Doctoral learners in select programs are required to attend Residencies on the date(s) provided during their program of study. While intensive doctoral seminars will occupy most of the scheduled time, other types of learning experiences will also be offered. For example, learners will also experience leadership-oriented activities that will allow them to better understand the discipline that is central to the program and, perhaps, begin to stimulate their thinking regarding choosing a dissertation topic and ultimately clarifying and pursuing it.
Residencies are four days in length and learners must attend each required residency in its entirety in order to be considered to have successfully completed the requirements and be eligible for graduation. Residency requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in the first dissertation course, DIS 955. With reference to attendance requirements, learners must check in on Monday the first day of residency and check out on Friday at the final session.
In situations of unexpected emergency, requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may require submission of third party documentation. The student will be required to submit an official letter of appeal to the College of Doctoral Studies through their Academic Counselor. If a request is approved, the learner will be responsible for making up the missed residency the next time residency is offered. Please note that this may result in a student having to complete two residencies in one year. In the event that a student has an emergency while attending residency and has to leave early, the student will be responsible for completing any required make-up work in order to receive credit for fulfilling the requirements.
Students entering programs that require the completion of residencies are provided with the Residency Attendance Policy during the enrollment process. Therefore, failure to appropriately plan for travel does not meet the guideline for requesting an exception to the residency attendance policy.