Principles for Graduate Supervision

Principles for Graduate Supervision Adopted from Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (OCGS) with modifications for Lakehead University

9 August 2023

High-quality academic supervision is a key driver of graduate research-based education and is central to ensuring a positive and successful graduate student experience. Respectful and productive relationships between supervisors and graduate students promote a thriving university research culture where students are supported to make meaningful contributions to their fields of specialization.

A good working relationship between supervisors and graduate students is built on common expectations and trust, and incorporates principles of academic integrity, freedom of inquiry, and expression free of any form of discrimination, intimidation, or harassment. The best student outcomes occur when supervisors provide leadership and guidance that is respectful of the student’s personal and professional goals. This document outlines the responsibilities and standards of conduct for individuals and groups involved with graduate student supervision in research-oriented programs.