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Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Workshop

If you will be graduating this year and writing a thesis or dissertation to fullfill your degree requirements, we encourage you to attend the Timelines and Templates: Thesis and Dissertation Formatting workshop on Wednesday, October 14 at 3 to 4:30 pm in the University Union Sycamore Room. Seating is limited, so please rsvp to to reserve a seat.

The information covered in the workshop is also available online for statewide students and others who cannot attend.


Get to Know Other Grad Students

Sheena Kauppila and several others have started an NAU Grad Students Group on Facebook for grad students who want to meet people outside of their departments and organize fun events in informal settings. Any student who has an idea is welcome to organize an event or suggest ideas for the group to organize. Already the group is working on chess nights, board games, kickball, hiking, and happy hours.

If you have an idea or want to get involved, please join the NAU Grad Students group on Facebook or contact Sheena to join the e-mail list. 


Continuous Enrollment/Leave of Absence Policies

While you pursue your master's or doctoral degree, you must maintain continuous enrollment (even during the thesis, dissertation, or final project stage). See the policy overview online for details.

Be aware that if you have extenuating circumstances and need a temporary leave of absence, you must petition for exception to the continuous enrollment policy. The petition form is available on the Graduate College website and must be approved by your advisor, graduate coordinator and/or department chair, then sent to the associate dean of the Graduate College for final approval. Requests should be filed and approved before the anticipated absence.

Students who fail to enroll for more than three semesters are automatically discontinued as graduate students and must reapply to the Graduate College and the department in order to complete their program.

Once thesis/dissertation/final project hours have begun, students must continue to enroll for at least one hour each semester, even if they have completed the required number of hours for the degree. During the semester a student defends, the student must register for 3 hours. If a student fails to enroll without an approved leave of absence during this period, he or she must pay all missed credits before graduation.

Here's an example. Melissa took six hours of thesis credits in fall 2007 but didn't enroll for the next two years although she continued to work on her thesis. When she is ready to defend in spring 2010, she will have to register for one credit hour for each missed semester, plus three credit hours for the semester she defends: a total of seven credit hours.


New Student E-mail System

Throughout the Fall 2009 term, NAU will be moving all student email accounts from the Dana e-mail system to NAU's new Google Apps for Education Gmail system. This migration is being done in phases. Each student will receive a notification of his or her scheduled migration date and further instructions via NAU email.

Students can continue to retrieve email at Please note that any forwards previously set on dana e-mail accounts will no longer function and all new e-mail will be delivered to NAU Gmail when accounts are migrated.

For more information, see Gmail information page or NAU's Google Apps for Education FAQ.


Online Student Account Access

The new Guardian Access service announced in the July 8, 2009 issue of "Inside NAU" allows students to provide designated individuals with account access to view only or to make online payments on the student's behalf. This service is not limited to parents—it is available to any individual to whom the student grants permission (spouses, for example).

The new online service is accessible from the Student Center in LOUIE. While it does not override FERPA regulations, it does give students the option of granting or revoking access privileges to others. 

The Office of Parent Services web site has an online Guardian Access tutorial, as well as a direct link to sign in to the service.  For information, contact Savannah Sydney, business analyst in ITS, at or at ext. 3-8454.


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Graduate students are invited to become fans of the Graduate College on Facebook. The site is becoming increasingly useful as more and more graduate students post event announcements, photos, and requests for information. We also post articles featuring our grad students as well as national articles exploring provocative issues in higher education.


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