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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 vpge@stanford.edu.

On June 23, 2022, GAP 7.1 General Funding Guidelines and Definitions was updated to reflect the change in the Cardinal Care Subsidy.

In March and April 2022, the following changes to the GAP were made:

In July 2021, the following GAP documents were updated:

  • GAP 3.1 Registration, Enrollment, and Academic Progress (to provide guidance, transparency, and clarity for students, faculty, and staff regarding physical presence on campus. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on graduate education had illuminated areas of ambiguity in this university policy. This was approved by the Faculty Senate on June 24, 2021; see SenD#7982.)
  • GAP 3.2 Residency Policy for Graduate Students (to delegate decision making to faculty and staff in degree programs who have the expertise to determine whether prior academic work should be accepted for transfer. The update also allows online courses to be transferred, which is critical after the pandemic forced courses online. This was approved by the Faculty Senate on June 24, 2021; see SenD#7982.)
  • GAP 4.6 Doctoral Degrees, Candidacy (to reaffirm that doctoral students are expected to complete degree program qualifying procedures and apply for candidacy by the end of their second year in the program. This update also affirms local decision-making authority for extensions of the pre-candidacy period and provides more transparency for students by incorporating guidance that was provided by the Committee on Graduate Studies in 2012. This was approved by the Faculty Senate on June 24, 2021; see SenD#7982.)
  • GAP 4.7 Doctoral Degrees, University Oral Examinations & Committees (to reaffirm that in-person oral examinations and dissertation defenses are the norm per university policy. The update also allows more flexibility and delegates decision-making authority to the degree programs. This was approved by the Faculty Senate on June 24, 2021; see SenD#7982.)
  • GAP 4.8 Doctoral Degrees, Dissertations & Dissertation Reading Committees (to confirm the streamlined electronic dissertation approval process that was implemented due to COVID-19. This was approved by the Faculty Senate on June 24, 2021; see SenD#7982.)

Temporary 2020-21 Policy Changes in Response to COVID-19: