Graduate Studies

Graduate Council USM Governance

Governance Document: Graduate Council By-laws

PART IV: THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

ARTICLE I: RESPONSIBILITIES

The Graduate Council is the graduate faculty’s advisory body to the chief academic officer regarding graduate affairs. The Council shall make recommendations to the chief academic officer concerning the qualifications for designation as graduate faculty, the organization and administration of graduate affairs, the review of existing graduate programs, and the development of graduate programming including the review of proposals for new graduate degrees.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

Each school, college, or independent degree program offering graduate degrees shall be presented on the Council by one member for each ten full-time-equivalent graduate faculty or major fraction thereof except that each school, college, or program shall be represented by at least one member. Each academic unit may determine its method of selecting representatives to the Council.  Two students will be appointed by the chief academic officer from recommendations by members of the graduate faculty.  Terms of office shall be one year, and no elected faculty member shall serve more than four consecutive full terms. The chief academic officer may appoint to the Council an administrator from the Division of Academic Affairs.

ARTICLE III: CHAIR

The Chair of the Council shall be elected by its members.

ARTICLE IV: BY-LAWS

The Graduate Council shall establish by-laws for the conduct of its affairs and proper notice of meetings, agenda, and actions.  By-laws shall be distributed to all members of the graduate faculty and other interested parties.