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 2019

Tuesdays, 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM

155, Nicholson Hall, Minneapolis

September 24th, 2019

October 22nd, 2019

November 12th, 2019

December 3rd, 2019

Click here for past Agendas and Minutes archives

(Please click on the dates for agenda. Agenda will be available 1 week in advance. Meeting minutes will be available after GA approval.)

Preparing for your first GA

Robert's Rules (short video)

Why 155 Nicholson Hall?

GA meeting venue will be Nicholson 155 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 Spring will be held on the Friday, two weeks 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 Fall 2019 EC meetings are: September 10th, October 8th, October 29th and November 19th. 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!