Do you know what your rights and expectations are as a graduate student?
You may not realize this but as a graduate student your rights and expectations are highlighted in the “Graduate Student Handbook”. Each department has their own handbook which outlines things such as: (1) overview of the department (2) degree requirements (3) policies and procedures (4) professional development (5) relevant forms and documents.
This handbook can come in handy in MANY situations that may arise. Examples include:
- Transferring credits
- Leveling courses
- Degree plans
- Qualifying exams and proposals
- Defense scheduling
- Probation due to grades or misc.
Every student should review their respective handbook multiple times throughout their graduate career. This handbook can also become extremely helpful in times of crisis as it outlines what sort of actions you should take. For instance, the Director of Graduate Programs (i.e. the faculty member who is responsible for graduate students) has the capacity to allow exceptions to degree requirements outlined in the handbook. Furthermore, if your advisor expects you to do tasks unrelated to your degree requirements you may redirect them to the student handbook or determine who your department advisor-advisee liaison is to mediate conflict. Of course, this should be done tactfully and professionally. You should not worry about retaliation if you are able to use the resources provided to you. Other resources for conflict include department and university ombudsman.
Adam Orendain | Biomedical Engineering
is a doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering.