CHARGE & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Graduate Council shall advise the Dean of the Graduate School on matters pertaining to graduate study at the University of Oregon. The Council shall establish general policies and regulations governing graduate study at the University of Oregon, excluding those matters requiring approval by the Chancellor or the Oregon University System (OUS). Specifically, and in addition to its advisory role, the Graduate Council shall be responsible for:
(1) Providing rules and procedures for the effective administration and application of faculty policies and regulations; (2) Recommending changes in, or additions to, the policies and major regulations of the Graduate School; (3) Providing for the maintenance of high standards of graduate instruction; (4) Considering all proposals for changes in courses carrying graduate credit and to present its recommendations to the Committee on Courses; and, (5) Participating in decennial Program Review. This legislation shall not preclude the right of any faculty member to appeal to the general faculty on matters pertaining to graduate policies and regulations.
Membership of the Graduate Council is fixed at 14 voting members, consisting of 12 elected teaching faculty at the rank of assistant professor or above and 2 students plus the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (ex officio, non-voting). Of the 12 teaching faculty, 6 shall be from College of Arts and Sciences representing the Humanities (2), the Social Sciences (2), and the Natural Sciences (2), but no two shall be from the same CAS department; 1 from each of the professional schools/colleges which include the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the Lundquist College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Journalism and Communication, the School of Music, and 1 at large representative from any of the professional schools/colleges. The elected faculty members of the Graduate Council shall come from departments that have graduate major programs leading to a graduate degree and are conducted under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School. One student must be from a program leading to a master's degree and one must be from a graduate program leading to a doctoral degree. Faculty members of the Graduate Council shall be elected for 3-year terms. The Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School shall be empowered to appoint other ex-officio, non-voting members to represent important constituencies of graduate students and faculty as needed.
The Graduate Council shall report to the University Senate. At a minimum this report shall be in the form of an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final University Senate meeting in May. The committee shall also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate as necessary.
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