Supervisor Issues?

Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

1) No, your supervisor can’t just fire you if you are in clear adademic standing.
This is a very complicated process during which he will have to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions.

2) You supervisor or anyone else for that matter cannot be hostile towards you or threaten you in any way shape or form and for any reason.
UOIT  Policy establishes that harassment and discrimination are never acceptable and will not be tolerated. This includes comments that are intimidating and/or hostile as well as verbal or physical assault or imposition of academic penalties.

3) Your funding cannot under any circumstance be cut under the value that is specified as minimum funding in your contract.
This is literally the meaning of minimum funding. (Note that this only applies if you are still in the time limit outlined by your contract). You can find out more about minimum funding here.

4) There is no official working hours requirement.
The appointment of a student under a GRA is not an employer/employee relationship but rather a  student/mentor or advisor  elationship, there should be no expectation of a set number of hours imposed on the student. However, it is expected that, as mentor, the faculty member will advise the student on what tasks and research the student will be required to accomplish in order to complete a thesis based on the standards of the Faculty or  Graduate program or field of study.

If you feel harrassed and/or treated unfairly the following are your points of contact:

Talk to a student:
Your graduate program representative (just ask for them on slack if you don’t know who that is in your program or check here!)
The graduate student council https://uoitgsc.ca or on facebook
Ask for advice on slack: slack https://uoitgrads.slack.com/

For problems in your capacity as a TA:
– PSAC (your union) https://de-de.facebook.com/psac555/

In your faculty:
– Your graduate program coordinator (they are your link between faculty and SGPS)
– Your graduate program director (that’s a prof)

Student Life:
– Student Life studentlife@uoit.ca if you are unsure about where to go
– The equity and inclusivity advisor Akeisha.Lari@uoit.ca

School of Gradstudies:
– Graduate thesis coordinator Kristin.Dobranowski@uoit.ca

Sources for all this:
Harassment and Discrimination policy:
https://usgc.uoit.ca/policy/policy-library/policies/legal,-compliance-and-governance/harassment-and-discrimination-policy.php
Minimum funding:
https://gradstudies.uoit.ca/current_students/student_finances/graduate_student_funding/minimum-funding.php
GRA rules:
https://gradstudies.uoit.ca/grad_admin/guidelines-for-faculty-on-gras-faqs.php