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Procedures for handling graduate student grievances are outlined on the Graduate School’s grievances webpage. The policies described there are based upon the following principles:

Graduate students have the right to seek redress of any grievance related to academic or nonacademic matters. Every effort should be made to resolve grievances informally between the student and the faculty member involved or with the assistance of the graduate adviser, Graduate Studies Committee chair, or department chair.

In situations where the grievance cannot be resolved informally at the program/department level, students have recourse through formal procedures that vary, depending on the type of grievance.

Four main categories of grievances are:

1. Academic Grievances (examples include: adherence to degree requirements, changes in supervising committee membership, situations involving program termination)

2. Non-academic grievances (primarily issues involving either discrimination or misconduct)

3. Employment Grievances for Teaching Assistants and Assistant Instructors (issues related to the academic freedom of individual TAs, non-renewal of a TA or AI position, withholding of salary or promotion)

4. Employment disputes involving Graduate Research Assistants

Procedures for addressing these 4 types of grievances are summarized here.