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Helping Students Balance Stress
need to be responsive in all of these roles, but the faculty
members who interact most with the student should strive
to offer the full gamut of support.
The nine points below have been identified as essential
criteria for supporting graduate students:
(1) Clear communication of your expectations and policies
It is the responsibility of faculty members to lay out
expectations and policies and explain in detail how things
operate in their specific school’s context, lab or class. Written
expectations are most helpful. Being rigid is not advised, but
rather laying the groundwork for building a mutually
beneficial relationship based on clear expectations. You
might consider these questions in writing your expectations:
How frequently do you prefer to meet?
How much time do you have available to work with the
What do you consider a normal workload?
Do you prefer final drafts for review or do you accept
works in progress?
How much turn-around time do you need for letters of
What are your policies on co-authorship?
Are your relationships with students strictly academic, or
are some personal as well?