SLAT and SLAT’s Executive Council, along with the Graduate college expect timely and orderly progress towards the degree. Below are the program milestones and the expected completion window. Recommendations from the Executive Council will be sought when a student fails to meet the milestones in the appropriate time frame. Some milestones are more rigid in expected completion. Students who are considered not making progress to degree can expect written notification from the Executive Council, and may have their registration of SLAT 920 dissertations units suspended. These milestones that are particularly rigid are:
- the completion of Comps by the end of the 7th semester,
- presentation of the Dissertation Proposal within 6 months of Comps, and
- defense of the dissertation by April of the 10th semester.
Students may request extensions and/or appeals of milestone deadlines in extreme cases, where a leave of absence is not appropriate. Such extreme cases may include, but not limited to, delays due to advisor unavailability (e.g. sabbaticals). In such cases, students should request an extension through the Program Coordinators and the Director, both of whom will seek guidance from the Executive Council when appropriate.
Students have the right to formally request exceptions to program policies and procedures or formally appeal program decisions. The appeal must be made in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies. The appeal will be reviewed with the Program Director and may include a collective meeting with the student. The appeal will be presented to the Executive Council who will make the decision on the appeal and will notify the student in writing of the decision. The Executive Council make place additional requirements and/or deadlines on the student in order to continue in the program. Students may want to review the following link for a summary of grievance types and the responsible parties: https://grad.arizona.edu/policies/academic-policies/summary-grievance-types-and-responsible-parties (link is external).
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PROGRAM MILESTONE COMPLETION WINDOW Establish proficiency in a 2nd language at entry - by comps Pass 1st Year Qualifying Review by end of 1st year Submit verification RCoR via GradPath by beg of 2nd semester Complete/Submit SLAT Plan of Study by end of 2nd sem Complete 1st year workshop by end of 2nd sem Complete/Submit Plan of Study via GradPath by end of 3rd sem Complete 2nd year workshop at end of 4th sem Complete 3rd year workshop at end of 5th sem Form Comps committee by end of 6th sem Submit Comps Announcement form via GradPath 10 days before oral exam Complete PhD course work by end of 7th sem Complete PhD Comps by end of 7th sem Create dissertation committee within 2 mos of Comps, by beg of 8th sem File Committee Appt. form via GradPath by beginning of 8th sem Present dissertation proposal w/in 6 mos of Comps, by end of 8th sem Submit Announcement of Final Oral Exam via GradPath 10 days before defense Defend dissertation by April of 10th sem Graduate by May of 10th sem