JSC Subcommittees

The 2018-2019 Joint Student Council


Student Council Treasurers

Engineering Art Architecture
Dilara Seyman   Maksymilian Mamak
Jack Batson (Assistant)    


Student Council Secretaries

Engineering Art Architecture
Michael Lange   Parker Limon
Jenna Scott (Assistant)    


Website Administrators

Engineering Art Architecture
Chris Watkins    


Representatives serving on the committees formed under faculty governance, noted with an asterisk (*), must be in good academic standing and have plurality.

NOTE: The Art Student Council subcommittee information is not yet available.

Academic Standards*

Each faculty has its own academic standards committee. The Academic Standards Subcommittees define the minimum academic performance acceptable to each faculty, review academic performances each semester, and determine whether students are allowed to continue at The Cooper Union or are asked to withdraw or are dismissed for failing to meet these standards. Students who fail to meet the minimum standard are asked to explain their academic performance to the committee. The Academic Standards Subcommittees meet at least three times a year (at the end of the fall semester, the week before Commencement, and the beginning of the summer.) All matters brought before the committees are confidential. The Academic Standards Subcommittees are also involved in cases involving academic dishonesty.

Engineering Art Architecture
Ariana Freitag Shao Lei Maksymilian Mamak
Gabi Godlewski   Naitian Yang
Jack Batson (alt)   Danny Smith (alt)

Administrative Chair

The Ad-Chairs run the individual student councils and the Joint Student Council. They administer the Student Councils by setting the agenda for the year and for the individual meetings, scheduling and running meetings, monitoring the performance of the individual representatives, and keeping records of the meetings. They serve as liaison to the Deans' offices. The Art Student Council elects one of their chairs to the Administrative Committee of the School of Art. The Engineering Student Council elects an assistant chair and a secretary to assist in the running of Engineering Student Council.

Engineering Art Architecture
Ariana Freitag Austin Abistado Mira Almazrooei
Gabi Godlewski   Dylan Dewald
Jeremiah Pratt   Parker Limon

Administrative Committees*

The Administrative Committees are formed under the governances of the Schools of Art and Architecture, respectively, which define the purview of the committee as: "The Committee shall be responsible for the general administration of the operations of the School and for matters not delegated nor within the purview of other standing committees, and shall serve as advisor to the Dean." Each school has a separate committee.

Art Architecture
Stefan Bottomley Parker Limon
Shao Lei (alt) Danny Smith
  Chong Gu (alt)

Admissions Committee*

The Admissions Committee sets the policies on admissions and recruitment.

Engineering Art Architecture
Brighton Huynh Diego Herrera Dylan Dewald
Jacob Maarek Richard Yurewitch (alt) Parker Limon
Christina Byers (alt)   Danny Smith (alt)

Alumni Committee

This committee liaises with alumni on alumni-related issues.

Engineering Art Architecture
Kirsten Ondris   Gabriella Orsi
Jeremiah Pratt    

Campus Security Committee*

New York State requires the election of students to serve on a campus wide security committee to enforce state law. The mandate for the committee is: "The committee shall review current campus security policies and procedures and make recommendations for their improvement. It shall specifically review current policies and procedures for:

  • Educating the campus community, including security personnel and those persons who advise or supervise students, about sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking offenses pursuant to section 6432 of this article;
  • Educating the campus community about personal safety and crime prevention;
  • Reporting sexual assaults, domestic violence and stalking incidents and assisting victims during investigations;
  • Referring complaints to appropriate authorities;
  • Counseling victims; and
  • Responding to inquiries from concerned persons."

Professor Ruben Savizky of the Chemistry Department serves as chair of this committee.

Engineering Art Architecture
Alexa Jakob   Thomas Choi
Harper Clees-Baron (alt)   Rebecca John
    Gabriella Orsi

Curriculum Committee*

Each of the four faculties has a curriculum committee that decides when to add new courses, eliminate old courses, expand the curriculum in a certain direction, and determines which courses are elective and which required.

Engineering Art Architecture
Brian Frost-LaPlante Diego Herrera David Bermudez
Jacob Maarek Dalila Oliver (alt) Chong Gu
Sanjeev Menon   Kevin Chow (alt)

Faculty of Architecture Committee

This committee liaises with the School of Architecture faculty.

  • Chong Gu
  • Gabriella Orsi
  • Naitian Yang
  • Maksymilian Mamak (alt)

Humanities Curriculum Committee

Engineering Art Architecture
Emily Frank Shao Lei David Bermudez
Ariana Freitag (alt) Ashley Wang (alt) Kevin Chow
    Tianyang Sun (alt)

Humanities Faculty Committee

Engineering Art Architecture
Ariana Freitag Emily Falkowski  
Dilara Seyman    

Joint Activities Committee

The JAC determines funding for recognized clubs and also has disciplinary power over clubs. Each school elects three representatives and one alternate.

Engineering Art Architecture
Jacob Maarek Austin Abistado Maksymilian Mamak
Carena Toy Eve Axelrod Tiam Schaper
Harris Paspuleti (alt)   Maria Del Carmen Maldonado

Judicial Committee

The Judicial Committee meets to hear complaints filed under the Cooper Union Code of Fair Practice and to adjudicate these complaints. Each representative has his or her own alternate so that the proper balance of class years is maintained on the hearing panel; representatives must pass materials directly to the alternate if the representative cannot attend a hearing. Each school elects two representatives and two alternates.

Engineering Art Architecture
Kirsten Ondris Eve Axelrod Danny Smith
Jeremiah Pratt   Naitian Yang
    Chong Gu (alt)

Judicial Appeals Committee

A Judicial Appeal Committee, consisting of one dean and two students, is formed when a student files a timely appeal of a decision of the Judicial Committee.

Engineering Art Architecture
Kirsten Ondris Ashton Carless Mira Almazrooei
Jeremiah Pratt Emily Falkowski (alt) Tiam Schaper (alt)

Library Committee

The library committee serves as an advisory board to the head librarian. Two representatives and one alternate are elected from each school.

Engineering Art Architecture
Harper Clees-Baron Maura O'Connor Rebecca John
Alexa Jakob Eve Axelrod (alt) Thomas Choi (alt)


The Senate was reconstituted, after a recess of more than a decade, as an advisory and consultative body to the President of Cooper Union. Each of the three Student Councils were asked to elect two representatives:

Engineering Art Architecture
Sanjeev Menon Ashton Carless Kevin Chow
Jeremiah Pratt Luke Sarmiento Maria Del Carmen Maldonado
Christina Byers (alt) River Friedman (alt) Tiam Schaper (alt)

School of Architecture Faculty Lecture Series

  • Mira Almazrooei
  • David Bermudez
  • Naitian Yang

School of Architecture Graduate Admissions

  • Frank (Haotian) Zhang

School of Architecture Sunday Salon

  • David Bermudez
  • Parker Limon
  • Tiam Schaper

Survey Representative

The survey committee is responsible for compiling the information from surveys sent out by the council, and, if appropriate, preparing a distribution to be provided to all engineering students.

Trustees, Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Engineering Art Architecture
Christina Byers   David Bermudez
    Tianyang Sun
    Maria Del Carmen Maldonado (alt)

Student Trustees

  • Mary Dwyer
  • Taesha Aurora
  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.