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Graduate Council

The GSBS Graduate Council shall serve as an elected representative governing body for GSBS Graduate Programs acting on behalf of the GSBS Faculty and shall serve as an advisory body to the GSBS Associate Dean for Research and the Graduate School, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on all matters which relate to graduate studies. The Council and the Deans shall develop and annually review a specific list of Council functions which shall be appended to these Bylaws. It is expected that the GSBS Graduate Council will be consulted by the Associate Dean for Research and the Graduate School and the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on all actions being considered which are related to the Graduate Programs. Should a recommendation or action by the GSBS Graduate Council be disapproved by the Dean or Associate Dean, reasons for this disapproval should be communicated, preferably in writing, to the Council before further action is taken. An appropriate TTU Associate Dean of Graduate School shall be invited to serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of the GSBS Graduate Council.

Membership on GSBS Graduate Council.
The GSBS Graduate Council shall consist of two GSBS Faculty members from each of the GSBS Graduate Programs, elected by the GSBS Faculty in each of the GSBS Graduate Programs. The Graduate Advisor of each Graduate Program shall serve as an ex officio member of the GSBS Graduate Council and shall have voting privileges only if elected to serve on the GSBS Graduate Council by the GSBS Faculty of the GSBS Graduate Program. A representative elected by the GSBS Graduate Student Association may serve as a non-voting member of the GSBS Graduate Council. The GSBS Associate Dean for Research and the Graduate School shall serve as Chair of the GSBS Graduate Council and shall only vote to break tie votes.

Terms of Membership.
Elected GSBS Graduate Council members shall serve two-year terms with unrestricted eligibility for re-election. They shall be elected in alternate years by April 15 and take office on September 1.

Vacancies.
GSBS Graduate Council vacancies or un-expired terms shall be elected by the respective Graduate Program GSBS Faculty.

Alternates.
If a GSBS Graduate Council member is unable to attend a meeting of the GSBS Graduate Council, an alternate, either designated by the Council member or elected previously by the GSBS Faculty of the Graduate Program as a standing alternate, may attend the meeting with voting privileges.

Officers of the GSBS Graduate Council.
The Secretary of the GSBS Faculty shall also serve as the Secretary of the GSBS Graduate Council. The term of office shall begin on September 1 of each year. The elected Secretary shall be responsible for recording and appropriate distribution of the minutes of the GSBS Graduate Council meetings. The Associate Dean for Research and the Graduate School shall be Chair of the Graduate Council. In the absence of the Associate Dean, the Chair of the GSBS Faculty shall chair the meeting of the GSBS Graduate Council.

Frequency and Conduct of Meetings.
The GSBS Graduate Council shall meet at least monthly and additionally as voted by the Council or called by the GSBS Associate Dean for Research and the Graduate School. A majority of voting members shall constitute a quorum. Decisions by the Council shall be by a majority vote. Unless otherwise stated in the Bylaws, located  within the GSBS Student Handbook/Policy Manual, Robert's Rules of Order shall be followed in conducting meetings of the GSBS Graduate Council.

Agenda Items and Announcement of Meetings.
Any member of the GSBS Graduate Council may place items on the agenda of a GSBS Graduate Council meeting. Announcement of the time, place, and agenda for any meeting must be sent at least one week prior to the meeting. Items not on the agenda may be discussed, but only agenda items may be considered for formal action at the meeting unless all members (or alternates) are present and vote unanimously to suspend this rule. Meetings of the GSBS Graduate Council are open to attendance by any member of the GSBS Faculty.

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