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College of Engineering and Computer Science – Policy on Dissertation/Thesis Defense

The dissertation/thesis defense must be open to the public and announced two weeks prior to the date of the defense. You can submit your notice to

Virtual dissertation/thesis defenses (off-campus defenses) are permitted. When entering your defense information, please enter your building as “Virtual” and the room area should be your Zoom link.  Face-to-Face defenses are still an option for students and their committees.

Requests to deviate from the above policies due to extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Formal requests for exceptions (especially if the two-week lead time for the announcement was missed) should be sent by the student’s advisor to Dr. Ali Gordon at