have offices on the Saint Paul campus, which is only a campus connector ride away from the Minneapolis campus should anyone wants to observe. Saint Paul is a beautiful campus that every UMN student needs to experience. Our minutes are available in our 'Archives' page. We will advertise the timings of our EC meetings on our 'News' page and other social media platforms. Please follow us on them!