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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Upon admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, students assume responsibility for knowing program requirements and following departmental advising requirements when selecting and registering for courses. Students are also responsible for knowing the procedures for paying fees, processing class drop-adds and withdrawals, and applying for and meeting all requirements for graduation.

Students writing a thesis or dissertation are responsible for several items, including selecting a committee, research topic approval, and much more. Please view the Thesis and Dissertation manual “Responsibilities” section, starting on page 4, to view requirements for students writing a thesis or dissertation.

Conversely, students have the right to expect that program requirements will be made clear, that course requirements—including grading criteria and procedures—will be made known early in a course, and that course grades will represent the instructor’s professional and objective evaluation of performance. Students have the right to instruction that encourages the free and open discussion of ideas and that respects reasonable student needs and aspirations. Students share with instructors the responsibility for creating a classroom atmosphere that encourages maximum learning and exhibits a more intense scholarly zeal than that expected in undergraduate studies.

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Stright Hall, Room 101
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1048
  • Phone: 724-357-2222
  • Fax: 724-357-4862
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.