Students are notified of who their Supervisor is within their letter of acceptance. Your Supervisor is your first point of contact for academic matters. The Supervisor's main responsibility is to guide the research and writing of your thesis. Your Supervisor will also oversee your choice of courses and will measure and report on your progress throughout your program.
While your Supervisor will help you fulfill the various requirements of your degree, it is your responsibility to meet all deadlines and to initiate procedures (i.e. your comprehensive examination and thesis proposal) as necessary. From your Supervisor you should expect feedback on your work within a reasonable time frame, consistent guidance with your research, clear financial arrangements for any research assistantships, and clearly defined expectations in terms of grad students' roles in your lab or research area. Different Supervisors make different arrangements with students in terms of accessibility but all students should have regular access to their Supervisors to discuss their general progress and, especially, to keep on top of their thesis work.
Should you have any concerns about the Student-Supervisor relationship, discuss them with your Supervisor immediately. If the Supervisor is unable to resolve your concerns, please contact the Graduate Coordinator. In rare instances, a student or faculty member may suggest a change of Supervisors. It is the student's responsibility to inform the Graduate Coordinator of his or her wish to make such a change. The Graduate Coordinator will then take up the matter with the Graduate Subcommittee. After consulting with the newly proposed Supervisor, the Graduate Subcommittee shall make a recommendation on the matter to the Director of the School who has final authority over the decision.
Visit SGS for the Guide to Graduate Supervision