The Graduate Council is responsible to the Graduate Faculty Assembly for reports and recommendations on academic policies, programs, and regulations peculiar to the graduate program. The Graduate Council is responsible for calling special meetings of the Graduate Assembly and recommending changes in the organization and procedures of the Assembly to the Faculty Conference. The voting members of the Graduate Council also serve as the Graduate Petitions Committee. Membership in the Graduate Council is by appointment by the President and election from each academic college; a nonvoting representative is selected by the Winthrop Library faculty. The Dean of the Graduate School serves as a member, without vote. Voting members serve three years. The chair is elected to a one year term by the voting members, and must have served on the Council at least one year. The voting members elect a Vice Chair from among their own members each year. A representative of the Graduate School office serves as an ex officio member and Secretary, without vote.
Graduate Faculty Assembly