The Graduate School Handbook
The Graduate School Handbook contains the policies and procedures of The Graduate School, as established by the actions of the Administrative Board of The Graduate School. Each student should become familiar with the material pertaining to his or her degree program, and, together with a faculty advisor, make certain that the chosen program of study complies with all policies.
Section I: Contains information related to graduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill, including a description of The Graduate School and its Academic Policy Committee, a staff directory, and links to graduate education references. Section II: Describes the policies and procedures pertaining to the general academic requirements of The Graduate School. Section III: Provides a detailed outline of requirements for master's and doctoral degrees.
All graduate degree-granting entities at UNC-Chapel Hill including departments, curricula, schools, and programs will be referred to as academic programs throughout this Handbook.
The Graduate School has attempted to include most of the regulations governing graduate academic programs; however, many programs have additional requirements and regulations. Sometimes these requirements are more stringent than the general requirements of The Graduate School.
The Graduate School reserves the right to make changes to this Handbook at any time. In instances of discrepancy between this document and the Graduate Record, this Handbook takes precedence.
It is the student's responsibility to be aware of, and comply with all regulations, policies, procedures, and deadlines.
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Changes to the current edition of The Graduate School Handbook include:
- Added detail about certain restrictions on distance and online course enrollments for international students and their visa status.
- Provided confirmation that temporary grades (IN or AB) will no longer be available for thesis and dissertation courses (992/993/994) effective in the 2015 fall semester.
- Provided confirmation that the correction for all thesis and dissertation courses to be similarly named following university guidelines and fixed at 3.0 credit hours will go into effect fall 2014.
- Revised the withdrawal policies to reflect the campus' new electronic withdrawal process.
- Clarified transfer credit policies for comprehensive exam results.
- Clarified that milestones such as exams and defenses that occur and are graded in the summer terms must have corresponding course enrollments.
- Clarified how course credits must be counted when students attempt to earn multiple credentials, including their degree and certificate(s).
- Added the new Honor Court XF grade.
- Revised information about student health insurance pursuant to plan and law changes for the upcoming year, including the removal of references to COBRA.
- Updates links and included new campus policies developed in the past year.