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Institutional Resources and Policies

Title IX and Student Discrimination Office
Vanderbilt prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct and discrimination. The University will take prompt and effective action to address all allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination.

Student Access Services
Vanderbilt University provides disability services for qualified students.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Parental Leave
The proposed parental leave policy for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows would grant up to 12 weeks of leave to a primary care giver, of which 6 weeks would be paid, for care of a newborn or newly adopted infant. Please read the full policy.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is committed to the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research. It is necessary for the completion of your PhD for students to satisfy all RCR requirements. For more information, visit the RCR page.

VU PETSA: Vanderbilt University Personal Empowerment Through Self-Awareness
Vanderbilt University’s Personal Empowerment Through Self-Awareness module is an online tutorial aimed at educating Vanderbilt University’s campus community about power-based personal violence. This module is one part of a multi-faceted approach to violence prevention and education on Vanderbilt’s campus. For more information and to sign-up for the module, please visit the VU PETSA website.

Invention Rights
The Vanderbilt University Policy on Technology and Literary and Artistic Works govern the ownership, protection and transfer of technology (inventions, discoveries, and other innovations) and literary and artistic works created or authored by Vanderbilt faculty members, staff members, or students.

Individual Development Plans (IDPs): All students under the BRET umbrella and affiliated with IGP, QCB, and Biological Sciences are required to fill out an annual myIDP. It must be completed each year before May 31st. Download a template of the Student Individual Development Plan.