Executive Council of the Graduate School
     (excerpted from the Constitution of the Graduate School)

The Executive Council of the Graduate School (“Executive Council”) is the educational policy-making body for the graduate programs directly administered by the Graduate School.  The Executive Council functions within the norms established by the President and Board of Directors of Georgetown University.

A. Responsibilities

1. The Executive Council shall advise on educational policies for all graduate programs directly administered by the Graduate School. These policies shall be subject to approval by the Board of Directors of the University when necessary or required by the University bylaws.

2. The Executive Council shall have the right to inquire regularly into the manner in which the Graduate School is implementing the policies.

B. Membership

1. Ex Officio, with full privileges: The Dean (Chair), Provost, and Executive Vice President for Health Sciences;

2. Ex Officio, without full privileges: The Vice Dean and Associate Deans;

3. Tenured faculty with a term of office of two years, renewable for one term.  These individuals shall be appointed by their relevant governing bodies and distributed as follows:

a. One tenured representative from each of the educational programs directly administered by the Graduate School;

b.One representative from the Executive Committee;

c. One representative from the Faculty Senate.

4. One student representative from one of the educational programs directly administered by the Graduate School.

5. Such other members as shall be recommended by the Dean and approved by a majority vote of the Executive Council.

6. In the event that a member of the Executive Council cannot attend a meeting, the member may designate a replacement who shall have the same privileges as the original member.The replacement must represent the relevant cohort as defined in §§ III.B.1-5.

7. Replacements for members unable to serve their full terms shall be appointed by the relevant educational program.  The terms of appointment for the replacement members shall be those of the members whom they are replacing.

C. Meetings

1. The Dean shall call at least two meetings of the Executive Council each semester of the academic year.

2. The meeting agenda shall normally be set by the Dean. Any member of the Executive Council may place an item on the agenda to be considered no later than the meeting following placement of the agenda item.

3. Special meetings may be called at the request of one of the following: the President, theProvost, the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, the Dean, or any three members of the Executive Council.

4. A majority of the members of the Council, excluding the ex officio members, constitute the necessary quorum.

5. A simple majority of all members present shall be required to adopt all motions except amendments to this Constitution.

6. All meetings shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

7. Minutes shall be approved at the next meeting of the Executive Council and be made available to the faculty of the educational programs directly administered by the Graduate School.

D. Committees

The Dean may create standing and ad-hoc subcommittees of the Executive Council. Their purposes shall be to develop and formulate recommendations on issues of concern to the educational programs directly administered by the Graduate School.