Temporary exemption from the guidelines for third-cycle (doctoral) education
At SLU, public defence of doctoral theses should take place online to the extent possible and a maximum of 8 people may be physically present in the room where the defence takes place. This, and other things, has been decided by the vice-chancellor.
The vice-chancellor has decided
that the public defence of doctoral theses should take place online to the extent possible;
that a maximum of 8 people may be physically present in the room where the defence takes place;
that, notwithstanding section 8.4, Defence of a doctoral thesis, in Guidelines for doctoral education, the author of the thesis, the external reviewer, the examining committee and the chair need not be physically present at the defence;
to request that the deans, preferably through their respective doctoral education committee, ensure that the public can attend defences of doctoral theses via video link or other online tools, provided they have registered to attend prior to the defence, and to ensure that there are alternates for the members of the examining committee should those appointed be unable to perform their duties due to technical problems;
to request that the chief operating officer ensures that the university administration can provide sufficient IT support at defences of doctoral theses, and
to apply this decision for as long as the decision by the SLU Board of 26 March on particular authority granted to the vice-chancellor et al because of the corona pandemic, SLU ID ua 2020.1.1.1-1283, is in force.
The decision can be read here: Temporary exemption from the guidelines for thirdcycle (doctoral) education