Ask a Dean Category: Policies and Requirements

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…

What is the policy regarding funded graduate students taking courses in professional degree programs?

To whom it may concern, What is Cornell’s policy regarding funded research degree students taking a course or two that fall under one of the professional degree programs? Is this a possibility, and if so, are there tuition implications given that the professional programs typically charge much higher tuition rates? Your Sincerely, Anonymous Response Dear…

Can I ask a professor outside Cornell to be on my exam committee?

Dear Dean, I am in the process of trying to form my doctoral committee and realize that some of the expertise that I am seeking is currently unavailable at Cornell. I know that some students have committee members from other universities. I was hoping that you could provide me with the relevant University guidelines or…

Are students required to view “Not Anymore”?

Hello, I’ve received a few emails over the past month about “Not Anymore from Student Success™”, which “all graduate and professional students are required to complete”. Just out of curiosity, what does this mean? Specifically, what are the legal basis of this requirement, and what are the associated penalties for non-compliance? Thanks, Curious graduate student…

Is it a policy of Ask a Dean to report letters to supervisors and DGSs without first responding to the grad?

Hello deans, I recently sent a letter to Ask a Dean inquiring about the university’s policy regarding remuneration for overtime teaching work. Imagine my surprise when, before hearing back about my questions, I received mail from both my supervisor and my department’s DGS! Instead of being answered, my questions were apparently submitted to my department…