EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2015:
OFFICE HOURS HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO THE UPCOMING FINALS. GPSC WILL STILL BE PROCESSING TRAVEL FUNDING FOR AS LONG AS WE HAVE FUNDS IN OUR BUDGET TO DO SO.
IF YOU HAVE AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR A FACE TO FACE CONVERSATION PLEASE EMAIL US AT GPSC@SIU.EDU TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT. [ONE DAY NOTICE FOR APPOINTMENTS WOULD BE APPRECIATED, HOWEVER WE UNDERSTAND THAT EMERGENCIES HAPPEN]
The SIU Board of Trustees approved the new ACA compliant Health insurance Plan on April 16, 2015. The new health insurance will take effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.
WSIL Media Coverage on Student Healthcare – March 19, 2015
The SIU Student Health Initiative (SHI) is a public education and policy initiative dedicated to implementing the recommendations of the Student Insurance Task Force and to bringing the student insurance plan into full compliance with the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The SHI is organized by the students of Southern Illinois Carbondale — undergraduate and graduate, traditional and non-traditional, on-campus and commuter. Sign the SHI petition and check us out on Facebook!
During the fall of 2014, both the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) passed resolutions calling on the Board of Trustees to bring ACA compliant healthcare to the students of SIU. These resolutions can be found here: USG Resolution & GPSC Resolution.
In the spring of 2015, additional resolutions have been passed by both the USG and GPSC calling on the Board of Trustees to approve the recommendation of the Student Health Insurance Taskforce. These resolutions can be found here: USG Resolution & GPSC Resolution.
Read a USG-GPSC Joint Letter to the Board of Trustees from July 22, 2014.
Check out these resources:
(1) SHI Position Statement
(2) SHI Benefit Comparison
(3) SHI Fact Sheet
(4) SHI Stories from Students
- University Housing Fee Increase – approved – 16 yeas, 0 nays, 1 abstention
- Facilities Maintenance Fee Increase – approved – 15 yeas, 1 nays, 1 abstention
- Health Insurance Fee Increase – approved – 17 yeas, 0 nays, 0 abstentions
To find more details about these fee increases and the vote, please see the February 24, 2015 meeting minutes by clicking here.
The members and leadership of the Graduate and Professional Student Council would like to send their most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.
Dr. Sarvela was a great role model for SIU’s student leaders. He was thoughtful and considerate of the issues affecting graduate education and open-minded when listening to student ideas and concerns. In meetings Dr. Sarvela often listened more than he spoke, and asked questions to make sure he understood the issue at hand. He felt that students should come first and that their concerns should help guide decisions made by university administrators. Dr. Sarvela was friendly, had a great sense of humor and was often smiling; his positive attitude put people at ease. These are characteristics of a great leader and as student leaders we will continue to learn from his example.
In the months that Dr. Sarvela was Chancellor, he worked hard to affect positive change which will benefit students and the university for many years to come. On behalf of the Graduate and Professional Student Council, we would like to thank Dr. Sarvela for his 28 years of service to the students of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His passion for the university and the wider Carbondale community will not be forgotten.
Remembrance for Dr Sarvela PDF