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Key Graduate Student Responsibilities

When a student registers as a graduate student at UBC’s Okanagan campus, s/he is making a commitment to devote the time and energy needed to engage in research, complete coursework, and write a thesis or dissertation. His/her supervisor has a right to expect substantial effort, initiative, respect and receptiveness to the supervisor’s suggestions and/or criticisms.

All graduate students must accept the rules, procedures and standards in place in their programs and at the university and should check the Academic Calendar for regulations regarding academic and non-academic matters. The student is expected to:

  • Make a commitment and show dedicated efforts to gain the background knowledge and skills needed to pursue his/her research project successfully.
  • In conjunction with his/her supervisor, develop a plan and timetable for completion of all stages of the thesis project, adhere to a schedule and meet appropriate deadlines.
  • Meet with his/her supervisor when requested and report fully and regularly on progress and results.
  • Maintain registration throughout the program and (for international students) ensure that study permits and (where applicable) employment authorization documents are kept up to date.
  • Keep his/her supervisor, graduate program coordinator and the College of Graduate Studies informed about the student’s contact information.
  • Give serious consideration to the advice and criticisms received from the supervisor, other members of the supervisory committee, and course instructors.
  • Keep his/her work space tidy, safe and healthy; show tolerance and respect for the rights of others.
  • Be thoughtful and reasonable in using resources provided by his/her supervisor and the University, and assist in obtaining additional resources for his/her research or for other group members where applicable.
  • Conform to University, Faculty and graduate program requirements, including those related to deadlines, dissertation or thesis style, conflict of interest.
  • Clean up his/her work space when degree program requirements have been met. Return borrowed materials to his/her supervisor, graduate program, library or reading room, etc. when his/her project is finished or when return is requested.


The following suggestions can make a graduate student’s life a lot easier:

  • Review the required literature regularly and keep his/her literature survey up-to-date.
  • Maintain exemplary records of his/her experimental/theoretical work (so that others can replicate the results).
  • While the supervisor is required to be reasonably available for consultation, it is the student’s responsibility to keep in touch with the supervisor.
  • The student should be available to the supervisor for regular meetings at mutually acceptable times.
  • Follow the university's policy regarding ownership of intellectual property.

Last reviewed shim3/24/2015 3:17:05 PM