The Graduate Council shall be a legislative body, with legislative responsibility delegated to it by the graduate faculty, which retains authority to review and approve or disapprove any legislative action of the Council. The Council, chaired by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, shall determine its own governance and interpret its own legislation. The Council meets on the third Thursday of each month, with the proposed agenda sent to Council members at least one week before each meeting. A report of Council action shall be sent to members of the graduate faculty.
In cooperation with the Dean of the Graduate School, the Graduate Council shall be responsible for implementing guidelines for graduate education and for developing and implementing policies and procedures concerning matters such as the following: criteria for admission and retention of graduate students, courses for graduate credit, proposals relating to new and existing graduate programs, membership in the graduate faculty, evaluation of the quality of graduate education, and verification that students have met requirements for graduate degrees.
The Graduate Council shall have a total of 15 members composed of the following: The Dean of the Graduate School, 1; Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, 2; Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, 3; Walton College of Business Administration, 2; College of Education and Health Professions, 2; College of Engineering, 2; Interdisciplinary Programs, 1; Graduate Dean's Student Advisory Board, 2. The distribution of representatives on the Graduate Council may be adjusted from time to time by the graduate faculty. Associate deans of the academic colleges and the library will be non-voting ex-officio members of the Graduate Council, as will a representative from the Office of Student Affairs.
The procedure for selecting Graduate Council representatives for a college or unit shall be determined by the faculty of that college or unit who are members of the graduate faculty. The term for representatives shall be three or four years, except that a college or unit with more than one representative shall select members for staggered terms. The college or unit shall designate one of its representatives as the senior member.