Graduate Faculty Council
Membership, Quorum, Powers and Duties
Graduate Faculty Council
There shall be a Graduate Faculty Council of the university, which is responsible to Senate.
Graduate Faculty Council Membership
The membership of this council shall include:
a) The dean of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, who shall be the chairperson of this council
b) The associate dean(s) of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
c) One graduate co-ordinator from each department or faculty (in the case of Education, Music, Social Work, the Seminary and Laurier Brantford) offering a master's or a doctoral program. Where departments / faculties offer both a master's or a doctoral program, there is to be only one administrative representative from the department or faculty.
d) One full-time member of the graduate faculty to be appointed or elected annually by each department or faculty (in the case of Education, Music, Social Work, the Seminary and Laurier Brantford) offering one or more graduate programs
e) One full-time graduate student from each faculty offering a master's or a doctoral program, one from the Seminary and one from Laurier Brantford. The student representative from each faculty within the university is to be elected or appointed annually by the Graduate Students' Association. The student representative from the seminary is elected or appointed by the Seminary Student Association.
f) The deans of each faculty, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and Laurier Brantford (non-voting observers)
g) The university librarian (non-voting)
h) The university registrar (non-voting)
i) The manager of graduate administration (non-voting)
j) The directors of joint graduate programs (non-voting - observers)
A quorum for all meetings of Graduate Faculty Council shall include 1/2 of the voting members.
Alternate Delegates for Appointed or Elected Representatives
If an appointed or elected member is unable to attend a meeting, he or she may request an alternate to attend the meeting. Such alternate may participate fully in all discussion, but may not vote per Senate By-Laws.
Powers and Duties of the Graduate Faculty Council
The Graduate Faculty Council shall consider all questions relating to the academic quality of graduate studies within the university and, without intending to restrict the generality of the foregoing, shall receive and debate recommendations, proposals or motions submitted by departments, faculties, schools, or the dean of graduate studies. More specifically, the Graduate Faculty Council shall:
a) Make recommendations to the Senate with respect to rules and regulations for the government, direction and management of graduate studies at the university;
b) Make recommendations to the Senate with respect to any changes in rules and regulations pertaining to graduate studies;
c) Consider all new graduate courses and all proposed changes in existing graduate courses and make recommendations to Senate thereon;
d) Consider, study, and review all proposals for new graduate programs, and make recommendations to Senate thereon.
Approved by Senate May 31, 2004; revisions approved by Senate January 10, 2012 and May 28, 2013