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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

This is a special Orientation issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. The next full issue will be available on September 6. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Last Reminder to Register for the Fall Term

If you haven’t already done so, you need to register for the fall term as soon as possible. (A late fee is already in effect.) If you have conditions on your admission, this will prevent you from registering. If this is the case, we recommend that you provide the necessary documentation as soon as possible, so that you can register.

New Grad Students - Register Now for Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants is being held on September 5. For more information and to register, go to our website. If you have not registered by September 5, please just show up.

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International Graduate Student Orientation

The International Graduate Student Orientation is being held tomorrow September 1. You can register on September 1 (if you have not already done so.) Please note that this Orientation is in addition to the general FGPA Orientation on September 5.

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GSA Hosts Welcome Weeks

The Graduate Students’ Association is hosting two weeks of fun activities for new and returning graduate students at Carleton from September 1 to 22.  For more information, please visit the GSA’s website.

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GSA's Health, Dental and Accident Insurance Plan

The Graduate Students’ Association offers a medical, dental and accident insurance plan designed to be relatively comprehensive and low in cost. All full-time students registered in the fall term are automatically covered. Part-time students and dependents can join the plan for a fee. To opt in or opt out, please go to this web page. Deadlines apply.

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Important News for Research Assistants

In order for a research assistant to be paid on the final pay in September (first available pay for the term), you must accept your job requisition by September 15th.

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Important News for TAs

Visit our TA web page for important information for new and continuing TAs, including how to update your profile. As per the Collective Agreement Section 13.04 (f), TA assignment offers shall be accepted or declined within 10 working days of the date of your offer. Failure to accept your offer by this deadline without reasonable cause will constitute declining of your TAship for that term. Also, please note August 31 (today) is the last day to apply for a Leave From Duties. You can access the form on Carleton Central.

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Are You Eligible for a Scholarship Balance?

If you are eligible to receive a scholarship balance, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on “Refund or Scholarship Balance Request”. Depending on the amount of your scholarship balance, you will have up to four options: campus card transfer, e-transfer, cheque, or donate to Carleton. Although you can submit your request prior to the financial drop date, it will not be processed until after September 30, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

Important Dates and Deadlines


Now-September 1:  University Dr in front of the Life Sc Bldg is closed to vehicular traffic until Sept 1 at 5 am to facilitate unforeseen urgent construction.

September 1:  ISSO’s Orientation for International Graduate Students. You can still register on site on Sept. 1.

September 2-3Residence move-in weekend.

September 5FGPA Orientation for new graduate students (including international students) and TAs. Departmental introductions for students and other academic preparation activities will be held.

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.


August 31: Deadline for TAs to apply for a Leave From Duties for the fall term (access form via Carleton Central)

September 1:  Last day for receipt of applications from potential fall (November) graduates

September 4:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

September 6:  Fall term begins. Fall and fall/winter classes begin.

September 14:  (For those who are eligible to opt out of the U-Pass) For a full refund, the U-Pass must be returned by this date. 

September 19:  Last day of registration for fall term and fall/winter courses. Last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for fall/winter and fall term courses.

September 19:  Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in Fall 2017 and must register for the fall 2017 term.

September 30:  Last day to withdraw from fall term and fall/winter courses with a full fee adjustment (financial withdrawal). Withdrawals after this date will create no financial change to Fall term fees and will result in a grade(s) of WDN appearing on your official transcript.

For a complete list of all official academic and financial dates and deadlines, please go to the Registrar’s website. For all financial matters, go to Student Accounts.


September 6:  Register now for this CIHR award information session. Today from 10-11:30 a.m.

September 8:  Register now for a CIHR award information session. Today from 1-2:30 p.m.

September 10:  Carleton U. deadline to apply for a Rhodes scholarship (if interested, email Andrew Brook)

September 12:  NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Presentation – 1:30 in the Senate Room (6th floor, Robertson Hall).

September 13:  There will be an OGS information session today from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Senate Room (6th floor of Robertson Hall)

September 20:  OGS information session 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Senate Boardroom (6th floor, Robertson Hall). (This is a repeat of the Sept. 13th information session)

Note: For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.


September 6:  Lab Safety

September 13:  Biosafety Awareness Training

Register now for the EDC’s Preparing to Teach Certificate course. Check this page for details.

Grad Navigate workshops are now posted for the fall term. Register now! You can also access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.