Faculty Council

Membership

Notwithstanding the provision of the general by-law, the following shall be members of the Faculty Council of Graduate Studies:


1. The President or his/her designate,

2. The Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies,

3. The Associate Deans of the Faculty of Graduate Studies,

4. Deans of faculties and directors of schools within the University which conduct graduate programs.

5. The Director of Libraries,

6. Members of the academic staff of departments offering graduate programmes elected in accordance with provisions set forth below.

7. Eleven students in addition to those provided for in the general by-law, making a total of fourteen students. (This number is computed as fifty percent of the quorum, plus one.)

8. Chairs of faculty graduate committees where elected by their respective Faculty Councils, and the Co-ordinator of the master's program at St. Boniface College.


Membership Selection

Academic Staff

1. Every department offering a graduate programme shall elect one representative to the Faculty Council.

2. Each department which has more than 30 graduate students (full-time equivalents calculated each year on December 1st, according to the method currently used for staffing and enrolment quota purposes) shall elect an additional representative to the Faculty Council.

3. Departmental representatives shall be elected by and from those members of the department who are members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

4. The term of office for a departmental representative shall be two years, with the number of consecutive terms being two.

5. An alternative may be elected for each departmental representative to replace the representative in his/her temporary absence.

Students

1. Any student who is registered in a degree programme in the Faculty of Graduate Studies shall be eligible for election to the Faculty Council.

2. Two representatives shall be elected in a manner established by the Graduate Students' Association Council by and from each of the following five functional areas as defined by the G.S.A.C.:

· Humanities
· Health Sciences
· Social Sciences
· Agricultural Sciences
· Natural Sciences

3. Four additional representatives shall be elected by and from the Graduate Students' Association Council in a manner established by that council.

4. Each representative shall be elected for a term of one year with the number of consecutive terms being two.

5. The number or proportion of student representatives on committees of the Faculty Council shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Faculty Council.


Meetings

1. The Faculty Council shall meet at least once each term.

2. The Dean or his/her designate shall be the presiding officer at all meetings.

3. Meetings of the Faculty Council shall be called at the discretion of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies or on the written request of twenty-five members of Council.

4. At least fourteen days' written notice of any regular meeting shall be given and at least seven days' notice of any special meeting.

5. The quorum necessary for the transaction of business at any meeting shall be twenty-five members.

6. In addition to the elected members, Council meetings shall be open to all other members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, who shall have the right to be recognised and to take part in debate, but not to propose motions or to vote.

7. Council meetings shall also be open to observers, subject to the Council moving into closed session by the vote of a simple majority of those members in attendance and voting.


Powers to Act

In addition to the powers set forth in the general by-law, the Faculty Council of Graduate Studies shall have power:

1. To exercise all responsibility for the enrolment of graduate students in accordance with regulations governing their admission.

2. To recommend the appointment of adjunct and honorary professors.

3. To conduct elections in accordance with the provisions contained in Membership Selection.

4. To delegate from time to time to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Executive Committee, either conditionally or unconditionally and either exclusively or concurrently, any of the powers set forth herein and in the general faculty and school council by-law.