Student Responsibility

While University faculty and staff members give students academic advice and assistance, students are expected to take responsibility for their education and personal development. They must know and abide by the academic and disciplinary policies given in this catalog and in General Information, including rules governing quantity of work, the standard of work required to continue in the University, warning status and scholastic dismissal, and enforced withdrawal. Students must also know and meet the requirements of their degree program; must enroll in courses appropriate to the program; must meet prerequisites and take courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly and timely progress; and must seek advice about degree requirements and other University policies when necessary.

The student must give correct local and permanent postal addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail address to the Office of the Registrar and must notify this office immediately of any changes. Official correspondence is sent to the postal or e-mail address last given to the registrar; if students have failed to correct this address, they will not be relieved of responsibility on the grounds that the correspondence was not delivered. Students may update their addresses and telephone numbers at the Office of the Registrar's website.

Students must register by the deadlines given in the Course Schedule and must verify their schedule of classes each semester, must see that necessary corrections are made, and must keep documentation of all schedule changes and other transactions.

Students should be familiar with the following sources of information:

The University Catalog. Information about the University catalog is found in General Information.

The Course Schedule. The Course Schedule is published by the Office of the Registrar and is available before registration for each semester and summer session. The Course Schedule includes information about registration procedures; times, locations, instructors, prerequisites, and special fees of classes offered; and advising locations.

The University Directory. The University directory gives physical and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of students and faculty and staff members.

University website. The address for the University’s home page. In addition to the publications described above, the website includes sites maintained by departments, colleges, graduate programs, museums, libraries, research units, and student-service offices.

The Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies is the central source of information for graduate students. Doctoral and master’s degree evaluators provide information about procedures for submission of reports, theses, dissertations, and treatises, and the student services section assists with registration and related matters. Information for both prospective and current students is available online.

Graduate advisors, assistant graduate advisors, and graduate coordinators. The graduate advisor for each program is a faculty member designated to advise students and represent the Graduate School in matters pertaining to graduate study. They provide information about the program, including admission and degree requirements, and about fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. The assistant graduate advisor, also a faculty member, serves in the absence of the graduate advisor. The graduate coordinator, a staff member who assists the graduate advisor and other faculty members in the administration of the program, also provides services to students.

Graduate Student Handbooks. Graduate student handbooks are published by the Graduate Studies Committee associated with each graduate degree program on an annual basis. The handbooks describe graduate degree requirements, program expectations, and deadlines; and they are intended to supplement information published in the Graduate Catalog. Graduate student handbooks are provided to all matriculating graduate students and all applicants on request.  Requirements may be changed from one student handbook to the next. A student is normally bound by the requirements of the handbook in force at the time of their first registration in the program; the student may choose, however, to fulfill the requirements of a subsequent handbook. If the student does not fulfill handbook requirements within six years of their first enrollment in the program, they are then bound by the requirements of a subsequent handbook. The student may choose the handbook in effect in any year in which they are enrolled in the program, within the six-year limit. Graduate handbooks are available within each program's office and online at Please contact the program with concerns or questions.