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Last approved: Mon, 11 May 2020 23:21:51 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:45:32 GMT

Therese Tillett (ttillet1) (Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:45:32 GMT): Approved by EPC on 20 April 2020.
Therese Tillett (ttillet1) (Mon, 11 May 2020 23:16:15 GMT): Information item on Faculty Senate agenda, 11 May 2020.
Therese Tillett (ttillet1) (Mon, 11 May 2020 23:21:48 GMT): Approval from Board of Trustees for this policy revision is not required.
Policy
Remote Participation in a Thesis or Dissertation Defense
2020-2021
Fall 2020
University Level
 
 
Graduate Deans Advisory Council (GDAC)
This proposal seeks to establish a policy for graduate students to defend their thesis or dissertation through remote participation.
A need for a policy has become more important as Kent State has created more online graduate programs.
 
 
Graduate program coordinators in the colleges.

Proposal Summary for a Policy:

University Catalog
Graduate
 
Members of the Graduate Deans Advisory Council (GDAC) have long heard feedback from
their college graduate faculty regarding the necessity for guidelines for remote participation
in defenses in specific situations. A need for a policy has become more important as Kent State has created more online graduate programs. In fall 2014, 14 graduate degree programs were offered online. Five years later, in fall 2019, 22 graduate degree programs are offered online.

GDAC reviewed similar policies at other universities and consulted with graduate program coordinators when drafting the new policy on the next pages.

GDAC provided guidelines to colleges using the proposed policy in spring 2020 when remote defenses became necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The alternative to the proposed policy revisions is the status quo, and the consequences will be no guidelines to thesis and dissertation committees when faced with a situation that necessities a remote defense.
 
The Graduate Dean’s Advisory Committee, in consultation with graduate faculty coordinators, recommends the establishment of a policy on remote participation in a thesis or dissertation defense be approved effective for fall 2020.

Proposal Summary to Establish or Revise an Academic Administrative Structure

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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