The function of the Graduate Council is to initiate, develop, review and make recommendations concerning graduate education and Graduate School policy. In addition, the Council will serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean of the Graduate School. Unless otherwise directed by the Faculty Council, the Graduate Council may not receive any curriculum proposal for consideration until it has been approved by the college, or administrative unit not within a college, which would be responsible for administering the program. Each college, or administrative unit not within a college, shall determine the internal processes (such as departmental approval, etc.) which shall be necessary for curriculum approval within that unit. Student participation at the college and departmental levels is strongly recommended. Upon approval by the college, or administrative unit not within a college, the proposal shall proceed to the administrative executive officer of that unit (e.g., Dean, Director, etc.), who shall forward the proposal to the Graduate Council for review and recommendation. Throughout the entire consideration process from the smallest base unit (such as a department) through the Faculty Council, it is presumed that the principle of recommendation and referral shall be applied, that appropriate consultation with affected units throughout the University shall occur, and that any pertinent written communication (e.g., objection, minority reports, etc.) shall become part of the proposal. The Graduate Council is also responsible for the annual evaluation of the Dean of the Graduate School.