Standards & Responsibilities

Graduate Faculty Standards

It is the responsibility of the graduate faculty to adhere to the standards set by the Graduate Assembly. Individual graduate programs may set standards in addition to the ones listed below.

For full graduate faculty status:

  • To remain current in her or his field;
  • To be active in scholarship as evidenced over a five-year span by two or more refereed/juried publications or other outlets for artistic/creative activities as appropriate to the field (in fields where books are the standard form of shared scholarship, significant progress must be demonstrated);
  • To participate in teaching and guiding graduate students as demonstrated by participating in two or more of the following activities: teaching graduate level courses, serving on graduate student committees; providing financial support for graduate students; and serving on policy, examination, or program committees of a graduate program.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • To provide an educational climate free from discrimination or harassment based on age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other factor unrelated to academic competence or performance.
  • To foster the development of excellence in every student with supervision and support.
  • To strive to enhance the educational value of teaching and research assistantships of the students under their supervision.
  • To advise students concerning the ethics of the profession, to encourage the practice of research and publication consistent with ethical standards, and to help students identify and avoid ethically questionable projects.
  • To inform students of the academic standards and evaluation procedures.
  • To provide students ample time and opportunity to meet or exceed academic standards.
  • To review student work in a timely manner and to provide students with objective and fair evaluations of their work and progress.
  • To provide accurate student evaluations to other professionals who require such evaluations.


Mentoring Responsibilities

  • To assist students in securing research support and to advise them of implications associated with participation in particular research projects.
  • To advise students of career opportunities or other degree programs.
  • To be accessible to all students under their guidance.
  • To be candid and fair in their relations with students and to avoid any conduct that demeans students.
  • To recognize the power they hold when engaged in teaching, research or supervision and to avoid engaging in conduct that could be construed as an abuse of that power.
  • To adhere to the policies of the Academic Senate and the Graduate Division concerning acknowledgment of student contributions to their work. See Co-Authorship.
  • To refrain from allowing personal animosities or intellectual differences with colleagues to impede student access to such colleagues or to interfere with student progress in course work or research.
  • To refrain from interfering with any grievance procedure.
  • To refrain from any punitive action against a student who filed a grievance.


Advising Responsibilities

  • To track student progress.
  • To provide students with up-to-date information about how they are fulfilling degree requirements.
  • To provide a final degree audit for graduation.