The Graduate Council is the representative body of the graduate faculty. Council members deliberate and set policy on all matter of graduate education, and advise the Director of the Graduate School and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research. Each council member sits on one of three standing committees: membership and student development, curriculum, or research and creative activity. Members are elected by the graduate faculty or appointed by the Graduate School. Two graduate students serve on the Graduate Council. Selection criteria for members are articulated in Article IV of the by-laws. The Graduate Council and Graduate School are guided by the Graduate School's Strategic Plan (2022-2027).