Examinations
The supervisory committee plus a Chair and at least one other examiner from outside the University. Such external examiners are appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the academic unit(s), and must be arm’s-length authorities in the field of research being examined. Once the external examiner has been selected, there may be no communication about the student or their dissertation between the External Examiner and the supervisor, committee members, or student prior to the oral defense. If communication is necessary, it must be made through the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
The supervisory committee plus a Chair appointed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies plus an external examiner who has had no previous involvement with graduate supervision of the candidate. The external examiner may be from within the home academic unit, provided that there is at least one non-unit member on the supervisory committee. Once the external examiner has been selected, there may be no communication about the student or their thesis between the External Examiner and the supervisor, committee members, or student prior to the oral defense. If communication is necessary, it must be made through the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
In this case, all members of the examining committee except the primary supervisor shall sign the Letter of Recommendation and at the end of the examination work together to draw up a list of revisions. The primary supervisor will approve the dissertation or thesis when it has been amended in accordance with the committee's list of revisions. In addition, all members of the examining committee shall sign the Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form.
After consultation with the candidate, the maximum length of time permitted for the revision shall be set by majority vote of the committee, but shall not exceed one year from the date of the oral examination. A detailed and complete list of the necessary revisions shall be set by majority vote of the examining committee and given to the student at the conclusion of the examination. The primary supervisor shall oversee the revision of the dissertation or thesis. If the primary supervisor finds the revisions have met the requirements agreed at the examination, the primary supervisor shall distribute the thesis or dissertation to the remaining members of the examining committee. If it is acceptable to the committee, the primary supervisor shall ensure that each committee member signs the approval documents including the Dissertation/Thesis Approval Form.
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In this case, all members of the examining committee except the primary supervisor shall sign the Letter of Recommendation and at the end of the examination, work together to draw up a list of revisions and establish a time limit for the completion of these revisions. The primary supervisor will approve the independent research work when it has been amended to her/his satisfaction.
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