To meet Graduate College requirements and officially establish your committee and program of study coursework, you complete the online Program of Study and Committee Form (POSC) in your AccessPlus account and submit it for approval by your POS committee members, the DOGE, and the Graduate College. This form represents an agreement between you and the Graduate College on your academic preparation for an advanced degree, establishes your POS committee, and documents the courses you have taken and will take for your graduate degree. It is a vital document for your graduation. Therefore, it is important that you, your major professor, POS committee members, and the DOGE catch errors so those errors won’t delay your graduation.
Because this POSC Form has so many components and must be accurate, we require you to complete an internal, departmental tool—the Degree Planning Sheet (DPS)—that will help you prepare to enter an accurate POSC Form.
The Degree Planning Sheet (DPS) essentially serves as a preparatory tool for completing the online POSC Form. The DPS is structured in a table format that follows the outline of course requirements listed in the section for your degree program in this manual. The DPS helps you, your POS committee, and the DOGE ensure that you fulfill each of the required categories in your degree program. On this form, you also list the names of your POS committee members who have agreed to be on your committee.
You should finalize your DPS and complete other required POS documentation (e.g., POS waiver/substitution petition, prerequisite equivalency petition, expired course petition, language requirement form) with the help of your major professor. The first and most important check of the DPS and other POS documentation is the responsibility of your major professor. You should review these forms very carefully with them, checking to be sure that you fill in all the blanks and get all the necessary signatures.
You must submit printed originals of the DPS and POS documentation with required signatures (except for DOGE approval) to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant (email@example.com), and complete the online POSC Form by the announced deadline (second semester or equivalent). If your POSC includes expired courses, you must also complete the online Expired Course Petition.
Not meeting the announced deadline and/or not checking your documents carefully before turning them in may negatively impact your ability to register on time (see Advising/Registration Holds).
If you have an assistantship, you may receive a notice indicating unsatisfactory progress if you have not submitted your DPS, POS documentation, and POSC Form by the announced deadline in your second semester, excluding summers. A Letter of Intent for your next academic term/year will not be issued or your tuition scholarship applied until you have submitted and correctly completed your required forms.
2.6.3 Committee and Program of Study changes (MA): POSC modifications
Changing committee members
You may need to change the committee’s make-up if your research interests shift later or a committee member is no longer able to serve. Changes will depend upon
- consent of the faculty member(s) to be added
- agreement between you and your major professor
- consent of the faculty member(s) being replaced
- approval of the English Department’s DOGE
After your major professor and the faculty members to be added and replaced have consented to the change, tt is a courtesy for you to make POS committee changes official as soon as you know they are necessary and certainly before faculty have performed large amounts of consulting and editing for you. Making changes promptly allows faculty to shift their time to other students seeking their input.
Changing your coursework
Once the DPS, necessary POS documentation, and the online POSC Form are approved by the DOGE, modifications can be made as necessary using the appropriate form(s) (i.e., transfer credit petition, POS waiver/substitution petition, expired course petition). New or revised English Department POS documentation must be submitted to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant, 227 Ross, to be approved by the DOGE. The POSC Form must be modified and resubmitted for approval in order to finalize the approval of any changes. Changes may be required by the Graduate College before you are allowed to graduate if coursework taken/taking does not agree with coursework listed on the most current approved POSC Form.
Changing your official POSC Form
You must make any changes to your approved POSC Form in your AccessPlus account.
- Login to AccessPlus and go to your Grad Student Status page
- Click on My POSC Form
- Make changes as needed (click drop down menu for each item “Approved” for options to select such as “Drop” and “Add”)
- Click the “Validate Form” button at the very bottom of the form to see if the system finds any errors you need to fix (message in RED at the top)
- Once everything is OK and no red message appears at the top, click the “Submit for Approval” button at the very bottom of the form to reroute it for approval of the changes
(Note: changes must be approved by the Graduate College before a final oral examination is held)