2017 - 2018


Summer RTD Passes

The following is a message from Gretchen O'Connell, Senior Assitant Dean of the Graduate School. We are happy and proud to have worked toward this solution for two years, advocating on your behalf. We look forward to continuing to engage on this issue and refining this solution in the future.

"I am pleased to announce that effective summer 2018 term all graduate students holding active CU Boulder student faculty appointments (GA, RA, TA, GPTI, but this does not include hourly employed students) during the summer will have continued use of their RTD pass – at no additional cost. The summer pass will be considered as part of the compensation package for these positions.

In late May reports will be generated listing all students who have summer appointments entered into HCM – this is the list that will be used to ensure that their bus passes remain valid. Therefore, even if a student’s appointment will not begin until a later summer session it would be helpful to have summer appointments entered as early as possible.  If an appointment is not entered into HCM until a later date the pass may be temporarily deactivated until the appointment is entered. For students who are working as student faculty and enrolled during the summer term the RTD transportation fee will be waived. They may see it appear on their summer bill in May, but please let them know that they are not responsible for paying the fee. 

The Graduate School is delighted that we have arrived at a positive solution to this issue and we appreciate your assistance in spreading the word to your students. I am happy to answer any questions."


Gretchen S. O'Connell, Ed.M.
Senior Assistant Dean


Statement from UGGS Leadership on the Proposed Changes to CUSG Funding

The principles of collegiality and shared governance are fundamental to the United Government of Graduate Students. We stand firmly by these ideals as the only way to a productive collaboration between the different college constituencies.

We urge the CU Boulder Administration and the leadership of CUSG to act in the best interest of the CU Boulder community, to recognize the needs of all undergraduate and graduate students, and to reflect upon the events that have brought the campus to this situation. We invite CUSG leaders and the Chancellor’s Office to engage the graduate student community and to collaborate with us as the conversation progresses.

This past week's events have brought confusion and uncertainty that has affected our fellow undergraduate and graduate students alike. We call upon our campus leadership to engage in a sincere and respectful conversation that encourages all stakeholders to participate.

Today, we have the opportunity to strengthen our campus institutions. We must take actions to reaffirm the value of student engagement, and reinstate our commitment to responsible oversight of resources, and their fair distribution.
Disclaimer: The plan to reduce financial oversight of CUSG, as appeared on the Chancellor's statement, identifies our group as a financial beneficiary of this change. The statement also suggested a plan to formalize the distinction between our two groups. We currently do not have details about this proposal.
Although financial resources are very necessary, UGGS is not motivated by them. Our organization has one clear goal: the enrichment of all graduate and professional students’ experience at CU.


UGGS is proud to host the annual Western Regional National Association of Graduate - Professional Students (NAGPS) conference in Boulder, CO this year. April 13-14, 2018. 

NAGPS is a student-run national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of graduate & professional students across the United States.  Founded by student leaders in 1987, NAGPS is the only national organization that represents the interests of graduate & professional students in public and private universities at local, state, regional and national levels.The University of Colorado Boulder is a Legacy Member of the NAGPS Western Region. 

This year, graduate student government leaders from 17 different universities in the Western Region are invitited to join us in Boulder to address accountability and graduate student concerns, as well as share best practices. 

For more information about NAGPS please check their website: www.nagps.org

Click here to check the conference schedule