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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 5. 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. (Late payment charges and late registration charges are 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 & TAs - Register Now for Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants is being held on September 4. For more information and to register, go to our website. If you have not registered by September 4, please just show up.

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International Graduate Student Orientation

In addition to the Sept. 4th general Orientation, international graduate students also need to register for one of several International Student Orientation sessions being held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7.

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GSA’s Grad Welcome Weeks

The Graduate Students’ Association is hosting two weeks of diverse events for new and returning graduate students at Carleton from September 1 to 22. These events include free food, movie nights, a grad party on the lake, and a keynote speaking event. For more information, visit, and stay updated by signing up for the Grad Bulletin at

GSA Health, Dental and Accident 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. Please check the GSA’s website for deadlines, and more information. Feel free to visit the GSA office at the University Centre (Rm. 600) to get more information from their staff members.

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Important Information for Graduate TAs!

Visit our TA web page for important information for new and continuing TAs, including how to update your profile. Updates are important as this information helps determine appropriate TA assignments. 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.

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Fall/Winter U-Pass Available

The Fall/Winter U-Pass is now available to eligible students. Don’t forget to get yours. Information about opting out is available on the U-Pass website. For those who are eligible to opt out, for a full refund, the U-Pass must be returned by September 14 for the fall term and January 14 for the winter term, or the refund will be pro-rated depending on the day you return your U-Pass.

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Important Academic Deadlines

September 1: Last day for receipt of applications from potential fall (November) graduates. You can apply in Carleton Central.
September 1-2: Residence move-in weekend.
September 3: Statutory holiday; University closed.
September 4: Orientation for new graduate students and TAs.
September 5: 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 18: Last day of registration for fall term and fall/winter courses. Last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for fall term and fall/winter courses.
September 18: 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 2018 and must register for the fall 2018 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 permanent notation 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.