Advisor Change Policy

Students may change advisors at any time provided they can identify another regular member of the department’s graduate faculty willing to accept the position. It is the student's responsibility identify the new advisor, to notify the DGS and graduate academic advisor at once and in writing of such changes, and to notify the previous advisor of the change.  When a change of advisor is necessary for reasons beyond the student’s control (e.g., a faculty member leaving KU, retiring, or when the advising relationship is no longer productive), the DGS and/or department chair may assist the student in identifying a new advisor if needed. The student also may change any other committee member with the consent of the committee chair.  Any faculty member has the right to refuse to chair or serve on any committee.