(adopted by action of the Graduate Faculty Council and the Graduate Faculty, May 3, 2010)
Article I. Purpose and Authority
The purpose of the Graduate Faculty of Indiana University shall be the advancement of
knowledge through research and instruction of the highest quality. The faculty shall seek
to foster in graduate students a spirit of inquiry, recognition of the value of scholarship,
and an understanding of the integrity required for the pursuit of scholarship.
The Indiana University Graduate Faculty has advisory and legislative authority over all
matters pertaining to graduate faculty membership, graduate curricula and requirements
for graduate degrees.
Article II. Membership
The Graduate Faculty shall consist of all tenured or tenure-eligible Indiana University
Faculty. Non-tenure track faculty who are recommended by their departments or schools
may be approved for membership in the Graduate Faculty by the Dean of the University
Graduate School in accordance with the policies set forth by the Graduate Faculty
Council. Faculty may receive further endorsement to direct doctoral dissertations by
recommendation of their department or school and the approval of the Dean of the
University Graduate School in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Faculty
The standards and the procedures for obtaining and retaining such membership shall be
determined by the Graduate Faculty Council.
Article III. The University Graduate School
The University Graduate School (“School”) shall be the executive office of the
Graduate Faculty. It shall administer the policies of the University that pertain to
graduate education and shall administer the decisions of the Graduate Faculty
Council as representatives of the Graduate Faculty. The School shall confer all
Ph.D. and non-professional Master’s degrees.
The Dean of the University Graduate School (“Dean”) shall serve as the University
administrator responsible for all matters pertaining to graduate education. The
primary responsibilities of the Dean shall be:
- To serve as chief executive officer of the School. The Dean shall represent issues
of the School to the administration of the University on all matters pertaining to
graduate education; and
- To serve as administrative head of the School. The Dean shall have responsibility
for the leadership and direction of the School, shall administer and enforce its
policies and regulations, shall maintain its records, shall establish procedures for
securing conformity to the rules of the School, shall on the advice of the
department concerned appoint committees for Master’s students and doctoral
- To, with the advice of the Graduate Faculty Council, award fellowships and
- To serve as the representative of the School and the Graduate Faculty to internal
and external audiences.
The Dean shall annually convene a meeting of the Graduate Faculty. At this annual
meeting the Graduate Faculty shall receive the reports and plans for the coming year
from the Dean concerning the operation of the School.
Article IV. The Graduate Faculty Council
The Graduate Faculty Council (“Council”) shall be the representative body of the
Graduate Faculty. The duties and functions of the Council shall be to:
- Adopt bylaws for the governance of the Council.
- Create standing and special committees, assign their duties and receive their
reports and recommendations.
- Establish general requirements for degrees granted by the School.
- Establish standards for admission of students to the School.
- Ensure the academic quality and integrity of graduate programs through curricular
oversight and periodic program review.
- Establish and review the membership standards and procedures of the Graduate
- Adopt policies and procedures concerning graduate education for implementation
by the School, subject to review by the Graduate Faculty.
- Give general direction to the School, receive the reports and recommendations of
the Dean and provide advice on any matter related to graduate education.
- Accept issues for consideration presented by members of the Graduate Faculty
and determine questions that should be placed before the Graduate Faculty for its
advice or decision.
- Advise the Dean with respect to:
- Awards of fellowships and grants-in-aid.
- The general improvement of standards of graduate work.
The Dean and Associate Deans of the School shall be non-voting ex-officio
members of the Council.
Each school, college or campus with Graduate Faculty shall be entitled to representation
on the Council. Each campus shall be entitled to at least one representative.
The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (Bloomington) and the Graduate
Student Organization (Indianapolis) shall be entitled to elect one representative each to
The faculty members of the Council shall have two-year terms of office, one half of
which shall be filled each year. Members shall be eligible for election to a second
consecutive two-year term, after which they shall be ineligible for election for one
year. Student members shall have one-year terms of office.
In the Spring Semester of each year, the Council shall conduct an election of its
representatives. Temporary or permanent vacancies in the Council shall be filled for the
duration of the vacancy in accordance with the Bylaws of the Council.
At the last Council meeting of each academic year, the members of the Council for the
following year shall elect Council officers as described in the Bylaws of the Council.
The offices to be filled shall be: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary. The
Chairperson of the Council shall serve as the Presiding Officer.
The Graduate Council shall ordinarily meet once monthly from September through
April and may meet at other times by the request of the Dean or by decision of the
The Council or the Dean may convene a special meeting of the Graduate Faculty at any
time to solicit the advice or decision of the faculty about any matter within its
jurisdiction. In addition, upon petition of a simple majority of members of the Graduate
Faculty to the Dean, the latter shall convene a special meeting of the faculty within two
weeks. The Dean shall preside at all special meetings of the Council.
Article V. Implementation and Amendment
Adoption of this Constitution shall be by approval of the Council and ratification by twothirds
of the Graduate Faculty voting on the issue by paper or electronic ballot. The
Constitution of the Graduate Faculty and the Bylaws of the Graduate Faculty Council
shall replace all previous Constitutions and Bylaws. The effective date of
implementation shall be 1 July 2010.
This Constitution may be amended by approval of the Council and ratification by
two-thirds of the Graduate Faculty voting on the issue by paper or electronic ballot.