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Council of Graduate Students

Section 14.3 of the Graduate School Handbook

The Council of Graduate Students (CGS) is the student government for the approximately 11,000 graduate students at The Ohio State University. The CGS promotes and provides academic, administrative, and social programs for the graduate students and provides a forum in which the graduate student body may present and discuss academic and non-academic issues at the Ohio State University. The CGS holds at least four regular meetings every semester or summer term.

The CGS directly serves and supports graduate students and the university community in a number of ways, including:

  • Officially representing graduate student interest in university governance through the appointment of graduate students to university committees. 
  • Providing an outlet for the graduate student community to discuss and engage issues related to their interests at the university. 
  • Providing a forum for graduate student research (Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum). 
  • Providing travel funds for professional development (Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service). 
  • Seeking competitive compensation and benefits for graduate students. 
  • Planning special events for graduate students. 

The CGS is composed of delegates selected by the graduate students of the graduate program or by other criterion as determined by the CGS. Members of the CGS are graduate students in good standing. 

The CGS annually elects from the graduate student body the following Executive Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The President of the CGS serves as a liaison between CGS and the Graduate School, the University administration, and the Ohio State Board of Trustees.