I started my CS PhD from 2013 and changed my advisor last semester. My new advisor is in the electrical department and has an affiliation with CS for advising CS PhD student.
Although I passed my WPE exam and "pass with reservation" in oral exam from my previous lab, the CS department told us to retake the WPE and Oral exam with new committee member if I wanted to switch my advisor.
I discussed this issue with my new advisor. Then my new advisor discussed this issue with the DGS(director of graduate study) in CS department and the DGS told him that he and I can assign new committee members and retake the WPE/Oral exam. By the way, I got an email from CS department that I could retake WPE/Oral exam in the condition with new advisor and committee members.
After we received the email, my new advisor and I agreed to retake the exam and moved forward to research together, based on what they said meaning DGS and graduate program coordinator.
However, yesterday the Graduate school contacted my new advisor that we can't reassign new committee members due to the university policy. My advisor then talked with CS department but they said they can't resolve this issue because of the university policy. The DGS that my advisor talked previously has been changed to new DGS.
I went to meet with the new DGS this afternoon hoping to solve my issue, but all he told me at the beginning of the meeting was to transfer to EE department or graduate with CS master degree. Obviously, there was a mistake between CS and graduate school, but nobody wants to take in charge of this mistake. After arguing their mistakes and telling him I will contact conflict center or dean's office, his attitude was changed. And he told me that he is going to find possible ways to resolve this issue.
I was so upset and thought this was unfair. I discussed this issue with my new advisor and he thinks that this is absolutely unfair to a student and they ignore your time in graduate school and should not tell me getting out of the graduate program. How can they suggest me to get a CS master degree and leave?
I am feeling awfully bad and really want to sue university because even if I stay here, I have to stay with the DGS and program coordinator.