Professional Relationships & Expectations

As a graduate student, you should make sure that there is a good correspondence between individual educational career goals and the particular program features of the department in which study is contemplated. Such a determination will ideally be made before your admission to the department. The department head or graduate coordinator can answer specific questions about research or artistic programs, departmental requirements, financial support, placement opportunities, etc. Once admitted, you should proactively monitor events that may affect your educational and career goals. Always remember, department heads, advisors, and committee members can often be helpful sources for counseling and contacts leading to successful career placement.

You are responsible for knowing departmental and University requirements and standards. If any questions arise, seek clarification within the department or from the Graduate School.

You are responsible for keeping your advisor and Advisory Committee members informed of your progress in your program of study and for regularly consulting the advisor and committee. If changes are made in the program of study, you are responsible for securing approval of all members of the committee beforehand.

For more information, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Graduate & Professional Bulletin.

Principles of Community

The Principles of Community support the Colorado State University mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service and engagement. A collaborative and vibrant community is a foundation for learning, critical inquiry, and discovery. Therefore, each member of the CSU community has a responsibility to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.


We create and nurture inclusive environments and welcome, value and affirm all members of our community, including their various identities, skills, ideas, talents and contributions.


We are accountable for our actions and will act ethically and honestly in all our interactions.


We honor the inherent dignity of all people within an environment where we are committed to freedom of expression, critical discourse, and the advancement of knowledge.


We are responsible, individually and collectively, to give of our time, talents, and resources to promote the well-being of each other and the development of our local, regional, and global communities.

Social Justice

We have the right to be treated and the responsibility to treat others with fairness and equity, the duty to challenge prejudice, and to uphold the laws, policies and procedures that promote justice in all respects.