20. General Post Graduate Degree Regulations

For the purposes of these regulations, the general regulations contained hereunder shall, in all cases be modified by the regulations for PhD and Masters degree programs, and by regulations contained herein specific to each field of study.

The general program of study, the conduct of comprehensive or field examinations, the prescribing of written tests, the establishment of specific language and technical skills and other substantive matters required for completion of a Graduate Degree Program are as stipulated by the School of Graduate Studies and the specific GAU, as set out in these regulations.

Each GAU is responsible for establishing its own regulations, which regulations must not be inconsistent with the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, for evaluating and assessing the progress of a student in terms of the student’s research or scholarly work.
It is the function of the student’s supervisor and/or Supervisory/Advisory Committee to evaluate and assess the student’s progress in the research or scholarly work being undertaken as part of the degree requirements, to determine the competence of the student as manifested by that research or scholarly work, and to determine if the progress being made is acceptable.  In all cases, the aforesaid responsibilities of the student’s supervisor and/or Supervisory/Advisory Committee are subject to the evaluation procedures of each specific GAU, and, notwithstanding the foregoing, the student must, in addition, satisfy the specific GAU with respect to each of the above areas, in accordance with the policy of said specific GAU governing the evaluation of a student.

By mutual agreement, between the individual and the GAU, a retired GAU faculty member may maintain his/her appointment to the GAU and the School of Graduate Studies. Where a GAU is willing to have a retiring faculty member continue his/her membership in the GAU, it should consult the member during the academic year prior to retirement  and submit a list of all retirees who agree to continue as active participants in the GAU to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Such post-retirement appointments will be for five years and may be renewed.

Based upon the research undertaken by the student, the student shall prepare a thesis, dissertation (or other such qualifying work) proposal and, in due course, a thesis/dissertation (or other such qualifying work) on the research and, at the appropriate time adjudged by the specific GAU, the conclusions reached. It is a function of the GAU or its designated Examining Committee, and the Examining Board established by or under the direction of the School of Graduate Studies, to evaluate and assess the quality and, where appropriate, the originality of the research which has been done as part of preparing a thesis/dissertation (or other such qualifying work) proposal, and, as part of the degree requirement, and at the appropriate time to declare the proposal, and/or as applicable, the thesis/dissertation (or other such qualifying work)  acceptable or otherwise.

The preparation and format of the thesis/report must conform with the document, ―Regulations and Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of Graduate Thesis and Reports‖ published by the School of Graduate Studies.

The procedures to be followed in the examination of a thesis/dissertation/report/ research essay proposal, prior to its approval by the GAU, are those determined by the specific GAU, and it is the responsibility of the student, in all cases, to obtain and become familiar with the specific regulations of each GAU governing such procedures.

The examination procedures following submission of a thesis/ dissertation/report/research essay to the School of Graduate Studies or to an Examining Board constituted at its direction, are those described in Section 2 of the document entitled ―Regulations and Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of Graduate Theses, PhD Dissertations,  and Reports.