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General University Regulations

It is highly recommended that all graduate students familiarize themselves with the regulations laid out in the Graduate Catalog. The Graduate Catalog is available online, and if you do not have access to the Internet, a copy of the catalog on CD may be obtained from the Graduate School. It is the responsibility of students to know and observe all regulations and procedures relating to the program they are pursuing, as well as those of the university and Graduate School. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception granted because students plead ignorance of, or contend that they were not informed of, the regulations or procedures. Questions on regulations and their interpretation pertaining to studies at the graduate level should be addressed to the office of the Dean of the Graduate School, or to the department’s director of graduate studies.

Students planning to graduate should familiarize themselves with the dates relating to application for graduation and other pertinent deadlines. (See the graduate school calendar, copies of which may be obtained from the Graduate School.) It is necessary to apply for graduation by the specified deadline in order to graduate in particular term, whether or not the student plans to attend the commencement ceremonies.

Students must satisfy the degree requirements of the catalog in force for the term that they were admitted into and begin course work in a degree program; or they may, with the consent of their advisers, meet graduation requirements by complying with the degree requirements of a later catalog. Students readmitted to a degree program must meet the degree requirements of the catalog in force at the time of the later admission (or of a subsequent catalog, as provided above). Aside from degree requirements, all students are subject to the regulations and policies stated in the catalog currently in force. Exceptions to regulations and requirements contained in the Graduate Catalog require the written approval of the office of the dean of the Graduate School, unless otherwise stated in the catalog.


Jeremy Groves 
Director of Graduate Studies 
Zulauf Hall 510
Phone: 815-753-5747

Debra Woolbright
Graduate Secretary 
Zulauf Hall 515
Phone: 815-753-1032