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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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2018-2019 Graduate Academic Calendar 
2018-2019 Graduate Academic Calendar [ARCHIVED CALENDAR]

Student supervision

Each master’s and doctoral student has a faculty advisor or research supervisor to provide guidance throughout the program. In programs that do not require a thesis, project or major paper, the student is guided by a faculty advisor throughout the program.

A student registered in a program that requires a thesis, project or major paper may initially have a faculty advisor but will be assigned a research supervisor when the student begins his or her research. In some cases, a student may have co-supervisors, with the terms established through an agreement for co-supervision and made clear at the outset to all involved.

Faculty advisor appointment

The graduate program director is responsible for assigning faculty advisors.

Faculty advisor responsibilities

The faculty advisor is a member of the student’s home faculty. The main responsibilities of the faculty advisor include the following:

  • Consult with the student, recommend a program of study and submit it to the graduate program director for approval.
  • Help the student choose an appropriate area of research, if applicable.
  • Ensure that the student understands all degree requirements and regulations, as well as applicable policies.
  • Be knowledgeable about, and inform the student of, key deadlines and related information.
  • Be reasonably available to the student to discuss the program of study, as well as any academic concerns.
  • If requested, advise the student on academic or personal student services or resources.
  • Monitor the student’s academic progress.

Research supervisor appointment

The relationship between the student and the research supervisor is most important to the student’s successful completion of a graduate degree. The graduate program director will seek input from the student before assigning a research supervisor.

All research supervisory appointments must be approved in the first instance by the dean of the home faculty in which the student is registered. Except in extraordinary circumstances, approved on an individual basis by the Dean of Graduate Studies, research supervisors must be members of the UOIT core faculty. Associate graduate faculty, including adjunct professors, may serve as co-supervisors with the approval of the dean of the home faculty. See categories of graduate teaching and supervision privileges  for definitions.

Before approving the appointment of a research supervisor, the dean should give careful consideration to the faculty member’s research activities, supervisory experience and training, previous performance in graduate student supervision, the number of graduate students already being supervised, any imminence of leave (i.e., research, maternity or administrative) or retirement and any other relevant factors.

Since continuity of supervision is important in all graduate work, a change of research supervisor may be made only for strong reasons and after extensive consultation with all involved. A request for a change may come from the student, the research supervisor, the graduate program director or the dean. It should normally be sent, in writing, to the graduate program director accompanied by the reasons for the proposed change. If the home faculty dean concurs with the request, the recommendation for change should be sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies for final approval.

Research supervisor responsibilities

Specific responsibilities of the research supervisor include the following:

  • Be sufficiently familiar with the field of research to provide guidance and/or be willing to gain that familiarity before agreeing to act as a research supervisor.
  • Be accessible to the student for consultation and discussion of the student’s academic progress and research.
  • Help the student select and plan a suitable, timely and manageable research topic.
  • Co-operate with the student and graduate program director to establish a supervisory committee to convene meetings, normally at least once annually, to evaluate the student’s progress.
  • Respond in a timely, consistent and thorough manner to written work submitted by the student, with constructive and well-informed suggestions for improvement and continuation.
  • Provide a research environment that is safe, healthy, tolerant and free from harassment, discrimination and conflict.
  • Within the norms appropriate to the discipline, provide financial support and/or help the student obtain financial support from all reasonable sources.
  • Endeavour to achieve consensus and resolve differences in the best interests of all involved when there is conflicting advice, or when there are different expectations on the part of co-supervisors or members of a student’s supervisory committee.
  • Appropriately acknowledge the contributions of the student in presentations and published material, in many cases via joint authorship.
  • Be sensitive to cultural factors which may influence the individual student’s learning and research behaviour and experience.
  • Make arrangements for continuity of the student’s supervision before beginning an extended leave of absence.

Student responsibilities

Students have the following responsibilities:

  • Make a commitment and show substantial effort, initiative and dedication to gain the background knowledge and skills needed to pursue the research project successfully.
  • Work with their research supervisor to develop a plan and a timetable for completion of all stages of the research project and work assiduously to adhere to a schedule and to meet appropriate deadlines.
  • Meet regularly with their research supervisor and report fully and regularly on progress and results.
  • Keep their graduate program director fully informed regarding any matter relevant to their status in the program and seek advice from their research supervisor, as appropriate.
  • Meet agreed-upon performance standards and deadlines of funding organizations to the extent possible when financing has been provided by UOIT, funding agency or through a contract or grant.
  • Adhere to the standards of research ethics, health and safety, and respect the requirements of academic integrity, honesty and professionalism. This includes, but is not limited to, acknowledging and crediting any source of ideas, assistance, materials and/or data provided by others.

Student-research supervisor conflicts

It is the responsibility of UOIT and its faculties to ensure that all graduate students receive appropriate and fair supervision. Due to the nature of the relationship between the student and research supervisor, conflicts may arise. In such instances, the first step must be to attempt to resolve the conflict informally between the student and research supervisor. It is the responsibility of the graduate program director to act as a mediator.

A student who believes the conflict has not been resolved should contact the dean of the student’s home faculty. If the conflict persists, the student may pursue appropriate resolution through the Dean of Graduate Studies.