ELPHD Candidate Responsibilities

Exceptional Learning Ph.D. Candidate Responsibilities
Committee | Program of Study | Policies | Comprehensive Exam | Dissertation

Forming a Committee

Filing a Preliminary Program of Studies

Keeping Up With University Policies

Establishing Residence

Comprehensive Examination

Filing the Dissertation Proposal/Notifying Others About the Defense/Submitting Copies of the Dissertation

Academic Requirements/Standards/Expectations

  1. A minimum of 78/79 semester hours of course work, including 36 semester hours in the research component and dissertation requirements and built upon the student's course of study.
  2. A residency requirement of three full-time semesters (at least 9 hours each) must be met following matriculation.
  3. All requirements, including the dissertation, must be completed within a period of no more than eight consecutive years.
  4. Following completion of all coursework, excluding EDU 7920 and EDU 7990, or during the last semester during which course work is to be completed; students should complete their Comprehensive Examinations.
  5. Satisfactory completion of the dissertation requires an oral defense.
  6. The fifteen hours required for the dissertation may be completed in no fewer than two semesters.
  7. "A"s and "B"s are required in coursework. A grade of "C" is considered a failing grade in doctoral programs. The student is allowed to maintain a grade of "C" in only one course completed toward the Ph.D. degree. If a student receives two "C"s, they will be dismissed from the program. If another grade of "C" is received, it may not be substituted or moved out of the student's program of study.
  8. "F"s are not acceptable in the Ph.D. program. If a student receives a grade of "F" in a course, they will be dismissed from the program.
  9. If an Incomplete is granted, the student has one academic year to complete the requirements. The student is not allowed to carry more than one "I" at any time during the program. If the requirements have not been met in the allotted time period, the grade is converted to an "F" and the student will be dismissed from the program.
  10. Approval of the dissertation topic and a successful proposal to the entire Committee must precede any significant work on the dissertation. Approval from the Institutional Review Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects must be obtained for any research project initiated by a student (or faculty member).
  11. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken in one semester. Written approval from the Ph.D. Director, the student's concentration leader, and advisor is required to register and take more than 12 credit hours in one semester.

Plagiarism & Academic Misconduct Policy

On-line educational resources that provide information for understanding plagiarism and proper ways to cite the work of others are available at:

Students must complete the on-line test available at: 

Plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct, such as submitting another student's work as your own or the falsification of data, are grounds for immediate dismissal from the Ph.D. program.

Ph.D. students are held to a higher standard of ethical conduct especially considering the central focus of this program. Working with and for at-risk populations demands the utmost ethical conduct and any evidence of unethical behavior or actions in coursework or research, including plagiarism, will result in the student's dismissal from the Ph.D. program.

There is no statute of limitations on plagiarism or academic misconduct. If a student's plagiarism or academic misconduct goes undetected until after completion of the course and/or project, the student can still be dismissed from the program. The procedure for dismissal is:

  1. An incidence of plagiarism or academic misconduct is presented to the student's advisor, leader of concentration, and Director of the Ph.D. Program.
  2. The Director of the Ph.D. Program will review the evidence in consultation with faculty members, the student's advisor, and concentration leader as well as the student accused of plagiarism or academic misconduct and will make a decision about whether dismissal is warranted. A decision advocating dismissal will be forwarded to the Graduate School.
  3. The student will be informed in writing by the Graduate School of the final, official decision. The student accused of plagiarism or academic misconduct may appeal the decision to the Ph.D. Admissions Committee.

A student accused of plagiarism or academic misconduct may appeal the decision to the Ph.D. Admissions Committee.

Definitions of Plagiarism

Any incidence of plagiarism in the Ph.D. program will result in the student's dismissal from the program.