Graduate Studies Policies Committee (GSPC)

Committee Info

Committee Chair:
Julian Heather

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays,
8:30 am - 10:30 am, SAC 275

Committee Membership
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The Graduate Studies Policy Committee is a standing Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate, responsible for the development of policy and oversight of graduate studies at California State University, Sacramento.
(FS 11-12/100/SEL: Amends 09-10/GSPC/Ex, FS 08-65/EX, FS 08-54/Ex)



A) The Graduate Studies Policies Committee  shall be the consultative deliberative body of the faculty on matters relating to graduate education, graduate curriculum, planning and research including post-baccalaureate course offerings, degree programs, extension, admission and matriculation requirements, assistantships, fellowships, graduate student awards, grading, library services, and other matters related to post-baccalaureate and graduate instructional development and delivery.

B) The Graduate Studies Policies Committee shall develop, periodically review, revise as appropriate and recommend such university-wide graduate policies, standards, and procedures as are conducive to the maintenance of quality in advanced degree programs throughout the University.  Pursuant to this, it shall coordinate policies, standards, and procedures of the departments and schools and the University as a whole, insofar as they relate to degrees and/or programs beyond the bachelor’s degree. As appropriate, the Graduate Studies Policies Committee  shall also collaborate with other Faculty Senate standing.


Voting members shall include: 11 faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate to a three year term, including one faculty member from the Library or Student Services Professionals-Academically Related units; and ten College-based faculty members.  More than one member may be from a single college but no two members may be from the same department/unit.  Every effort shall be made to encourage membership from each college. A member of GSPC shall serve as the Faculty Senate representative to the Dean’s Graduate Advisory Council.

Non-voting members shall include: One staff member appointed by the University Staff Assembly to a two year term; one post-baccalaureate student appointed by ASI to a one year term; the Dean of Graduate Education, a representative from the College of Continuing Education and the Faculty Senate Chair.



A) The Chair shall be elected annually by the Faculty Senate as described in the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate.  The Committee Chair shall be included in the count of the 11 voting members.

B) The term of office of the Graduate Studies Policies Committee Chair shall be one year. The term shall begin at noon on the last day of the spring semester in which s/he is elected Chair and shall end at noon on the last day of the spring semester of the following year. 

C) A faculty member may be elected to serve up to three consecutive terms of one year each as the Chair of the Graduate Studies Policies Committee. After an interval of one year following the end of the third consecutive term, the faculty member shall become eligible for election to the Chair of the Committee.

D) The Graduate Studies Policies Committee Chair shall also serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Faculty Senate, unless concurrently serving as the elected representative of his or her department/unit.

E) The Graduate Studies Policies Committee Chair shall also serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee.

Vice Chair

A) At its first meeting of the academic year, the Graduate Studies Policies Committee shall elect, from among its voting membership, a Vice Chair and any other committee officers deemed appropriate.

B) The Vice Chair shall preside over the routine business of the Graduate Studies Policies Committee in the absence of the Committee Chair or, should the office of Committee Chair become vacant, until the election of a new Committee Chair. The Vice Chair shall not serve as an ex-officio member of the Senate or its Executive Committee.


A) The Committee shall work in close coordination with other Faculty Senate Policy Committees and other Senate and University committees/subcommittees in the performance of its duties.

B) Issues considered by the committee may be referred as well by the Executive Committee to any of the other committees of the Faculty Senate.  The committee may similarly refer issues to other Senate committees through the Executive Committee.

C) The Committee shall meet at least once a month at a designated time and place.

D) A quorum of the Committee shall require the presence of at least six voting members.  The Committee shall not act in the absence of a quorum.

E) Committee meetings shall be open to the university community.

F) The meeting agenda and supporting documentation shall be distributed to Committee members at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

G) Committee agendas shall normally be published and made accessible to the campus community at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.  Minutes shall also be published and made accessible to the campus community in a timely manner.