The GSS is the student society and government for all graduate students at Simon Fraser University. We represent over 4,000 students in 38 academic programs at SFU’s Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses. The GSS was born on July 26, 2007, after a referendum in Spring of 2007 where SFU students voted to form a new Society, independent from the SFSS, to represent graduate students.
The BC Universities Act recognizes the Society as the primary representative of graduate students in university affairs and allows us to collect and administer dues on our members’ behalf. We use these fees to provide a group benefits plan, grants and other funding, socials, student spaces, and support to departmental caucuses.
The Graduate Student Society acknowledges that we are located on unceded Indigenous territory of the Coast Salish peoples. Based on our current knowledge, this includes lands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Stó:lo, Tsleil-Waututh, and Semiahmoo nations.
The Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University is a dynamic, member-driven organization that supports graduate students in achieving their personal, professional, and academic goals at SFU and beyond. The Society is committed to receptive stewardship in order to provide relevant representation, advocacy, and services to our membership.
Provide student support
be the voice of all grads
financial, legal and advocacy services
connecting grad students
The Graduate Student Society has been working for the students since 2007. Our Vision is to be an exemplary student organization led by a passionate community dedicated to the well-being and success of its members. Here are some of the facts that reflects our vision.
SFU opened with 2500 students. All students, including graduate students, were represented by the Simon Fraser Student Society.
SPRING 2007 - JUL 2007
A referendum open to all students passed thereby granting independence to graduate students at SFU. In July 2007, the GSS incorporated as a society.
The Graduate Student Society (GSS) was recognized by the Provincial Government, as per the University Act.
The Graduate Student Society (GSS) held its first officer Elections.
Currently the GSS represents over 4500 students in 38 academic programs at SFU’s Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver Campuses. It provides all graduate students with a group benefit plan, grants and other funding, socials, student space and advocacy.