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Trainee Support Resources

Guidelines to Assure a Professional and Respectful Learning Environment

General Resources

Students having academic difficulties

Tutoring

Academic writing support

Bias-related concern: incident motivated by age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation of the targeted person or group

Community concern: a concern that impacts the UR community, such as a humanitarian concern

Concerns that a faculty member is mistreating or unfairly treating a trainee.

  • Discuss concerns with the faculty member’s Department Chair
  • Discuss concerns with academic leadership
    • Rick Libby, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education, 585-275-0906
    • Stephen Dewhurst, Vice Dean for Research, 585-275-3216
    • Linda Chaudron, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development, 585-276-7652
    • Jeffrey Lyness, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 585-275-3030
    • Vivian Lewis, Deputy to the President and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, 585-273-2760
  • Discuss concerns with Human Resources
    • HR Business Partner (HRBP) for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs - Charmaine Pionilla,  585-276-3554
    • Discuss with the HRBP for the faculty member’s department: list of HR Business Partners by department
    • Discuss with your own department’s HRBP

Concerns that a staff member is mistreating or unfairly treating a trainee.

  • Discuss concerns with the staff member’s Department Chair
  • Discuss concerns with academic leadership
    • Rick Libby, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education, 585-275-0906
    • Linda Chaudron, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development, 585-276-7652
    • Stephen Dewhurst, Vice Dean for Research, 585-275-3216
  • Discuss concerns with Human Resources
    • HR Business Partner (HRBP) for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs - Charmaine Pionilla,  585-276-3554
    • Discuss with the HRBP for the staff member’s department: list of HR Business Partners by department
    • Discuss with your own department’s HRBP

Concerns that another trainee is mistreating or unfairly treating a trainee.

  • Discuss concerns with the trainee’s Program Director and/or Department Chair
  • Discuss concerns with academic leadership
    • Rick Libby, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education, 585-275-0906
    • Linda Chaudron, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development, 585-276-7652
    • Stephen Dewhurst, Vice Dean for Research, 585-275-3216

Intercessor

Individuals who feel that they have been treated unfairly, inequitably, improperly, or in a biased manner may seek help from the Intercessors. Intercessors employ an informal process aimed at restoring the relationship among the individuals, mediating differences, resolving problems, and rebuilding trust.

  • UR Intercessor
    • Lynnett Van Slyke, 585-275-9125
    • Frederick Jefferson, 585-273-5664

Sexual Harassment (Title IX) and Sexual Violence Prevention

Harassment and discrimination

Health care concerns

  • University Health Service (UHS) (participating students only)
  • Postdocs and non-participating students must seek care from their individual health care provider

Mental health counseling

Immediate incident response or to report criminal or suspicious activity (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

International trainee matters

Peer support

Career services

Ombudspersons

  • The ombudspersons are faculty members who can provide confidential, neutral, independent, and informal advice to help trainees address their concerns.

Student-Specific Resources

Academic and administrative policies for students

  • Rick Libby, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education, 585-275-0906
  • Tracy Pezzimenti, Registrar and Director of Student Services, 585-275-7288
  • Sharon McCullough, Director of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, 585-273-1619

Grade-related or other grievance for students

Postdoc-Specific Resources

Individual postdoc in distress

Academic and administrative policies for postdocs

  • Rick Libby, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education, 585-275-0906
  • Sharon McCullough, Director of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, 585-273-1619

Resolution of disagreements

Unpaid Academic Interns/Shadows Specific Resources

Academic and administrative policies for unpaid academic interns and shadows

  • Sharon McCullough, Special Project Manager for SMD Finance and Administration, 585-273-1619