NOTE: Some graduate students’ rights and responsibilities are legislated by the University and are outlined in the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue. Contact the School of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) for up-to-date legislation related to the rights and responsibilities of graduate student
In studying at the graduate level, students must strive for high levels of academic achievement and contribute to the intellectual life of the University. Graduate students must commit to the efficient completion of the program. The responsibilities of graduate students at the University include the following plus additional responsibilities and any Codes of Conduct outlined in the appendices:
Regulations and requirements
1. Ensure registration is accurate and does not lapse.
2. Pay all required fees by the deadlines set out in the Academic Schedule.
3. Meet all degree requirements within program time limits.
4. Understand and comply with degree requirements, fees, funding applications, and deadlines.
5. Conform to all University, departmental, and program requirements, legislation, and policies.
6. If receiving awards, scholarships, and/or assistantships, the student must maintain eligibility and meet the performance standards and deadlines of relevant funding organizations.
Academic and ethical standards
7. Commit to the highest levels of academic achievement.
8. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue the academic and research program
9. Uphold ethical standards in research methodology, scholarship, clinical practice (if applicable), code of professional conduct (if applicable), and the reporting of research results to ensure completeness and accuracy of research and findings.
10. Acknowledge the contributions of other scholars including fellow students, the instructor/supervisor, faculty members, funding agencies, and others to presentations and publications, including joint authorship, if appropriate.
11. Uphold the academic and non-academic standards outlined in the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.
12. Help ensure a research environment free from harassment, discrimination, and conflict.
Communication and planning
13. Recommended completion of the Student-Supervisor Guidelines with the Advisor, if applicable.
14. Keep regular, open communication with, and seek advice from, the Advisor through regularly scheduled meetings at mutually agreed upon times. See Progress and standing reports on pg. 20.
15. Meet with the Advisor when requested and provide documentation to report progress and results.
16. Develop a realistic schedule for completion of the program within time limits, including specific timelines, process, and program milestones/requirements in consultation with the Advisor.
17. Approach first the Advisor and then the Chair of the relevant Graduate Program Committee with any perceived problems or changes in circumstances that could affect performance.
18. Inform the Advisor of any absences—in advance, if possible—and follow University policies and procedures for requesting a Leave of Absence.
Ownership of data, information, and equipment
19. Comply with the University’s policies regarding intellectual property and the ownership of data and information.
20. If applicable, follow the contractual agreements with other agencies or individuals regarding the ownership of data, information, and equipment.
21. Keep accurate notes, so others can replicate experiments.
22. If appropriate, upon finishing the program, provide the instructor/supervisor with documentation that allows others to continue the research, and leave the work area clean.