Article 7: COMMITTEES OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL

The standing committees of the GRADUATE COUNCIL shall include:

Article 7. A: Curriculum Committee
The Curriculum Committee shall be responsible for making recommendations to GRADUATE COUNCIL concerning additions to and/or deletions from the graduate curricula. The Curriculum Committee's responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to: review of new graduate programs and graduate courses; recommending the elimination of graduate courses and/or graduate programs; deliberations concerning the delivery of graduate courses and/or programs; and, working with the DEANS to facilitate periodic review of graduate curricula.

Article 7. B: Committee on Policy and Procedures
The Committee on Policy and Procedures shall be responsible for making recommendations to the GRADUATE COUNCIL concerning proposed amendments to, additions to, or deletions from the published academic policies of the SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES. The Committee on Policy and Procedures' responsibilities shall include, but are not necessarily limited to, recommendations concerning the by-laws, and policies related to academic standing, residency, grading, admissions, transfer credit, statute of limitations, dissertations and theses.

Article 7. C: Student Welfare Committee
The Student Welfare Committee shall be responsible for making recommendations to the GRADUATE COUNCIL concerning non-academic matters of policy and procedure concerning the economic, social, and psychological welfare of graduate students. The Student Welfare Committee's responsibilities shall include, but are not necessarily limited to, recommendations concerning financial aid, health insurance, child care, housing, international student welfare, and psychological services.

Article 7. D: Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the three officers of the GRADUATE COUNCIL (i.e., the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson and the Secretary) and the chairpersons of the standing committees of the GRADUATE COUNCIL. The Executive Committee may assist in setting the agenda for GRADUATE COUNCIL meetings and may advise the Dean of the SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and/or the President of the University on urgent matters when the GRADUATE COUNCIL is not in session and on issues that do not fall within the purview of one of the standing committees.

Article 7. E: Election of Committee Chairpersons
Subject to the rules governing a quorum, the chairperson of a Standing Committee shall be elected by a majority vote of the members of the GRADUATE COUNCIL present at the last regular meeting of the academic year for the GRADUATE COUNCIL. The chairperson of a Standing Committee shall hold office for a term of two academic years and may be re-elected but for no more than three consecutive terms; except that in the initial election, the chairperson of the Student Welfare Committee shall be elected for 1 year, the chairperson of the Committee on Policy and Procedures shall be elected for 2 years, and the chairperson of the Curriculum Committee shall be elected for 3 years.

Article 7. F: Election of Members to Standing Committees
There shall be a minimum of 1 representative from each of the schools/college elected from the membership of the GRADUATE COUNCIL on each Standing Committee. Subject to the rules governing a quorum, the members of Standing Committees shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present at the last regular meeting of the academic year for the GRADUATE COUNCIL. Members of the Standing Committees shall hold office for a term of one academic year and may be re-elected but for no more than five consecutive terms. With the advice and consent of the Committee Chairperson, the Dean of the SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES may appoint additional members of the University community to the Standing Committees.

Article 7. G: Meetings of the Standing Committees
Meetings of the Standing Committees shall be convened by the Chairperson of the respective Standing Committee as necessary to implement the business of that Standing Committee. The Chairperson of the Standing Committee shall, however, convene a minimum of one meeting per semester in an academic year, excluding the summer sessions. The Chairperson of the Standing Committee shall be responsible for presenting an oral report and for submitting a written annual report to the Secretary of the GRADUATE COUNCIL at the GRADUATE COUNCIL'S last meeting of the academic year.

Article 7. H: Special Committees
As the necessity arises, the Chairperson of the GRADUATE COUNCIL may create one or more Special (or ad hoc) Committees to consider matters not properly falling within the purview of the Standing Committees. The Chairperson of the GRADUATE COUNCIL shall: determine the persons to serve on the Special Committee; specify the length of term of such Special (or ad hoc) Committee; and, designate the chairperson of such Special Committees.