The Examining Committee must act in one of the following ways: (a) Approve the thesis for transmission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Fo GS); (b) Approve the thesis as above, subject to minor revisions to be approved by the Advisory Committee Chair by a specified date after which the thesis may be submitted to Fo GS; (c) Approve the thesis as above, subject to substantial revision to be approved by the Examining Committee as a whole by a specified date after which the thesis may be submitted to Fo GS; (d) Adjourn the examination and set the date and conditions for re-examination, which may include a requirement for revision, reconstitution of the Examining Committee or whatever other measures seem appropriate; (e) Fail the candidate.
It is suggested that particular consideration be given to the use of category (d) in those cases where substantial revision of the thesis is required and where there is reasonable doubt that the candidate will satisfactorily complete such revisions within a reasonable amount of time.
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Under exceptional circumstances, the AGSC may be petitioned to allow the Departmental examination to proceed in the absence of the candidate.
The Chair schedules the University Examination in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and with the Department’s Graduate Secretary so as not to conflict with other Departmental activities.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies does not permit examinations during December and August.
This examination may be scheduled no sooner than two weeks after receipt of the thesis.
The examination is open to graduate students, non-examining faculty, and invited guests.
The departmental examination follows the format of the University examination.
The examination begins with a 20 to 30 minute synopsis by the candidate.