Supervision Guidelines

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

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.

The School of Graduate Studies implemented processes, back in April/May 2020, to encourage supervisors/advisors and research stream students to address academic disruptions that may have emerged in the context of COVID-19 related restrictions. Guidelines for these discussions are still available here. Students and supervisors/advisors are now asked to complete a follow-up report to update information about issues that emerged during the summer 2020 term, and document mitigation plans for any current or anticipated disruptions in the 2020-21 academic year.

Please submit your completed COVID-19 Mentoring Meeting Record Form to your Graduate Coordinator by October 30, 2020. 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.