Graduate Degree - Checking the Manuscript
The office of Graduate Studies & Research does not serve as an editor. The author and thesis committee members should carefully proofread the thesis before it is submitted. A careful review should be used by the student as a guide to correcting similar errors in the entire thesis. The review conducted by Graduate Studies & Research should also be regarded as an indicator of problems to be addressed globally throughout the thesis. Making only the changes specifically indicated, rather than applying the criticisms to the remainder of the thesis, would not only result in a flawed document but would also be beneath graduate school standards. Graduate Studies & Research may reject a thesis with excessive errors.
Students can prevent rejection of the thesis by ensuring that the final manuscript is free of the following frequent errors: pages for which no numbers are assigned, misspelled words, inconsistencies in writing style, failure to apply reference style consistently or to cite references when needed, careless spacing or centering, inappropriate margins, incorrect footnotes or bibliography entries, grammatical errors, punctuation errors, word-usage errors, and inconsistencies in or lack of adherence to style-manual formatting rules. Neither SJSU nor any of its separate offices or departments is responsible for matters concerning a student's relationships or agreements with any outside agency or individual.
Neither the university nor any of its offices will take part in disagreements between students and typists, editors, or copy shops with regard to thesis-preparation services, expected costs, or billed costs. A student conducting thesis research off site, for example at a local company, must be free to include all of it in the thesis. SJSU's legal relationship is only with the student and his or her compliance with the rules set forth in this and related documents and does not include any obligations to the company in question unless expressly agreed upon in a separate legal document.