SECTION 10. SCHOLASTIC STANDING

10.10 Acceptable Grades

10.11: Graduate work will be evaluated by letter grades, with only grades of B- (2.67) or better carrying graduate credit for courses at the 400 level. A graduate student who does not achieve this minimum grade must either retake the course and earn a B- (2.67) or better in it or take in its place a course approved by the major professor or plan committee. . In courses numbered 500 or above, grades of C (2.00) or better shall be credited toward the degree. Any such course in the program of study in which a candidate receives a grade lower than C (2.00) shall be retaken or replaced by a course approved by the major professor and the plan committee and by the Dean of the Graduate School.

10.12: If a student receives a grade of D, F, or U, that student's status will be reviewed immediately by the Dean of the Graduate School in consultation with appropriate faculty members in the department.

10.20 Acceptable Average

10.21. To qualify for continuation in degree candidate status and for graduation an average of B (3.00) in all work taken is required, except for courses specified as entrance deficiencies, approved for no plan credit prior to registration for the course, or automatically considered as taken for no plan credit under the provisions of Section 9 (300 level or below).

10.22. If a degree candidate does not maintain a B (3.00) average, the candidate's status will be reviewed immediately by the Dean of the Graduate School in consultation with the appropriate faculty members of the department. Such review may result in the student being placed on provisional status or dismissed. Students who are permitted to continue on provisional status must achieve a cumulative average of B (3.00) or better in graduate level coursework during the next semester (9 credits if part-time students). Students failing to achieve the necessary B (3.00) average will be subject to dismissal.

10.23. A course with a failing grade that has been retaken or replaced will be considered taken for no plan credit but must remain on the student's transcript and be included in calculating the quality point average. If the course is retaken and a satisfactory grade achieved, it may then be used to satisfy degree requirements. In all cases any failing grade (a grade of C- or lower for 500- 600 level, a grade of B- or lower for 400 level courses) must be included in the grade point average and appear on the transcript.

10.30 S, U, and I Grades

10.31. Certain courses do not lend themselves to precise grading (e.g., research, seminar). For these courses, only a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) shall be given to all students enrolled. To qualify as an S/U course, the course must be approved by the Faculty Senate after recommendation by the Curricular Affairs Committee and/or the Graduate Council. S/U courses shall be so labeled in University catalogs and bulletins. An S/U course is not to be counted as a course taken under the Intellectual Opportunity Plan. (See U.M. 8. 10.14.) Grades of S or U are not included in calculating the quality point averages.

10.40 Grades of Incomplete

10.41. For graduate students a report of "incomplete" shall be given in place of a grade when the work of the semester has been passing but has not been completed because of illness or for some other reason, which in the opinion of the instructor, justifies such a report. Instructors must accompany such reports with a written explanation to their department chairpersons and with copies sent to the student and to the Dean of the Graduate School. To remove the "incomplete" the student must make satisfactory arrangements with the instructor, or in the instructor's absence, with the instructor's department chairperson.

10.42. If an incomplete is not removed within one calendar year of receipt the student loses the right to make up the work and the "incomplete" remains on the permanent record. If circumstances warrant, the instructor may, with the knowledge of her/his department chairperson and the Dean of the Graduate School, extend the time limit, or, if the instructor is absent, the department chairperson may extend the time limit in which the incomplete work must be made up.

10.50 Change in Record

10.51. In accordance with section 8.56.10 of the University Manual, entries to a student's academic record (removal of incompletes, change of grades, etc.) shall not be changed after three years. Appropriate academic deans shall be authorized to allow exceptions for extraordinary reasons. Explanations must be provided in writing. Approval for a change in grade will not be granted solely for additional work submitted after the semester is completed.

10.60 Audit

10.61. Audited courses will under no circumstances be counted for credit toward an advanced degree ().

SECTION 11. THESES PREPARATION AND APPROVAL

11.10 Thesis Preparation

11.11. Theses that are to be submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for either a master's degree or a doctor's degree shall be prepared in accordance with the instructions described in the following paragraph.

11.12. Candidates will comply with the requirements listed in the most recent issue of the Graduate School's Statement on Thesis Preparation and Instructions for Thesis Defense, in all cases securing written approval of their proposals on forms provided by the Graduate Office before formally starting work on the thesis.

11.13. Two different formats for preparing theses are acceptable:

1. the STANDARD PLAN; and 2. the MANUSCRIPT PLAN. These two plans differ in organization but not in overall content. Details of the two plans can be found in Statement on Thesis Preparation and Instructions for Thesis Defense which may be obtained from the Graduate School Office. When preparing theses, candidates are expected to consult with the major professor and thesis committee regarding specific thesis preparation problems. Candidate's are also responsible for consulting with the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School regarding University requirements and thesis acceptance dates.

11.14. The candidate's major professor will be the principal supervisor of the work for the preparation of the thesis and will decide which of the two formats will be used.

11.15. The most recent edition of Kate L. Turabian's: A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, published by the University of Chicago Press, is the accepted guide for thesis preparation at the University of Rhode Island. However, the Graduate School Office will also accept theses which have been prepared in accordance with the accepted publication styles of the discipline in which the student is a candidate for a graduate degree. Regardless of style and format, all theses (as well as all course papers, reports, etc.) must be prepared in accordance with the accepted standards of academic integrity, including proper citation and attribution of all material which is not the original product of the writer (also see A. 13).

11.16. Group research/theses. In most departments, the thesis research that each graduate student performs in partial fulfillment of the requirements for an advanced degree is based on a project planned for one individual under the supervision of a major professor. This project may be a part of a much larger research effort being performed by several people under the direction of that professor, but each student's research and the thesis that results from it is an independent problem performed by that student alone. In unusual cases where the research is less easily separated into individual projects, the quality of performance of any single individual is not measured as easily. In such situations, special precautions must be taken to insure not only that no student receives credit for work performed by others, but that each student's performance is of the level required for an advanced degree. In group research involving more than one graduate student, each student shall have principal responsibility for a substantial well-defined portion or area of the research project, and shall submit an individual thesis proposal and an individual thesis in which these responsibilities are clearly defined. In both the thesis proposal and in the thesis, any work done by another individual shall be clearly identified. A separate thesis defense will be conducted for each individual participating in a group thesis. The manuscript option shall not be used for group research.

11.20 Thesis Approval

11.21. Prior to the deadline published in the Graduate School Calendar, and at least twenty calendar days before the earliest date on which it is proposed to hold the defense, the candidate shall submit to the Graduate School Office sufficient unbound copies of the thesis for members of the oral defense committee in a form acceptable for examination purposes. a receipt from the Bursar for the binding or microfilming fee. and the Request for Oral Examination in Defense of Thesis completed and signed by the major professor. On this form the major professor lists the members of the candidate-s thesis defense committee, suggests additional faculty members competent and willing to serve as members of the thesis defense committee. and suggests times ;and dates for the examination. A copy of the thesis shall be placed in the Reserve Book Room of the main library ten days in advance of the defense. In the case of the Graduate School of Oceanography, the Pell Marine Science Library shall receive defense copies of the thesis.

11.22. The requirement that the thesis be in a form acceptable for examination purposes means that all copies submitted must be complete, including all data, tables, charts, maps, photographs, appendices, etc., and including full references, citations, and bibliographies as required by accepted standards of academic integrity. The copies submitted for defense must represent the finished scholarly product of the candidate's research ready for the final typing, and in the format required for binding. Copies submitted for defense may contain a reasonable number of clearly legible corrections (printed rather than handwritten), may be typed on paper of lesser quality than that required for the final copies, and may contain pages with only one or two paragraphs. However, these extra paragraphs must be on full-sized sheets of paper and clearly identified and numbered (e.g., 110A, 110B, etc.), and in consecutive order with the remainder of the text. Pagination may be in pencil to allow for later revision. Each copy of the thesis must be submitted in a separate clasp envelope of suitable size, and shall have a copy of the title page attached to it. In the final copies, type size, paper quality, margins and typed pagination must all conform to the standards of the Turabian manual or other accepted style as previously indicated, and to the Statement on Thesis Preparation and Defense of Thesis.

11.23. Prior to submitting the Request for Oral Examination in Defense of Thesis for a thesis which is not in final form, the major professor must first ascertain that all copies are complete and acceptable for examination purposes as discussed above. The Graduate School will also check that all copies meet its general criteria in terms of appearance, legibility, clarity, etc., before the copies can be picked up for distribution to members of the examining committee. (However, if any member of the examining committee feels that the copy s/he has received is not acceptable for examination purposes, whether as to style or content, that member may request either the major professor or the Graduate School to postpone the examination until acceptable copies are available.) Before submitting this request, but no later than 30 days prior to the date of the examination, the major professor should check that the times and dates are convenient for all concerned. S/he should also inform the additional faculty member that s/he is submitting the nominations to the Dean of the Graduate School who is not restricted in the choice to the names submitted. For a master's thesis defense, the Dean will appoint one additional member, from a department other than the candidate's, to serve as chairperson of the oral defense committee as the representative of the Graduate Faculty. For a doctoral dissertation defense, the Dean will select two additional members, one of whom should come from a department other than the candidate's. This outside member will normally be designated as chairperson of the oral defense committee.

11.24. Upon receipt of the copies of the thesis, the Bursar receipt, and the request for the oral defense, the Dean of the Graduate School will be responsible for reviewing the candidate's entire record to ascertain that s/he has completed all other degree requirements, and that all copies of the thesis are in a form acceptable for examination. If the review is satisfactory, the oral examination in defense of the thesis will be scheduled and the candidate will be instructed to proceed as in 11.25 below.

NOTE: Scheduling of oral and written examinations, including qualifying, comprehensive, and defense of theses, during the regular summer sessions will be done only at the convenience of the faculty members involved and will be scheduled depending upon the availability of the candidate's plan committee and additional qualified examiners. Examinations will not be scheduled during periods when the University is in recess. Candidates must be registered for any semester or summer term in which they take an examination.

11.25. Not less than 15 calendar days prior to the date set for their oral defense, candidates shall pick up the copies of their thesis at the Graduate School Office and distribute them to the members of their oral examining committee. Each copy will bear the official notice of the time and place of the oral examination. The chairperson of the oral examining committee will also be supplied with a copy of the candidate's thesis proposal. The members of the oral examining committee shall examine the thesis for evidence of sound scholarship and shall bring to the oral defense, on separate paper, written suggestions for changes or corrections in the manuscript.

11.26. All examinations in defense of thesis shall be open to all faculty and students of this University. In exceptional circumstances, as determined by the majority of the examining committee, any of these examinations may be closed to students.

11.27. It shall be the responsibility of the chairperson of the oral examining committee to conduct the examination and secure unanimous agreement as to successful defense of the thesis and to provide for changes and corrections to be made before the thesis is given committee approval. All members of the oral examining committee also sign the form provided for certifying the candidate's successful defense of the thesis. When a candidate's performance is unsatisfactory, one re- examination may be recommended and the conditions under which it is to be given will be stated by the committee.

11.28. Approval of each thesis shall be indicated by affixing to the thesis approval sheet the signatures of the members of the thesis committee only when its members have been assured by the chairperson of the oral examining committee (or the major professor if so decided at the defense) that the student has made the changes and corrections agreed upon by the examining committee in all copies of the document.

11.29. Final approval of all theses rests with the Dean of the Graduate School.

SECTION 12. FELLOWSHIPS, ASSISTANTSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, LOANS AND VETERANS BENEFITS

12.10 General Conditions

12.11. A number of opportunities for financial assistance are available to graduate students. To be eligible for any assistance, students must in every instance first be admitted to the Graduate School as degree candidates.

12.12. The University of Rhode Island subscribes to the following Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, which has been adopted by the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States:

Acceptance of an offer of financial aid (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by an actual or prospective graduate student completes an agreement which both student and graduate school expect to honor. In those instances in which the student accepts the offer before April 15 and subsequently desires to withdraw, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.

12.13. Graduate Students on URI Fellowships, scholarships and on assistantships are expected to be full time students. They are not eligible for additional academic year employment without written permission of the Dean of the Graduate School.

12.20 Fellowships

12.21. Fellowships are awarded to graduate students in recognition of achievement and promise as scholars. They are intended to enable students to pursue graduate study and research full time without rendering services to the University. All fellowships are administered by the Dean or the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Fellows are selected from lists of nominees submitted by department chairpersons.

Fellowship stipends are considered as grants or gifts rather than as compensation. Fellowship recipients are advised to check with the Internal Revenue Service for definitive information on the taxability of their grants. Fellows are required to devote their energies full time to their studies and may not engage in remunerative employment during the time of the fellowship except with the consent of the Dean of the Graduate School or the Dean of the College, as appropriate, and the sponsor of the fellowship. Stipends vary with the nature and tenure of each fellowship. In most instances, fellows have tuition and registration fees paid by the University.

12.22. Industrial, Endowed, and Special Fellowships. Various industrial firms, foundations, and private individuals donate funds to support graduate fellowships. Stipends and supplemental allowances of fellowships are not uniform. They are restricted to students in particular areas of study and research. Applicants for such fellowships are screened and selected by the department concerned, subject to approval by the dean of the appropriate college or Graduate School. Such fellowships may provide full remission of tuition and fees as well as dependency and educational allowances in addition to the basic stipend.

12.23. URI Graduate Fellowships. A limited number of URI Graduate Fellowships are awarded each year. URI Fellows receive a stipend for the academic year and have tuition and the registration fee paid from University sources for the academic year. The URI Graduate Fellowship program is designed to give preference to promising students in doctoral plans at the University. Fellows are selected by the Graduate School Committee on Fellowships and Scholarships from lists of nominees submitted by department chairpersons.

12.24. Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are doctoral level students in selected fields, and are nominated by departments.

12.25. URI Foundation Minority Fellowships are available to students from minority and under-represented groups. Nominations are usually made by departments to the Graduate Dean.

12.26. URI Diversity Graduate Fellowships are awarded by the Graduate Dean to students from minority and under-represented groups.

12.30 Assistantships

12.31. Assistantships are awarded to degree candidates for services rendered to a department or to a particular research project. Assistants are required to work up to 20 hours per week.

12.32. Graduate Assistantships (see University Manual 7.80.10-15)

12.32.1. Departmental Graduate Assistantships are available in limited numbers to graduate students enrolled in departments offering graduate work. These graduate students must hold bachelor's degrees and must have been admitted as degree candidates by the Graduate School. Their duties consist of assisting, under supervision, with instructional and/or research activity of a department. The student may be required to devote a maximum of twenty hours a week to departmental work, not more than ten hours of which may be in classroom contact hours.

12.32.2 Graduate School Graduate Assistantships are available for entering graduate students from minority and under-represented populations. Two years in duration, these assistantships are awarded on merit and need by the Dean of the Graduate School with assignments to an appropriate department for supervision of designated activities.

12.32.3. Graduate Assistants' stipends are set annually by the University and approved by the Board of Regents. The level depends upon experience and academic qualifications. Tuition (12 credit maximum) and the registration fee are paid from University sources for the academic year. The student is responsible for the remaining fees. Stipends and tuition remissions for students on partial assistantships will be prorated for the period of the appointment. The student will be responsible for the remainder of tuition. Normally appointments to assistantships are for one academic year. Renewals may be recommended by the department.

12.32.4. To be nominated for a departmental assistantship, a student must first be admitted to the Graduate School. Requests for appointment as Graduate Assistant are initiated by the department chairperson and are forwarded to the Dean of the College and then to the Dean of the Graduate School, who certifies that the student has been admitted as a degree candidate. From the Graduate School, request forms are forwarded to the Budget Office and then the Personnel Office. Upon appointment, the graduate assistant will receive a copy of the Personnel Action Form.

12.32.5. Only graduate students who are admitted as degree candidates and who remain in good academic standing are permitted to hold Graduate Assistantships. Students on provisional status normally may not be appointed to such positions. The Dean of the Graduate School will consider and may authorize an exception to this requirement providing that the department chairperson will certify in writing that in her/his judgment, the student has a background and training such that s/he is qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of the assistantship. (This is especially important if the student will be assigned any teaching or laboratory responsibility with undergraduates.) Further, the department chairperson is asked to certify that in her/his judgment the student will be capable of fulfilling the assistantship responsibilities without jeopardizing her/his own academic standing.

12.33 Graduate Research Assistantships (see University Manual 7.80.10 and 7.80.16-18)

12.33.1. Graduate Research Assistantships are awarded to graduate students who may be assigned to individual research projects sponsored either by the University or by outside sources. Like the Graduate Assistant, the Graduate Research Assistant is expected to devote a maximum of 20 hours per week to research duties. On supported research contracts and grants individuals are judged to be employed on a half-time basis (40 hour work week). Remuneration is normally equivalent to the stipend for a Graduate Assistant with tuition and registration fees paid from the contract or grant. Additional remuneration for the summer is usually computed on the basis of the rate for the academic year adjusted for 40 hours per week for a maximum of 1 6 weeks.

12.33.2. Requests for appointment as Graduate Research Assistants are initiated by the Principal Investigator of the grant involved and are forwarded to the Department Chairperson. The request forms are then forwarded to the Academic Dean and then to the Dean of the Graduate School, who certifies that the student has been admitted as a degree candidate and has remained in good academic standing. From the Graduate School, request forms are forwarded to Research and Grant Accounting, the Budget Office and the Personnel Office. Upon appointment, the Graduate Research Assistant will receive a copy of the Personnel Action Form.

12.33.3. Graduate Research Assistants employed on research on a full time basis during the summer months may be registered for and receive academic research credit during periods of such employment under the following conditions:

12.33.31. The student must be accepted to the Graduate School as a degree candidate (see last paragraph under "Graduate Assistants" above) and be in good standing at the time of her/his appointment,

12.33.32. The student must have an approved program of studies and an approved thesis proposal for the Master's or Doctor's degree on file in the Graduate Office,

12.33.33. The subject matter of the research must bear a clear relationship to the student's approved research proposal for her/his advanced degree,

12.33.34. The student must be working in a laboratory on the URI campus under the direction of her/his major professor or a member of her/his thesis committee who is her/ himself accessible to the student during the major part of the summer for consultation, instruction, and research direction,

12.33.35. Students may take no more than 14 research credit hours per summer,

12.33.36. Graduate Research Assistants employed full-time during the summer months may register for coursework and receive credit only if satisfactory arrangements are made with their supervisor for meeting their work commitments.

12.34. Graduate Assistantship and Graduate Research Assistantships: Conditions of Appointment

12.34.1. All assistantship holders must register for 6-12 credits of coursework per semester and will be billed as full time students. Although the tuition and registration fees will be paid for people on a full assistantship (20 hr/week for the semester), it will be prorated for those people who are appointed to a partial assistantship (period of appointment or hours of appointment) or who resign an assistantship prior to the official termination date. The students will be responsible for the remainder of the full-time tuition and fees. Students on assistantships are not eligible for additional academic year employment without permission of the Dean of the Graduate School. Such permission must be obtained prior to beginning the additional employment.

12.34.2. A written list of duties normally assigned graduate assistants shall be prepared by the Department or other unit and provided to each prospective graduate assistant-(as defined in Sec. 7.11.12 of the University Manual) and graduate research assistant (Sec. 7.11.13) with the initial offer of the assistantship. When assigned or reassigned to a specific position, the graduate student, the immediate supervisor, the College Dean or administrative head and the Dean of the Graduate School shall receive a written description of the duties to be performed, including how the assistant is to be supervised, the extent of responsibilities (including where applicable that for determining grades), the approximate working hours per week, etc.

12.34.3. Questions arising over the conditions of employment of graduate assistants, when not settled at the department level, shall be referred to the College Dean or administrative head and Dean of the Graduate School, who will consult with each other. If not resolved at this level, they shall be referred to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose decision shall be final.

12.34.4. Each department or other unit shall draft guidelines on how its graduate assistantships are apportioned and assigned, which will be made available to graduate students with the initial and each subsequent offer and upon request. Currently enrolled graduate assistants should be notified of their status for re appointment about April I of each year.

12.40 Tuition Scholarships

12.41. A limited number of tuition scholarships from funds set aside by the Board of Regents are awarded by the Dean of the Graduate School to qualified students demonstrating need of financial assistance. Selections are made by the Graduate School Committee on Fellowships and Scholarships from ranked lists of nominees submitted by department chairpersons.

12.50 Financial Aid

12.51.Enrollment Services distributes money from various sources to help students with financial need. Need is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend URI and what the student and family can contribute from their financial resources including all other sources of assistance. The student is expected to earn a portion of these resources. Only citizens, nationals or permanent residents who have been accepted and are enrolled as URI graduate students are eligible. Special students and students attending only during the summer sessions are ineligible. The FAFSA Form should be submitted on-line at:  www.FAFSA.ed.gov  after January 1, but prior to March 1. For further information or copies of the forms, contact Enrollment Services (401) 874-9500. Programs of interest to graduate students include loans (12.52) and part-time employment (12.53).

12.52. Loans.

12.52.1. Federal Perkins Loan. Graduate students may borrow up to $30,000 including undergraduate loans. These loans have a simple interest rate of 5% annually. Interest does not accrue until six months after graduation or withdrawal. Minimum payments of $30.00 per month are required and the repayment period may extend up to ten years. These loans are made to Graduate Students on a limited basis only.

12.52.2: William D. Ford Direct Loans. All students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can participate in this Loan Program. Those students who meet the financial need criteria may receive in whole or in part a subsidized loan where the federal government pays all interest until six months after graduation, withdrawal, or a drop in enrollment status to less than half time. Unsubsidized loans are available for those students who do not qualify for the need-based subsidized loan. The same terms and conditions as for subsidized Stafford loans apply, except that the borrower is responsible for the interest that accrues while in school. Eligible graduate students may borrow up to $18,500 a year. The maximum total Federal Stafford Loan debt for graduate or professional study is $65,000 including undergraduate loans. For new borrowers who receive loans, the interest rate is variable, with a nine percent maximum rate.

12.52.3: University Loans. Emergency loans of from $40 to $200 are available to full-time students. These loans are short-term in nature (14-90 days), and can be made only when there are means of repayment. Application forms are available at the Student Financial Aid Office.

12.53. Part-time Employment.

12.53.1: Federal Work Study Program (FWSP). This federally supported program provides part-time employment during the school term and full-time employment during the vacation periods. The jobs may be either with University departments, or with off-campus, non-profit, non- sectarian, non-political agencies. Other institutionally funded employment is also available. A list of these jobs is available in the Student Financial Aid Office. (Limited funding could curtail the summer employment program.)

12.53.2: Regular Student Employment (IPR). Jobs funded by the University are available to several hundred students. Jobs are listed in the Student Financial Aid Office.

12.54. Other Sources of Aid.

12.54.1: There are many additional sources of financial aid available to students who qualify: scholarships from private organizations, clubs, labor unions, fraternities, sororities and businesses; Vocational Rehabilitation financial support; Veterans Administration benefits, including survivor benefits; and Social Security benefits. Students should apply directly to the source if they believe they qualify. Graduate students have access to a national computerized database of fellowship and other financial assistance opportunities available to students pursuing advanced degrees, completing dissertation research, and seeking post-doctoral positions.

12.55. Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress for Graduate Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid.

12.55.1: The Education Amendments of 1980, P.L. 96-374, October 3,1980, state that "a student is eligible to receive funds from federal student financial aid programs at an institution of higher education if the student is maintaining satisfactory progress in the course of study he or she is pursuing according to the standards and practices of that institution."

To maintain satisfactory progress as a graduate student at The University of Rhode Island for federal financial aid purposes, the student must be enrolled in a degree-granting program on at least a half-time basis (i.e. five credits) for each semester aid is received. The courses must be graduate level and applicable to the student's approved program of study. Master's degree candidates have eight semesters to complete degree requirements on a full- or part-time basis. Students who are not in residence during the academic year terms and who have received special permission from the Dean of the Graduate School have 14 summer session terms in which to complete requirements. Two summer terms totaling at least five credits will be considered one part- time semester; two summer terms totaling nine credits will be considered one full-time semester. Doctoral degree candidates have 14 semesters in which to complete their degrees, regardless of whether they matriculate with an earned Master's degree.

Master's and Doctoral students who have completed all course requirements including thesis research shall be considered to be making satisfactory progress at least at the half-time rate if they are registered for at least one thesis credit. All students are required to be enrolled for consecutive semesters until graduation unless an official leave of absence has been approved. If students do not utilize the leave of absence option and fail to register. they are considered to have voluntarily withdrawn.

All graduate students holding a Graduate Assistantship or Graduate Research Assistantship are considered to be full-time students. Such students are required to register for at least six credits whether they hold a full or partial assistantship for a given term.

Satisfactory progress standards will conform to The University's academic standards, as delineated in the Graduate Student Manual. Students who are placed on academic probation will be notified of the possibility of their loss of federal financial aid eligibility. Students on academic probation who do not meet the conditions of continued matriculation within the specified time limits and students who are dismissed, or suspended, will be ineligible to receive federal financial aid. Criteria for probation and dismissal appear in the Graduate Student Manual. A student who is declared ineligible to receive aid for not maintaining satisfactory academic progress may appeal the decision to the Satisfactory Progress Appeals Committee.

Satisfactory progress will be monitored and measured each semester according to implementation procedures on file in the Student Financial Aid Office. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress for two consecutive semesters will result in the loss of federal financial aid eligibility until the student is determined by the Financial Aid Office to be, once again, making satisfactory progress.

If there are unusual circumstances which result in the student's inability to make satisfactory progress, the student should write a letter of appeal documenting the unusual circumstance(s) and submit the letter to the Satisfactory Progress Appeals Board, through the Assistant Dean of the Student Financial Aid Office.

12.60 Veterans Benefits

12.61. Information concerning Veteran's Benefits and counseling is provided by the Veterans' Affairs desk in the Registrar's Office. All certification forms are administered through the Registrar's Office.

12.70 Student Exchange Among Public Institutes of Higher Education

12.71. Any full-time student matriculated at one of the public institutions of higher education in Rhode Island may enroll for a maximum of seven (7) credit hours of her/his full-time schedule per semester for study at one of the other public institutions at no additional expense. Each institution will determine and maintain the integrity of the degree to be awarded. Students will be subject to the course selection process applicable at the receiving institution. Summer session and continuing education registrants are not covered under this program. Students interested in this arrangement should contact the Registrar's Office.

12.72. Under the provisions of the New England Regional Student Program for graduate students, a regional student tuition rate (125% of the Rhode Island resident rate) is charged to residents of another New England state who are matriculated. graduate students in certain plans. The specific plan must be one which is not available at the student's home-state university. Normally, these plans are listed in the New England Regional Student Program graduate level booklet. In cases where an apparently similar program of study is available at both institutions involved, a resident of another New England state must obtain certification from the Dean of the Graduate School of her/his home-state university that the program of study is not available there. This certification will normally take the form of a statement by the chairperson of the relevant department endorsed by the graduate dean. Request for classification as a regional student should be directed to the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island.

12.80 Tuition Waiver at the Public Institutions of Higher Education

12.81. Any Rhode Island senior citizen who submits evidence of being 60 years of age, and over, and of having a household income of less than three times the federal poverty level, will be allowed to take courses at any public institution of higher education in the state with the tuition waived. However, students who qualify for waivers must apply for financial aid. Any aid received must be applied towards the amount waived. Admission into particular courses will be granted on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the receiving institution. All other costs of attendance are paid by the student.

12.82. Any individual who submits evidence of currently receiving unemployment benefits from the state of Rhode Island, of having a household income of less than three times the federal poverty level and of not being claimed as a dependent by a parent (or someone else) will be allowed to pursue course work at any public institution of higher education in Rhode Island with tuition and the registration fee waived. However, students who qualify for waivers must apply for financial aid. Any aid received must be applied towards the amount waived. Individual students will be responsible for all other costs of attendance. Admission into particular courses will be granted on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the particular institution. This waiver also applies to any Rhode Island resident who submits evidence of residency and of currently receiving unemployment benefits in another state.

12.90 Patent and Copyright Policies

12.91. The Patent Policy of the University is presented in the University Manual. The graduate student is advised to examine this policy. As a general rule, inventions relating to research programs will be retained by the University, and inventions unrelated to our research programs will be waived by the University to the Inventor. For more information please consult Sections 10.40.10, 10.41.10-16 and 10.42.10 of the University Manual.

12.92. For information on copyright protection for University publications and dissertations please consult the University Manual, Sections l 0.51.10 and 10.51.11.