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=== Vacation Time ===
 
=== Vacation Time ===
Note that midterm break (aka reading week) in fall and winter terms is a break from undergraduate courses, but it is ''not vacation time for graduate students''. Graduate courses may still be held, and research and other duties in the lab do not stop. A full-time graduate position is a full-time job; '''graduate students get 2 weeks vacation per year, in addition to statutory holidays and the longer December break'''. Please read [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=37&navoid=7553#2_5_9_vacations vacations section 2.5.9 in the Graduate Calendar (2018-2019)].  Talk to your supervisor about the length and scheduling of your vacation.
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The Graduate Calendar provides guidance regarding expectations for students to be full-time ON campus: [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=39&navoid=8153#1.3_Responsibilities_of_Graduate_Students_to_the_University_ link to 2019-2020 calendar].
  
Will you be off-campus for 2 weeks or more? Then the off-campus form and risk assessment form needs to be filled out. If you are going away for less than 2 weeks, you need permission from your supervisor; if you are going away for more than 2 weeks you also need permission from the graduate chair. These forms will not be rejected, that is, students will not be prevented from travel, but the School of Graduate Studies needs to know where students are. The Graduate Calendar has details on this policy. Please see the [[Leaves of Absence#Full-time Off Campus | Full-time Off Campus]] notes below.
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Note that midterm break (aka reading week) in fall and winter terms is a break from undergraduate courses, but it is ''not vacation time for graduate students''. Graduate courses may still be held, and research and other duties in the lab do not stop. A full-time graduate position is a full-time job; '''graduate students get 2 weeks vacation per year, in addition to statutory holidays and the longer December break'''. Talk to your supervisor about the length and scheduling of your vacation.
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::* Vacation entitlement is discussed in [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=39&navoid=8154#2_5_9_vacations section 2.5.9 of 2019-2020 calendar]: 
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::* Full-time graduate students are expected to be on campus for all three terms of the university year, as specified in Section 1.3. In addition to statutory holidays (see Sessional Dates in the calendar) and the closure of the University in December (normally late December until early January), normal vacation entitlement for a graduate student is two weeks of vacation during the year, to be scheduled by mutual agreement with the research supervisor. An exception to this allotment requires approval from the supervisor.
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::* '''IMPORTANT note about Teaching Assistantship responsibilities:''' Make note of the first day of classes for undergraduate courses in fall and winter terms (see [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/ Sessional Dates in the undergraduate calendar] for the relevant year). Teaching Assistant duties begin on that day so plan to be on campus.  
  
 
=== Leaves of Absence (and other special petitions) ===
 
=== Leaves of Absence (and other special petitions) ===
For detailed information about taking a leave of absence, students should read [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=37&navoid=7553#2-5-7_leaves_of_absence section 2.5.7 Leaves of Absence] or [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=37&navoid=7553#2_5_8_parenting_leave section 2.5.8 Parenting Leave] in the Graduate Calendar (links are to the 2018-2019 calendar).
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For detailed information about taking a leave of absence, students should read [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=39&navoid=8154#2-5-7_leaves_of_absence section 2.5.7 Leaves of Absence] in the Graduate Calendar (2019-2020).  The graduate calendar is updated each year, so if this link takes you to last year's calendar (if we have not managed to update this page in time) then go to the [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/index.php Registrar's Office calendar page] and select the current year's calendar from the drop-down box in the upper right corner, then search for section 2.5. Note that the Graduate Calendar and the Undergraduate Calendar are distinct documents.
   
 
* The graduate calendar is updated each year, so the direct link above might take you to last year's calendar, if we have not managed to update this page in time.  To find the current year's graduate calendar, go to the [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/index.php Registrar's Office calendar page] and select the current year's calendar from the drop-down box in the upper right corner. Be sure to select the Graduate (not the Undergraduate) Calendar.
 
 
 
The following flowchart may help to understand the timelines and constraints for different types of leaves of absence:<br>
 
* [[File:LOA-flowchart.jpg|400px]]
 
  
 
The Petition form to request a leave of absence can be found on the SGS Resources page (this is the same form that is used for other kinds of requests from SGS):<br>
 
The Petition form to request a leave of absence can be found on the SGS Resources page (this is the same form that is used for other kinds of requests from SGS):<br>
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=== Withdraw in Good Standing ===
 
=== Withdraw in Good Standing ===
Occasionally a student may need to withdraw in good standing. The student must then then apply for re-admission at a later date to continue their studies. The form to request a change in your standing must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Chair (through the Graduate Administrative Assistant, Nancy Riddell).  Refer to [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=37&navoid=7553#2-5-7_leaves_of_absence section 2.5.7 of the Graduate Calendar (2018-2019)].
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Occasionally a student may need to withdraw in good standing. The student must then then apply for re-admission at a later date to continue their studies. The form to request a change in your standing must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Chair (through the Graduate Administrative Assistant, Nancy Riddell).  
 
* If this direct link to the [https://gs.mcmaster.ca/sites/default/files/resources/change_of_status_form_september_2017.pdf Request for Change in a Graduate Student's Status] does not work, visit the [https://gs.mcmaster.ca/resources SGS Resources] page to look for the form.
 
* If this direct link to the [https://gs.mcmaster.ca/sites/default/files/resources/change_of_status_form_september_2017.pdf Request for Change in a Graduate Student's Status] does not work, visit the [https://gs.mcmaster.ca/resources SGS Resources] page to look for the form.
  
 
=== Full-time Off Campus ===
 
=== Full-time Off Campus ===
See [[Full-time off Campus]] for additional details about expectations for students to be full-time ON campus, and forms required if you need to be full-time OFF campus.
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If a student wants to spend a period of time away from the university '''in order to complete their research''', they must apply to be Full-time Off Campus and complete the form RMM 801.
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::* [https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/content.php?catoid=39&navoid=8154#2_5_6 See Section 2.5.6 of the Graduate Calendar (2019-2020)]
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Students who will be away from campus for more than four weeks require not only permission from the Department but also that of the appropriate Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and must submit a Request to be Full Time Off Campus. This permission is needed for field work or study elsewhere in the world, in order to allow the University to comply with the government regulation requiring that a written explanation for such absences be lodged in the Graduate School office. In cases of unauthorized absence the student will be deemed to have withdrawn voluntarily from graduate study and will have to petition for readmission. No guarantee of readmission or of renewal of financial arrangements can be made.
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Students may arrange, through the Department and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, to be “full-time off-campus” for periods of up to a year. Students may also be required to complete the Risk Management Manual (RMM) 801 forms and gain approval through EOHSS.
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: '''Procedure to be followed:'''
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:: Each request to be full-time off-campus should be forwarded by the Department to the School of Graduate Studies not later than one month prior to the date on which it is hoped the recommendation will be effective. The student and supervisor should complete the form (see below for link), including signatures, and then submit the form to the PNB main office (Nancy Riddell) for the Associate Chair’s review, approval and signature.  If approved, the request will be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Be sure to provide sufficient information so that the Associate Dean has a sound basis for arriving at a decision, otherwise approval of the request may be delayed or denied. Keep a copy of all forms for your own records.
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:: [https://gs.mcmaster.ca/sites/default/files/resources/full_time_off_campus_request_form_-_revised_july_2017.pdf Full-time Off Campus forms] (visit the [https://gs.mcmaster.ca/resources SGS resources page if the link does not work).

Revision as of 14:04, 20 July 2019

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Vacation Time

The Graduate Calendar provides guidance regarding expectations for students to be full-time ON campus: link to 2019-2020 calendar.

Note that midterm break (aka reading week) in fall and winter terms is a break from undergraduate courses, but it is not vacation time for graduate students. Graduate courses may still be held, and research and other duties in the lab do not stop. A full-time graduate position is a full-time job; graduate students get 2 weeks vacation per year, in addition to statutory holidays and the longer December break. Talk to your supervisor about the length and scheduling of your vacation.

  • Vacation entitlement is discussed in section 2.5.9 of 2019-2020 calendar:
  • Full-time graduate students are expected to be on campus for all three terms of the university year, as specified in Section 1.3. In addition to statutory holidays (see Sessional Dates in the calendar) and the closure of the University in December (normally late December until early January), normal vacation entitlement for a graduate student is two weeks of vacation during the year, to be scheduled by mutual agreement with the research supervisor. An exception to this allotment requires approval from the supervisor.
  • IMPORTANT note about Teaching Assistantship responsibilities: Make note of the first day of classes for undergraduate courses in fall and winter terms (see Sessional Dates in the undergraduate calendar for the relevant year). Teaching Assistant duties begin on that day so plan to be on campus.

Leaves of Absence (and other special petitions)

For detailed information about taking a leave of absence, students should read section 2.5.7 Leaves of Absence in the Graduate Calendar (2019-2020). The graduate calendar is updated each year, so if this link takes you to last year's calendar (if we have not managed to update this page in time) then go to the Registrar's Office calendar page and select the current year's calendar from the drop-down box in the upper right corner, then search for section 2.5. Note that the Graduate Calendar and the Undergraduate Calendar are distinct documents.

The Petition form to request a leave of absence can be found on the SGS Resources page (this is the same form that is used for other kinds of requests from SGS):

  • Direct link to the petition form.
  • If the direct link doesn't work: SGS Resources - click on the “Student Forms & Guides” tab and look for the link to the form “Petitions for Special Consideration to the Committee on Graduate Admissions and Study".
  • The form to request a parental leave is here.

Withdraw in Good Standing

Occasionally a student may need to withdraw in good standing. The student must then then apply for re-admission at a later date to continue their studies. The form to request a change in your standing must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Chair (through the Graduate Administrative Assistant, Nancy Riddell).

Full-time Off Campus

If a student wants to spend a period of time away from the university in order to complete their research, they must apply to be Full-time Off Campus and complete the form RMM 801.

Students who will be away from campus for more than four weeks require not only permission from the Department but also that of the appropriate Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and must submit a Request to be Full Time Off Campus. This permission is needed for field work or study elsewhere in the world, in order to allow the University to comply with the government regulation requiring that a written explanation for such absences be lodged in the Graduate School office. In cases of unauthorized absence the student will be deemed to have withdrawn voluntarily from graduate study and will have to petition for readmission. No guarantee of readmission or of renewal of financial arrangements can be made.

Students may arrange, through the Department and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, to be “full-time off-campus” for periods of up to a year. Students may also be required to complete the Risk Management Manual (RMM) 801 forms and gain approval through EOHSS.

Procedure to be followed:
Each request to be full-time off-campus should be forwarded by the Department to the School of Graduate Studies not later than one month prior to the date on which it is hoped the recommendation will be effective. The student and supervisor should complete the form (see below for link), including signatures, and then submit the form to the PNB main office (Nancy Riddell) for the Associate Chair’s review, approval and signature. If approved, the request will be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Be sure to provide sufficient information so that the Associate Dean has a sound basis for arriving at a decision, otherwise approval of the request may be delayed or denied. Keep a copy of all forms for your own records.
Full-time Off Campus forms (visit the [https://gs.mcmaster.ca/resources SGS resources page if the link does not work).