Graduate Student Rights

This petition was created to support much needed reform within the higher postgraduate educational system within the US and to encourage debate on the quality of a higher graduate degree. Currently, there is no guarantee that a graduate student entering into a graduate program will be able to obtain a usable degree. There is little or no protection given to the graduate student from the graduate institute and no standardized way to investigate claims of abuse, neglect, or unethical practices. There is no way for a student to review instructor qualifications or course justification. Each institute sets up its own policies on graduate student practices as well as its own standards for addressing student concerns. Many institutes dismiss legitimate student concerns and complaints and instead refer these issues to individual departments. A student


We started this petition in conjunction with the following website to promote greater rights and protections to individuals seeking a higher post-graduate degree within the US. It is not the intent to take away rights from the Universities, Colleges, Professors or other institutes. It is the intent to establish new reform to protect the value of a graduate education. Graduate institutes should be accountable for their students and the worth of the degree.



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