Resolving Conflicts


Conflict Resolution for Graduate Students


In any relationship, conflicts are bound to arise. In the context of graduate studies, conflicts can occur in a range of situations, including but not limited to between graduate student peers, between a graduate student and their supervisor, or between a graduate student and another faculty member.

In the event that you are experiencing such a conflict, please consider as a first step having a direct conversation with the person you are experiencing the conflict with. If this is not possible for some reason (e.g., power imbalance, communication difficulties), there are two main ways to proceed:

Within the Department. If appropriate, begin with a conversation with your supervisor. If not appropriate, or if the problem is not resolved, contact the Associate Chair Graduate to discuss next steps.

At the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Contact the Centre for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision This is a highly effective organization, with a wide range of resources to manage all types of conflict on a confidential basis.


Special Cases


For academic appeals (e.g., a mark in a course), specific procedures must be followed, as mandated by SGS:

For issues relating to teaching assistantships, the process should normally begin with a conversation with the Course Instructor. If further action is required, contact the Graduate Department’s TA Coordinator to discuss next steps:


Related University Resources


If you are experiencing sexual violence or sexual harassment, contact the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre

If you require mental health supports, contact

If you have concerns over harassment or discrimination based on race, ancestry, ethnic origin, or related issues, contact the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office:

If you have personal safety concerns relating to issues such as stalking, harassment, bullying, or family violence, contact the Community Safety Office:

For comprehensive resources relating to sexual and gender diversity, contact the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office: