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 6th, 2024

F2.1 Doctoral Degrees with a Designated Emphasis

May 6th, 2024 - 6:00pm PST

Designated Emphasis in Energy, Science, and Technology removed from list because DE was discontinued.

April 10th, 2024

April 10th, 2024 - 3:14pm PST

Updated DCF work rules to exclude GSR Trainees and Fellows when on tenure.

April 2nd, 2024

April 2nd, 2024 - 3:35pm PST

updated name of FASO

April 2nd, 2024 - 3:34pm PST

updated Graduate Funding office name.

April 2nd, 2024 - 3:32pm PST

updated name of funding unit

April 2nd, 2024 - 3:25pm PST

Updated name of Graduate Funding Unit. Updated fellowship and stipend cap information. Removed procedures for renewal of multi-year fellowships. Removed Procedure for combining University and External Fellowships.

April 2nd, 2024 - 3:14pm PST

Updated and clarified information and language. Included information about 5-year funding. Removed outdated information regarding multi-year fellowships and fellowship competition.

April 2nd, 2024 - 3:07pm PST

Added language about the 5-Year Funding Initiative and other small updates.

April 2nd, 2024 - 3:05pm PST

Updated names of units.

April 1st, 2024

A1.1 Partners in Student Progress

April 1st, 2024 - 6:00pm PST

Added clarification that Head Graduate Advisor must be different Senate faculty member than the chair of an academic unit or program.

February 15th, 2024

D3. Exchange Programs

February 15th, 2024 - 5:20pm PST

Updated participating colleges and universities.

December 20th, 2023

B1.2 Admission Cycle and Requirements

December 20th, 2023 - 6:03pm PST

Duration of admission cycle clarified.

September 5th, 2023

B1.3 Evaluation of Applicants

September 5th, 2023 - 12:00pm PST

Updated to include required attestation of no conflict of interest by committee members.

June 28th, 2023

E1.10 Graduate Academic Misconduct Policy

June 28th, 2023 - 11:32am PST

E1.10 Graduate Academic Misconduct Policy was added to the Guide to Graduate Policy. This policy is effective as of Fall 2023.

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).