Students are expected to assume responsibility for knowing the regulations and requirements of the Graduate School and the Department as described in:

Before the end of the second semester of attendance, students should choose a thesis topic, draw up research and coursework plans, select an advisory committee, and schedule required examinations. Loss of time advancing to any of these goals may add semesters to a program and result in loss of funding. Leadership provided by thesis advisers and committee members should help to balance the demands of coursework with the need to initiate the research program and avoid delays in program completion.

The various responsibilities of thesis advisers and committee members are detailed in later sections of this guidebook and in the Graduate School publication. Specifically, the Code of Conduct and Resolution of Problems are described in the appendices of the Graduate Bulletin.