New Policy: Student Involvement in Graduate Admissions

On April 5, 2023, the Graduate Council passed the following policy on Student Involvement in Graduate Admissions: 

The review of graduate applications and recommendations regarding admission are part of the academic administration of graduate programs and the responsibility of graduate program faculty. As such, current graduate students may not serve as members on graduate admissions committees. Graduate students may participate in other roles in the graduate recruitment process, including interacting with prospective students at recruitment events.  A graduate student serving in a non-voting support role on a program admissions committee must complete FERPA training. 

This policy was developed to clarify the roles of graduate students and graduate program faculty in graduate admissions decisions. The policy further addresses potential ethical and privacy concerns that may arise if current graduate students have access to prospective students’ application materials, including educational records. 


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