The Graduate Council consists of the dean and associate dean of the Graduate School, nine members of the graduate faculty elected by the graduate faculty, one member appointed by the graduate dean and one graduate student. The council determines and recommends general policies for the Graduate School.
In addition to being the elected representative of the graduate faculty, the Graduate Council serves as the Committee on Exceptions in an advisory capacity to the dean of the Graduate School. This responsibility may be discharged by the council acting as a committee of the whole, through subcommittees, or ad hoc committees consisting of selected members of the graduate faculty and graduate student body. Conclusions reached by the Graduate Council are transmitted as recommendations to the dean of the Graduate School.
The Graduate Council also serves as a committee on appeals if the student is dissatisfied with direct administrative action taken by the graduate dean. In such cases, the judgment of the council is final.
The Doctoral Program Subcouncil exists for the general advocacy of doctoral programs throughout the university community and to review, determine and recommend policies for doctoral programs. Membership consists of the graduate dean and associate dean, one representative from each doctoral program and one member elected from the Graduate Council.