CMP Conflict Resolution Process

Steps to take to resolve a problem in the lab

If a problem between a student and a major professor/ lab member develops, the following steps should be taken:

  1. The student and major professor should attempt to resolve the problem through discussion.
  2. If the student is not satisfied with the result, they should present the problem to another member of their advisory committee.
  3. If a committee has not yet been formed, the student should contact the Chair of the CMP Program. The Chair will then attempt to resolve the problem to the satisfaction of both the major professor and student.
  4. If the problem still cannot be solved, the Chair will present the problem to the CMP Steering Committee (not including the major professor if he/she is a member of the committee).
  5. If the decision warrants the student leaving the laboratory, the CMP program will provide financial support while the student rotates in other laboratories for no more than three months (except direct admit students).
  6. If, after three months, the student has not successfully found another laboratory to settle in, the CMP Steering Committee will again review the case and make a final decision which may result in the student being dismissed from the program.