Authority and Responsibilities

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The advisory committee works in conjunction with the Graduate School. When the committee has been appointed, the authority of the component with respect to the student’s program including course work, evaluation, and major study is delegated to the committee; however, actions and decisions of the committee are subject to review and recommendation by the head of the component.

The committee chair is the committee spokesperson responsible for communicating with the student on a regular basis. The student should have no uncertainty concerning the person with whom to deal in the day-to-day preparation of the major study, and it should seldom be necessary for the student to hold conferences concerning minor matters with the individual members between committee meetings.

  1. The committee determines specific program requirements for the student consistent with University policy.
  2. The committee requires an approved prospectus before the student begins data-gathering procedures. To indicate approval, each committee member signs the prospectus cover sheet; the committee chair forwards the approved prospectus to the head of the next larger component for signature. The thesis or dissertation prospectus is then forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School. The prospectus is due to the Graduate School at least one semester prior to the planned graduation semester. (To indicate approval of a professional paper prospectus, each committee member signs the prospectus, and the committee chair files it with the office of the component in which the student is majoring.)
    1. The committee chair assures the Graduate School in writing that the researcher and the research chair have completed and submitted the "Responsible Conduct of Research Training" verification.
    2. The committee chair assures that any study involving human subjects meets the criteria of the Texas Woman’s University Institutional Review Board guidelines established in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services regulations, and that it has been approved, if necessary, by the Institutional Review Board.
    3. The committee chair assures the Graduate School in writing that written permission has been obtained in advance from every person who is photographed, filmed, videotaped, or recorded in any way for educational or research purposes. Consent forms are available in each academic component and in the Graduate School.
    4. The committee chair assures the Graduate School that, when other institutions or organizations are involved in the major study, the student will obtain letters of cooperation from the appropriate officials on their letterhead before beginning the collection of data.
    5. The committee chair informs the Graduate School of the receipt of the required letters of informed consent for human studies and letters of institutional cooperation. These documents are filed for the length of time stipulated in the regulations.
    6. The committee chair informs the student of the necessity of assuring the rights to privacy and protection of confidentiality of data before data are collected, normally when the prospectus is approved.
    7. The committee chair assures the Graduate School in writing that any study involving live animals meets the criteria of the Texas Woman’s University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee guidelines.
  3. The committee accepts or rejects the completed major study in accordance with high standards of scholarship.
  4. The committee members are responsible for thorough and prompt review of the student’s work throughout the major study.