Request for an Outside Examiner
An outside examiner representing and appointed by the dean of the Graduate School is required at all Ph.D. oral examinations (except the placement examination). The examiner must be from a different department than the student and the chair of the advisory committee. The outside examiner is present to determine that a stringent, unbiased examination is fairly administered and evaluated.
All Ph.D. students must submit a Request for Outside Examiner form to the Graduate School for the oral components of both their comprehensive exams and their dissertation defense. This request will be submitted at least two weeks before the exam. Outside examiners are not required for Master's students. It is the student's responsiblility (not the major advisor's or committee chair's) to make the request.