Graduate Council - Educational Policy

The subcommittee advises on the review and evaluation of all new graduate program proposals and degree requirement changes, and reviews student status and dissertation information. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.

Committee Analyst: Judi Garcia (530) 752 - 0623

Spring Quarter 2017-2018

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80. Graduate Council
A. This council shall consist of twelve Senate members (including a chair, a vice chair, and the Dean of Graduate Studies non-voting ex officio), four graduate student representatives (the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor selected by Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Association Chair, the GSA Vice Chair, a fourth graduate student selected by GSA) two postdoctoral scholar representatives (the Postdoctoral Scholar Association Chair and another postdoctoral scholar selected by the PSA) and two representatives appointed by the Davis Academic Federation. The Dean of Graduate Studies shall not be chair or vice chair. A chair and vice-chair of this council shall be named by the Committee on Committees. Any member from the Davis Division on the Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs who is not a regular member of the Graduate Council shall be an additional ex officio member of this council. The council shall be organized into subcommittees to facilitate the conduct of its business. Subcommittees of the Graduate Council shall be appointed by the Chair and shall serve from the first day of September each year. Deans of Graduate Studies may be appointed to subcommittees but shall not serve as chair of any subcommittee. The Chair of the Graduate Council shall appoint additional Academic Senate members to the subcommittees as deemed necessary. (Am. 6/7/1983, 9/1/2011)
B. It shall be the duty of the Graduate Council with respect to the Davis campus:
1. To grant certificates of admission to qualified applicants for graduate status; to admit qualified students to candidacy for degrees to be conferred on graduate students; to appoint committees in charge of candidates' studies, who shall certify for every candidate before recommendation for a higher degree that the candidate has fulfilled the requirements of the University pertaining to that degree. (Am. 11/25/96)
2. To make final reports to the Executive Council concerning the conferring of graduate degrees.
3. To advise the Chief Campus Officer concerning relations with educational and research foundations.
4. To regulate the conduct of graduate work of the Division with a view to the promotion of research and learning. (Am. 10/22/2002)
5. To supervise the conduct of public and other examinations for higher degrees.
6. To make recommendations to the Representative Assembly and to the statewide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs concerning the establishment of new graduate degrees.
7. To report and to make recommendations to the Representative Assembly on matters pertaining to graduate work.
8. To coordinate the procedures of the various departments and schools on the campus insofar as they relate to the conferring of degrees higher than the Bachelor's degree.
9. To recommend and supervise all new, changed, or deleted graduate courses of instruction in the Division. In discharging this responsibility, the Graduate Council presents its recommendations to and shall maintain liaison with the Committee on Courses of Instruction.
10. Consistent with the rights of the Faculties under the Standing Orders of the Regents (105.2.b), to determine for the Division and to make recommendations to the statewide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs concerning the initiation of new programs by departments and graduate groups and to approve or decline to approve changes in established programs leading to existing graduate degrees, including, but not restricted to, the transfer, consolidation, disestablishment and discontinuation of existing graduate programs. (Am. 11/1/2005, 9/1/2011)
11. To set policies and standards for admission to full- and part-time graduate status. (Am. 10/19/1971)
12. To make rules governing the form of presentation and the disposition of dissertations. (Am. 12/15/1967)
13. To recommend the award of fellowships and graduate scholarships, including honorary travel fellowships, according to the terms of the various foundations. (Am. 12/15/1967)
14. To set policies and standards for appointment of graduate students to be Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Research Assistants, and recipients of University Fellowships. (Am. 12/15/1967)
15. To limit at its discretion the study lists of students who are employed.
16. To set policies and standards for appointment of postdoctoral scholars or their academic equivalent and for their enrollment by the Graduate Division. (Am. 12/15/1967)
17. To conduct regular reviews of current graduate programs for their quality and appropriateness. (Am. 11/25/1996)
18. To establish policy on and exercise authority on academic disqualifications and/or dismissals as well as over all graduate academic transcript notations. (En. 12/15/1967)
19. To recommend the award of the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, according to the terms of the Academic Senate.
20. To approve and review, or make recommendations to the Coordinating Committee on Graduate affairs where required, all post-baccalaureate certificate programs not offered solely through University Extension. (En. 9/1/2012)
C. The annual report of the Graduate Council will be presented at the first regular meeting of the Representative Assembly in the fall term. (En. 6/4/85)
D. At its discretion and consistent with Senate Bylaws 20 and 330(C), the Graduate Council may delegate to the Dean of Graduate Studies administrative decisions related to the academic regulations and policies of the Graduate Council. The Dean of Graduate Studies will report on and Graduate Council will review these delegated decisions annually. (En. 2/28/05 & eff. 2/28/05)