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Important Changes for Graduate Students Writing Theses or Dissertations

The School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) has posted a revised Thesis/Dissertation Manual describing several key changes for graduate students effective immediately. A new Thesis/Dissertation Manual summarizing the changes is available now. 

These changes were reviewed and approved by the University-Wide Graduate Committee and the University Senate. They include:

  • Graduate students must submit their theses or dissertations electronically, and paper submissions will no longer be accepted.
  • Graduate students must defend their theses or dissertations at least two weeks prior to the ProQuest upload  deadline for their planned graduation date. For December 2013 graduates, the defense deadline is November 1, and the ProQuest upload deadline is November 15.
  • Graduate students must submit their theses or dissertations for review and submit all necessary forms for graduation (publishing agreement, thesis/dissertation signature page, survey of earned doctorates [Ph.D. only]) to the SGSR at least two weeks prior to the ProQuest upload  deadline for their planned graduation date. For December 2013 graduates, this deadline is November 1, and the ProQuest upload deadline is November 15.
  • All theses and dissertations submitted to the SGSR will be reviewed for plagiarism using third-party software .
  • The most current edition of an academic discipline’s style guide must be used by students within one year of that style guide’s release.

The Thesis and Dissertation Manual has also been updated to include clarifications for the most frequently asked questions, navigation improvements, additional guidance through figures and supplemental text, and hyperlinks to content on  School of Graduate Studies and Research webpages.

If you have any questions, please visit the Thesis/Dissertation homepage or e-mail grad-research@iup.edu.

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