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From the President

Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017

Response to College Senate Recommendation: Revision of Graduate Thesis/Project Continuation Policy

At its May 12, 2017, meeting, the College Senate voted to recommend to the president the following revision to the Graduate Thesis/Project Continuation Policy:

Graduate Thesis/Project Continuation Policy
Introduced at the April 2017 Senate meeting by Instruction and Research Committee

BE IT RESOLVED that the College Senate recommend that Buffalo State adopt the following revised Graduate Thesis/Project Policy to take effect in fall 2017:

  • Graduate students who do not complete their capstone thesis or project requirement by the end of the term in which they have registered will receive an IP grade on their transcript.
  • Once a graduate student (a) has registered for the maximum number of credits included in their graduate program’s standard curriculum,* (b) has received an IP grade in the required thesis or project course(s), and (c) has not completed the thesis or project requirement after two additional semesters have elapsed (not including summer or J-term), the student must register for 722 Thesis/Project Extended (non-credit-bearing but billable for 1 credit at existing graduate tuition rates) for each fall and spring semester until the thesis or project has been completed. If the student does not register for the 722 course, he or she will become an inactive student and will have to reapply for admission to the Graduate School and pay all other appropriate fees before the capstone project or thesis can be completed. Reapplication must be made in accordance with the established deadline dates and current admission requirements.
  • 722 courses will receive a grade of NR.
  • Once a student has completed the thesis or project, the IP grade(s) will be changed to the appropriate grade.

* A list of credits required in each graduate program will be created and reviewed by the academic departments. This list will be maintained and updated as necessary by the Graduate School.

I hereby approve the changes to the Graduate Thesis/Project Continuation Policy as recommended by the College Senate. I charge the provost with the responsibility for overseeing the implementation effective with the fall 2017 semester.

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