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Graduate Studies Calendar 2014-2015 Academic Regulations I. Supervisors/Advisors
I. Supervisors/Advisors
I.1 Thesis-based Programs

All students in thesis-based programs leading to graduate degrees are required to have a supervisor or an advisor. Students arriving on campus may be assigned an interim advisor until they have had an opportunity to become familiar with the Faculty members and their research interests, but must have a permanent supervisor or advisor no later than one year after initial registration.

These students must have an approved supervisor prior to their second annual registration date. No student will be permitted a second annual registration without having an approved supervisor. See Faculty of Graduate Studies Handbook of Supervision and Examination in this calendar.

I.2 Course-based Programs

Although the Faculty of Graduate Studies does not require the formal appointment of a Supervisor in course-based programs, a Faculty Advisor or a Supervisor may be appointed by the program. Please see individual program listings for details.

I.3 Conflict of Interest

There is potential for conflict of interest when a student’s relationship with a supervisor, or with others who are in a position to influence academic decisions, is more than a strictly academic one. There may also be a conflict of interest with implications for a student’s program when a student is at the same time a Board appointee or in a support staff position. In order to avoid conflict of interest and protect privacy, graduate students are not permitted to evaluate other graduate students who are registered in the same program for the same degree.


Specific measures may be taken to address specific situations; for instance, there may be special requirements for the composition and procedures of examining committees.

Further details regarding the Graduate Studies Policy on Conflict of Interest can be found at: