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Graduate Student Information

Latest Updates

Graduate Student Updates for Fall 2020 (July 10)

Dean Peter Vanable shares guidance on:

  • Graduate course formats and options
  • Considerations for international graduate students
  • COVID-19 and academic progress
  • Stipend payments for international students
  • TAs and graduate instructor expectations for in-person instruction and workload
  • TA resources for hybrid teaching
  • Health and safety in the classroom and frequently asked questions

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Frequently Asked Questions (July 10)

As we continue to refine and advance our comprehensive framework to ensure Syracuse University is fully equipped and prepared to safely resume campus operations, we would like to share answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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Coronavirus Update: Return to Work, Health and Safety, Course Preparation and More (June 3)

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Michael Haynie addresses issues ranging from obtaining a mask to course preparation support and resources for trauma-informed teaching. Read full update

Important Update on Return to Campus Plan for Faculty and Staff (June 1) 

We have received guidance to start welcoming a limited number of faculty and staff back to campus on June 3 who have been designated by their dean or senior vice president to return in Phase One. Moving ahead to Phases Two through Four will require ongoing monitoring of public health guidance, campus density, and the health of our faculty and staff members on campus. Read full update

Fall Semester to Follow Accelerated Academic Calendar (May 20)

Subject to guidance from New York State and public health officials, we are planning to be open for residential instruction this fall. Read full update

Financial Services

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship programs has created the emergency funding page for CARES Act funding. The Office of Financial Literacy has also created a COVID-19 resource page to help students manage their finances during the pandemic.

For Prospective Students

There is currently no disruption to the Admissions process for our residential and online degree programs. For more information on these programs, visit the relevant Admissions page for the program of your interest.

For Current Students 

Academic Instruction and Coursework

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, all graduate-level classes will be taught online rather than in person for the remainder of the spring semester and throughout early summer sessions. For additional information regarding academic instruction at this time, please visit the Academic Continuity Resources page.

Research Activity 

All data collection activities for non-essential human subjects research are on hold, including graduate student research. A Return to Human Participant In-person Research Guidance is in development.

If a graduate student has received approval to be on campus, they must adhere to on-campus social distancing protocols and follow enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures.

Protocol for Thesis and Dissertation Defenses

Given current guidelines, the Graduate School will support an online/video based defense. Students must submit their requests for a change in meeting format directly to their advisor for approval. The advisor will forward the approved request to Kristina Ashley at The email must clearly articulate a plan for successful web-based hosting (e.g., using Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams or Zoom) and who will be participating remotely. The Oral Chair will note the change in their Report of Exam.

If you have questions or need assistance in making arrangements for video-based conferencing for a defense meeting, please contact Associate Dean Gabby Chapman.