University Faculty and Advanced Degrees
To describe the eligibility of faculty and academic staff to earn graduate degrees and certificates
Members of the university faculty who have tenure, are eligible for tenure, or hold any rank above that of instructor will not be granted degrees or certificates. Because of the variety of appointments covered by such terms as Lecturer, Associate, or the like, every case must be considered individually. A student’s department must make a recommendation to Graduate Studies before the student begins the graduate degree or certificate program or, for students already in graduate programs, before the appointment is made. Although appointing departments are expected to bring this rule to the attention of prospective appointees who plan to seek degrees or certificates, the responsibility for initiating a request for waiver of the rule lies with the student. Waivers may be granted in rare cases where the student and the department demonstrate satisfactorily that circumstances and conditions assure freedom from conflict of interest and undue influence.
Office of Graduate Studies
06/21/2016: Added SVPAA in Approved By field.
06/21/2016: Technical edits for clarity, annual review, and gender neutralization initiative. - ARG