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Remote Dissertation/Thesis Defense in a Public Health Emergency

Updated October 12, 2020

The Graduate Council passed a policy to allow for remote thesis or dissertation defense in a public health emergency. 

All remote defenses must still abide by the Graduate School policy:  

The committee chair must ensure the videoconferencing software that is used allows ALL committee members to see and hear each other during the entire defense.  Remote participants must connect using hardware and network connections that ensure that all participants are visible and audible and that the connection is stable and available throughout the scheduled time of the defense.  Audio-only participation is not permitted.  


  • Please be sure to review all important deadlines posted here.
  • Please read this page for advice on how to maximize the remote defense experience for the student and committee.
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