Changes in Student Government Solidified

An ASUC/GSA picnic in 2013

In the spring of 2014, students voted to approve changes in the structure of student government at UCSF.


The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) and the Associated Students of UCSF (ASUC) merged to create the Graduate and Professional Students' Association (GPSA). This new organization will jointly represent the common interests of all graduate students as well as professional students at UCSF.

Formation of the new GPSA resulted in the dissolution of the GSA. This was made official in June 2014.

Two new student government units have been created that will represent, separately, the specific interests of physical therapy students and graduate students as two distinct groups; and the nursing student group, which had existed before in a slightly different form, will take on a new name.

Most students are represented by two student governments now — the all-inclusive GPSA and another government associated with their particular academic field.  Students in the nursing and sociology PhD programs are represented by three governments.

Here's a table that may help clarify student representation as it now stands:

Program Representation
PhD students in the basic sciences (Tetrad, bioengineering, BMI, BMS, biophysics, CCB, DSCB, neuroscience, OCS, and PSPG) Graduate and Professional Students' Association (GPSA) and Associated Students of the Graduate Division (ASGD)
PhD students in social and population sciences (epidemiology and translational science, history of health sciences, medical anthropology, and sociology) Graduate and Professional Students' Association (GPSA) and Associated Students of the Graduate Division (ASGD)
Nursing PhD students Graduate and Professional Students' Association (GPSA) and Associated Students of the Graduate Division (ASGD) plus Associated Students of the School of Nursing (ASSN) (because these students pay fees to all three student organizations)
Master's students in clinical research, dental hygiene, global health sciences, history of health sciences, oral and craniofacial sciences, and translational medicine (MTM) Graduate and Professional Students' Association (GPSA) and Associated Students of the Graduate Division (ASGD)
Students in the nursing MEPN and nursing MS programs Graduate and Professional Students' Association (GPSA) and Associated Students of the School of Nursing (ASSN)
Students in all physical therapy programs Graduate and Professional Students' Association (GPSA) and Associated Students of Physical Therapy (ASPT)
Students in the online-only MS-HAIL program as well as the master's program in biomedical imaging not officially represented (because they pay no student fees to any student government)
Students in certificate programs (advanced training in clinical research; interprofessional health post-baccalaureate certificate) not officially represented (because they pay no student fees to any student government)

Photo (from a 2013 picnic hosted by the ASUC and the GSA) by Nicole LaMantia from Synapse