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College Bylaws

The College bylaws were significantly revised by Graduate Studies Council between August 25, 2015 and November 24, 2015 to clearly separate bylaws from policies. The bylaws are also available as a PDF file.

Article I. Name, Authority, Mission, Scope, and Amendment

  1. Name

    The name of the body constituted in this document shall be the College of Graduate Health Sciences of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

  2. Authority

    Established in 1928, the College of Graduate Health Sciences (hereafter referred to as the College or CGHS) is a duly constituted academic unit of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (hereafter referred to as UTHSC) with the authority to recommend the awarding of degrees and certificates. The College operates in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of the University of Tennessee.

  3. Mission

    The mission of the College is to improve the knowledge about human health through education, research, and public service, with an emphasis on improving the health of Tennesseans.

  4. Scope

    These Bylaws provide the administrative structure and operating procedures for the College and shall apply to all subordinate units in the College. In the event of a conflict between the College Bylaws and the bylaws and policies of UTHSC, the University of Tennessee, the Board of Trustees, or the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the bylaws and policies of these other entities shall apply.

  5. Amendment

    A quorum being present, these Bylaws may be amended at a meeting of the CGHS Graduate Studies Council by two-thirds vote of the members.

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Article II. College Organization

The College is campus-wide with respect to its faculty, policies, programs, and relationships. In the administration of College policies and programs, the established lines of executive and administrative authority within UTHSC are followed.

  1. Dean

    The executive and administrative head of the CGHS is the Dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences, who reports to the Chancellor of UTHSC. The Dean receives recommendations on College issues from the Graduate Studies Council (Article II.C).

  2. Assistant and Associate Deans
    1. Appointment

      Assistant and Associate Deans shall be appointed upon recommendation of the Dean following consultation with appropriate search committees, or as necessary, in accordance with the University of Tennessee procedures.

    2. Duties

      The authority and responsibility of each administrator shall be set forth in job descriptions as specified by the Dean.

    3. Review

      The performance of all administrative officers shall be reviewed annually by the Dean.

  3. Graduate Studies Council
    1. Composition

      The Graduate Studies Council is chaired by the Dean and consists of the Chair or Director of each program and department within the College, a representative from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and a student representative.

    2. Counsel

      The Graduate Studies Council is advised by the following committees appointed by the Dean of the College: Credentials Committee (Article III.A) and Curriculum Committee (Article III.B). In addition, The Graduate Studies Council is advised on student affairs by the Graduate Student Executive Committee (see Article III.C) and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Advice on academic affairs and postdoctoral affairs are provided by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, respectively. The Graduate Studies Council may seek additional counsel as needed.

    3. Authority

      The Graduate Studies Council is responsible for reviewing new courses and programs in the CGHS. The Council also recommends the credentialing of faculty to the Dean. It shall be within the province of the Council on its own initiative to plan and to recommend institution of programs of graduate instruction; to set standards of admission and curricula; and to assemble, organize, and interpret information pertaining to the graduate programs at UTHSC. Recommendations arising from these activities shall be submitted to the Dean. When program matters that are of concern to another college or other unit are under consideration, the administrative head of that unit shall be consulted.

  4. Chairs and Directors
    1. Program Chairs and Directors

      Program Chairs and Directors are faculty members appointed by their respective programs. The Program Chair may designate the Program Director to sign concerning academic matters within the College. Program Chair and Director responsibilities include:

      1. recruiting students to their program;
      2. directing application and admissions;
      3. directing course registration;
      4. ensuring that students are meeting requirements for their degree program;
      5. making students aware of courses available from other programs;
      6. reporting annually on the status of the program;
      7. performing periodic program review (Article IV.G).
    2. Department Chairs

      Each Department Chair’s responsibilities include:

      1. accountability for all administrative and professional activities of the department;
      2. yearly review of the performance of faculty and staff in the department;
      3. initiating the process of promotion for the faculty of the department.
  5. Departments

    The College shall be organized into departments as necessary to fulfill the College mission.

  6. Faculty
    1. Responsibility

      The faculty are responsible for establishing and maintaining a standard of excellence for graduate work within the College. Members of the graduate faculty are responsible for the instruction of candidates for the M.S., M.D.S. and Ph.D. degrees, postdoctoral fellows, and other students enrolled at UTHSC. The post-baccalaureate programs for which the faculty are responsible are listed in the CGHS section of the Catalog. The faculty, along with the Dean, will continuously monitor ongoing programs to ensure that their level of excellence is maintained.

    2. Credentialing and Appointment of the Faculty

      Faculty may hold one or both of two faculty standings within the College: credentialed and appointed. Credentialing in the College is required before a faculty member may (1) direct a graduate course and serve on students’ faculty committees or (2) supervise the research of students working toward degrees awarded through the CGHS. Appointment is to a department within the College to fulfill specific duties within the department and University.

      1. Credentialing
        1. In general, the credentialed CGHS faculty consists of faculty members whose primary appointment is in one of the professional colleges of UTHSC and who are actively engaged in research. Any paid, affiliated, or adjunct faculty member at UTHSC who holds an earned doctorate or the highest degree appropriate to the field and has demonstrated an interest in research may be nominated by a Program Chair for credentialing as CGHS faculty.
        2. Approval of credentials to serve on the graduate faculty is made by the Dean upon the recommendation of a Program Chair and/or the Credentials Committee.
        3. Credentials to serve on the graduate faculty do not necessarily carry approval to direct degree research without additional certification as described in Article II.F.3.
      2. Appointment
        1. In certain instances, faculty may be appointed directly in a department within the College to fulfill specific instruction, research, and administrative needs that are best met by such an appointment.
        2. A primary or adjunct appointment in a department within the College does not credential the faculty member as described in Article II.F.2.a.
        3. The procedure for appointment in a department shall follow the procedures specified in the UTHSC Faculty Handbook.
    3. Certification to Direct Degree Research
      1. Graduate faculty credentialed to direct master’s research shall have published in peer-reviewed journals, shall have served on thesis or dissertation committee(s) or supervised postdoctoral fellows for at least one year, and shall be involved in an active program of research.
      2. Graduate faculty credentialed to direct doctoral research shall have established independence in their research, in addition to the requirements for directing master’s research. Approval to direct degree research shall remain valid as long as an approved member holds the valid credential in the CGHS.
      3. To be a Research Advisor to direct master’s or doctoral degree research, graduate faculty from affiliated institutions must first be appointed as affiliated faculty at UTHSC. This appointment may be directly to the College or to another college at UTHSC.
    4. Appeal Procedure

      In the event that an individual is not recommended for specific credentials by the Program Chair and/or the Credentials Committee, the individual may appeal to the Dean. The Dean’s decision to overturn a negative recommendation shall be accompanied by a justification statement that is communicated to the Graduate Studies Council.

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Article III. Standing Committees

  1. Credentials Committee

    The Credentials Committee is responsible for reviewing applications for credentialing of the faculty and recommending faculty credentials to the Graduate Studies Council. The Credentials Committee meets as needed, at least twice yearly, to review applications for faculty credentials.

  2. Curriculum Committee

    The Curriculum Committee advises the Graduate Studies Council on curriculum matters, including review and approval of new course proposals and new programs of study. Each program director or chair communicates new course proposals or changes to courses or the program curriculum to the Curriculum Committee for review, comment, and approval. For the Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering, the joint curriculum is coordinated at regular joint faculty meetings; the program director or chair communicates new course proposals or changes to courses or the program curriculum to the Curriculum Committee for review, comment, and approval. The Curriculum Committee meets monthly, as needed.

  3. Graduate Student Executive Committee

    The Graduate Student Executive Committee is a student organization with representatives from each degree program. The Committee acts on matters of concern to the students and advises the Graduate Studies Council on student matters.

  4. Postdoc Advisory Committee

    The Postdoc Advisory Committee is an organization with representatives from investigators, postdoctoral fellows, the Office of International Affairs, the Faculty Senate, and departmental business managers. The Committee acts on matter of concern to postdoctoral fellow training and advises the Dean.

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Article IV. Academic and Student Affairs

  1. Catalog and CenterScope Statements

    The UTHSC Catalog and The CenterScope statements have the force of policy.

  2. Admissions
    1. Graduates of The University of Tennessee and of other accredited institutions are eligible to apply for admission to the College. The College will consider all applicants who have completed the necessary prerequisites for advanced study.

    2. Equal educational opportunity is offered to all persons without regard to race, religion, sex, age, creed, color, national origin, or disability.

    3. There are certain minimum abilities required for eligibility to participate successfully in educational programs and activities by students enrolled in the CGHS. These are listed in the Catalog. All persons who wish to enter one of the programs in the CGHS should be aware of the minimum abilities required for success.

    4. Admission decisions for the College programs do not take disabilities into consideration; students may disclose their disabilities after admission.

    5. A prospective student must have completed undergraduate prerequisites for graduate study, as determined by the respective graduate program. Admissions are restricted to the self-determined capacities of the programs involved in graduate study.

  3. Student Status

    Regular students are students who seek admission to one of the doctoral or master’s degree programs offered by the College. Regular students must register for at least nine credit hours each term to be considered full-time.

  4. Degree Candidacy

    Admission to the College entitles the student to register for graduate courses but does not mean that the student is admitted as a candidate for an advanced degree. Candidacy for an advanced degree will be determined after the student has satisfied criteria established by the program in which the student seeks training and by the College.

  5. Academic Progress
    1. Graduate education requires continuous evaluation of the student. This evaluation includes not only periodic objective evaluations such as the GPA, performance on comprehensive examinations, and acceptance of the thesis or dissertation, but also subjective appraisal by the faculty of the student’s progress and potential. Other attributes, primarily those concerned with the level of professionalism expected of a student in a particular discipline, may be considered.

    2. Continuation of graduate study within the College results from positive actions taken by the program.

  6. Academic Due Process

    A student who is denied continuation in a graduate program has the right to appeal as outlined in College policies.

  7. Periodic Program Review

    The College educational programs will undergo periodic program review in accordance with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission requirements.

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