Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Department takes its obligations to graduate student trainees seriously. The most important of these are to maintain an environment in which there is mutual trust, respect and integrity, and excellence in scholarship.

The Department will provide for the student:

  1. A scholarly environment and series of opportunities where academic achievement and meritorious scientific research can be achieved.
  2. Responsiveness to valid academic needs and desires.
  3. Support and encouragement of creative original study and research.
  4. A periodic evaluation of the program and willingness to make changes when warranted.

Graduate students in the Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Program enjoy considerable opportunities and benefits, and conversely the trainees have certain obligations to the department and to themselves.

The student has the following responsibilities and goals:

  1. To clearly demonstrate an aptitude for the various aspects of scientific research: knowledge of the literature, formulation of hypotheses, experimental tests of hypotheses, analysis of experimental data and clear presentation of data in both oral and written form.
  2. To produce research work which is worthy of publication, during his/her period of training. Publication is a responsibility to share information with the scientific community.
  3. To strive for superior performance in academic courses.
  4. To participate in the teaching program of the Department as a practical means of training in the presentation of lectures and laboratory work. Graduate teaching assistants, fellows and trainees are expected to effectively fulfill their assigned responsibilities. Where applicable, faculty will provide each student with a confidential rating of his/her instructional performance.
  5. To contribute to Department seminars.
  6. The Academic Grievance Hearing Procedures (PDF) describes procedures for formulating regulations governing student conduct and for providing due process in the adjudication of student disciplinary cases. It also defines channels and procedures for student complaints and grievances. You may access grievance procedures here.