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Formatting Your Thesis: Declaration of Committee (DoC)

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Beginning Fall 2020:

For Summer 2020 submissions:

  • The Library will accept either the signed & unsigned Approval Page and Supervisor Revision memo OR the ResultsApproval, & Degree Recommendation (RAD).
  • For further assistance, please contact the Assistant for Theses: theses@sfu.ca.

 

Requirements

  1. Complete the Declaration of Committee (DoC) page template linked below.
  2. The Declaration of Committee (DoC) appears as page ii of the capstone, immediately following the title page. Samples of completed DoC pages.
  3. All information on the DoC must be identical to the information that appears on the Results, Approval, & Degree Recommendation (RAD) form.

Content and details

The Declaration of Committee (DoC) page contains the following four elements.

See also: Sample Declaration of Committee pages.

1. Student's First & Last Name 

2. Degree

Details on how the degree should appear

The degree should appear on one line. The discipline may be added if preferred.

Examples:

  • Master of Arts 
  • Master of Science (Chemistry)
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy (History)

3. Thesis title

4. Committee membership

Details on how committee members should appear

Each committee member must be identified with three elements:

  1. Name (example: Karen Eliot)
  2. Committee Role (example: Supervisor)
  3. Academic Role & Academic Unit (example: Professor, Physics)

List of Committee Member roles

a. Chair

Required details:

  • Name
  • Academic role
  • Academic unit

b. Supervisor

Required details:

  • Name
  • Committee role
  • Academic role
  • Academic unit

c. Co-Supervisor (if applicable)

(as defined in Graduate General Regulations 1.6.5)

Required details:

  • Name
  • Committee role
  • Academic role
  • Academic unit

d. Committee Member

Required details:

  • Name
  • Committee role
  • Academic role
  • Academic unit

Additional information:

Reader should not appear as a committee role on the Declaration of Committee (DoC) page. The committee role for a Reader should be Committee Member.

e. Examiner

Required details:

  • Name
  • Committee role
  • Academic role
  • Academic unit

Additional information:

For a master’s committee, Examiner (rather than External Examiner) should be used regardless of whether the committee member is from within or outside SFU.

Internal Examiner is no longer used as a committee role. 

f. External Examiner

Required details:

  • Name
  • Committee role
  • Academic role
  • Academic unit

Additional information:

External Examiner role should be used only for doctoral committees.

If a doctoral student has two examiners from outside SFU, only one should be designated as the External Examiner – the other should be Examiner. 

Academic Role & Academic Unit (example: Professor)

The academic role and academic unit information should be structured as follows (also see the sample Declaration of Committee pages):

Professor, Archaeology
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Associate Professor, Contemporary Arts

Academic roles include: 

  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Professor Emerita
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Sessional Lecturer
  • Limited Term Lecturer

Academic Unit information should be included for all committee members, including the Chair and faculty within the student’s department.

For questions or clarification on examining committee membership, see GGR 1.9 Preparation for Examinations or contact Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Administrative titles or honorifics (Associate Dean, Canada Research Chair, etc.) are not required on the Declaration of Committee (DoC) page.

    Sample Declaration of Committee (DoC) pages