Resolution Regarding Committee Approval of Theses and Dissertations

Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies

CGS&P Resolution 98/99 C

Approved by the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies: 2-3-99
Approved by University Council: _____________

WHEREAS, The process for committee approval of theses and dissertations as presently written is inconsistently worded, and

WHEREAS, the published copy of a thesis or dissertation is not the appropriate forum to debate the merits of the document, so that the present policy of allowing a faculty member to register a dissenting opinion by having a letter bound with the thesis or dissertation is inappropriate, and

WHEREAS, the faculty must be able to indicate clearly approval or disapproval of the thesis or dissertation when they sign the Submission Approval Form,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Council adopt the following recommendation, effective August 16, 1999:

That the Graduate Catalog and Policies and procedures manual statement describing the committee approval which reads as follows:

"Committee Approval
A thesis/dissertation must be approved by all members of a student's advisory committee. Committee members signify approval by signing the thesis or dissertation approval form in black ink. If a committee member does not approve the thesis/dissertation, upon the faculty member's request, a written dissenting opinion can be bound with the thesis. A successful candidate is allowed at most one negative vote."

be rewritten to read:

"Committee Approval
Committee members signify approval or disapproval by signing the thesis or dissertation approval form appropriately. A successful candidate is allowed at most one signature of disapproval."

and that the digital copy of the thesis or dissertation in the library indicate each committee member's approval or disapproval,

and that the digital copy of dissertations sent to University Microfilms also indicate each committee member's approval or disapproval.


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