Graduate Student Matters
Important Matters for Graduate Students
The following guidelines were approved at the November 19, 2007, meeting of the
Faculty Committee on the Graduate School. As discussed at that time, department policy
on this issue supersedes the Graduate School’s guidelines, detailed below.
Graduate study is understood to be a full-time commitment on the part of students.
During an academic year, defined as September 1 to August 31, graduate student degree
candidates may take up to (but no more than) four weeks of vacation, including any days
taken during regular University holidays and scheduled recesses (e.g., the Fall- and Springterm
breaks and inter-term break). The specific periods taken as vacation must not conflict
with the student’s academic responsibilities, coursework, research, or teaching, and should
be discussed in advance with one’s director of graduate studies, adviser, or dissertation
If a student receives financial support for graduate study for only part of the year
(e.g., regular term time, September 1 to June 30), then the amount of vacation should be
pro-rated accordingly. If a student receives summer support and has taken the allowed
vacation during regular term time, September 1 to June 30, then he or she should not take
additional vacation time during the summer months of July and August.
If a student holds an external fellowship whose terms may conflict with this guideline,
the student should consult first with her/his director of graduate studies or adviser. If
questions remain, the student should consult with the Graduate School’s associate dean for
administration or for academic affairs.
Important Dates for Graduate Students
TWO copies of experimental write-ups due in Laurel’s office by Friday, October 24, 2008. The name of the project supervisor must be on the front cover, and the supervisor must receive a copy on the same day. Total: 3 copies
||Nov 6, 2008
||Time - TBD
||Location - TBD
||Jan 8 and 9, 2009
||4th floor seminar room
||May 7 and 8, 2009
||Location - TBD
Questions should be directed to Laurel Lerner.