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Policies Pertaining to Thesis/Dissertation and Comprehensive Exam Committee Membership

Effective at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester, all members of thesis/dissertation committees at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette shall be voting members of said committees with the privilege of signing the approval pages of theses/dissertations. Committee membership shall consist of: (1) at least three members of the graduate faculty at UL Lafayette and (2) UL Lafayette graduate faculty members shall always constitute a simple majority of the committee membership regardless of number of total committee members (e.g., in case of a seven member committee, four would have to be from UL Lafayette).

Effective at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester, committee members from outside the University of Louisiana at Lafayette faculty may serve as "outside members" of thesis/dissertation committees with the privileges of voting and signing theses and dissertations. These members shall be chosen based upon their qualifications by the thesis/dissertation committee.

Effective with the start of the spring 2010 semester, only graduate faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette may serve as chair and /or co-chair of thesis/dissertation committees. This includes adjunct faculty who are members of the UL Lafayette Graduate Faculty.

Effective with the start of the fall 2009 semester, membership of any graduate comprehensive examination committee at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette shall consist of at least two members of the graduate faculty at UL Lafayette and these graduate faculty members shall constitute a simple majority of the committee. In all cases, the committee must be chaired by a member of the UL Lafayette Graduate Faculty.

Effective with the start of the fall 2009 semester, theses and dissertations must be approved by a minimum of three committee members.

Guidelines for Graduate Theses & Dissertations
Checklist for Thesis & Dissertation Writers