FAQ on oral defences

When do in-person oral defences resume?

Students can defend in-person as of September 1st 2021.

What are the health and safety guidelines in place?

General information about Covid-19 can be found on the McGill webpage for Coronavirus information.

What if a student or committee member has symptoms of Covid-19?

The Unit can choose to hold the defence remotely or in hybrid form, or it can be cancelled.

Are there resources for units planning online or hybrid defences?

For Conducting PhD Oral Defences using Zoom, please see this document. For tips on hosting hybrid meetings, please see the IT resource on hybrid meetings.

Can GPS host a Zoom defence on behalf of the Unit?


What if we encounter technical difficulties during the defence?

Should the Unit require technical assistance, they are encouraged to contact the IT Services Service Desk at 514-398-3398. If technical difficulties prevent a student from defending their thesis or affect a member’s attendance or ability to evaluate the defence, please contact thesis.gps [at] mcgill.ca immediately.

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