The governance of the Graduate School of the Graduate School and University Center is outlined in its Governance document and the Bylaws of Graduate Council. The Governance document includes provisions regarding administration, degree and certificate programs, faculty membership, and faculty and student responsibilities. The Bylaws of Graduate Council set forth its rules of governance. Copies of the Governance document and the Bylaws are available in the Provost’s office from Ms. Alice Eisenberg, Telephone: 1-212-817-7227, or in the Governance, Policies, and Procedures section of the website.
The CUNY Board of Trustees bylaws require the Vice President for Student Affairs to certify to the President of the Graduate Center and/or to the Chancellor of the University, that all students running for or holding certain elected or appointed leadership positions meet specified academic and term limit eligibility guidelines. These guidelines apply to all student members (and alternates) of the following bodies: student government, including the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) and the University Student Senate (USS); Graduate Council, including all Graduate Council committees; all Graduate Center advisory committees, including search committees; departmental governance bodies and committees, including search committees; Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee; College Association Governing Board; Auxiliary Enterprise Governing Boards; Student Election Review Committee (SERC); and editors of student publications (as well as officers and directors of any radio/TV station).
The academic eligibility guidelines pertinent to Graduate Center students require that students running for or holding the specified positions be matriculated at the Graduate Center; have a grade point average of 3.0; and, if a Level I or master’s student, be registered for a minimum of 3 credits and “have completed and earned passing grades in at least 50 percent of the credits for which [he or she] registered the prior semester, but in no event less than 3 credits”; or, if a Level II or Level III student, be making satisfactory academic progress.
Except for Doctoral Students’ Council Co-Chairs, who are limited to a maximum of three years, “[s]tudents shall be permitted to serve in the same executive office in a student government, the University Student Senate, or [executive office in an]other student leadership position for a maximum of two years.”
The full policy can be found online.
Questions regarding the eligibility guidelines may be addressed to Miss Elise Perram, Associate Director of Student Affairs and Director of Student Activities (1-212-817-7411; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Associate Director of Student Affairs
The Graduate Center
Graduate Council is the academic governing body of the Graduate School of the Graduate School and University Center, and the Bylaws of Graduate Council set forth its rules of governance. Members include representatives of the faculty, students, and administration. The President of the Graduate Center is the Chair of Graduate Council. The Executive Committee of Graduate Council formulates the agenda and brings actions to Graduate Council, which meets four times each year. Graduate Council is concerned with such matters as curriculum, degree requirements, standards of admission, academic performance, and program governance. Much of the work of Graduate Council is done through its standing committees, which include the following:
Committee on Structure
Committee on Curriculum and Degree Requirements
Committee on Research
Committee on Committees
Committee on Student Services
Student Academic Appeals Committee
Information Technology Committee
Complete information on the membership and functions of Graduate Council is contained in the Bylaws of Graduate Council. Copies of the Bylaws and listings of current Graduate Council and committee membership are maintained in the Provost's Office. Information may be obtained from Ms. Alice Eisenberg, Telephone: 1-212-817-7227, or in the Governance, Policies, and Procedures section.