Good Standing

The Department of Communication and Culture requires graduate students to remain in good standing in order to be eligible for assistantships. The following criteria define good standing.  If any one of these conditions/procedures is not met, a student is considered to be out of good standing.

  1. CMCL requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for graduate students. This is higher than the COAS requirement of 3.0.
  2. A student’s course work must add up to “progress toward the degree.” If a student is taking classes in a seemingly haphazard pattern in unrelated departments, the student and her/his advisor needs to make the logic clear. (Note also that the College fee remissions will not pay tuition for courses that do not contribute to a student’s degree program.) By April 15th of each year, students must secure their advisor’s signature on the PhD Checklist verifying adequate progress.
  3. A student may have no more than two concurrent grades of Incomplete on her/his record.  Under extraordinary cases, the student’s case is subject to review by the Graduate Affairs Committee. Whenever a student receives an incomplete, the Graduate Secretary will send a notice to that effect to the student, the student’s advisor, and the Director of Graduate Studies. The purpose of this notice is to remind students that they may carry no more than two concurrent incompletes without jeopardizing their funding.  A pattern of incompletes is also discouraged and may result in review of the student’s record by the Graduate Affairs Committee and the student’s advisor.
  4. A student must choose an advisor by April 15 of the first year of study.
  5. The Plan of Study must be filed by October 15 of the second year of study.
  6. The research committee must be nominated within six months after the student passes the PhD qualifying exam and is nominated to PhD Candidacy. The prospectus must be defended within twelve months after the student has been nominated to candidacy.
  7. A candidate must demonstrate yearly progress on the dissertation after the Prospectus Defense. An annual review signed by the Research Advisor will determine if goals are being met. 
Note: According to the University Graduate School Bulletin: "Any student whose candidacy lapses will be required to apply to the University Graduate School for reinstatement before further work toward the degree may be done formally. To be reinstated to candidacy in the University Graduate School, the student must: (1) obtain the permission of the departmental chairperson; (2) fulfill the departmental require­ments in effect at the time of the application for reinstatement; (3) pass the current Ph.D. qualifying examination or its equiva­lent (a department must define in advance specifically what is meant if an “equivalent” examination is to be used, and that definition must be approved by the dean.); and (4) request reinstatement to candidacy from the dean. Such reinstatement, if granted, will be valid for a period of three years, during which time the can­didate must enroll each semester for a minimum of one credit."

What this means in practice is that if your candidacy lapses/expires, you are no longer a student. You will NOT be able to enroll, and you will NOT be eligible for any Student Academic Appointments (AI, GA, or RA positions). If you have loans, you may have to start repaying them; if you are in the US on a student visa, you may have to leave the country.