Graduate Student Employees (GTAs/GRAs/GAs)

As university employees, Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are expected to assist in their assigned courses during the transition to and delivery of instruction via remote means. GTAs should be in contact with their faculty supervisor regarding all aspects of the remote instruction of their courses.

GTAs and Graduate Assistants working as tutors are expected to continue to offer tutoring via on-line platforms. Although the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS), Math Learning Center, and University Center for Excellence in Writing remain open, most services are transitioning to online. Students have been encouraged to avoid face-to-face tutoring whenever possible and should choose online instead. GTAs and Graduate Assistants (GAs) should be prepared to provide online tutoring services to fulfill their work responsibilities

Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) and are expected to continue to work with faculty on research projects. Although research labs remain open, faculty have been asked to limit group meetings, limit students’ time in labs (i.e., get in, do your work, and then leave), avoid group meetings, and to consider assigning research work that GRAs can be conducted remotely (e.g., data analysis, generation of reports, reading relevant journal articles, work on to-be-published manuscripts, or their theses, and/or to confirm their research compliance training is current).

All other graduate students working on master’s and doctoral research projects in labs at FAU are expected to also follow the recommendations in #3 above

Thesis/Dissertation Defenses

At this time, there are no changes to the published graduation deadlines. Thesis and Dissertations defenses planned for Spring 2020 term should continue as planned. Students should work closely with their committee to minimize interruptions to their scheduled defenses

At this time, the Graduate College supports the following options for defenses: 1.Virtual defense via WebEx, Skype, Zoom, or other University approved platforms. 2.In cases where a student has obtained University approval to remain on campus for employment or residence, an in-person defense that is closed to the public may be permitted (only committee members should attend). It is recommended that committee chairs contact graduatewriting@fau.edu for approval to hold an in-person defense.

Graduate College Advising Appointments

In accordance with University guidelines the Graduate College Advising will transition to online (via skype) or phone appointments beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Graduate students should continue to check their FAU email account for important information and updates. Graduate students may contact us at:

Graduate Applicants and Prospects: GraduateCollege@fau.edu | 561.297.3624

Current Graduate Students: GraduateSupport@fau.edu | 561.297.2203

Thesis & Dissertation Support: GraduateWriting@fau.edu | 561.297.2343

Graduate College Events

All in-person Graduate Admissions Information Sessions and Thesis and Dissertation Workshops are cancelled until further notice. The Graduate College will reach out to confirmed attendees to schedule appointments via Skype or phone.

The Graduate College is working to transition FAU’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition to an online format. Graduate students interested in competing should submit the online 3MT® registration no later than March 30, 2020. Information on the online preliminary rounds and championship are forthcoming.



 Last Modified 3/17/20