Change Log for Guide to Graduate Policy

This page is a brief summary of policy changes made to the Guide to Graduate Policy. It does not include conforming changes (e.g., to reflect a change in name or title) or other purely editorial changes.

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May 9th, 2023

F3.1 Doctoral Completion Fellowship (DCF)

May 9th, 2023 - 4:15pm PST

Updated first bullet under Eligibility for the DCF to read:

  • Students must be advanced to candidacy, no later than in the previous semester

February 17th, 2023

F4.6 Academic Senate Status

February 17th, 2023 - 6:00pm PST

Updated list of titles that confer membership in the Academic Senate to include Senior Lecturers with Potential for Security of Employment
and Lecturers with Potential for Security of Employment, per Academic Senate bylaw.

February 8th, 2023

F6. Student Parent Policies

February 8th, 2023 - 5:00pm PST

Updated “Employment and Financial Accommodations due to Pregnancy and Childbirth” and accompanying form to reflect eight (8) weeks of paid leave per ASE and GSR contracts; was six (6) weeks.

November 16th, 2022

F2.1 Doctoral Degrees with a Designated Emphasis

November 16th, 2022 - 9:00am PST

Added Computational Precision Health to list.

August 31st, 2022

F1.4 Unit Credit for the Master’s Degree

August 31st, 2022 - 5:00pm PST

“Unit Credit for Different Degrees (PhD vs. master’s)” updated to clarify that joint degree students are also required to have Berkeley designated as their home campus during the semesters in which they are working toward the master’s degree

June 14th, 2022

B1.3 Evaluation of Applicants

June 14th, 2022 - 6:00pm PST

Updated to reflect new policy on evaluation of applications (see memo).

April 18th, 2022

D1.9 Readmission and Re-enrollment

April 18th, 2022 - 6:00pm PST

Updated to clarify that students who were in good academic standing when they withdrew and are denied re-enrollment have the right to appeal under the Graduate Appeal Procedure. Programs should advise such former students of this option if they deny such a request. Also added cross-reference to policy on parenting leave for graduate students with re-enrollment.

March 22nd, 2022

F1.7 Comprehensive Final Examination or Capstone Project (Plan II)

March 22nd, 2022 - 6:00pm PST

Updated to reflect registration requirement for summer degrees.

January 18th, 2022

D1.3 Registration Fees

January 18th, 2022 - 6:00pm PST

Updated section on In Absentia registration to reflect change in UCOP policy (see memo).

December 17th, 2021

F2.1 Doctoral Degrees with a Designated Emphasis

December 17th, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

Added DE in Cognitive Science.

November 10th, 2021

F4.7 Configuration Requirements for Higher Degree Committees

November 10th, 2021 - 6:01pm PST

Added clarification that the Head Graduate Advisor for programs that establish higher requirements than the minimum may approve exceptions. Programs must retain documentation of such approvals, but do not need to inform Graduate Division.

October 12th, 2021

F2.1 Doctoral Degrees with a Designated Emphasis

October 12th, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

Added the DE in Political Economy.

October 11th, 2021

F2.6 Qualifying Examination

October 11th, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

Updated to reflect new policy on hybrid and remote qualifying exams (see memo).