The chair of the Graduate Studies Committee will assign each incoming student a temporary faculty advisor in September. All temporary advisors will be drawn from the membership of the Graduate Studies Committee for that year.
First-year students may, at any time, replace their temporary faculty advisor with a permanent faculty advisor.
Students are required to choose a permanent faculty advisor during their first year. After securing the agreement of a faculty member to serve as permanent advisor, the student must notify the temporary advisor, the chair of the GSC, and the administrative assistant to the graduate program of his or her choice no later than April of that year.
At the last meeting of the Graduate Studies Committee each year committee members will give the GSC chair a list of permanent faculty advisers selected by their individual advisees.
Faculty advisers, both temporary and permanent, are required to meet with each of their advisees at least twice a year. It is the advisers' responsibility to assist in planning individual class schedules, to ensure that course selections will fulfill degree requirements, and to ensure that doctoral students are making adequate preparation for major and minor field qualifying examinations and the dissertation.
Permanent faculty advisers are required to review the files of their advisees who have completed their third semester of course work and to present a written report to the GSC on the progress and performance of each of those students. Reports should be submitted to the administrative assistant to program by the beginning of the winter term in January.
It is the responsibility of the chair of the GSC to review the complete files, including the advisers' reports of all graduate students who have completed their third semester of course work.
If either a permanent faculty adviser or the chair of the GSC should find cause for concern about the performance of any students who have completed three semesters of course work, the GSC will meet to review the files of those students during winter term. The permanent faculty advisers of the students in question will be requested to attend that meeting.
Students in the graduate program may, at any time, choose a new permanent advisor. Both the chair of the GSC and the administrative assistant to the graduate program should be notified immediately of any such changes.
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