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The Graduate Council and Student Appeals

Graduate Council Forms
College Committee Recommendation for Graduate Student Appeal
Recommendation for Time Extension to Complete Degree Requirements
Graduate Faculty Recommendation Form
Graduate Council Appeal Decision
Graduate Council Appeals Checklist

The Graduate Council was formed to enable a cadre of faculty with significant experience and achievement in graduate education to assist in the review and implementation of campus graduate studies issues. Working with the Director of the Graduate School, the Graduate Council serves to assess and implement initiatives that foster successful graduate education involving faculty and students.

In addition to serving as an advisory body, the members of the Graduate Council make recommendations on policies for the Graduate School and serve as the final arbiter for student-related appeals.

Members of the Graduate Council are appointed for three-year terms by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Director of the Graduate School and the deans of the academic colleges. The appointment of college representatives is made on a staggered basis to maintain continuity of experience.

The Graduate Council meets at a minimum once per month to hear student appeals and approve membership for candidacy for Graduate Faculty positions.

Appeals for Admission, Readmission, and Continuance

A graduate student who is denied admission, readmission, or further continuance in the Graduate School or a specific graduate degree program may appeal to the Graduate Council for admission, readmission, or continuance. In preparing an appeal for any of the above causes, all of the following supportive information must be provided as based on the cause of the appeal.

Appeal for Admission
  1. A personal letter of appeal from the student in which the student builds his/her case for admission.
  2. Supporting documentation and any other evidence that enhances a student’s appeal.
  3. Three signed letters of support on official letterhead (if applicable) from those who can attest to the student’s scholarly ability and potential. If appropriate, a letter of support and/or documentation of support from the desired graduate program for admission at ULM.
  4. A copy of the student’s unofficial transcripts indicating the grades for all coursework completed (provided by the Graduate School).
  5. The student’s scores from the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test (MBA only) (provided by the Graduate School).
  6. Any other evidence of professional competence which will enhance the student’s appeal.
Appeal for Readmission or Continuance
  1. A personal letter of appeal from the student in which the student builds his/her case for admission.
  2. Supporting documentation and any other evidence that enhances a student’s appeal;
  3. Three signed letters of support on official letterhead (if applicable) from those who can attest to the student’s scholarly ability and potential. A minimum of one letter must be from a professor in the student’s program area at ULM. 
  4. A copy of the student’s official degree plan (provided by the Graduate School or program area).
  5. A copy of the student’s ULM graduate transcript (and other unofficial transcripts if applicable) indicating the grades for all coursework completed (provided by the Graduate School or program area).
  6. The student’s scores from the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test (MBA only) (provided by the Graduate School or program area).
  7. Any other evidence of professional competence which will enhance the student’s appeal.

 

Students denied continuance who successfully appeal will be granted “good standing” status and will not need to appeal each semester, even if their GPA remains below 3.0, as long as they are making academic progress in completing their graduate degree. If a student earns a grade of “D” or “F”, however, the student must submit another appeal for continuance.

For further information please contact the Graduate School at (318) 342-1036 or the graduate coordinator for the particular major and college involved.

Graduate Faculty Recommendations

If a graduate faculty appointment request is being made, a Graduate Faculty Recommendation Form should be used. Each completed form should be accompanied by a letter of nomination from the appropriate program or school director as well as a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. Requests for Adjunct Staff Listing in the University Catalog do not have to be approved through Graduate Council. Academic Affairs has created a step-by-step list for preparing both documents with the routing for each, which can be found herePlease note that anyone who is not a full-time employee of ULM must have Adjunct Faculty status in order to be an Associate or Clinical Member of the Graduate Faculty. Completed recommendations are due to the Graduate School in Hanna 241 a minimum of one week prior to the scheduled Graduate Council meeting date.

All Other Agenda Items

Any other items for consideration at the Graduate Council meeting are due to the Graduate School in Hanna 241 one week prior to the scheduled Graduate Council meeting date.

Meeting dates for 2015-2016 Academic Year:

August 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm

September 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

October 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

November 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

December 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

January 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

February 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

March 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

April 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm

May 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

 

 


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