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PEMM students can find helpful resources, information on policies and links to related departments on this page.
These resources are available for current PEMM students to use during their tenure in the program.
The PEMM program works in connection with a number of related departments and programs throughout Dartmouth.
The PEMM Program Guidelines state the following standards of performance are those expected to be achieved by every student while fulfilling the course requirements for the degree of Ph.D. Failure to meet these standards may result in separation from the program. Review of the academic performance of all students will reside with the Graduate Committee who will be advised by the appropriate theme-specific GEC.
The normal appointment to a position in the Graduate Program is full-time with no more than 20 days of annual vacation. This time allowance includes the official holidays granted to Dartmouth College employees. Arrangements for leave must be made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor and should not compromise fulfillment of any obligations regarding coursework or research activities required of the student. It is usually inappropriate to take vacation during the first year in the program because of the need for timely completion of research rotations and selection of a thesis advisor by May 1. As stipend support after year 1 becomes the responsibility of the advisor, a vacation that results in delay in starting in a thesis laboratory beyond June 1 may result in a gap in stipend support.
In some instances it is appropriate for a student to spend time away from Dartmouth in other laboratories, and such experiences should be planned in consultation with the student's advisor. Time spent in such activities does not count as vacation.
Under the child accommodation policy, a full-time stipend-supported graduate student is eligible for up to twelve weeks of paid accommodation from his or her graduate program.
The committee-based process for guiding the graduate program, while primarily designed to ensure effective mentoring, is also intended to guard against biased treatment of any individual. Although rare, allegations can occur of professional misconduct (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, data alteration, conflict over data ownership or access, etc.), personal misconduct (e.g., sexual impropriety, harassment, etc.) or simply distraught people caught in a stressful mentoring relationship that appears to require an unbiased third party for resolution. The latter situation can arise when there is a misconception from either faculty or student about expectations for what constitutes satisfactory progress.
The guidelines for the graduate program have been developed to ensure adequate communication between students and Program faculty. On joining PEMM, all graduate students will meet with the Director and members of the Graduate Committee who will oversee their progress during the first year. Upon selection of a research theme, a student will be overseen by a Graduate Education Committee. Once a research advisor has been identified, the Thesis Advisory Committee will be established, and this committee is mandated to meet with the student at least annually. These guidelines will avoid the situation whereby student progress is being monitored by a single individual without input from other faculty who can provide a broader assessment of progress. This level of oversight protects everyone by helping to ensure a fair, transparent and justifiable process.
We have also established a grievance process to ensure that student grievances will be investigated fully and fairly, treated confidentially and decisions rendered in a timely manner. In general, these issues are best moderated internally. With an effective oversight/grievance committee structure, few grievances or disputes will reach the stage where they require formal resolution. However, when program and informal resolution is not feasible or successful, the graduate office is the next place to turn. When grievances can not be resolved by speaking directly to the person who bears responsibility for the complaint or who is the alleged cause of the complaint, then the student should discuss the issue with the next closest individual with whom they feel comfortable in addressing their concern.
Please note that allegations of scientific misconduct, violations of the academic honor principle, and certain issues of professional and personal conduct (sexual harassment, discrimination, and others described in the graduate handbook under code of conduct – non-academic regulations) must be reported to and handled by the Graduate Office.