The Graduate Council at Missouri Western is responsible for developing and recommending University policy and procedures for graduate study, establishing standards, criteria, and approving graduate curriculum in accordance with existing University policies and, through the Graduate Dean, for advising the administration on matters affecting administration of graduate education. This includes graduate offerings, student policies, and graduate faculty appointment. All policies impacting graduate education must pass acceptance by a majority vote of the Graduate Council.
Meetings of the Graduate Council will occur a minimum of twice per semester and additional times as called upon by the Graduate Council Chair. The Graduate Council shall establish bylaws for conducting its business in consultation with appropriate governance bodies and the Graduate Dean. The Faculty Senate shall review these bylaws and recommend approval to the Provost or by 20 percent of the total graduate faculty. Meetings of the Missouri Western graduate faculty may also be called by the Dean of the Graduate School, the Provost for Academic Affairs or the President of the University. A quorum of the Graduate Council is defined as 50 percent of the current voting members. If a quorum is not present, no actions binding on the graduate faculty or graduate students can be taken. The Chair of the Graduate Council has the authority to set the rules for the meetings; however, the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order will be used to settle disputes. A two-thirds majority of the Graduate Council can override any rules set by the Graduate Council Chair or call for modifications to standards in Robert’s Rules.