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 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 secondary advisor is expected to step into the role, unless alternative arrangements are made with the DGS and/or department chair. Any faculty member has the right to refuse to continue as a student’s advisor or to serve on any student’s committee. If a student is unable to identify an Anthropology faculty member willing to serve as their advisor, or sufficient faculty members in Anthropology to make up a committee, this may be grounds for dismissal.