Graduate Council Bylaws

THE BYLAWS
OF
THE GRADUATE COUNCIL
TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Article I.   NAME
The organization shall be called the Graduate Council at Tennessee State University.

Article II.  PURPOSE
The Graduate Council is a policy advisory and regulatory body primarily concerned with implementation of the objectives of Graduate Studies and representation of the Graduate Faculty. It assists the Graduate Faculty with the development of post-baccalaureate programs, with the appraisal of graduate degree programs, and with recommendations pertaining to any aspect of graduate work.

Article III. MEMBERSHIP
A.  One faculty representative from each department or unit which grants graduate degrees shall be elected by the graduate faculty of that department for a three year term.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE HUMAN AND NATURAL SCIENCES
Agricultural Sciences
Biological Sciences
Chemistry

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Business Administration

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Educational Administration
Psychology
Teaching and Learning

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Engineering
Computer and Information Systems Engineering (CISE)                                                                                                   Computer Science

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Health Administration
Human Performance and Sport Sciences (HPSS)
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Speech Pathology

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
Criminal Justice

COLLEGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND URBAN AFFAIRS
Public Administration
Social Work

B.  The Director of Libraries shall be a member.
C.  The Dean of the Graduate School shall be a member.

Article IV. MEETINGS
Regular meetings shall be held in the months of September, October, November, January, February, March, and April. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Graduate Dean or by request of three or more members. A quorum of the Council is one-third of the degree program membership plus one.

Article V. OFFICERS
Chair. The chair shall be the Graduate Dean.

Article VI. COMMITTEES
A.  Graduate Faculty Membership Committee

  • The Graduate Faculty Membership Committee reviews and evaluates credentials of faculty recommended for membership to the Graduate Faculty and for retention of membership on the Graduate Faculty.

B.  Course/Program Review Committee

  • The Course/Program Review Committee reviews and evaluates proposals for establishing new programs and courses or for modifying programs and courses.

C.  Policies and Procedures Committee

  • The Policies and Procedures Committee reviews all proposals and other actions pertaining to policies and procedures governing the operations of the Graduate School and shall, with the Graduate Dean, be responsible for the contents of the Graduate Catalog. Any policy modification or new policy must be approved by the Graduate Council and submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval.

D.  Appeals Committee

  • The Appeals Committee reviews petitions and appeals submitted by students or faculty concerning admissions, retention, and suspension of students.

 Article VII. AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws must be approved by two-thirds of the Graduate Council and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If approved, the effective date of these bylaws shall be April 1, 1999. Initial classes of membership – one year, two year, and three year terms – shall be determined by random selection among the programs.

Amendments to the bylaws after the effective date may be proposed by the Executive Committee or by written petition of any of the members. To be adopted, proposed amendments must receive the approval of a two-thirds majority of the members voting at a meeting. However they originate, proposals form amendments shall be received by the Executive Committee and forwarded with recommendations to the members, in writing, at least 30 days before the meeting at which they are to be voted upon.






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