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Submitting documents to committee members: At least two weeks ahead of time

When you submit documents to your committee members (e.g., forms, project/ thesis/dissertation documents including proposals and final documents), you are  expected to submit them at least two weeks ahead of a deadline or defense meeting. Please respect for committee members’ time as they are supporting multiple students and are working on several projects. Though you might be working on “just” one project, thesis, or dissertation, they are reading, revising, editing, and commenting on several of those documents. These are typically submitted around the same time of the semester and it happens when faculty are providing feedback on class projects, grading papers and exams, and writing their own manuscripts, books, and grant proposals.

Advisors and committee members have typically communicated this expectation to their students individually, but we will reinforce the point in the forthcoming 2016-17 Graduate Handbook.