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Policies and Procedures

The policies and procedures of the Graduate School have been established to ensure a consistent set of standards from the admissions process all the way through to the awarding of degrees for every Graduate School program. In general, you are subject to the policies in effect when you first matriculate into your graduate program. Minor changes in policy that will not affect your progress toward a degree may be implemented immediately when that is determined to be in the best interest of students and/or the University, or if the changes are required by a legislative or regulatory body. These changes, along with all other substantive changes, will be noted in the “Changes to Graduate School Policy, Annotated” page(s) of this handbook and in the table on this page.

Graduate School Policies & Procedures Handbook

The Graduate School strongly recommends that everyone consult the most current version of the handbook each time you need a policy reference, to ensure that you are accessing the most current information.

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2015-16 handbook

Recent changes to Graduate School policy

A table at the end of the above handbook edition lists all policy changes made since 2015. 



Current Graduate Catalog**

Previous Academic Years

**hosted on the Registrar's website. The Registrar's cataloging system has changed since the 2016–17 academic year, so older catalogs are archived in PDF format, while new catalogs are live and HTML-based.

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