Graduate Assembly


The conduct of graduate work at The University of Texas at Austin is the responsibility of Graduate Studies Committees under the administration of the dean of Graduate Studies. The Handbook of Operating Procedures of the university provides that legislative functions with respect to graduate programs shall be exercised through a Graduate Assembly.

Scheduling Meetings

There are at least two scheduled meetings of the Graduate Assembly each long-term semester. Additional meetings may be called by the Administrative Committee or by the chair in response to a written request signed by five members of the Assembly. Meetings are open unless, by a majority vote, the Assembly decides to go into executive session.

General and Specific Legislative Powers

The Graduate Assembly has the power to legislate on all matters having to do with the academic character of the graduate program of The University of Texas at Austin.  In particular, however, it is charged with the following:

  • Determining minimum criteria for admission and continuation.
  • Approving new graduate programs, and evaluating existing graduate programs at the request of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • Recommending the abolition or substantial modification of existing graduate programs.
  • Setting policy concerning graduate student programs and student welfare, including teaching and research appointments.
  • Setting policy concerning graduate student support.

Advisory Functions

The Graduate Assembly may advise the deans of the colleges or schools, the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, and the Vice President for Research on research support policies and other matters it deems appropriate or on which advice is requested by any of the above.

Report on Fellowships

The Ad Hoc Joint Committee of the Graduate Assembly and Faculty Council on Graduate Student Fellowships has issued its final report. Read the report (pdf)


List of current members and their committee assignments

Scheduled Meetings

HRC Tom Lea Room 3.206

Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m.

Dates for 2015 - 2016
September 23
November 11
February 3
March 23
April 27

More About the Assembly

The Handbook of Operating Procedures for The University of Texas at Austin contains specific procedures for the Graduate Assembly.

Policy Memorandum 1.201, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Austin, "Subject: Rules and Bylaws of the Graduate Assembly."

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