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Research & Writing

Research with Faculty

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UT offers many different libraries throughout campus for the use of graduate students. The library system provides support to students on library resources and the vast array of online resesarch tools available for research. The Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) offers most of the services that Educational Psychology graduate students use. The library website also offers services that can be accessed by students on campus or off with the use of a UT EID. 

Graduate Student Writing

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& Public Speaking Services

The University Writing Center provides The Sanger Learning Center offers a number of services for graduate students. They provide individualized, free writing assistance for any writing project, ranging from a fellowship application or CV to an article for publication, a master’s thesis, or even a dissertation. Consultants provide expert advice to help writers improve their skills and make the most of their work (note: they do not proofread not proofread or edit papers, nor do they predict grades or guarantee better grades). Students can meet with a Learning Specialist at the Sanger Learning Center and receive public speaking support at the Public Speaking Center.

Technology

The University ITS Help and Service Desk provides students, faculty, and staff at UT Austin with a central point of contact for computer help and questions. 

The College of Education Information Technology Office offers a wide range of computer facilities and tech support services for College of Education students, faculty, and staff. ITO services include computer facilities, equipment checkout and delivery to classrooms (including video camera checkout to use for interview/assessment recordings), computer/technical support, laptop and software assistance, a student study/collaboration area, printing, videoconferencing, and technical tutorials.

The Flawn Academic Center (FAC) houses the Campus Computer Store. This store offers reduced student pricing on a wide variety of software, as well as new computers and other technology. 

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Graduate student instructors and teaching assistants (AIs and TAs) contribute greatly to the level of teaching excellence at UT Austin. The Center for Teaching and Learning's Graduate Student Instructor Development Program provides opportunities to advance your pedagogical, professional, and personal development. The program also provides assistance to graduate students with writing teaching philosophies, syllabi, course goals, assessments, and teaching portfolios.

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Students and visitors may park in University garages offering hourly rates or at parking meters on campus. Privately owned pay lots and garages also are also often available around the perimeter of campus. UT Parking requires faculty, staff, and students to buy a permit to park motorcycles or mopeds on campus. Cyclists are highly encouraged to register their bicycles with the UT Police Dept. There is a limited amount of 30-minute parking available on the west side of the Sanchez Building as well.  

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Student employees (TAs, AIs, etc.) who have grievances should refer to the policies in the Handbook of Operating Procedures.

Student Ombuds Services

The Student Ombuds Services office serves as a neutral third party providing assistance to students who have University-related complaints of a non-legal nature. The Ombuds office is authorized to investigate grievances involving both academic and nonacademic concerns and recommend corrective measures. Any case considered inappropriate may be declined by the Ombudsperson. Seeking assistance from the Student Ombuds Services office is most appropriate if remedies within the student’s area/program, Department, and Graduate School have been unsatisfactory.

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Any otherwise qualified student with a protected disability who wishes to request a reasonable accommodation must notify the Services for Students with Disabilities office Disability and Access office and provide documentation as needed. Services for Students with Disabilities Disability and Access makes recommendations for accommodations and sends official verifications to appropriate parties so that accommodations can be made.

Areas and programs in Educational Psychology will review academic performance criteria in light of individual student circumstances to explore issues of appropriateness and accommodation. An initial assessment, subsequent plan, use of outside experts (including the Office of Students with DisabilitiesDisability and Access), and periodic checks between the area faculty and the student are appropriate courses of action in making accommodations.

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When serious issues cannot be resolved informally, graduate students have recourse to a formal grievance procedure conducted as outlined below. It should be noted that the precise procedure to be followed in adjudicating a given grievance will depend on the particular circumstances surrounding the case. Each graduate student may express a grievance through the following procedures with the assurance of timely and thorough consideration. Grievants are assured freedom from reprisals for the filing of their grievances. A student must initiate the complaint within six months of the acquisition of knowledge of the grievance. All complaints must be submitted in writing.

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