Visual Studies Graduate Student Association (VSGSA)
The graduate students have organized themselves into the Visual Studies Graduate Student Association (VSGSA). The purpose and activities of this group are largely for the graduate students themselves to decide, although the faculty assigns to the organization one specific task: selecting a student whom will attend the Visual Studies faculty meetings. This representative serves several purposes: they bring the concerns of the graduate student body to the attention of the faculty; they voice the interests of the graduate students in discussions concerning the running of the program; and they communicate back to the graduate students decisions reached at the meetings that might affect the graduate students. The representative do not vote on departmental or program matters, and will not be allowed to participate in discussions on certain confidential matters, such as faculty promotions or the awarding of financial aid to graduate students and the assessment of their progress.