Serving as an Outside Examiner
An "outside examiner" representing and appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School is required at all Ph.D. oral examinations (except the placement examination). The examiner must be from a different department than the candidate and chair of the advisory committee. The function of the outside examiner is to determine that a stringent, unbiased examination is given and that it is fairly administered and evaluated. The outside examiner will be asked by the Graduate School to complete a Report of Outside Examiner to provide comments on the exam.
Our sister Graduate School at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is an excellent resource on this topic.