University Resources for Graduate Students

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the graduate student resources available at most universities.

Questions About your Degree Requirements or Graduation

Student Academic Services
A resource for everything related to graduate academic needs; assistance with policies and procedures, Program of Study information, and questions about graduation.

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Student Health Insurance or Other Graduate Benefits

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Serious Disputes or Conflicts with a Faculty Member

Ombudsman Office
The Ombudsman is a university official who serves as a dispute resolver. Their job is to see that students, faculty, and staff are treated equitably. Any individual at the university can seek advice of the Ombudsman Office. The Ombudsman is an impartial and confidential service to all university affiliates.

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Conflicts Over Appropriate Authorship?

Ombudsman Office
The Ombudsman is a university official who serves as a dispute resolver. Their job is to see that students, faculty, and staff are treated equitably. Any individual at the university can seek advice of the Ombudsman Office. The Ombudsman is an impartial and confidential service to all university affiliates.

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Registration/Enrollment and Residency-related Issues

University Registrar Office
Maintains student information system including registration, residency status, and official transcripts.

Additional Resources for a Disability

Disability Resource Office
Coordinates and monitors campus compliance with requirements of the American With Disabilities Act, provides advice to faculty regarding disability accommodations, and offers access to assistive learning technology.

Medical Services

Medical Services
Provides medical care, pharmaceutical services, laboratory and X-ray services, referrals to community health-care providers, health education, and the maintenance of clinical records.

Mental or Emotional Difficulties

Psychological Services
Offers individual, couples, and group counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric consults, testing support for graduate school entrance exams, career testing, and consultations regarding friends, roommates, and family.

Sexual Harassment

Also see Sexual Harassment

Office of Human Resources
Primary resource for university employees. This office oversees application procedures, payroll, employee benefits, employee complaints, and more. Many offices have a Title IX Compliance Coordinator (also called a sexual harassment officer) who is responsible for handling reports of sexual harassment.

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Disputes About Assistantships

Ombudsman Office
The Ombudsman is a university official who serves as a dispute resolver. Their job is to see that students, faculty, and staff are treated equitably. Any individual at the university can seek advice of the Ombudsman Office. The Ombudsman is an impartial and confidential service to all university affiliates.

Conflict with a Peer

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Student Code of Conduct
Typically found at your university’s student life or student affairs Web page, this document details the responsibilities of undergraduate and graduate students and defines student misconduct.

If You are in Danger

Campus Department of Public Safety
Provides campus safety and protection of property.

Student Code of Conduct
Typically found at your university’s student life or student affairs Web page, this document details the responsibilities of undergraduate and graduate students and defines student misconduct.

Help with Your Student Visa or Immigration Advisement

International Student Office
Conducts orientation programs for new students and offers assistance with administrative concerns, immigration advisement, and personal counseling, including providing information on student visas.

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Services for Your Family and/or Children

Also see Family Friendly Policies

Office of Family Resources
Provides resources to university families, advocates for the needs of families, collaborates with departments in the development and delivery of programs/services.

Pregnancy or Medical Leave Policies

Office of Family Resources
Provides resources to university families, advocates for the needs of families, collaborates with departments in the development and delivery of programs/services.

Women That Share Your Culture and Interests

Multicultural Student Center
Provides a central location for multicultural, biracial, and multiracial students to access services designed to help them with their academic success.

Graduate and Professional Student Organizations
Most universities offer comprehensive listings of women’s, graduate, cultural, and international student organizations online. Information about groups or organizations can also be obtained from the Graduate Student Affairs Office.

Graduate Student Affairs Office
A comprehensive resource for information and advice regarding all aspects of graduate student life for students as well as their families.

Policies and Regulations Related to Research Misconduct

Office of Research Integrity
Organized under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the ORI creates and implements policies on biomedical and behavioral research conduct.

Is the Effort Worth the Outcome?
Explains when to confront a problem and when it may be better to maneuver around it.

Observations on Women's Safety (Part 1)
Discusses necessary precautions to take as a female student working late nights on campus.

Standing Out as a Woman
An alternative way to approach being the only woman in a given situation.

Oblivion is Bliss
How being unaware of being the only woman was advantageous to program success.

Options for Support
Urges students to seek multiple campus resources for support.

Climate in Graduate School
How to make friends with colleagues to encourage a supportive environment.

Comments on Commuter Marriage
Notes the challenges of a dual career marriage and the obstacles in fighting for tenure and balancing a relationship.

Lack of Women Role Models
The importance of sharing stories of sexual harassment with others and realizing that you are not alone.

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