Resources at WHOI for Joint Program Students

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In addition to many resources at MIT, there are resources at WHOI for Joint Program students who may be experiencing academic or personal difficulties. The following is a list of people available to help students.


“Advisors have broad responsibilities for a student’s overall academic and research progress.” (Biology handbook)  “The advisor plays the most important role in guiding the student’s graduate career.” (G&G handbook)  The advisor has “an active interest in helping and advising.”  (PO handbook)

Education Coordinator

Each discipline has an Education Coordinator (J. Seward Johnson Chair) at WHOI.  The Education Coordinator “can act as an intermediary for students” (CO handbook), serves as “a source of information and advice to both students and advisors” (AOPE handbook), and “acts in cooperation with advisors, the Joint Committee and the Education [a.k.a. Academic Programs] Office to help resolve academic or personal problems.” (AOSE handbook)

Discipline Joint Committee

Each Joint Committee has academic oversight responsibility for your progress from admission to approving your thesis.  The Committee “serves as the first level grievance board for student concerns”.  (PO handbook)

Academic Programs Office

The Dean, the Associate Dean, or anyone else with whom you feel comfortable are available for consultation.  Our office has an “open door” policy and will hold issues discussed in confidence at the student’s request.  (If we believe it is important to share the information discussed, we will ask and encourage it.  The exception to this would be if we believe there is a danger to anyone or if it may be a case of harassment or discrimination where we are required by law to report.)

Outside Resources

The WHOI Employee and Student Assistance Program through The Wellness Corporation helps students cope with work-related or personal stress.  The Program is confidential, and five short-term counseling sessions are available at no charge to the student.  (ESAP is also available for family members.)  Other benefits include legal consultations, financial consultations, help with making a budget, and a transition program for new parents.  More information on this program can be obtained 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 800/828-6025 or at


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Last updated October 25, 2012
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