Friday, May 6, 2005-10:00 a.m.

325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:    R. Dixon (Acting Chair), T. Blumentritt, T. Krueger, D. Reineke,

                                    W. Schwan, S. Simpson, T. Staloch, and I. Wilson (Student Rep.)


Members Excused:  R. Rada, M. Thorman


Members Absent:     C. Angell, D. Sutherland, and A. Von Dollen (Student Rep.)


Consultants Present:   C. Martin-Stanley, B. May, and D. Schumacher


Consultants Excused: K. Mc Lean


Consultants Absent: G. Arimond


Others Present:         Ronald Rochon


1.         The meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m. by Rob Dixon, Acting Chair.


2.         A motion was made, seconded and passed to approve the minutes of April 29, 2005.

            (7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstaining)


3.         Academic Initiative-Learning Community-Ron Rochon:  On March 4, 2005

            Dr. Rochon met with the Council to speak about learning Communities and how the culture, language,

            etc. are different from those of the traditional graduate  programs.   Dr. Rochon developed a plan for

            use of Academic Initiative resources, a draft of the plan was sent to members of the Graduate Council

            last week (please refer to handout “University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Graduate Student Grant

            Program.)  This was a first reading of the plan; Dr. Rochon gave the council an overview of the plan

            which included elements of research/service and travel/professional development.  He informed the

           Council of what it would take to integrate their needs into those of existing grant programs of Graduate

           Studies/Graduate Council and awarding of grants.  The Council discussed the plan with

            Dr. Rochon, and offered suggestions regarding language.  The Academic Initiative-

            Learning Community will be on a future agenda.


4.         Rob Dixon informed the Graduate Council that UW System Legal approved the Appeals Process for

           Academic Dismissal.  It has not been approved by UW-L Faculty Senate.


5.         A motion was made, seconded and passed to move to closed session for a student appeal.

           (8 yes, 0 no, 0 abstaining)

            The student was a Graduate Special and earned a grade of D in a 4 credit graduate

            course.  The Graduate Catalog states “Repetition of courses-repeating graduate courses is not allowed;

            even when the recorded grade is lower than “C”.   The student requested a waiver of the policy to be

            allowed to retake the course.  A packet was distributed to Council Members, including a letter from the

            student, and one from the course instructor.  The student brought his/her undergraduate

            transcript and distributed them to members.  The student gave a review of what he/she believes is

            responsible for his/her dismissal.  The student was excused and the appeal was discussed

            by council members.  A motion was made, seconded and passed to allow the student

            to return to UW-L as a graduate student.  (6 yes, 2 no, 0 abstaining).  A roll call vote

            was taken (6 yes, 2 no, 0 abstaining).

            A motion was made, seconded and passed to allow the student to retake the course

            where he/she received a “D”.  (7 yes, 0 no, 1 abstaining)


A motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn the Graduate Council Meeting at 11:04 a.m.  (8 yes, 0 no, 0 abstaining)


Respectfully submitted,


Fran Temp


c:         Graduate Council Members

            Department Chairs

            Graduate Program Directors

            Faculty Senate

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