'Members of assessment committees for the assessment of PhD dissertations are considered non-impartial (i.e., disqualified), cf. the rules of eligibility, if they have previously been part of a committee for the assessment of the PhD student, including 1st and 2nd year PhD presentation committees, co-authors or the like. Information about the members of the 1st and 2nd year PhD presentation committees is not generally available to the Aarhus BSS Graduate School and will therefore not be detected in a check of impartiality. It is therefore the responsibility of the supervisor to make this information available in the recommendation letter.
Members of the same research group as the PhD student are also considered non-impartial (i.e., disqualified), as they are assumed to be familiar with the student and the project in advance.
In addition to the above, normal rules of eligibility apply, as in the appointment of assessment committees in connection with recruitment.
The above applies unless very strong arguments can be presented to the contrary.'