The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas authorizes the establishment of the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and directs the Graduate Faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to develop specific programs leading to Masters and Doctoral level graduate degrees. The Graduate Faculty and the Dean of the Graduate School, both assisted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate Council, shall have primary responsibility for the development, policies and quality of these graduate programs.
A. Graduate Faculty
1. The Graduate Faculty shall have legislative authority for all graduate academic matters. These matters include development of policies for the Graduate School, development and periodic review of courses and programs, review of the Graduate School Catalog and Student Handbook, selection of members of the Graduate Faculty, and approval of students for degrees to be awarded. All legislative actions are subject to the policies of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and approval of the Board of Trustees after review and recommendation by the Dean of the Graduate School, the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the President of the University of Arkansas.
2. Members of the Graduate Faculty shall consist of the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Dean of the Graduate School, and all members
who are elected to membership by the Graduate Faculty through vote of the Graduate Council. Initially, the Graduate Faculty shall consist of those faculty and adjunct faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences who hold graduate faculty status at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Graduate Faculty meetings, called by the Dean of the Graduate School, shall be held periodically.
B. The Dean of the Graduate School
The Dean of the Graduate School will be appointed by the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, with approval of the President of the University of Arkansas. He/she will have administrative responsibility for implementing policies and procedures relating to graduate education. This responsibility, in addition to duties reflected elsewhere, shall include directing the operations of the Graduate School Office, admitting students for graduate study (upon recommendation by the appropriate program), monitoring the progress of graduate students, and verifying that students have met Graduate School requirements for degrees. Furthermore, by his/her work with students, faculty, other administrative officials, and persons and agencies outside the University , he/she shall provide the leadership required to maintain the highest academic integrity for the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and to maintain and develop superior research and instructional programs for graduate education. The Dean shall be assisted in these responsibilities by the Graduate Council.
C. The Graduate Council
The Graduate Council shall act on behalf of the Graduate Faculty on routine matters of policy interpretation, curriculum and course review, and review of applications for Graduate Faculty status. The operating procedures of the Graduate Council are defined by the Bylaws of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School. The Graduate Faculty retains the authority to review and approve or disapprove any legislative action of the Council.