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General Policies

Advisor's Responsibilities

Advisors are expected to meet regularly with trainees to assess their academic and research progress. The advisor should set reasonable expectations for performance in the laboratory, should assist the student in gaining access to needed equipment and facilities, and should discuss potential or actual problems with the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee. A more detailed description of the advisor’s responsibilities can be found at the University’s Graduate Education website in a document entitled “Expectations of Research Advisors.” 

Student's Responsibilities

Students are expected to comply with departmental and graduate school regulations concerning deadlines and the convening of dissertation advisory committee meetings, to meet the academic performance expectations of the University, to attend all departmental seminars, and to pursue their thesis research vigorously. All research laboratories require that students maintain up-to-date records of their experimental work. The research notebooks are the property of the student's advisor. A more detailed description of the student’s responsibilities can be found at the University’s Graduate Education website in a document entitled “Expectations of Graduate Students.”


In addition, the document, "Regulations and University Policies Concerning Graduate Studies", contains more detailed information than is provided in this handbook, and students are expected to be thoroughly familiar with these regulations. This Bulletin is available from the graduate program coordinator and is also available at the link above.

Right of Petition

Students have the right to petition the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee to make changes in their program or to deviate from the guidelines contained in this handbook.


Graduate students are expected to engage in full-time study and research. NIH guidelines and official University of Rochester policy provides graduate students with 2 weeks (10 business days) of vacation per year, as well as fixed University holidays. Students are not permitted to take more than two weeks of vacation at any

one time. Any student requesting an exception to this policy must submit a written request to both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. In all cases, the student's advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies (for students whose advisor is unavailable) should be consulted about planned vacations. Students are also entitled to official University holidays and a reasonable amount of sick days.

Supplies and Photocopying

In general, students will use research supplies available in the advisor's laboratory. All purchases must be approved by the research advisor. Photocopying is charged to the laboratory's copy card. If the student does not have access to a card or if the student is required to copy course material, a copy card is available in the Pharmacology and Physiology Department Office.


The University does not allow personal long-distance phone calls to be made from the office or the laboratory. There is no mechanism for an individual to be charged for the calls or to reimburse accounts.