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SJTU Regulations On The Administration of Graduate Supervisors
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(This is a translation of the official version in Chinese 沪交研〔202148. In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.)

Chapter One General Provisions

Article 1 To pursue the education goal set by CPC, strengthen the graduate supervisor (supervisor) team, improve the administration of supervisor positions and enhance supervisors' teaching quality, these regulations are formulated in accordance with Several opinions of the Ministry of Education on Strengthening the Management of Doctoral Supervisors, Regulations of the Ministry of Education on Guiding Behaviors of Graduate Supervisors, Regulations of the Ministry of Education on Teaching and Role Modeling of Graduate Supervisors and other files, and with reference to the actual conditions of the University.

Article 2 Supervisors are the first responsible person for graduate training. Supervisors are responsible for instructing talents for the Party and the nation. Supervisors should follow Xi Jinping Thoughts on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, uphold the Party's leadership and carry out the Party's education goals. Supervisors must have a high sense of political responsibility and practice duties as a supervisor in accordance with laws and regulations. Supervisors should properly combine professional education and ideological and political education. Supervisors should be firm believers in core socialist values and proactively spread the values as role models to practice them.

Article 3 Categorized instruction and University/School administration is applied for supervisor positions: academic and professional, categorized recruitment and administration, categorized evaluation and appraisal. The University is responsible for macro policy-making and announcement, guiding work arrangement, examination, and evaluation. Schools are responsible for regulation making and implementation.

Chapter Two Rights and Responsibilities of Supervisors

Article 4 Supervisors should obey the nation's laws and regulations, and be familiar with the policies and regulations of degrees and graduate education set by the nation and the University. Supervisors should obey professional ethics and follow regulations guiding supervisors' behaviors. To serve as a guide and model for students, supervisors should have impeccable ideological character, exemplary moral cultivation, and excellent academic ability.

Article 5 The position of supervisor is established due to the training of graduates and does not serve as a status nor an honor title in the title system. As the first responsible person for graduate training, the primary mission of a supervisor is talent cultivation, including duties of ideological and political education, academic norms training, and innovation abilities training.

Article 6 Schools should clarify and specify the duties of supervisors of different types, to guarantee the standards of supervisors' recruiting, instructing, evaluating, and managing students. Schools should also urge supervisors to fulfill their duties, form strict administration for graduates' study in accordance with regulations and create an atmosphere in which students respect teachers and teachers focus on teaching.

Chapter Three Supervisor Recruitment and Flexible Adjustment

Article 7 Basic Requirements

(1) One shall have impeccable ideological character, exemplary moral cultivation, and holds a careful attitude towards study.

(2) One shall fulfill the duties of a supervisor, actively work on the front line of teaching and research, and bear the responsibility of instructing graduates.

(3) Principally, supervisors should fully instruct students from the beginning till graduation before their retirement when reaching the retiring age in accordance with the regulations set by the human resources department. Detailed requirements shall be set by Schools.

(4) Supervisors with professional degrees should have rich experience in practice and the ability to solve real problems should be familiar with the development of relevant enterprises or industries and should have closely cooperated with these industries, enterprises, or public institutions.

(5) Other Requirements demanded by Schools.

Article 8 Besides Article 7, doctoral supervisors should also meet the requirements below:

(1) Principally, doctoral supervisors should have full senior titles. Extraordinarily excellent young teachers with vice senior or medium titles can also apply, but a PhD is a must.

(2) Supervisors should have proper research projects for doctoral graduate training. The projects should have theoretical importance and value in practice. Supervisors should have sufficient funds for doctoral graduate training and be able to cover part of graduates' tuitions and provide an allowance for doctoral graduates in accordance with relevant regulations.

(3) Supervisors should conduct research in cutting-edge science and technology with strong academic ability and have achieved systematic and notable results in cutting-edge research fields. Detailed requirements shall be set by Schools.

(4) Supervisors should have experience in instructing graduates before and have at least once fully instructed graduates till their graduation, or are supervisor members in foreign doctoral graduates training groups and have assisted to train doctoral graduates. Supervisors shouldn't have been involved in any teaching or training issues or accidents.

(5) Part-time doctoral supervisors outside the University should also work with a doctoral supervisor of the same subject in the University and this supervisor should be appointed as the second responsible person, and report to the SJTU Degree Affairs Office (the Office) to put on record.

Article 9 Besides Article 7, postgraduate supervisors should also meet the requirements below:

(1) Supervisors should have medium or above titles. A PhD is a must if the applicant has a medium title.

(2) Supervisors should have proper research projects and funds for postgraduates.

(3) Supervisors should conduct featured research in cutting-edge science and technology with theoretical importance and value of practice, anch have achieved cutting-edge results. Detailed requirements shall be set by Schools.

(4) Supervisors should have assisted to train postgraduates and shouldn't have been involved in any teaching or training issues or accidents.

Article 10 Industry supervisors of professional degrees do not independently recruit students and must instruct graduates with supervisors in the University as a team. Industry supervisors should meet the requirements below:

(1) One shall have impeccable ideological character, exemplary moral cultivation, and

holds a careful attitude towards study.

(2) One shall be familiar with the current development of the industry, command solid

knowledge, and have rich experience in practice. One shall also have a strong influence and good social reputation in the industry.

(3) One should work in a corresponding professional technical position or have a degree, and working experience in the industry. Doctoral industry supervisors should have vice senior or above titles or a PhD Postgraduate industry supervisors should have medium or above titles, and have cooperating research projects or plan with the University. Detailed requirements shall be set by Schools in accordance with the requirements of the Professional Degree Education Steering Committee, the actual situation of the industry, and the features and requirements of cultivation.

Article 11 Supervisor Recruitment Process

(1) Supervisor recruitment should be divided into two types: academic and professional. Both should meet the basic requirements of a supervisor position. The recruitment should be verified by the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of the School/Department and put on record by the University.

(2) Newly recruited academic and professional doctoral supervisors (including industry supervisors) should be recruited every June. Newly recruited academic and professional postgraduate supervisors (including industry supervisors) should be recruited every March, June, September, and December.

(3) Supervisors who recruit doctoral graduates of two different disciplines should be approved by the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of the Schools of the two disciplines, verified by the faculty, and put on record by the University.

Article 12 Academic doctoral supervisors are allowed to recruit academic postgraduate students of the same subject. Professional doctoral supervisors are allowed to recruit professional postgraduate students of the same type of professional degree. If the subject or type of the postgraduate recruitment is different from the one of the doctoral graduate recruitments, an extra application for verification is necessary.

Article 13 Among the supervisors who are recruited and passed the evaluation, Schools should confirm those who qualify to recruit students in a list. These supervisors can instruct doctoral students totally no more than the limitation under the regulations set by the University and the faculty.

Article 14 Flexible adjustments can be made to supervisor positions. Schools should regularly assess supervisors and move supervisors who have left the position, been over-aged, retired, or failed in evaluations out of the list in time, and report to the Office.

Chapter Four Supervisor Evaluation

Article 15 Evaluation system for supervisors should be established and should focus on supervisors' morality. Schools should amend and improve methods of evaluation in accordance with the features and actual requirements of the subjects to develop a scientific evaluation system of fairness, justice, and openness.

Article 16 Based on the yearly evaluation, assessments from Academic Degree Evaluation Committee, teaching supervisors, graduates, and supervisors themselves should be combined to develop objective and justified evaluation and assessment for supervisors' job performance.

Article 17 Supervisors who cause any of the following situations will be evaluated as failed. One's qualification for recruitment will be suspended or canceled based on the severity of the situation.

(1) One that breaks political disciplines and requirements.

(2) One that breaks national laws or regulations of the University, or makes misbehaves in Ten Prohibitions of Teachers' Professional Behaviors or breaks Regulations of Guiding Supervisor Behaviors.

(3) One or one's students who commit academic misconduct.

(4) One who has a high rate of graduate drain or whose students of a high proportion change supervisors. Detailed regulations shall be confirmed by Schools.

(5) One whose students' degree theses are "identified as problematic" during the double-check by the Ministry of Education, provincial education department, and the University.

(6) One whose doctoral graduates have postponed graduation for an extra-long delay (7 more years for a doctoral student directly from a bachelor, 6 more years for a common doctoral graduate), or whose doctoral graduates in the key review list have occupied an extra high proportion. Details shall be confirmed by the Schools.

(7) One who does not pay training fees and allowance for graduates in accordance with regulations

(8) One who is identified with other problems in student training or moral behaviors.

Chapter Five Supervisor Training

Article 18 The University and Schools all shall be included in supervisor training. The training should be regularly held as lectures, seminars, experience sharing, and other various forms.

Article 19 The training shall involve political theory, education on national conditions and laws, supervisor duties, teaching morality and patterns policies of graduate education, the system of teaching management, methods of instruction, research integrity, academic ethics, academic norms, and psychological knowledge.

Article 20 Schools should establish pre-training for new supervisors before they take the position and regular training for supervisors on duty. The training system should also include daily exchange to guarantee the training effect.

Article 21 Newly recruited supervisors must take the pre-training and obtain the certification in two years. One who fails to obtain the certification should suspend graduate recruitment. Training for supervisors on duty should be organized by Schools and one should take part in training once a year.

Chapter Six Additional Articles

Article 22 Schools should establish details for supervisor position administration in accordance with this Regulation. Schools should further clarify the duty of supervisors, improve the recruitment system, strengthen position training, focus on evaluation and assessment, develop a mechanism of incentives for exemplary supervisors, and set standards for supervisors changing or quitting positions.

Article 23 These regulations shall be effective since it is assigned. At the same time, the original SJTU Regulations of Supervisor Recruitment will be abolished.

Article 24 The Graduate School is responsible for the interpretation of these regulations.

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