Graduate School Manual – Policies, Procedures, and Guidance for Graduate Studies

Policies, Procedures, and Guidance for Graduate Studies

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Graduate School Manual

Last Updated, November 2016 (Fall 2014 Edition)

The Graduate School
University of Rhode Island
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Table of Contents




Graduate Study

Section 3. Admission

3.10 General Provisions
3.20 Applications for Graduate Study
3.30 Non-Matriculating Status

Section 4. Registration

4.10 General
4.20 Full-Time and Part-Time Registration
4.30 Leave of Absence
4.40 Continuous Enrollment
4.50 Withdrawal
4.60 Re-Enrollment
4.70 Registration for Off-Campus Study
4.80 Intellectual Opportunity Credits (Pass/Fail Option)
4.90 Dismissal for Scholastic Reasons
4.95 Dismissal for Other Reasons

Section 5. Residence Requirements

5.10 General
5.20 Master’s Degree
5.30 Doctoral Degree

Section 6. Fees

Section 7. Degree Requirements

7.10 General
7.20 Transfer Credits
7.30 Credit by Examination or Equivalent
7.40 Master’s Degree Requirements
7.41 General
7.42 Time Limit
7.43 Program of Study
7.44 Programs with Thesis
7.44.1 Minimum Credit Requirements
7.44.15 Establishment of a Master’s Program Committee
7.44.2 Written Master’s Examination (Optional)
7.44.3 Thesis Proposal (Required)
7.44.4 Thesis (Required)
7.44.5 Oral Defense of Thesis (Required)
7.45 Programs Without Thesis
7.45.1 Minimum Credit Requirements
7.45.2 Written Master’s Examination (Required)
7.45.3 Oral Master’s Examination (Optional)
7.50 Doctoral Degree Requirements
7.50.1 Definition of a Doctoral Degree
7.51 Time Limit
7.52 Program of Study
7.53 Establishment of a Doctoral Program Committee
7.54 Minimum Credit Requirements
7.55 Qualifying Examination
7.55.1 General
7.55.2 Exemption from Qualifying Examination
7.56 Dissertation Proposal
7.57 Comprehensive Examinations
7.57.1 General Part I – Written Part II – Oral Time Limit
7.58 Dissertation
7.58.1 Oral Defense of Dissertation
7.60 Scheduling of Examinations
7.70 Reporting the Results of Examinations

Section 8. Advisors, Major Professors, and Committees

8.10 The Department Chair
8.20 The Temporary Advisor
8.30 The Major Professor
8.33 Responsibilities of Major Professor for Master’s Degree Students
8.34 Responsibilities of Major Professor for Doctoral Degree Students
8.40 Graduate Student Committees
8.41 General
8.42 Committees for Master’s Degree Students
8.43 Committees for Doctoral Degree Students
8.50 Changes in Committee Membership for Master’s and Doctoral Students

Section 9. Distribution of Courses

9.10 Master’s Programs
9.20 Doctoral Programs
9.30 Approval of Programs

Section 10. Scholastic Standing

10.10 Acceptable Grades
10.20 Acceptable Average
10.30 Grades of S and U
10.40 Grades of Incomplete
10.50 Audit
10.60 Change in Record

Section 11. Thesis and Dissertation Preparation and Approval

11.10 Thesis and Dissertation Preparation
11.20 Thesis and Dissertation Approval

Section 12. Fellowships, Assistantships, Scholarships, Loans and Veterans Benefits

12.l0 General Conditions
12.20 Fellowships
12.21 General
12.22 Industrial, Endowed, and Special Fellowships
12.23 URI Graduate Fellowships
12.30 Assistantships
12.31 General
12.32 Graduate Assistantships
12.33 Graduate Research Assistantships
12.34 Conditions of Appointment to Assistantships
12.40 Tuition Scholarships
12.50 Financial Aid
12.60 Veteran’s Benefits
12.70 New England Regional Student Program
12.80 Tuition Waiver at the Public Institutions of Higher Education




Appendix A. Academics, Grades, Boards, Graduate Council, and Appeals

A.10 Academic Standards and Integrity
A.11 Waiver of Requirements
A.12 Grades
A.13 Plagiarism
A.20 Boards and Officers
A.21 Graduate Council
A.22 Dean of The Graduate School
A.23 University Ombudsman
A.24 The University Judicial System
A.25 Committee on Academic Standards and Appeals
A.26 The Graduate Student Academic Appeals Board

Appendix B. Eligibility to Participate in the Graduate School Commencement

Appendix C. Policies for the Release and Disclosure of Information from Student Records

Appendix D. Institutional Review Board Policy and Procedures Concerning the Protection of Human Subjects

Appendix E. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Appendix F. Intellectual Property

Appendix G. Scientific Misconduct in Research and Scholarship

Appendix H. Graduate School Governance

Appendix I. Graduate Faculty Status

Appendix J. Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate Programs

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