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Oral Defense

Summer 2020 Thesis Oral Defenses

Graduate students defending during Summer Quarter 2020 should consult with their committee chairs to arrange a defense format. Acceptable options include videoconferencing with tools such as Skype or Zoom. Check the Western Coronavirus Information page for current guidance on holding in person meetings. Public or department-wide presentations are not required by the Graduate School.

Students who do not have access to the necessary technology to hold a video defense should contact ATUS to request equipment loan. 


Defense Notification Requirements

  • Schedule your defense with your department
  • Submit an Oral Defense Schedule form at least two weeks prior to your defense
  • If requested, submit a draft of your thesis to the Graduate School one week before your defense date

The Graduate School will announce your oral defense to Graduate Faculty Governance Council. If a Graduate Faculty Governance Council member volunteers to observe your defense, you will need to include that person in your video conference. We will ask you to provide a copy of your draft for the representative to review.