Graduate Advisor Newsletter - December 2022

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Welcome to this month's edition of the School of Graduate Studies newsletter to faculty advisors! Below you will find information on upcoming deadlines, academic policies, news, and more. Past newsletters will be archived on our website for you to review any time you wish.

Important Upcoming Dates

Please make sure you and your students are aware of these important dates and deadlines. Some may require your review, approval, and signature.

  • Dec 23: Final Grades Due to Registrar
  • Dec 23 - Jan 2: Winter Break (CWRU Closed)
  • Jan 12: Grad TA Training
  • Jan 12: New Student Welcome Event
  • Jan 16: MLK Day (CWRU Closed)
  • Jan 17: First Day of Classes
  • Jan 18: Late Registration Fee
  • Jan 20: Awarding of Fall 2022 Degrees
  • Jan 27: Drop/Add Ends
  • Jan 27: Waiver of Registration Deadline
  • Jan 27: Health Care / One-to-One Waivers Due
  • Jan 27: Withdraw Without Financial Penalty Deadline

Academic Policy Briefs

Waiver of Registration

Students who were registered for at least one credit hour during the fall semester may be eligible to waive registration for the spring semester, if they submit all final materials, including the Waiver of Registration form, to by Friday, January 27. Your student must also apply to graduate in SIS. The Waiver of Registration form does not require your signature as advisor but international students must also have it signed by International Student Services (ISS).

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to uphold standards of academic integrity. If faculty suspect a graduate student may have violated academic integrity standards (including but not limited to plagiarism, falsifying research results, cheating on exams, submitting duplicate work to fulfill assignments in more than one course, forging or altering University documents, etc), submit an Academic Integrity Violation Report with supporting evidence to Senior Associate Dean Lynmarie Hamel. Further action will be determined after the report is reviewed by Grad Studies.

Useful Information

TA Training

Required training for graduate student teaching assistants (TA) in the spring semester will be held on Thursday, January 12 from 9:00am to 12:00pm in Thwing Ballroom. Grad TAs must also register for UNIV400 Professional Development for Graduate Teaching Assistants in SIS and complete the webinar in Canvas. Please direct questions to

Spring Orientation

Spring Orientation will be held online in Canvas; new students will receive an email when the modules are open. New students should continue to complete the New Student Checklist including submitting a photo for their student ID. See more information for new students and send any questions to

We are also hosting an in-person Welcome to Campus event on Thursday, January 12 from 12:00 to 3:00pm in Thwing Ballroom for new students to pick up CWRU ID cards and RTA stickers and meet our staff and other students.

Fellowship Courses

Students should be encouraged to expand their academic portfolio and consider taking a fellowship course in any subject that interests them. Graduate students can take a fellowship course at no additional tuition cost but they cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Review the full Fellowship Tuition Policy.

Anti-Plagiarism Tools

Faculty can use iThenticate and Turnitin plagiarism detection software to ensure a student's work has been properly cited when writing their theses and dissertations. Faculty can also use iThenticate when preparing manuscripts for publication and submitting proposals for research funding. Both tools are freely available to the CWRU community; iThenticate can be downloaded at the University's Software Center and Turnitin can be enabled in Canvas. Students can also use these tools to check their own work.

Student Employment Opportunities

Several student employment opportunities are currently open for graduates. See our December student newsletter for more information on the following positions:

  • Assistant for Graduate Student Development (Office of Graduate Student Life)
  • Assistant Residential Community Directors (Residence Life)
  • Assistant for Graduate Student Programming (Office of Student Activities & Leadership)

University Resources

Please be aware of University Resources you can share with your students as needed. We will highlight a few each month.

Other Resources