UCMSA Universalis is a multicultural and multidisciplinary student association directly affiliated with the University College Maastricht. It is run by UCM students for UCM students and contributes to both academic and social life. The association is involved in the organisation of debates, poetry readings, open-mic nights, parties, charity fundraisers, student representation, and other events.
Following a structure typical of Maastricht University study associations, it is run by a student board. The Universalis student board consists of a Social Board, an Academic Council, and an Independent Body. Board positions are traditionally a semester to two semesters long. Active members of the association are organised as committees which provide services for all students at the college. All new students automatically become a member upon enrollment at the college.
There are currently six members on the UCMSA Universalis Social Board: President, Treasurer, Secretary, External Executive, Social Executive, and Acquisitions Executive. Currently only the President is elected by Universalis members, the rest of the Board are selected by the previous Board and then made official through a public vote in a General Assembly. Board members serve for one or two semesters after which they can re-apply. Social Board meetings are held once a week. Universalis’s committees and societies operate under the Social Board, who seek to financially and logistically facilitate all committee activities.
The Academic Council works in parallel with the Study Association Board, with five members: Chair, Treasurer, Events Coordinator, Internal Executive and External Executive. The Council represents students in working with the University College Maastricht‘s Board of Studies, who are responsible for evaluating academic courses and affairs. They also organize Academic conferences, guest speakers, academic workshops, and student exchanges with sister colleges. The Academic Council is funded by the Social Board, but works in conjunction with the Social Board.
The Independent Body consists of three to five students elected by a general assembly with the goal of keeping the Social Board and Academic Council in accordance with the association’s Statutes and Policy Manual. They also serve a functional role in General Assemblies and voting procedures.