Section 3 Graduate Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Opportunities

3.1 Academic Rights and Responsibilities
3.2 Non-Academic Rights, Responsibilities, and Opportunities
3.2.1 Establishing Residency
3.2.2 Updating Contact Information
3.2.3 Graduate Orientation (Fall Semester)
3.2.4 DARE Graduate Student Association
3.2.5 Additional Information
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Section 3 Graduate Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Opportunities

3.1 Academic Rights and Responsibilities

The student is responsible for knowing departmental and University requirements and standards. If any questions arise, the student should seek clarification within the department or from the Graduate School. For more information, including a detailed documentation of student rights and responsibilities at Colorado State University, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Graduate & Professional Bulletin at: http://www.graduateschool.colostate.edu/faculty-staff/bulletin.aspx (page 68).

The student is responsible for keeping his/her advisor and advisory committee members informed of progress in the program of study and for regularly consulting the advisor and committee. If changes are made in the program of study, the student is responsible for securing approval of all members of the committee beforehand.

3.2 Non-Academic Rights, Responsibilities, and Opportunities

3.2.1 Establishing Residency

If you are a domestic student, it is essential that you establish Colorado residency to ensure you are only charged in-state tuition after your first year (beginning of the third semester). Students are responsible for out-of-state tuition if residency is not established before their third semester! This applies to students funded on research projects in addition to students funded through the Department.

Residency is granted by the State of Colorado and Colorado State University cannot guarantee that residency will be granted. Residency is generally granted if you:

  • Obtain a Colorado state driver’s license from the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • Register your car at the Larimer County Court House (if applicable)
  • Register to vote in Colorado (at either of the above locations)
  • Change your permanent address to Colorado with the University on RAMweb, click on “Address View/Update” under “Records” section.

The above requirements must be in place for 12 continuous months before residence is granted. As such, please complete them by mid-August (entering fall) or early January (entering spring), so that you will be charged in-state tuition starting from the third semester!

In addition, you should do the following during your first year:

  • Keep a copy of your signed housing documents (lease, rental agreement, etc.) in a safe place.
  • Keep your pay stubs for proof of Colorado employment.
  • File Colorado state income taxes by April 15, and locate copies of your previous state tax forms for the previous year.
  • Attend a Residency Orientation class.
  • By mid-June (entering Fall) or early Nov. (entering Spring), visit the Tuition Classification Office, Centennial Hall, to turn in papers and reclassify your residency.

Additional information on residency requirements can be found at http://sfs.colostate.edu/in-state-tuition-requirements.

3.2.3 Graduate Orientation (Fall Semester)

The department hosts a yearly orientation week that we hope will make the transition to graduate school and the department as smooth as possible. These activities begin approximately one week before classes begin, and include a “Math Camp” to ensure each student has the skills necessary to succeed in ECON 501, a department orientation, some orientation activities run by the University, and a few social opportunities. The department orientation is mandatory for all incoming students, Math Camp is only required for students taking ECON 501, but highly recommended for all students. A calendar of events and Math Camp materials will be mailed to you electronically.

Math Camp (Fall only)

Math camp is a prerequisite for ECON 501, and helps incoming students refresh their understanding of the basic mathematical concepts frequently used in the study of economics.   ECON 501: Quantitative Methods for Economists, is generally the first class in the Microeconomics sequence for Ph.D. students or for M.S. students who are considering continuing their education beyond the M.S. level. We strongly recommend that all incoming graduate students attend math camp before beginning their programs, or risk falling behind early in the process.

3.2.4 DARE Graduate Student Association

The DARE Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a group whose purpose is to provide an opportunity for current, prospective, and alumni graduate students to interact and network with other students and professors, and to address the day-to-day issues faced by these students. The GSA provides a conduit which facilitates communication between students and faculty in order to ensure a smooth and easy transition into the department, as well as through everyday life as a graduate student. The GSA also organizes several recreational activities which range from hiking trips to barbeques to evenings out in historic Fort Collins.

3.2.5 Additional Information

The Graduate School is a very important as a source of information concerning required forms, financial aid, university graduate school requirements, etc. Please visit http://www.graduateschool.colostate.edu/index.aspx for more information.

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