The Graduate Council consists of a representative, usually the Department Chair, from each department and program offering graduate degrees. At the annual fall faculty seminar, an additional representative from each School is elected for one year by the assembled graduate faculty. The Graduate Dean also appoints for one or two year terms additional members from the faculty at large in order to insure balanced representation. Two graduate students are appointed by the Dean for one year. These representatives act in an advisory capacity to the Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies and are charged with the transmittance to their departments of the deliberations of the Graduate Council and are also charged to bring recommendations to the Council.