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Resources for Directors of Graduate Study

Director of Graduate Study (DGS): The DGS, usually a faculty member, is responsible for decisions about a graduate program. The DGS is the Graduate College's first contact for academic matters related to  students in a unit’s graduate program, and receives regular email communications from the Graduate College with information about policy, procedures and events affecting graduate education on the Urbana campus.

A DGS is named by the Executive Officer of a unit using the GC Roles and Access Manager.

Workshops, Instructions & Guides for DGSs

Annual Workshop for DGS & Graduate Contacts

Training session of the use of Grades and Grading for Graduate Students (pdf).

DGSs often are an authorized signatory for petitions and should be familiar with the instructions for filing a student petition.

The guide containing information and resources for departmental contacts who work with graduate students is also helpful for DGSs.

Campus Offices for DGSs

Academic Human Resources (GEO contract, Campus Minimum Stipends, Assistant Offer Letters)

The Campus Counseling Center (counseling, workshops, advisory board, suicide prevention)

DRES (Disability Resources and Educational Services) Ensures that qualified individuals with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity.

ISSS (International Student and Scholar Services, Office of) is the key resource for international student visa issues and information about Visiting Scholars.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is the campus unit responsible for advancing research and overseeing research ethics.

Graduate Program Information

The Assesment of the Illinois Doctoral Experience is the ongoing review of all doctoral programs on the Urbana campus.

The Division of Management Information compiles and makes public offical campus statistics, include enrollments, degrees granted, student demographics and course registration information.

The Graduate Faculty Database indicates the member of each unit and their status as related to serving on doctoral committees.

The Graduate Programs of Study documents established graduate degree requirements for graduate majors, minors and concentrations.

The Graduate College Data & Databases page links to many sources of data about graduate programs.


The Student Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students

Graduate Students Teaching Graduate Courses (Graduate College Handbook)


Conflict Resolution

National Center for Professional & Research Ethics