Review of the Progress of PhD Students

  1. Faculty Regulations

            The progress of all students working for the PhD, D.M.A., and Ed.D. degrees will be reviewed from time to time and at least once a year by the home Department and by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  A candidate may be required to withdraw if progress has not been satisfactory as shown by course work, the comprehensive examination, progress on the dissertation, or other requirements of the Department or the Faculty.


  1. Department Policy

The process of review of each PhD candidate is similar to the procedures for M.A. candidates (see Section II.E of this handbook) except that:

a) The review at the end of course work in the PhD program will be of special importance.  It will allow the Department to identify candidates whose performance is inadequate.  In such cases, the candidate will either be allowed a further probationary period, or will be asked to withdraw from the program.

b) Students whose performance is unsatisfactory will either be:  (1) be asked to withdraw from the program, or (2) be allowed to remain in the program for a probationary period.  In the latter case, the student will be informed of the specific criteria the Department will apply in reviewing his/her performance during the probationary period.

c) A request that a student withdraw will be made only after thorough discussion by the Department in a formal meeting, and only after every effort has been made to verify the doubts which exists as to the student’s performance, and only after the student has been given an opportunity to present his/her case to the Director of the Graduate Program and to the Department.