GSEC Procedures

Name

The Graduate School Executive Committee of Tennessee Technological University.

Purpose and Scope

The Graduate School Executive Committee of Tennessee Technological University strongly affirms that the curricula of all credit-bearing programs devolve from the faculty. The faculty of each unit or department approves proposals as a committee of the whole or as faculty representatives on a curriculum committee. Approved proposals at the departmental level are forwarded to the college graduate curriculum committee, or its equivalent, and, if approved there, to the Graduate School Executive Committee of Tennessee Technological University for final approval.

The function of the Graduate School Executive Committee is to act for the faculty and the administration in the governance of the graduate program of the University. The Committee is an advisory body to the President of the University on matters relating to the interpretation of Graduate School regulations and on matters of general policy in the operation of the Graduate School.

The committee makes recommendations concerning:

All actions of the Committee are subject to review by the Academic Council and the President of the University. Any action of the Committee must be in accordance with the general regulations of the University and its governing board.

Members

The Graduate School Executive Committee membership shall consist of the following people appointed by the President of the University. (The President may request nominations or suggestions by the Deans of the Colleges represented and/or the Dean of the Graduate School.)

Officers

Conduct of Meetings

Regular meetings shall be scheduled at least three times per semester during the regular academic year. The date and time for such meetings shall be included in the Administrative Calendar.

The Chairperson may call a special meeting when he/she deems such action necessary.

Items for inclusion in the tentative agenda of a regular meeting must be submitted to the Chairperson at least five working days prior to the meeting. Items for inclusion in the tentative agenda for a special meeting must be submitted to the Chairperson at least two working days prior to the meeting. Any member of the University community may submit tentative agenda items to the Chairperson.

A simple majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum. In determining the minimum number of members necessary for a quorum at any meeting, neither faculty members on official leave nor student members not currently enrolled will be counted.

The agenda shall be adopted at the beginning of each meeting by a majority vote of those present.

In any matter requiring a vote, the vote of each member present (except advisory members) shall be recorded equally.

Subcommittees

No standing subcommittees are authorized.

Special subcommittees shall be appointed by the Chairperson as he/she shall deem necessary to carry on specific items of work of the Committee.

Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern committee meetings in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these procedures. Suspension of these rules may be effected by a majority of the voting members present.

Amendment of Procedures

These procedures can be amended at any regular meeting of the Committee by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing to each member at least three (3) working days prior to the meeting. Amendments to Procedures are subject to final approval by the Administrative Council.

Committee Action and Review

Actions of this Committee are subject to review by the Academic Council and approval by the President.

Effective Date of Implementation

These modified procedures shall become effective at the beginning of the 1977-78 academic year.