VERSO's activities are divided into university and department level activities. The departments each have their own Student Assemblies, which act as independent sub-organisations of VERSO. All students can actively participate in their department's Student Assembly. Each Student Assembly elects two delegates that will represent them in the ten-member Student Council. The Student Council is responsible for coordinating activities for the whole university.
VERSO's ten-member Student Council is made up of two delegates from each department. The Student Council holds periodical meetings where information from the various bodies and committees is exchanged, positions and procedures for student participation are discussed, and projects are planned. Within VERSO, the Student Council takes on the role of a management board. The Student Council is coordinated by a co-presidium, currently David Bircher from the DDK and Bastian Riesen from the DKV.
David Bircher - Co-President
DDK, Master Dramaturgie
Committees: Gesamtprojektteam Major_minor, University Assembly, EP Team
Bastian Riesen - Co-President
DKV, Master Art Education
Committees: University Assembly, Quality Developement Committee, Coordination Group “Digital Tuition” (KoDU), EP Team
DKV, Master Kulturpublizistik
DMU, Bachelor Komposition
Committees: University Assembly
DDK, Bachelor Theater
Committees: WOKO (Student Housing Cooperative)
DFA, Bachelor Fine Arts
Committees: International Dossier
Soraya Thashima Rutschmann
DFA, Bachelor Fine Arts
Committees: Learning and Teaching Dossier
DDE, Bachelor Scientific Visualisation
DDE, Bachelor Industrial Design
The student organisation VERSO is governed by the Rules of Procedure. These lay down the structures and procedures of VERSO. The rules of procedure are based on the Universities of Applied Sciences Act and the General Regulations of Zurich University of the Arts, which call for a student organisation to represent all students. The Rules of procedure govern the structure, tasks, rights, and duties of VERSO and thus further apply to all sub-organisations such as the departments' Student Assemblies.
The Semester Council deals with topics that are fundamental to the entire university. For instance, position papers are drafted and accordingly passed on by the Semester Council. The Semester Council consists of six delegates, one from each of the Student Assemblies. It is chaired by two members and has been meeting twice a semester since HS17.
Association of Students ZHdK
The student organisation VERSO is funded by an association, the "Association of Students ZHdK (VSZHdK)". This association is responsible for the administration and financing of VERSO. The association was set up so VERSO could collect membership fees and manage its resources independently. It is legally independent of the ZHdK and therefore not subject to the authority of the ZHdK.
The VSZHdK is regulated by the Articles of Association. The articles define the structures and tasks of the VSZHdK.
To become a member of the VSZHdK, students must pay a membership fee of 32 CHF per semester. The fee contributes to the running of VERSO and can be paid along with the semester fees. If a member wishes to leave the association, they can do so on July 1st or December 1st. Students who are not members of the VSZHdK are of course also represented by VERSO.
Once a year the members of the VSZHdK meet for the General Meeting. At the meeting, the annual financial statement, the budget, and the annual report are approved, and if necessary, the membership fees are adjusted. A complete list of all functions of the General Meeting can be found in the statutes. All members of the VSZHdK present have one vote.
revision of the articles of association 2020
On 1.8.2020, VERSO's Articles of Association were revised and new Rules of Procedure were set. The revision was mainly due to a lack of clarity in the separation between the association and the student organisation. The association, legally independent of the ZHdK, primarily serves as a vehicle that takes care of the funding and administration of the student organisation. Certain bodies and procedures of the student organisation, which were previously regulated by the Articles of Association, are now regulated by the Rules of Procedure. While the student organisation will continue to operate under the name VERSO, the association has been renamed „Association of Students ZHdK" to further emphasise the distinction between the two.