How to Use This Handbook

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The best way to use your handbook is to read it. Cover to cover! The handbook becomes a reference document only once you understand what it contains in full. Reading and understanding program requirements equips you to take control of your Emory journey.

How Do I Know Which Handbook Policies Apply to Me?

The handbook in place in the year in which a scholar enters the program is the handbook of record for the entire graduate career. A copy of this handbook is available in a scholar’s electronic file.

In the event that there is a substantial change to program policy, scholars will be offered a choice of adopting the new policy or continuing to follow the handbook for their year of entry.

How Do I know if the Handbook is up to Date?

The front page of the handbook website includes the last revision date for the entire website.

Graduate forms referenced in the handbook will also have a revision date noted in the lower right hand corner.

Two Handbooks

The graduate program handbook is intended to work in concert with the Laney Graduate School handbook and with university-level policies. Unless the handbook outlines a specific customization of an LGS policy, scholars should follow the rules of the LGS handbook. Where an LGS-level policy is not addressed in this handbook, scholars should follow the LGS policy (see blue box below for examples.)

Examples of LGS versus Chemistry Policies

LGS Policies not included in chemistry handbook
Chemistry policies not included in LGS handbook

When the Handbook Doesn’t Cover It

If you are uncertain how to interpret a requirement in the handbook, please reach out to any member of the graduate admin team for assistance.

If a requirement is clear, but a scholar would like to request an adjustment, they should utilize the graduate program petition process. If a scholar disagree with a requirement or how it has been applied, scholars may utilize the grievance policy.


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