Ask a Dean Category: Policies and Requirements

Is there a possibility of extending the deadlines for students graduating in August?

Dear deans, I hope this email finds you well. I am a second-year M.S. student and an incoming Ph.D. student this fall. I recognize that the Graduate School extended the M.S. thesis submission deadlines for students graduating in May already, and I’m writing to explore the possibility of extending the deadlines for students graduating in August as well. I understand the original draft submission deadline…

Can graduate classes be taken S/U during these trying times?

Greetings, I wanted to seek clarification on the option to take graduate classes as S/U during these trying times. I believe there hasn’t been an announcement as to whether this will be an option for students’ required classes or required electives. Thank you for your time. Stay safe,  Grad Wondering About Grading Options Response Dear…

Is there a time off policy for graduate students receiving stipends?

Dear Deans, Is there any policy for graduate students who receive a stipend (TA/RA/GA/GRA/Fellowship) for holidays and personal time off? There seems to be considerable confusion around this in my department, with answers ranging from “staff holidays only, no academic holidays” to “completely dependent on your adviser”. As workers we want and need to be…

Can I finish my M.S. degree early?

Hello Deans, I have completed two semesters of my M.S. and have been working over the summer towards my thesis. My research so far has been going pretty well, and I believe I will be able to finish my experimentation before the fall semester starts. In this situation, I was hoping to graduate by December.…

Why are the in absentia forms so cumbersome to fill out?

Hello, I am wondering why the “in absentia” form is so unnecessarily cumbersome to fill out? You have to submit a letter from your advisor, signatures from all committee members, the GFA and the DGS, all before June 15 (even though the Fall semester does not start until late August). I only recently finalized my…