Laney Graduate Student Handbook 2020-2021

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The Laney Graduate School Handbook is the official reference for graduate students and others regarding the administrative and procedural policies, as well as the rules and regulations, of the Laney Graduate School. 

If you have questions about specific policies, please contact the appropriate LGS staff member for assistance. 

Emory University Communication Policy: Email is the primary medium for official communication with students at Emory University. Each registered student is assigned an official email address by the University. All University communications sent via email will be sent to this address. Students are expected to maintain their accounts and check their email regularly so that new mail will be properly received and read. Certain communications may be time critical.

Emory University Accreditation: Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, doctorate and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500, or visit the web at for questions about the accreditation of Emory.

Academic Affairs

Section 1: Degree Programs

Section 2: Doctor of Philosophy

2.1 Degree Requirements

2.2 Requirements for Candidacy

2.3 Dissertation Committee

2.4 Dissertation Completion Time

2.5 TATTO Program

2.6 Jones Program in Ethics

Section 3: Master's Degrees

Section 4: Graduate Certificates

Section 5: Dual and Joint Degrees

Section 6: Standards of Academic Performance and Status

6.1 Grades and Performance

6.2 Status

6.3 Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence

6.4 Readmission

6.5 Parental Accommodation

6.6 Degree Completion

6.7 Registration

Financial Information

Section 1: Tuition and Fees

Section 2: Merit Awards and Financial Aid

2.1 Loans and Office of Financial Aid

2.2 LGS Awards

2.3 Conditions and Eligibility for Merit Awards

2.4 External Fellowships Policy

2.5 LGS Emergency Loan Fund

Section 3: Financial Aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress

Honor, Conduct and Grievance

Section 1: LGS Honor Code

Section 2: LGS Conduct Code

Section 3: Involuntary Withdrawal Policy and Procedure

Section 4: LGS Grievance Procedure

Selected University Policies

Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment

Sexual Misconduct

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy

Information Technology Conditions of Use

Authorship Guidelines and Dispute Resolution

Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Scholarship and Research

Confidentiality and Release of Information About Students

Other Policies