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Statute of Limitations

Duquesne University has established a statute of limitations for all graduate degree programs. No academic program may establish a statute of limitations exceeding that of the University. Academic schools may however establish a statute of limitations stricter than that of the University. Students should consult with their graduate program advisor about specific program requirements.

The purpose of the statute of limitations is to ensure that students earn degrees which represent mastery of current knowledge in the field and reflect the intense commitment to scholarship and practice necessary for advanced study in one's chosen discipline.

Consistent with School of Education policy, all Instructional Technology and Leadership doctoral students must complete their program of study within eight (8) years of beginning coursework. This includes completion of all coursework, successfully passing comprehensive examinations, and successfully defending the dissertation. Under unusual circumstances, graduate students may request one Leave of Absence of up to one year. Requests are submitted to the Program Director who then forwards a recommendation to the Program Advisory Committee and the Department Chair, after which a recommendation is forwarded to the Dean. The Program Director will notify the student of the decision. Denial of requests for Leave of Absence may be appealed directly through the school's academic Dean. The Dean will then make a decision about the leave and his/her decision is final. A Leave of Absence does count towards the statute of limitations. Re-admission of a student following a Leave of Absence is granted automatically.

Graduate students must submit requests for an extension to the statute of limitations to his/her dissertation chair or faculty advisor who then forwards the request with his/her recommendation to the Program Director.

The student must submit the request for an extension no later than the first day of class of the penultimate semester preceding their eight (8) year deadline. For example as most students begin the program in the summer session, this request must be submitted no later than the first day of class of the preceding spring semester.

The request is then forwarded by the Program Director to the Advisory Committee and Department Chair who forward their recommendation to the Dean for review and decision. The student will be notified of the decision by the Program Director. An appeal for denial of the request for extension may be submitted directly to the school's academic Dean whose review and decision are final.

A student who does not complete his/her degree as required by the statute of limitations may not apply for re-admission to pursue the same degree at Duquesne University.

The complete details of the process for requesting a Leave of Absence or Extension may be found in the School of Education Policy and Procedure Manual.