Each committee should consist of a minimum of three examiners. 1) The primary advisor. 2) Co-advisor or second reader selected by the advisor and student. 3) An "outside" member assigned by Honors Council. The student candidate bears the primary responsibility for communicating with the entire committee and determining the defense date that works for the entire committee and reserving a room for the defense (consult your advisor and academic assistant for your major department / program). The advisor should only step in on behalf of the student when the student requests their help. The student should speak with your advisor to determine if the Defense will be open to the public, or will be closed (where the audience could consist of your major department / program faculty and chair, in addition to the Thesis Examination Committee members, at minimum).

The student candidate should deliver a copy of the thesis to all members of the Thesis Examination Committee by the date specified on the Honors Program Calendar. If the student requests consideration from the committee for a later submission, it is the prerogative of the entire examination committee to permit this request and set a modified date of submission that is at least one week prior to the defense date. The examination copy need not be bound, it must be in a conveniently readable form, and should be formatted according to the Honors Program guidelines.

Defense Committee Members: If you have not received a copy of the thesis by the specified dates, please contact the advisor or the honors candidate or Chair of the Honors Council. Late submissions without communication from student will result in discharging the student from the Honors Program.