Friday February 12, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:     Vijendra Agarwal, Jim Finch, Michelle Stertz, Glenn Wright, Abdulaziz Elfessi, Jacqueline Hehn, Bernadette Taylor, Tom Krueger, Carol Angell, Rob Dixon (latter part of the meeting)


Consultants Present:    Bruce May, Charles Martin-Stanley, Chris Bakkum, Ray Abhold


Members Excused: Gary Gilmore, Kasi Periyasamy


Guest:  Carla Burkhardt


Tom Krueger called meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.


1.      Tom Krueger (previously vice chair) will take Rob Dixon’s place as chair of the Graduate Council for the remainder of spring semester.


2.            M/S/P (12-0-0) to approve the 12/18/09 meeting minutes with suggested correction.

  M/S/P (12-0-0) to approve the 1/20/10 meeting minutes.


3.      M/S/P (12-0-0) to go into closed session to hear a graduate student academic dismissal appeal as provided in section 19.85 (1)(F) of Wisconsin.


 M/S/P (12-0-0) to readmit (Biology student) into the Biology/Clinical Microbiology Concentration Graduate Program.


M/S/P (12-0-0) to allow (Biology student) a third and final chance to take the comprehensive oral exam in a written format in which a passing score will be > 75%.


The Graduate Studies response letter to (Biology student) will make clear that if the student passes the comprehensive exam, they must then appeal to the Biology Graduate Program to switch from the Clinical Microbiology to the Microbiology Concentration.


The Council came out of closed session.


4.     Academic appeals process


Carla Burkhardt’s input regarding current and proposed language in the text of the Appeal Process for Academic Dismissal from a Graduate Program was discussed.


The following policy change in the above Appeal Process document was suggested, pertaining to the Probation and Retention Standards:  Students who have been declared ineligible and subsequently readmitted to a graduate program will be placed on probation.  This will be discussed further at the meeting with program directors.


The consensus of the committee was that the Appeal Process timelines language should remain as written.


5.         Agenda items for future grad council meetings were discussed.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Bernadette Taylor