If the student has explored all other options and still wish to change supervisors, he or she should talk to the graduate program director. If the supervisor happens to be the graduate program director, the student should talk to the chair of the academic unit. If the student remains uncertain or dissatisfied, he or she should talk to the vice-dean graduate studies of his/her home faculty. Beyond that, the student can talk to the university ombudsperson. The student can request that the exchanges with any or all of these individuals (directors, vice-dean, ombudsperson) remain confidential.
1. The student should petition in writing using a standardized petition form (available on the COB website: /advising ) indicating what the student would like to happen. Attach a letter of explanation and accompanying supporting documentation as needed. The form includes instructions and what documentation is required for each type of petition. The petition and supporting documentation should be submitted to the Office of Student Academic Services. They will be reviewed by the Student Academic Services Director/Assistant Director.
2. Petitions that deal with events in a given semester must be submitted by the end of the subsequent semester, excluding summer terms. For example, petitions for events occurring in a fall semester are to be submitted by the end of the spring semester; petitions for events occurring in a spring or summer semester are to be submitted by the end of the following fall semester. Petitions submitted after a term has ended will be denied if the student completed all work for the course.
3. T he Student Academic Services D irector/Assistant Director will approve or deny the petition within 10 business days. For each decision, a memo of explanation will be written.
4. If a petition is denied and the student wishes to appeal, he/she must do so in writing within 30 days of receipt of the petition denial memo. The student should submit an appeal letter and provide reasons for the appeal. A College committee will review the student's documentation and the director/assistant director's memo and uphold or overturn the decision of the director/assistant director within 30 days of the submission of the appeal. The committee usually meets at least twice per semester.
The committee will consist of the assistant or associate dean or a designee, a faculty member and one student. The faculty member will serve on a rotating basis for one semester. The decision of the committee is final. There are no higher levels of appeal within FAU.
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