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Terms of Appointment and Termination

Section 10.2 of the Graduate School Handbook

Tenure. First-year fellows are normally appointed for up to one academic year—autumn semester through summer term. Presidential Fellowships are awarded for a maximum of 12 consecutive months (two semesters and summer term). All graduate fellowship appointments are considered to be for 100 percent of full-time. Monthly stipend payment will terminate at the end of the semester or term in which graduation occurs, at the end of the month when all degree requirements are met and all documentation is submitted to the Graduate School for students meeting the end of semester or term deadline, or when students accept employment or another appointment.

Stipend. Each year the Graduate School establishes the stipend for first-year and Presidential Fellows.

Award. Nominated graduate students who receive a Graduate School fellowship are notified by the Dean of the Graduate School. Graduate programs are responsible for notifying unsuccessful nominees.

Termination Criteria. A Graduate School fellowship may be terminated at the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate School prior to the end of the award period for any of the following reasons:

  1. the fellow is no longer enrolled in the Graduate School
  2. the fellow is registered for fewer than 12 hours of graduate credit in a semester (or fewer than six hours in summer term) or fewer than three graduate credits if the fellow is a post-candidacy doctoral student
  3. the fellow fails to maintain reasonable progress toward meeting graduate degree requirements or fails to maintain good standing
  4. the fellow receives a terminal degree
  5. the fellow changes enrollment status outside the limits of the original agreement, including entry into a graduate and/or professional combined program or transfers to another graduate and/or professional program, without obtaining prior written approval from the appropriate graduate programs and the Dean of the Graduate School to transfer the fellowship. Such a change could result in the loss of the fellowship and/or full fee authorization support. (The transfer of graduate program and the transfer of fellowship are two separate procedures.)
  6. the fellow accepts employment or any other type of financial support without the approval of the Graduate School
  7. the fellow has been found in violation of the professional codes of ethics and responsibilities of the university. These codes include, but are not limited to, the Graduate Student Code of Research and Scholarly Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct. Violations are determined through the formal disciplinary and/or grievance procedures established by recognized bodies of the university

Supplemental Appointments. A Graduate School fellow may hold a supplemental graduate associate appointment up to 25 percent on the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee and with the written approval of the Graduate School. A Graduate School fellow may not hold a regular staff position at the university, nor may a fellow concurrently hold an hourly student assistant position.