For Current MPIA students
(v. Dec 2021)
This checklist helps you plan for your final semester as an MPIA student
Meet your advisor to discuss capstone parameters (major paper or practicum).
Write up a 200-300 word abstract and share with your advisor.
Contact members of your committee, including one outside (non-GIA) member.
Review your plan of study with your advisor and circulate it for signatures using DocuSign
Use Doodle to schedule your defense sometime in Week 16. Allocate 75-90 minutes for the event.
Download and submit Application for Degree & Certificate to the grad school.
Consult with the VT writing center to plan out the writing process and get feedback on drafts.
Contact Elia A. (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up the defense with the VT Grad School (email@example.com).
Circulate drafts to the committee for review and feedback.
Do the defense!
Make any final changes needed to the documents
View a pdf version of this information here
The Graduate Honor Code:
The Graduate Honor Code establishes a standard of academic integrity and demands a firm adherence to a set of values. It is founded on the concept of honesty with respect to the intellectual efforts of oneself and others.
All graduate students, while being affiliated with Virginia Tech, must abide by the standards described in the GHS Constitution.
Graduate students, by accepting admission, subscribe to and become governed by the Graduate Honor Code and acknowledge the right of the University to establish policies and procedures and to take disciplinary action (including suspension or expulsion) when such action is warranted.
Complaints about professional misconduct:
Complaints about professional misconduct (integrity and civility) are concerns of both the targets of those complaints and of the department. As such, they are not appropriate topics of informal discussion alone. Students giving voice to complaints of misconduct should, in a timely fashion, initiate processes in which the department and the targets of the complaints would have opportunities to respond. Students can initiate such processes by sharing complaints with departmental or university authorities, as listed below.
Relevant offices include:
- GIA program chair — discussion of concerns about graduate student integrity and civility within the department, all of which remain in confidence other than sexual harassment/assault, mention of which must result in a phone call to the Human Resources Title IX coordinators, as noted below.
- SPIA chair — discussion of concerns about faculty conduct, all of which remain in confidence other than sexual harassment/assault, mention of which must result in a phone call to HR Title IX, as noted below.
- Graduate Student Ombuds — discussion of any concerns related to treatment by others, including officials, in the university, all of which remain in confidence other than sexual harassment/assault, mention of which must result in a phone call to Human Resources Office, Title IX
- Dean of Students Office — reports of concerns about student conduct, including disruption, threats, incivility, and harassment
- Graduate Honor System — reports of violations of academic integrity.
For confidential discussions of issues of civility, you may contact:
- The Women’s Center’s Counseling staff (concerns about gendered conduct, sexual assault, sexual harassment)
- Cook Counseling Center