The SGS Calendar sets out criteria for good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress in the appropriate section of its yearly number and website. The Centre for Comparative Literature applies these criteria in the evaluation of a student’s progress. In addition the Centre has put in place its own standards, in accordance with the regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

To remain in good academic standing students enrolled in the Ph.D. Program at the Centre for Comparative Literature, must:

– maintain an average grade of at least an A- in courses
– respect all deadlines for courses, Field Examinations, thesis preparation and yearly meetings with advisory committees
– complete course work and language requirements by the end of the second year of the Doctoral Program (Ph.D.2)
– register a thesis topic by May 1st of the second year of the Doctoral Program (Ph.D.2)
– have an approved Field Examination/Advisory Committee by the end of the second year of the Doctoral Program (Ph.D.2)
– have completed their Field Examination by the end of the Fall term of the third year of the Doctoral Program (PH.D.3) at the latest
– not be absent from the University for an extended period of time or participate in a program offered by another university without the explicit permission of the Centre.

Failure to satisfy and complete the above requirements in a manner consistent with the Centre’s time-line for completion of the Ph.D. degree will result in loss of good academic standing and guaranteed funding.

A candidate for the Ph.D. program must meet with his/her advisory committee at least once a year, and more often if the committee so requires. The Centre will automatically schedule advisory committee meetings in March for new PhD candidates and for all students who have achieved candidacy and have not had an advisory committee meeting during the previous eleven months. At each meeting, the advisory committee will assess the student’s progress in the program and provide advice on future work. If insufficient progress or scholarly achievement is observed the advisory committee has the authority to recommend termination of a student’s program. The student will be warned in advance of problems and given a chance to correct deficiencies. The final decision to terminate for cause rests with the Director of the Centre in consultation with the Graduate Academic Committee.

A candidate for the Ph.D. program will be denied further registration in the program and will have his or her candidacy terminated at the end of the third year of registration if, by that time, either a) he or she has not completed all requirements for the degree exclusive of thesis research – including course requirements, language requirements, Field Examination, or b) does not have an approved thesis topic, supervisor(s) or advisory committee.

Updated Jan 30, 2019