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Student Conduct

The following documents describe KIN expectations for acceptable graduate student conduct and academic progress. Students with graduate assistantship positions should also consult the GA section of this web site, and those with graduate teaching assistantship positions should be familiar with the agreement between MSU and the Graduate Employees Union.

Conflict Resolution

Usually the best approach to resolving a problem is through informal discussion and negotiation when the problem first arises. Discussion and negotiation amongst the parties in a conflict may not only help to resolve the original conflict, but can lead to better communication and more positive working relationships in the future. In addition, there usually are more options for solving a problem at the early stages of a conflict than later when working relationships may become seriously compromised or when the problem grows in complexity.

Try to resolve problems through discussions with the people who are immediately involved in the issue. In the Department of Kinesiology, you should consider speaking with the course instructor (if the problem is specific to a KIN course), your supervisor (if the problem is specific to a graduate assistantship position), your advisor, the coordinator of graduate studies, and/or the department chairperson.

f your problem cannot be resolved at the departmental level or if you prefer discussing the matter with someone from outside the department, consider seeking help from the MSU Ombudsman, the Judicial Affairs Office, the Women's Resource Center, Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Education, or the Dean of the Graduate School.

The Graduate School conducts workshops on Communicating Your Message: Effective Communication Strategies That Work on Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts that are designed to help graduate students work effectively with their faculty mentors and to make good progress toward their degrees. Any group of students or faculty may request these programs.

Another important source of information about mentor-student relationships is the Research Mentoring Task Force Report and the companion document, Guidelines for Integrity in Research and Creative Activities, published by the Graduate School.

Grievance Procedures

Several policy documents include procedures for the resolution of graduate student concerns, complaints, and grievances.