School of Nursing

Ballot Question
Do you approve the merger of the Associated Students of UCSF (ASUC) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) to become the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), including the reallocation of student government quarterly membership fees between the GPSA and academic specific student governments?

Additional Ballot Question for Nursing Sociology & PhD Students Only
If UCSF Students approve the merger of the Associated Students of UCSF (ASUC) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), do you approve an increase of $5 in the ASGD quarterly membership fee?  In accordance with University of California policy, if approved, 25% of the amount collected from this $5 fee increase will be returned to UCSF students in the form of financial.

If this referendum is approved, ASUC and GSA will be replaced by GPSA. This will NOT lead to an increase in the total student government membership fees for a nursing professional student. Student government fees for Nursing PhD and Sociology students will increase $5 per quarter (exclusing summer quarter).

If this referendum is not approved, the current ASUC & GSA structure will remain in place and the total student government membership fees for a nursing professional student will also stay the same.

Summary
In order to represent and support all students and their various priorities and needs within a unified student government, the Associated Students of UCSF (ASUC) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) have proposed a merger of their organizations to become the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA).

Voting “yes” to the reallocation of student government membership fees will NOT increase the total amount of student government membership fees a School of Nursing professional student currently pays. The student government membership fees will have shifted in order to provide the consistent programs, funding, and services as it has in the past few years. The total student government fee would still be $16 per quarter (excluding summer quarter) for professional nursing students.

A subset of the students of the School of Nursing—Sociology, Nursing and Nursing Health Policy PhD students—have petitioned to be represented by Associated Students of the Graduate Division instead of Associated Students of the School of Nursing as the nature of their programs, their interests, and advocacy issues are most aligned with those of students in other PhD programs. As result, the Nursing PhD students will be included on the Graduate Division ballot.

Governing Documents
Graduate and Professional Student Association Constitution
Graduate and Professional Student Association Bylaws
Associated Students of the School of Nursing Bylaws

Additional Information
Graduate and Professional Student Association Website

Pro Statement Con Statement
YES on the GPSA Initiative & Referendum
The establishment of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) would provide the opportunity to increase interprofessional collaboration, facilitate the ease of campus-wide initiatives and events, support cross-program alliances and provide stronger voice for students advocacy while reducing administrative redundancies, inefficiencies and costs. The GPSA will provide a forum for students that does not currently exist to discuss issues and ideas of interest, importance and/or concern across academic programs as well as communicate student views to internal and external audiences. 
NO on the GPSA Initiative & Referendum
The establishment of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) will provide fewer leadership positions on the umbrella student government level, ask graduate students to pay a second student government fee that the professional students currently pay, and potentially provide smaller academic programs with less representation at the level of the GPSA while providing more representation at the academic student government level.

GPSA Structure

GPSA Fee Structure