The Peer Advisor for Academic Matters is a free and confidential service offered through SOGS to help graduate students navigate any issues related to their academic success. The Peer Advisor position is occupied by a current Western University graduate student who has been hired by a selection panel composed of the SOGS Vice-President Academic, the SOGS Membership Services Manager, the outgoing Peer Advisor, and an additional SOGS Executive member.
The Peer Advisor is trained in university academic policies, procedures, and peer-support approaches through the safeTALK program, the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Leadership in Wellness program, Equity & Human Rights Services, as well as Student Experience’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity training modules.
The Peer Advisor is responsible for providing suggestions, resources, and support including but not limited to:
- Academic Appeals (course or examination marks)
- Scholastic Discipline and Appeals (cheating, plagiarism, falsified documentation)
- The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) Regulations such as:
- Program Admissions
- Registration Status (Withdrawal, Leave of Absence, Full-time/Part-time)
- Funding (institutional, provincial, international, Tri-council)
- Supervision and supervisory conflicts (role expectations and requirements, changing a supervisor)
- Program Milestones (comprehensive exam, thesis submission, thesis
- PSAC 610/Graduate Teaching Assistants(benefits, resources, Center for Teaching and Learning, GTA training)
- Research Roles (Graduate Fellowships/Graduate Student Assistantships payment, role outlines, tax deductions)
- Professional Development (writing support, workshops, Western Connect)
- Accessibility(Academic accommodations)
- Campus resources(financial aid, mental health services)
To get started, complete our intake survey here.
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2020-2021 Peer Advisor on Academic Matters
Kevin Moore | email@example.com
Kevin Moore is a current Western student completing his MSc in the department of Medical Biophysics. His current research involves the characterization of blood flow in atherosclerotic patients. Kevin completed his undergrad at the University of Ottawa, obtaining his BHSc in Health Science. When not in the lab, Kevin enjoys making and playing music, as well as spending as much time as possible with family and friends
In order to protect your privacy, all advocacy work done for SOGS members will be kept confidential as per the SOGS confidentiality agreement.
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