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Extension of TGS Milestones

Dear TGS Community:
 
In recent weeks, The Graduate School has heard many concerns from students and faculty about the complexities of TGS milestone deadlines in light of the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
 
After reviewing our internal processes, conducting comparisons with peer institutions, and seeking the advice of faculty on TGS’s Academic Advisory Council and TGS’s Administrative Board, we are announcing the following policy adjustment: For all current, active TGS students, TGS will provide an automatic, four-quarter (one-year) extension of outstanding qualifying exam, prospectus, and/or doctoral and master’s degree deadlines (i.e., time to degree) that fall on or after March 30, 2020.
 
This extension pertains to TGS’s maximum milestone and degree deadlines, specifically the qualifying exam (candidacy), prospectus, PhD degree, and master’s degree deadlines. Programs that have their own internal milestone deadlines may retain those deadlines and are not expected to shift them for all students, but we encourage programs to work with individual students and make reasonable allowances for those whose circumstances may warrant additional time.
 
It is still in students’ best interests to reach their milestones as soon as they are able and on a typical timeline. The Graduate School strongly encourages programs and students to work together in the context of their field of study to manage this difficult period and, insofar as possible, to remain on a trajectory toward normative time to degree. The milestone extension does not imply a funding extension.
 
We appreciate the urgent concerns that have been expressed about upcoming deadlines and the implications for probation, and we are working with colleagues to adjust our TGS milestone deadlines in CAESAR. Changes will not be immediately apparent in CAESAR or GSTS, and if you have any questions about specific deadlines, please reach out to TGS’s Student Services team.
 
Our hope is that this milestone adjustment will alleviate some of the pressure students and faculty are feeling as we continue to navigate this period together. Please feel free to reach out to us with any specific questions or concerns.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kelly E. Mayo
Interim Dean of The Graduate School and
Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Education
 
Gayle E. Woloschak
Associate Dean for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs

Angela G. Ray
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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