2004 - 2005 Calendar

General Information and Regulations Governing All Graduate Students

I) SUPERVISION

1. Master's Candidates

Each Master's candidate shall be assigned a Supervisor by the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of the academic unit, or the Dean of the faculty concerned.

2. Ph.D. Candidates

a) Each candidate shall be assigned a Supervisor by the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of the academic unit or the Dean of the faculty concerned.

b) A Supervisory Committee shall be appointed for each candidate by the Dean. The Supervisory Committee shall consist of the Supervisor (co-supervisors) who shall act as Chair, and normally at least two other members. In no circumstances may the Committee membership be fewer than two members. The membership of the Committee shall be nominated by the Head of the department or the Dean of the faculty concerned, after consultation with the Supervisor and the candidate.

c) The Supervisory Committee shall forward its reports and recommendations to the Dean via the Head of the department or the Dean of the faculty concerned.

d) The functions of the Supervisory Committee shall be, inter alia,

i. to decide, in consultation with candidates, the program of study, the subject of research, and the title of the thesis, and to recommend these for approval to the Dean;

ii. to monitor the candidate's progress in their course programs and their research;

iii. to report at least annually to the Dean on the candidates' progress and, at the same time, to advise on their continuation in the program; and to make such other reports and recommendations about the candidates to the Dean as it may deem necessary.

iv. to recommend to the Dean, after consultation with the candidates, necessary changes in the program of study, the subject of research, or the title of the thesis;

v. to recommend to the head of the academic unit or Dean of the Faculty the timing of the comprehensive examination;

vi. to report to the Dean that the thesis is ready for examination by completing a Supervisor Approval Form, which is to accompany the thesis upon its submission to the School of Graduate Studies.

vii. to recommend to the Dean suitable persons to act as members of the Thesis Examining Board.

3. Supervisory Reports

a) At least annually, the Supervisor, Supervisory Committee or the Department shall make evaluations of a student's progress in a program. Recommendations concerning continuation, amendment, or termination (M.1) of a candidate's program, are sent to the Dean, who shall take appropriate action. Students shall be advised of the contents of this evaluation and the subsequent recommendation(s).

b) The Supervisor, Supervisory Committee or the Department, shall forward its reports and recommendations to the Dean via the Head of the academic unit or the Dean of the faculty concerned.


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