Scheduling of Oral Defense

Scheduling Oral Defense

Students are responsible for scheduling the oral defense of their dissertation. Included in this are the following:

  • Students need to work with their committee to find an agreeable time for all five committee members to meet.
  • Students must provide adequate time for committee members to review the complete dissertation document. The committee should have a minimum of one week to read the dissertation before the defense date.
  • It is the students’ responsibility to secure a room for their oral defense. The academic adviser and administrative assistant in the graduate studies office can assist with finding an appropriate room for the defense. Keep in mind that not all rooms have computer capabilities or other audio/visual devices that students sometimes use during the defense. Be sure to indicate to the administrative assistant any special equipment needs for the oral defense.