Good Standing

In Spring 2015, the GPC General Assembly modified the GPC Bylaws to define “good standing” for a Represented Area, where a Represented Area is defined as any department, division, college or school with graduate or professional students.

In Fall 2018, the GPC General Assembly modified the GPC Bylaws to include new rules regarding the meeting credits a department must earn in order for that department to maintain “good standing”. One Meeting credit is earned for one department when one Representative attends one General Assembly Meeting.

Whereas a Represented Area gets a number of Representatives based on the number of graduate or professional students in that Area, that number of Representatives multiplied by the number of regularly-scheduled General Assemblies during a semester will represent that Represented Area’s “Maximum Possible Meeting Credits”. A Represented Area of graduate students must then earn 2/3rds (rounded up) of their Maximum Possible Meeting Credits in order to count as in “good standing”; a Represented Area of professional students must then earn 1/2 of their Maximum Possible Meeting Credits in order to count as in “good standing”. For more on this, please refer to Resolution 1819-03.

Example: if your Represented Area has three Representatives, and there are four regularly-scheduled General Assembly meetings in a semester, then your Represented Area has a Maximum Possible Meeting Credit number of 12. If your Represented Area is of graduate students, your Area must earn 8 credits. If your Represented Area is of professional students, your Area must earn 6 credits.

In the Fall of 2018, the GPC General Assembly modified the GPC Bylaws to allow At-Large Representatives to serve as proxies for the purposes of earning meeting credits for the Represented Area those At-Large Representatives come from. This makes it easier for Represented Areas to maintain “good standing” when their usual Representatives cannot attend a meeting.

Individuals within represented areas in “good standing” are eligible for 100% of travel grant funding; all others can only receive up to 50% of the maximum. Additionally, organizations wholly within a Represented Area that is not in “Good Standing” are not eligible for GPC group funding (co-programming).

At the end of each semester, the GPC Secretary creates a report of the Represented Areas that attended the majority of GA Meetings, i.e., is in “good standing”, which are listed below. If you do not agree with your Represented Area’s “good standing” status you can appeal to the GPC Executive Board for a review.

To see if your Representative(s) are attending GA Meetings this semester, please see the General Assembly page. Attendance for previous semesters is also available on that page.


Departments in Good Standing after Fall 2020

  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies
  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Food Science
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • Health Administration
  • History
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Informatics
  • Journalism
  • Law School
  • Medical Pharmacology & Physiology
  • Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapuetics (MPT)
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Health
  • Romance Languages & German and Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Textile & Apparel Management
  • School of Visual Studies
  • Theatre
  • Veterinary Medicine and Surgery