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Graduate Curriculum Committee Guidelines


  1. To establish and maintain graduate curriculum standards and to promote graduate student welfare.

Duties of Committee:

  1. Evaluate the graduate curriculum and degree programs of the Computer Science Department and implement changes necessary to continually enhance its relevance and rigor.
    1. Determine policies for Ph.D. examinations such as qualifier and candidacy.
  2. Ensure that the RPI Course Catalog accurately reflects our curriculum and requirements.
    1. Review new course proposals.
    2. Consider removal of courses no longer being taught.
  3. Review student requests for a third chance to take any qualifying exam component.
  4. Intervene with students with unsatisfactory academic, research, or TA performance.
  5. Decide on MS breadth classifications of special topics courses.
  6. Conduct yearly review of the Guidelines for the GCC (this document), and if necessary, propose changes.

Individual Duties:

1. Process student requests to waive degree requirements. GCC Chair
2. Manage semiannual review of students. Department Chair, Manager of Student Affairs
3. Participate in Department graduate student orientation. GCC Chair, Manager of Student Affairs
4. Write committee minutes. Manager of Student Affairs
5. Write and update documents about the curriculum. GCC Chair, Manager of Student Affairs
6. Acts as the designee of the Chair of CS on all cases of academic dishonesty. GCC Chair
7. Seek approval of GCC recommendations from higher authorities such as Department Chair and School of Science Curriculum Committee. GCC Chair

Committee Membership:

  1. The GCC is composed of the Department's Manager of Student Affairs, the chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, two graduate student representatives, and staff and faculty members as appropriate.
  2. The student representatives are elected by the CS graduate students from a pool of volunteers obtained by the Department's Manager of Student Affairs.
  3. The staff and faculty members are chosen by the Department Chair.

Committee Procedures:

  1. When a student appeals to the Department Chair to overturn an academic penalty applied by his or her instructor, the chair of the GCC meets with the involved parties, gathers the necessary information, makes a determination as to the appropriateness of the penalty, and communicates his recommendation to the Department Chair (within 5 business days of the date of the student's appeal). The Department Chair then renders his decision to the student and the faculty member (within 5 business days of receipt of the committee chair's recommendation).
  2. The GCC meets as frequently as necessary to do its work in a timely fashion.

Specific Charges:

  1. Educate students about academic dishonesty.
  2. Educate faculty with courtesy joint appointments in CS as to the procedures and policies relevant to our graduate program.

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