Graduate students should expect continuity of supervision through their graduate program (see University of Calgary Graduate Student Supervision Policy at ucalgary.ca/policies).
Graduate students have a responsibility to maintain strong working relationships with their supervisors as set out in Best Practices for Graduate Students.
In cases where graduate students are unwilling to accept the supervision provided or have chosen to pursue research topics other than those indicated at the time of admission, the graduate program and the Faculty of Graduate Studies have no responsibility to agree to alternate supervisory arrangements if they cannot be reasonably accommodated.
Only under exceptional circumstances, students may request permission from the Faculty of Graduate Studies to change supervisors (see Guidelines for Requesting to Change Supervisor).
It is the role of the Graduate Program Director (or delegate) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies to try to mediate conflicts between students and supervisors in order to maintain the continuity of the supervisory relationship (see Conflict Resolution Guide).