Supervision Guidelines

The student-supervisor relationship is a key factor in determining a successful and satisfying graduate experience.

Last updated: May 13, 2020, 7:30 am EST

Online Mentoring Meeting During COVID-19 Pandemic

Research-stream graduate students and their supervisors may have concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting graduate research and how this will in turn affect students’ academic progress through their programs. While we do not know how long this situation will last, it is prudent to be planning for the likelihood that social distancing measures and travel restrictions, in one form or another, will be part of our research landscape for some time yet.

The expectations outlined in the Graduate Supervision Guidelines below still apply. Additionally, we ask that all research-stream Master’s and Ph.D. students and their supervisors/advisors hold an online mentoring meeting to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the student’s research plans and academic progress, as well as strategies to mitigate this impact.

Please submit your completed COVID-19 Mentoring Meeting Record Form (click here for the Word document version of the form) to your Graduate Coordinator no later than May 15. This form provides an opportunity for students and supervisors to document any COVID-19 related disruptions to student research, so that if they should need an extension or some unforeseen accommodation in the future, they have a record to refer to. Summary data from these forms may also be used by the University to improve supports and services to students whose studies have been impacted by COVID-19.

Finally, you may find the Strategies for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision at a Distance and Guide to Working from Home for Graduate/Postdoctoral Researchers below to be helpful companions during this time.

Questions? Email us.