The Graduate School has been very responsive to a wide range of graduate student concerns, such as child care needs, fees, health insurance, parking, and more.  Although the Graduate School might not be able to solve all the problems, we provide several ways that students can express their concerns.

Ways to have your voice heard

Representation

The Graduate Student Assembly  represents students’ concerns, and serves as a liaison between graduate students and University Administration.

Meet the Dean

Dean Karen DePauw has a open door approach and a “can do” attitude share by the entire Graduate School staff.  At informal meetings over donuts or guacamole, students can chat with the Dean about concerns and issues regarding graduate school, life as a graduate student, and work-life balance. See the weekly Graduate School email for time and place. 

Also feel free to schedule one-on-one meetings with the Dean (contact Marilynn King making3@vt.edu)  or stop  for casual conversation in the GLC or across campus.

Other Resources

Accessibility-Services for students with disabilities.

Meet with the Graduate Student Ombudperson.  The Ombudsperson is an confidential and impartial resource that can help you navigate conflict.

The university is committed to providing an environment of work, study, and leisure/recreation for students, faculty, and staff that is free from all forms of harassment, intimidation, fear, coercion, and exploitation. Learn more about the university's efforts to stop abuse. The website includes resources and educational information.

For more information about reporting  harassment and other negative actions, visit this website. Students can report experiences of bias, harassment, and discrimination, as well as file a complaint, ask for advice, express a concern, or simply tell someone. 

Climate Surveys

The Graduate School conducts climate surveys every three years to find out what graduate students need and want in an inclusive education community, and what issues and challenges they face as they pursue their education and research goals. You’ll find the results from the most recent surveys – 2013 and 2016 – at this website. The reports include both data compiled from the surveys, and excerpts from students’ comments in response to survey questions.

Questions

If you have questions about specific issues related to graduate school, check the Contact Us page for information on who to call.

Weekly information

Every Monday,  students receive an email from the Graduate School with announcements and information about upcoming events, opportunities, and jobs.  Information is also tweeted and posted on Facebook, and posted on the Graduate School events calendar.  For listing of the regular on going programs, visit the GLC website.