A student’s principal supervisor can recommend termination of candidature by completing the Higher Degree Research Termination of Candidature Form.
Reasons for seeking to terminate candidature may include
- failure to make satisfactory progress,
- failure to maintain regular contact with supervisor/s,
- failure to satisfactorily complete the coursework component of the degree, or
- failure to meet any other requirement of candidature.
Candidature may be terminated only after a reasonable attempt has been made by the supervisor/s and Dean (Research) to ensure that the student has been: clearly warned of shortcomings in performing the research and/or meeting candidature requirements; and advised of ways in which such shortcomings might be remedied.
A recommendation to terminate candidature will require support from the Dean (Research), and approval by the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School.
The Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School will consider the recommendation to terminate candidature and may at any time approve the termination of a student’s candidature based on:
- failure to make satisfactory progress in the research
- being unable to meet any requirement of candidature
- not complying with any condition set by the Dean (Research), or the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School.
The student will be offered the opportunity to respond to advice from the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School of the intention to terminate candidature. After considering a student's response, the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School may terminate candidature, or after consultation with the Dean (Research), determine that the candidature continues. In such a case the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School may prescribe special conditions to be fulfilled. In the case of a Doctor of Philosophy candidature the student may be offered the opportunity to be admitted to one of the University's masters degrees.
The academic transcript of a student whose candidature is terminated will be noted accordingly. Students have the right to appeal against a decision to terminate candidature.
The termination of candidature policy is detailed in Section 8.18 of the Higher Degree Research Policy and Section 5.6 of the Higher Doctorates by Publication Policy.