Graduate Student Resources


Strategies and Tips

Graduate students at the University of Massachusetts fill a number of complex roles.  Many are both students and employees as TAs or RAs, or work in groups in labs or on joint projects with other students and faculty. Some are handling both demanding academic requirements and important family responsibilities.  These interconnected relationships enrich the experience of graduate work, and at the same time, create opportunities for misunderstanding and conflict.  Conflict is a normal part of everyone’s life, but not many are confident about dealing with it effectively. Here are some resources that may be of help.


Grievance Procedure

This Graduate School Academic Grievance Procedure was approved in 2017.


The Dignity Project

The Dignity Project was developed at the University of Minnesota to encourage responsible conduct in graduate and professional education.  The University of Minnesota has generously made these materials available to other universities. Note that references to offices and other on-campus resources on the site are to those of the University of Minnesota. Below are UMass resources that may be of similar help.


On-campus Resources

Support in a variety of situations: Single-Stop Resources

A campus guide for grad students: UMatter at UMass Grad Student Guide