New Graduate Student Information - Graduate School

New Graduate Student Information

Dear Student,

Welcome to The University of Tulsa! We look forward to working with you during the upcoming semester and hope all of your preparations are going well.

The spring semester begins on Monday, January 13, 2020. If you have not enrolled, please discuss your enrollment with your graduate program advisor by phone or email. After discussing your class schedule with your graduate program advisor, please complete an enrollment card, sign it, then email, mail, fax or deliver it to your advisor for their signature. Once your enrollment card has been signed by your graduate advisor, submit it to the Graduate School for processing. You must enroll before classes begin so you can focus your energies on your coursework.

All graduate students receiving scholarships, assistantships, or fellowships should be enrolled by January 6 to ensure the timely receipt of stipend checks at the end of the month. Other offices on campus must have time to process your billing, which is generated once you have registered for courses.

Below is information regarding the Graduate Student Orientation, which will be held on Thursday, January 9 in the Allen Chapman Student Union, Great Hall (#3 on the campus map). This event gives new graduate students an opportunity to meet university administrators, speak with fellow graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines, and learn how to utilize campus resources. This orientation is required of all new graduate students, even those who have previously attended TU at the undergraduate level. We want to help make your transition to graduate studies at TU as easy and enjoyable as possible. Reserve your seat here.

Information regarding University policies is included below. Please read and sign the Academic Honesty Policy and the Ethical Conduct in Research and Scholarship Policy and either email it to or deliver it to the Graduate School once you arrive on campus. Printed copies are also available in the Graduate School.

Please notify the Graduate School if you will be unable to attend the Graduate Student Orientation. If you previously attended the Graduate Student Orientation at TU, you are not required to attend this Orientation. You may notify us by emailing Caitlin Getchell at, or calling the Graduate School at 918-631-2336 or toll free at 1-800-882-4723.

Additionally, follow the Graduate School on Facebook and Twitter and join the Graduate Student Association Facebook group to find out what is happening on campus, connect with other students, and learn more about things to do in Tulsa. We look forward to your arrival on campus and meeting you at the Graduate Student Orientation!


Brenton McLaury
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies


General Questions

If you have questions about any of the information on this page or any other questions, please call the Graduate School at 918-631-2336 or email

  • Graduate Student Orientation

    Orientation is offered before the beginning of the fall and spring semesters (students who begin graduate studies in the summer should attend the fall orientation). Orientation includes opportunities to meet university administrators, speak with fellow students from a variety of academic disciplines, and has three required Life Skills Workshops. All new graduate students are expected to attend Orientation prior to beginning graduate classes. They are also expected to follow all policies and guidelines related to student conduct and to the successful completion of their degree program.

    Allen Chapman Student Union, Great Hall

    Thursday, January 9, 2020

    Orientation: 12:30 – 5:00 PM

    Workshops: 2:45 – 3:45 PM, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

    Reserve your seat here.

    An orientation program for new graduate students is set for Thursday, January 9, 2020, the Thursday before classes begin. It will be held in the Great Hall in the Allen Chapman Student Union from 12:30 – 5:00 PM. You will learn about a variety of student services available to you free of charge, including how to navigate the library, how to get internet access, and free health services.

    There will be light refreshments available.

    Please notify the Graduate School if you will be unable to attend either by emailing Caitlin Getchell at or by calling the Graduate School at 918-631-2336 or 1-800-882-4723 if you are outside of the Tulsa area.


    10:30 – 11:30 AM – International Student Services Information Session (ACSU, Great Hall A)

    12:30 – 1:00 PM – Registration & Meet and Greet (ACSU, second floor)

    1:00 – 2:45 PM – Welcome & Introductions (ACSU, Great Hall A)

    2:45 – 5:00 PM – Life Skills Workshops (ACSU, Great Hall A)



    2:45 – 3:45 PM – Research Integrity & Plagiarism

    4:00 – 5:00 PM – Harassment: Avoiding It, Defining It, Reporting It


    Reserve your seat here.

  • Enrollment

    You should be enrolled no later than the first day of classes. Enrollment generally opens for the spring semester on the last Monday in October and in the first week of April for the summer and fall semesters. Please meet with your advisor to discuss your enrollment and then bring your completed and signed enrollment card to the Graduate School to be enrolled.

  • Resource Fair

    Current graduate students at The University of Tulsa are welcome to take advantage of the many services, programs and organizations on TU’s campus. During Fall Orientation the Resource Fair offers students the opportunity to learn more about these services and opportunities to get involved on campus.

    Resource Fair & Lunch
    ACSU, Great Hall B
    12:30 – 2:00 PM

    Fall 2019 Resource Fair Attendees

    Alexander Health Center
    Campus Recreation
    Career Services
    Campus Security
    Center for Global Education
    Center for Student Academic Success
    Counseling & Psychological Services
    Financial Aid
    Graduate Student Association
    Graduate Student Ambassadors
    Information Services
    Interpersonal Violence Prevention
    McFarlin Library

  • Departmental Orientations

    In addition to the general orientation offered through the Graduate School, individual departments will be organizing program-specific orientations for their new graduate students. Below is a list of the Fall 2019 departmental orientations we are currently aware of and the contact person for each event. Additional information regarding these events will be sent to you by the department directly. If you do not see your program listed, we are not currently aware of the date and time of the department orientation for your program. Your advisor will contact you when a departmental orientation is added.

    Athletic Training June 6 TBD Rachel Hildebrand
    Biological Sciences TBD TBD Harrington Wells
    Business Programs Contact Ashley Chapa Ashley Chapa
    Chemical Engineering August 27 2:00 p.m. Ty Johannes
    Computer Science/Cyber Security August 23 12:00 p.m. Brett McKinney
    DNP August 22 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sheryl Stansifer
    Electrical & Computer Eng. August 23 10:30 a.m. Heng-Ming Tai
    English August 19‐21 TBD Sara Beam
    Geosciences TBD TBD Peter Michael
    Mechanical Engineering August 23 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Siamack Shirazi
    Museum Science & Mgmt August 21 TBD Bob Pickering
    Petroleum Engineering August 23 2:00 PM Hong Quan Zhang
    Psychology (all students) August 23 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dani Veit
    Psychology-Clinical August 20 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Dani Veit
    Psychology-Industrial/Organizational August 23 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Dani Veit
    Speech Pathology August 23 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Suzanne Stanton
  • New Graduate Assistantship Workshop

    All graduate students receiving scholarships, assistantships, or fellowships should be enrolled by August 5 for the Fall 2019 semester to ensure the timely receipt of stipend checks at the end of the month. Other offices on campus must have time to process your billing, which is generated once you have registered for courses.

    Additionally, there will be a mandatory workshop for new graduate assistants on August 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Allen Chapman Student Union, Alcove.

  • Housing

    For information regarding on-campus housing, please click here. If you are interested in off-campus housing, contact to request more information.

  • University Policies

    The Graduate School at The University of Tulsa encourages our students to develop a strong sense of professional integrity, ethics, and courtesy. Life Skills Workshops are offered to our graduate students during the academic year to provide them with skills that are outside of their discipline-specific knowledge and will maximize their opportunities to be successful in their careers. We view this training as aiding in the development of their professional competencies. In addition to dealing with career development skills, this series also encompasses issues related to stress, juggling of one’s career and personal life, professional integrity, professional ethics, and more. Each workshop, seminar, or panel discussion is intended to focus on an issue that relates to a student’s academic career, but can then be transferred to their career beyond Graduate School. All graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops.

    Academic Honesty

    In keeping with the intellectual ideals, standards for community, and educational mission of the University, students are expected to adhere to all academic policies. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty violate both individual honor and the life of the community, and may subject students to penalties ranging from failing grades to dismissal. Academic misconduct also includes the unauthorized or inappropriate use of University computers, vandalism of data files or equipment, use of computer resources for personal reasons unrelated to the academic and research activities of the University, plagiarism, violation of proprietary agreements, theft, or tampering with the programs and data of other users.

    Additional information regarding Academic Honesty and Misconduct may be found in the Policies and Procedures Relating to Academic Misconduct of Graduate Students on the portal. Once on the portal choose Graduate School under colleges, then choose Graduate School Academic Misconduct Policy,

    Academic Misconduct

    The University of Tulsa expects students and instructors to have prepared the work or research that bears their name, and to give acknowledgment in the use of materials and sources. Students are expected to do their own work and research, to prepare their own reports and papers, and to take examinations without the assistance of others or aids not allowed in the testing procedure. The standards and ideals of learning at the University assert that students develop and learn as they participate directly in the process of learning, rather than by substituting the labor and experience of others.

    Academic misconduct includes, but is not confined to, plagiarizing; cheating on tests or examinations; turning in counterfeit reports, tests, and papers; stealing tests or other academic materials; knowingly falsifying academic records or documents of the college; and turning in the same work to more than one class without informing the instructors involved.

    In particular, plagiarism is presenting as one’s own efforts the work of someone else without proper acknowledgment of that source. Exact copying is to be enclosed in quotation marks with an appropriate indication of its origin. Paraphrasing, wherein the basic sentence structure, phraseology, and unique language remain the same, is also plagiarism. The failure to acknowledge unique, unusual, or new ideas and facts not the product of one’s own investigation or creativity is plagiarism. Submitting work that was created, researched, or produced by someone else is plagiarism. When in doubt in a particular course on these matters, it is the student’s responsibility to seek guidance from the instructor of the course.

    Unauthorized re-use of work or the turning in of the same work to more than one class without informing the instructors involved constitutes academic misconduct. Falsification of academic records by knowingly and improperly changing grades on transcripts, grade sheets, and related documents, class work reports, tests, and projects, and knowingly falsifying documents related to the meeting of academic requirements or to academic achievements constitute academic misconduct.

    Submitting a report of another’s research, submitting a paper researched or written by someone else, having someone else take a test, and submitting joint projects as if they were solely one’s own are all forms of academic misconduct that are unacceptable. Falsification of data or creation of false data by instructors or students in research or experimental procedures is considered academic misconduct and is a form of research misconduct. Plagiarism may also be a form of research misconduct in addition to academic misconduct.

    You are required to attend the Harassment and Research Integrity & Plagiarism workshops during your first year of enrollment. These workshops are offered during fall and spring orientations.

    Prior to your enrollment at The University of Tulsa, the Graduate School wants to verify that you are informed of the University policies regarding Academic Honesty and Ethical Conduct of Research and Scholarship. A good understanding of these two policies will aid you in your development of professional integrity and ethics.

  • Ethical Conduct in Academic Research & Scholarship

    The integrity of the research process is an essential aspect of a university’s intellectual and social structure. Research is defined as all investigative, scholarly, and creative activity that supports the intellectual endeavors of the University. Although incidents of misconduct in research may be rare, those that do occur threaten the entire research enterprise.

    The integrity of the research process must depend largely upon self-regulation. Formalization of the rights and responsibilities underlying the scientific method is imperative in the research process. The University is responsible both for promoting academic practices that prevent misconduct and also for developing policies and procedures for dealing with allegations or other evidence of fraud or serious misconduct. All members of the University community—students, staff, faculty and administrators—share responsibility for developing and maintaining standards to assure ethical conduct of research and detection of abuse of these standards.

    In dealing with this problem, it is important to create an atmosphere that encourages openness and creativity. Good and innovative science cannot flourish in an atmosphere of oppressive regulation. Moreover, it is particularly important to distinguish misconduct in research and scholarship from honest error and ambiguities of interpretation that are inherent in the scientific process and are normally corrected by further research. The policies and procedures outlined below apply to faculty, staff and students; however, they are not intended to address all academic issues of an ethical nature. For example, discrimination and affirmative action are covered by other University policies.

    Ethical Conduct in Academic Research and Scholarship

    The primary way to encourage appropriate conduct in research and scholarship at the University is for faculty to promote and maintain a climate consistent with high ethical standards. To reduce the likelihood of misconduct in research and scholarship, the faculty and administration should facilitate the following:

    A. Encouragement of intellectual honesty.
    B. Assurance that quality of research, scholarship, and creative activity is emphasized. C. Acceptance of responsibility by supervisor as appropriate to the discipline.
    D. Establishment of well-defined research procedures.
    E. Appropriate assignment of credit and responsibility.

    Misconduct in research and scholarship is inappropriate behavior by members of this University community. Allegations of misconduct in research and scholarship will be handled according to the policies and procedures included in the Research Misconduct Policy.

    This brief summary does not replace the detailed policy. The full detailed policy can be found at the link below:

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