Author: btn15001

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 (http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu) for the full text of the 2016/2017 Graduate Catalog.

Admission

  • 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.

Significant Changes in the 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog

In addition to many small revisions, the Graduate Faculty Council adopted significant changes in four parts of the Graduate Catalog. The significant new requirements or policies are outlined below. Please refer to the catalog website (http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu) for the full text of the 2014/2015 Graduate Catalog. When published, the PDF edition of the catalog will contain the sections under Guidelines for Graduate Study on the catalog website. It will not contain the lists of programs and courses, fields of study and areas of concentration, or graduate faculty.

The requirement and policy changes noted below are accompanied by an important procedural change. The Graduate Student Advocacy Officer will coordinate hearings associated with academic dismissal or termination, scholarly misconduct, and complaints. The Graduate Student Advocacy Officer will also work with both parties to seek informal resolution of a complaint before a formal hearing is convened. It may sometimes be more appropriate to seek resolution of a complaint through the UConn Ombuds Office (http://ombuds.uconn.edu/), which works closely with the Graduate Student Advocacy Officer when appropriate. The Graduate Student Advocacy Officer also works closely with the Office of Diversity and Equity and Community Standards.

Admission

  • The Graduate School now accepts Pearson’s Test of English (PTE Academic) as evidence of English proficiency. A score of 53 or greater is required for Regular admission.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to certificate programs.

Standards & Degree Requirements

  • Certificate Programs
    • The Graduate School administers all post-baccalaureate and graduate certificate programs at the University.
    • Certificate programs normally consist of 12-15 credits, but in a small number of cases where detailed justification has been provided a program may require as few as 9 credits.
    • When appropriate program approval has been obtained, one 3-credit course may be used simultaneously to satisfy the requirements of two different certificate programs.
    • Certificate requirements must be completed within 3 years of initial enrollment.
  • Work for a master’s degree must be completed within six years from the beginning of the student’s initial matriculation. The Dean of The Graduate School may grant a one-time extension of no more than two years when there is substantial evidence of progress.

Academic Dismissal and Termination of Status

  • If a student’s major advisor resigns from her/his committee, the student has 30 business days to identify a new major advisor.
  • A student’s major advisor must submit a written recommendation for academic dismissal to The Graduate School indicating the specific judgment on which the advisory committee’s recommendation is based.
  • To appeal a dismissal or termination the student must submit a written request to the Associate Dean that includes a clear statement of the grounds for the appeal.
    • Both the student and the major advisor or department/program must provide written documentation concerning the appeal to the Associate Dean.
    • The Associate Dean will review the written documentation and determine whether the appeal should be heard by an Appeal Committee.
    • The Appeal Committee consists of two members of the graduate faculty and one graduate student appointed by the Associate Dean.
    • The Appeal Committee’s decision may be appealed to the Dean of The Graduate School. The Dean’s decision is final.

Scholarly Integrity, Complaint Resolution, & Hearing Procedures

  • The policy on scholarly integrity now applies explicitly to postdoctoral scholars in addition to graduate students.
  • Both allegations of scholarly misconduct and complaints filed under The Graduate School complaint resolution procedure follow the same administrative process.
    • Allegations or complaints are to be filed using a Graduate Hearing Request Form.
    • The Associate Dean will determine whether the case should be referred to a Hearing Committee.
    • The Hearing Committee consists of three voting members (two members of the graduate faculty, one graduate student) selected by the Associate Dean.
    • Either party may invite one person to attend as a support person, who may be consulted during the hearing but will not participate directly in the hearing.
    • The Hearing Committee’s decision may be appealed to the Dean of The Graduate School. The Dean’s decision is final.