Signatories in Approval Sheet


The following guidelines are adopted in connection with the signatories in the Approval Sheet of graduate thesis/dissertation:


  1. The Approval Sheet contains three (3) sets of signatures, as follows:

    • Adviser
    • Defense Panelists (Chair, Members)
    • College Dean

  2. Adviser. Any Member of the Defense Panel may sign for the Adviser, provided there is an authorization letter in favor of the Member of the Defense Panel.
  3. Chair of the Defense Panel. Any Member of the Defense Panel may sign for the Chair of the Defense Panel, provided there is an authorization letter in favor of the Member of the Defense Panel.
  4. Member of the Defense Panel. The Chair of the Defense Panel may sign "for" any member of the Defense Panel, provided there is an authorization letter in favor of the Chair of the Defense Panel.
  5. Dean. The Vice Dean may sign "for" the Dean, provided there is an authorization letter in favor of the Vice Dean. A blanket authorization to sign any and all approval sheets on behalf of the Dean may be communicated and submitted in lieu of an authorization letter for every student.
  6. It is important to note in what capacity the person is signing. The Dean, sitting as a Member of the Defense Panel, may not be substituted by the Vice Dean in signing the Approval Sheet if the latter is not himself/herself a Member of the Defense Panel.
  7. Only Approval Sheets with complete signatures (even by proxies) will be accepted as a valid submission to the Office of the University Registrar. All authorization letters must be submitted simultaneously for signatures by proxy.