Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)

The GSC is composed of one (1) Faculty member appointed from each academic division (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical) by the Department Chair in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies (CGS) and considering the recommendations made by the divisions.  The Department Chair appoints one additional, at-large GSC member with advice from the FAC.  One voting graduate student representative is appointed by the Graduate Student Organization.  The Coordinator of Graduate Studies may request the recusal of the graduate student representative at any time.

The GSC assists the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, who serves as the GSC chair, with the oversight and development of the Department’s graduate program.  The GSC reviews proposals for new graduate courses, changes in course content and related curricular matters, and conducts periodic reviews of the Department’s graduate program as a whole. The GSC serves as the Curriculum Committee for graduate curriculum. The GSC is responsible for evaluating applications for admission, evaluating and recommending candidates for graduate appointments, and monitoring the progress and academic performance of graduate students in the Department.  The GSC also serves as the graduate student academic complaint committee; the committee follows the policies and procedures governed by University Policy 3342-4-02.3 when considering graduate-student academic complaints.

In the event that a member of the GSC is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the Department Chair, in consultation with the FAC, will select a replacement from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty.  If the Coordinator of Graduate Studies is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the Department Chair will appoint a member of the GSC to chair the committee and will appoint an additional member to the committee from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty.