Students working toward Arts and Sciences graduate degrees are entitled to all official University holidays. (To the extent that responsibilities essential to the maintenance of research, such as replenishing liquid nitrogen stocks or feeding laboratory animals, must be done on University holidays, graduate students may be required to share in this responsibility.)
Supervisors should approve other planned absences, and unplanned absences should be reported to them. “Supervisors” in the graduate years are Program Directors, and Research Rotation or Dissertation Advisors, as appropriate.
The total amount of excused absence should be consistent with that of academic employees in the same area. (Assistantship or stipend payments are generally not subject to reduction as they represent agreed-upon financial aid; however, a student whose absences interfere with academic responsibilities may have his or her assistantship or stipend reduced or eliminated.) Decisions regarding the granting of time off will not be based upon the existence of or source(s) of funding.
The Program Director or Department Chair should address disagreements between supervisors and students over absences. If the Director cannot resolve the dispute, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or his designee, will serve as the final arbiter.