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The Office of Graduate Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Office of Graduate Education


Graduate Center

Graduate Assistance

Welcome to the Graduate Center webpage, we are pleased that you have visited. The center provides personal service to graduate students with questions about matters of academic, social, personal, and professional growth at Rensselaer. The center personnel will meet with you personally or communicate electronically on a wide range of subjects that relate to or influence your graduate educational experience, not all of which may be of an academic nature alone. Rather, personal services also include confidential consultation that is characteristic of an ombuds office and is designed to help resolve concerns you may have about campus life or interpersonal conflicts. We can also refer you to other campus professionals that may be of service, or direct you to literature and bibliographic resources that may address a specific issue you want to learn more about.

Vision Statement

Mission Statement

Statement of Objectives

The center will offer direct consultation for those who wish to:

  • Clarify a policy, procedure, or process,
  • Improve interpersonal skills or a relationship with a colleague,
  • Identify and understand learning style and behavioral differences among colleagues,
  • Deal more effectively with a transition,
  • Help prepare for a difficult conversation,
  • Discuss a campus situation such as a health and safety concern,
  • Understand cultural differences among colleagues,
  • Discuss housing options,
  • Voice an opinion confidentially regarding incivility or disrespect,
  • Discuss harassment, discrimination, or mistreatment concerns,
  • Engage an impartial listener for an informal talk.