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Dear graduate supervisors:
As part of the University-wide efforts to prevent and contain the epidemic, the Graduate School has adjusted the new semester arrangements and announced the Notice on Arrangement of Graduate School in 2019-2020 Spring Semester to all academic units in a timely manner. Highlights of the Notice are listed below for your attention.
1. Returning to campus is postponed
Following the University’s requirement, the tentative dates for graduate students to return to campus are February 24 - 25, while classes begin on February 26. Please note that no early return is allowed. Supervisors must not ask students to return to campus in advance or to work at other locations other than home in any excuse or in any form.
2. Online teaching
According to the University arrangements, lectures will be delivered online before students return. Graduate online classes begin on February 17. Please follow the Notice of SUSTech 2020 Spring Semester Teaching Arrangement to make your teaching preparation.
3. Graduate Admission
The master’s admission affairs, including announcing the results of master’s admission examinations, the second admission interview of master’s programs, and final enrollment, will follow the requirements of the education authorities. The second-round admission of doctoral programs (including the SUSTech-HIT joint PhD programs) is expected to be held from March to May 2020. The admission of collaborative doctoral programs between SUSTech and overseas universities follows the original schedule. The deadline for department-level admission assessment for international applicants will be postponed given the progress of epidemic containment.
4. Academic exchange abroad
In principle, all graduate dispatch programs are postponed or canceled during the epidemic prevention and containment period. The program of graduate exchange, short-term academic visits for PhD students, innovative projects are postponed in view of the situation.
5. Graduation and degree awarding
Supervisors should provide remote instructions to students, especially to those expected to graduate in the spring semester. In principle, graduation-related procedures like plagiarism checks of thesis and thesis assessment can be done online. The Graduate School will arrange thesis defenses and meetings of academic-degree evaluation committee in view of the situation.
Amid the epidemic outbreak, supervisors are advised to enhance self-protection and pay close attention to the physical and mental well-being of graduate students. If any supervisor or graduate student has been infected by the novel coronavirus, the cases should be reported to the departments of the infected people and the Graduate School immediately. Please also stay informed by checking Graduate School notices announced via emails, websites, and the WeChat platform.
Let’s stand together in overcoming the difficulties and winning the battle against the epidemic.
February 1, 2020