A standing body chaired by the president, Notre Dame’s Academic Council is composed of the University’s officers, the deans of the colleges and schools, faculty elected by their peers, and student representatives.

The council’s duties include determining the general academic policies and regulations of the University and providing for review, amendment, and final interpretation of Notre Dame’s Academic Articles. Given the breadth of its responsibilities, not to mention its large size, the council is better suited to review, debate, and potentially adopt proposals rather than shoulder the responsibility for initiating and researching them.

The Academic Articles describe the work of particular standing University committees, including: