Graduate Student Resources

Flowchart of graduate student resources

This flow chart demonstrates the general hierarchy of support sources.

Resources for Graduate Students and Ways to Get Help

At many points during your graduate career you will probably have questions you’d like to ask someone, great ideas you’d like to share, or concerns you’d like someone to address. Please know that there are many people here on campus to answer those questions, help, and support you. Before we go into specifics of who to ask for help, please know that the majority of people on campus are “responsible reporters.” This means that they are obligated to share any information that has been disclosed to them regarding discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct with the Office of Equal Opportunity. If you are hoping to have a confidential conversation about one of these topics, you will find a list of confidential resources later in this section.

Most issues can be best addressed by those closely associated with your graduate program or with Division of Science staff and faculty so we encourage you to seek assistance from this group first. We recognize that sometimes there may be a particular person that you are more comfortable speaking with or that one faculty member may be holding multiple roles/positions, but we suggest that you reach out to for assistance in the following general order (see schematic at the top as well):

Non-Faculty Resources

In parallel to these program-level and Division-level faculty resources, there are non-faculty resources within the Division who you can go to for help. The following are good places to go to for help:

If you have a topic that you’d rather discuss with someone outside of the Division or want a non-DivSci perspective on, another great resource for graduate students is the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). GSAS is also a good resource if you are uncomfortable discussing a topic with any of the resources mentioned so far or if you have not made sufficient progress in those discussions.. GSAS oversees all graduate programs within the school of Arts & Sciences at Brandeis and is invested in the success of all graduate students in these programs. Depending on the topic that you have raised with faculty or administrative staff, they may have already contacted GSAS for advice/assistance on how to help or to handle the next steps. GSAS and your program/department faculty or the Head of the Division of Science frequently work together to support students, resolve problems, and enact positive changes.

The flow chart at the top of this page demonstrates the general hierarchy of sources of support.

Outside of the general hierarchy of places to go to for help, that are various other entities on campus here to support students. These resources on campus are dedicated to supporting graduate students:

There are some offices on campus that specialize in specific topics and who will almost always be the best resource for those topics:

As mentioned at the start of this section, there are some topics that responsible reporters on campus cannot keep confidential, and those are issues of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct. The office on campus that addresses these issues is the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). OEO provides information regarding support resources, information about taking action (internal resolution processes and criminal action), inquiries and investigations into concerns, processes to address grievances, and training for the Brandeis community. Please visit their website for contact information and steps (and an an online form) to file a report. You are welcome to contact a resource listed above for support or advice about these topics, but they will be obligated to share the issue with OEO.

If you would like to have a confidential conversation with someone on campus, the following are our on-campus confidential resources: