Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science 2018–2019 173 Students who wish to dispute their grades must contact the Ph.D. program director as there is no direct communication between graders and students. Grade disputes must be in writing within five business days from notification of the comprehensive examination results. The program director will interact directly with the faculty who graded the exams and inform the student of the grader’s comments. The grade dispute ends at the program director level. Dissertation The dissertation is scheduled as six courses over two years. The dissertation will culminate with an oral final defense, which will occur in person on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. The oral defense must be arranged with the Ph.D. program office at least 45 days in advance. Process and requirements are detailed in the Health Professions Division Dissertation Guide. For any additional semester after the initial six courses, students will register for a dissertation continuation course with a continuing service charge to maintain the students’ full time enrollment. At the end of each semester, students who demonstrate forward progress on their dissertation will earn a PR (in progress) grade. Students who do not demonstrate forward progress will earn an F (fail) grade. Students who earn an F in any dissertation course are referred to the CSP. The CSP will examine the individual student’s case and will make appropriate recommendations to the department chair. See the procedures for Committee on Student Progress and Student Appeals in the college section of this handbook. Students who earn an F grade in any dissertation course may register for the next semester, although they may not be eligible for federal funds. Students’ progress through dissertation continuation may increase their total number of required degree credits. On-Campus Institutes These one-week sessions are located either at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus or the Tampa Campus. A minimum of institutes are required to complete the Ph.D. degree. DHS 8080 and DHS 8170 will be offered as Summer Institutes. HSP 9007 will be offered as the Winter Institute. Dress Code When on the NSU main or regional campuses during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Ph.D. students will follow the Dress Code identified in the Department of Health Science section of this handbook. Online Student Center All students are required to log into the Ph.D. in Health Science online student center at least once a week. Students should check their NSU email accounts at least once a week.