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 Master's 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 Fall 2020

Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Virtual until Further Notice

September 24th, 2020

October 22nd, 2020

November 19th, 2020

December 1st, 2020

Click here for archived Agendas and Minutes

Please click on the above dates for agenda. Agendas will be made available 1 week in advance. Meeting minutes will become available after GA approval.)

Preparing for your first GA

Robert's Rules

Why 35 Nicholson Hall?

The in-person 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, all meetings will occur on virtual platforms until further notice. Should you need more clarification on this decision, write to us. We will be happy to provide you with more detailed answers.

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 Judicial Committee. Our EC meetings for Fall 2020 will be held approximately two weeks preceeding our GA meetings virtually until further notice. Exact timings of these meetings are decided a week before the meeting, based on the availability of a majority of the voting Directors.

Please write to us if you want more specifics. The tentative dates for Fall 2020 EC meetings are: TBD. Approved and archived EC Agendas and Minutes are available here. We will advertise the timings of our EC meetings on our News webpage and other social media platforms. Please follow us on them!

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