Faculty and Graduate Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

Notes from CEHS faculty discussion ​include reasonable steps for ensuring that graduate students understand their rights and responsibilities ​

Departments can play a stronger role in educating faculty and incoming students about their rights and responsibilities.

  • Programs need clear guidelines for programs of study, including expectations for students and advisors.
  • Departments need more structured standards for how faculty manage program milestones (e.g. comprehensive exams).
  • Faculty need guidelines for managing student-advisor conflicts.
  • Departments should communicate norms for student-faculty boundaries.
  • Some departments host an “Intro to a doctoral program” seminar to help prepare incoming students.

Advisors can play a stronger role in preparing graduate students

  • Advisors need to understand student rights and convey them to incoming students.
  • Advisors need clarify student-faculty boundaries with incoming students (e.g. gift giving).
  • Advisors need to educate their students about authorship and how decisions regarding authorship are decided.

Faculty Supports

  • New faculty should be prepared to discuss issues regarding student rights with their students.
  • Department faculty orientations
  • College-wide faculty discussions
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Is there a need for a college-wide student organization with representatives from each department?

Handout for Students Rights and Responsibilities Matrix

Handout for Student Rights and Responsibilities Literature