Graduate Education — Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated March 20, 2020, 1:35 p.m.

As of now, we are expecting students who hold graduate assistantships to continue working. Supervisors may need to be creative regarding work duties and sensitive to students who cannot perform their responsibilities due to health and safety reasons or other campus guidance about our research and teaching missions. We also ask for flexibility for student caregivers. Students should continue to receive their stipends, which is necessary in order for their health insurance coverage to continue to be subsidized by the university.

The Graduate Faculty Senate does not have a policy that requires all defenses to be in person. Individual departments may have such a policy; however, at this time, any defense can to be conducted virtually. With access to Zoom Pro accounts, conducting defenses virtually is much easier to accommodate.

While we still encourage students to complete requirements with the original deadlines in mind if they are able, we understand that may not be possible for everyone. With that in mind, we will accept items for the spring 2020 semester until the last day of the semester, May 15.

In addition, for the remainder of the semester, the Graduate School will accept any forms electronically. Electronic signature (including e-signatures) are acceptable, or departments and programs can send approval emails and the form (blank or partially signed) to the Graduate School.

Please contact the Graduate School. The Graduate School is working with students individually to be as flexible as possible to facilitate admission processes.

Accepted applicants will have until the end of their first semester of enrollment to provide official documents. Also note that many U.S. institutions provide official transcripts electronically.