Significant Changes in the 2016-2017 UConn Graduate Catalog

In addition to many small revisions, the Graduate Faculty Council adopted significant changes in the Admission and the Standards & Degree Requirements sections of the Graduate Catalog. In addition, the procedures associated with academic dismissal, complaints, and hearings were significantly revised. The significant new requirements or policies are outlined below. Please refer to the catalog website ( for the full text of the 2016/2017 Graduate Catalog.


  • Newly admitted students must accept admission one month before the first day of classes for the term when their studies begin, and they must arrive on campus on or before the first day of classes in their admitted term.
    • Note: In some programs late failures to enroll may cause significant problems. The Graduate School will work with those programs to establish waiting lists. This requirement will be waived for student on such waiting lists.
  • Graduate students may enroll in two different degree programs only with the permission of advisors in both programs.

Standards & Degree Requirements

  • To conform with new federal reporting requirements, The Graduate School will now recognize students as ½ time if they are enrolled for between 5 and 6.5 credits per semester and ¾ time if they are enrolled for between 6.75 and 8 credits per semester. Students holding a graduate assistantship will continue to be recognized as full time provided that they are enrolled for 6 credits or more.
  • Submission of master’s theses and doctoral dissertation is now entirely electronic. Paper copies are no longer required, although a printed approval page bearing original signatures of the student’s advisory committee is still required.
  • Conditions under which students may repeat courses for credit are now specified. The explicit requirements in the catalog now match practice that The Graduate School has followed for many years.

Scholarly Integrity, Academic Dismissal, Complaint Resolution, Hearing Procedure

  • Earlier versions of the catalog described separate procedures for hearings associated with scholarly misconduct, academic dismissal, and complaint resolution. The Graduate School now has a single hearing procedure that is used for any cases in which a hearing is needed.
  • Hearings are more clearly described as a last resort in solving conflict. The expectation that all parties show significant effort to resolve conflict prior to filing a complaint or appeal is expressed more clearly.  
  • Complaints and appeals will be reviewed by the Hearing Officer to determine whether further efforts to resolve a conflict are appropriate before a hearing is held.