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Updates to the GAP within the last few years are listed below. For questions about the derivation of any GAP documents or changes made more than a year ago, review the archive page or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) at

November 2023

GAP 5.9.2 Pregnancy, Childbirth, Adoption, and Lactation

Section 2. Pregnancy or Parental Leaves of Absence: Updated to reflect updates in procedure and provided additional details in several steps for further clarity.  

October 2023

GAP 4.3.1 Engineer Degree

Rationale and Section 3. Thesis: Updated to reflect current names of Student Services guide pages and materials relevant to theses.

GAP 7.3.1 Assistantships

Section 2. General Eligibility Requirements: Clarified SSN requirements for students prior to starting an assistantship without an SSN to accurately reflect existing assistantship policies.

June 2023

GAP 7.3.1 Assistantships 

Section 2. General Eligibility Requirements: Clarified language-testing requirements for teaching with the TOEFL requirements for applying for graduate school admission.

May 2023

GAP 5.8.1 Exchange Programs 

Authority: Updated implementation to clarify university offices responsible for incoming and outgoing exchange program arrangements.

April 2023

GAP 2.1.1 Admitting Graduate Students to Matriculated Study

Section 1. General Requirements: Updated to accurately reflect existing Biosciences Program policies pertaining to number of possible programs.

February 2023

  1. GAP 2.1 Admitting Graduate Students to Matriculated Study was updated to clarify guidelines for deferral of admission for more than one year.
  2. GAP 7.2 Fellowships and Other Stipend Support was updated to clarify the definition of a "full fellowship" and the relationship between a "full fellowship" and additional working time.