Proposal to Change Department Admission Policies or Academic Standards


If you are requesting to Change Department Admission Policies or Academic Standards, please follow the directions as outlined below. Then complete the proposal following the provided format.

Requests for Changes in Scholastic Standards or Admissions Policies

  • Request for changes that deviate from current graduate scholastic standards or admissions policies shall be made according to the latest Graduate Studies Committee approved format.

  • Requests for changes to graduate scholastic standards or admission policies shall be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee prior to referral to the Faculty Senate.

  • Requests shall be referred to the Chair of the Graduate Policy Committee at least one week prior to its regularly scheduled meeting.  A copy of the request shall be forwarded concurrently to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Following approval by department faculty, requests from a Department or School shall be signed by the Department Chair and the Dean of the Academic School and the Dean of the Graduate School.

  • Requests affecting more than one department shall carry appropriate endorsement by the other group(s) concerned.

  • Department representatives must be present at the Graduate Policy Committee meeting to review the proposed changes and respond to questions from members of the Graduate Policy Committee.

  • All proposals approved by the Graduate Policy Committee shall be submitted to the next regularly scheduled Graduate Studies Committee meeting for approval prior to reporting to the Faculty Senate.


Recommended Format for GSC Submissions Relating to Scholastic Standards or Admissions Policies

Requests for changes to Graduate scholastic standards or admissions policies shall be made according to the following captioned format:

  1. Nature of request

  2. Date voted on by Department faculty

  3. Rationale for recommended change

  4. Exact wording that will go into Graduate Catalog

  5. Date new policy will go into effect

  6. Effects on programs and faculty load

  7. Signatures of Department Chair(s), Academic Dean(s), and Graduate School Dean