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SJTU Regulations on Fulfilling the Duties of Supervisors in Fostering Virtue
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(This is a translation of the official version in Chinese 沪交研〔2018200 . In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.)

Chapter One: General Provisions

Article 1 To thoroughly carry out the Party's education policy, fully implement the duties of the supervisors of graduate students (hereinafter referred to as supervisors) to foster virtue, and clarify the norms of education, these regulations are formulated according to the Opinions of the Ministry of Education on Fully Implementing the Duties of Supervisors of Graduate Students to Foster Virtue, and with reference to the actual conditions of the University.

Article 2 Supervisors should abide by national laws and regulations and be familiar with the policies, regulations and rules of the country and the University regarding academic degree and postgraduate education. They should observe the code of ethics for teachers, be a model for others, dedicate themselves to work, influence and guide students with their noble morality and personality, give priority to moral education and enlighten students with culture and knowledge.

Article 3 Supervisors should be equipped with high political awareness, loft character and skilled professional competence, establish themselves by virtue, establish learning by virtue, teach by virtue, and become the guides for graduate students on the road to their development and success.

Article 4 Fostering virtue is the primary responsibility of supervisors. As the first person responsible for the training of graduate students, the supervisor shall conscientiously fulfill the responsibility of educating students in accordance with these regulations.

Chapter Two: Moral Education

Article 5 Supervisors should carry out ideological and political education throughout the training of postgraduates, from teaching in classrooms, academic guidance, scientific research training, thesis guidance to career guidance, actively guiding postgraduates to establish correct world views, outlooks on life and values, enhancing their ideological and political awareness, moral character and cultural literacy of postgraduates, so as to help them become all-round talents with both political integrity and professional competence.

Article 6 Supervisors should be concerned about the ideological trends of graduate students, strengthen humanistic care and psychological counseling, pay close attention to their academic pressure, employment pressure and physical and mental health, and teach them to keep a balance between between ideals, career and personal interests. Supervisors should also provide timely and effective guidance on how to address problems and actual difficulties encountered in the study, life, research and personal development of graduate students, and build a harmonious teacher-student relationship.

Article 7 Supervisors should foster the global vision, patriotism and dedication of graduate students, and enhance their sense of social responsibility. Besides, supervisors should help graduate students develop their career planning, encourage them to combine their personal development with the needs of the country and the whole nation, support and encourage them to be employed in key industries and critical sectors, participate in various social practice and volunteer activities, and realize their values in serving the people and contributing to the society.

Chapter Three: Academic integrity

Article 8 Supervisors should follow academic standards, abide by academic ethics, consciously uphold fairness and justice, help keep a clean and sound academic environment, and set an example in academic integrity and research ethics. They should exert an edifying influence on graduate students with diligence, steady work style and dedication to science and technology, and establish a sound academic style of rigorous scholarship, diligence, truth-seeking and innovation.

Article 9 Supervisors should cultivate the postgraduates' rigorous scholarship and the scientific spirit of pursuing truth and pragmatism, and teach them to abide by the academic ethics. Supervisors should also educate the students on academic standards and professional ethics throughout the training of graduate students, including freshman orientation, course study, scientific research and dissertation writing, so that the students can be familiar with the dissertation writing standards, rules of literature review in academic research, citation format, and rules for the presentation of arguments, investigation and punishment of violations.

Article 10 Supervisors shall carefully review and check on the dissertations and academic papers of graduate students, so as to prevent the academic misconducts such as plagiarism, data fraud and false attribution.

Chapter Four: Training Process

Article 11 Supervisors should ensure that they invest enough time and energy in providing timely and effective guidance to graduate students, enhance their creativity and ability to innovate, and stimulate their innovation potential.

Article 12 Supervisors should communicate with graduate students on a regular basis to establish a good mechanism for student-teacher interaction. Regular research seminar system and other communication and seminar platforms are encouraged to be established.

Article 13 Supervisors should help the graduate students make scientific and reasonable training plans based on the philosophy of individualizing teaching approaches to each one's aptitude and personalized training, make overall arrangements for hands-on and scientific research activities, and regularly check the implementation of the training plans.

Article 14 Supervisors should help the graduate students determine their academic interests and research topics and write thesis proposals. When determining research topics, the knowledge structure, capacity for work and academic schedules of graduate students should be considered in an integrated manner so as to keep a balance between research tasks and the all-round development of graduate students.

Article 15 Graduate students are encouraged and supported to participate in academic and professional practice activities both at home and abroad to improve their ability to deliberate on research, conduct academic exchanges, innovate and start businesses.

Article 16 The University should optimize the conditions for postgraduate training, build a sound academic atmosphere and research platforms, and provide financial support for postgraduates in accordance with relevant regulations. It should also create favorable conditions for postgraduates to engage in innovative scientific research, publish research findings and encourage and guide them to publish first-rate research findings.

Article 17 Supervisors shall conscientiously perform the duty of advising on and checking on the dissertations, provide adequate guidance on topic selection, innovation and writing standards for graduate students, strengthen the inspection of their research and dissertation progress, and strictly check the quality of their dissertations. Before the dissertations are submitted for approval, supervisors shall carefully review them and make objective evaluations. Dissertations that fail to meet the relevant requirements do not qualify for examination and approval.

Article 18 The University should pay close attention to the selection of outstanding students and the supervision of all aspects of postgraduate training, conduct whole-process quality monitoring, help students choose specific majors at an earlier date, expel postgraduates who are not suitable for further training, and ensure the quality of postgraduate training.

Chapter Five: Evaluation of Supervisors

Article 19 The evaluation and check-up mechanism is established, which establishes morality, imparting knowledge and educating people as the core. Each School shall formulate methods to evaluate the performance of supervisors in accordance with the characteristics and actual situation of the Discipline, and establish a science-based, equitable, just and open evaluation system.

Article 20 SJTU encourages the combined evaluation of the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee, instructional supervisors, graduate students, and supervisors themselves with the annual assessment as a basis, and conduct objective and fair check-up and assessment of the implementation of supervisors' responsibility for moral education.

Article 21 Supervisors who pass the assessment are eligible for the next year's recruitment. Those who are basically qualified or unqualified will be suspended from recruitment.

Article 22 The University shall give full play to the appraisal, guidance, encouragement and education functions of the check-up and evaluation mechanism, and take the results as an important basis for title evaluation, job promotion, performance-related pay, and excellence evaluation. The University shall commend and award those who perform their duties conscientiously in accordance with these regulations and distinguish themselves in moral education, and promote the experience of excellent supervisors and teams.

Article 23 For supervisors who do not perform their duties following these regulations or perform their duties ineffectively, have difficulty in ensuring the quality of graduate training, and face the following situations may be evaluated as "Unqualified". In addition to suspension of recruitment, they may be called for regulatory talks or even disqualified as supervisors, depending on the severity of the case.

1. There are major problems in terms of academic integrity, faculty-student relations, etc.

2. The dissertations of the graduate students under his/her supervision did not pass the random spot checks of the Ministry of Education and Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.

3. The graduate students under his/her supervision commit acts of academic dishonesty in terms of their dissertations.

4. A high proportion of graduate students under his/her supervision delay graduation or quit school, with specific criteria to be determined by the college.

5. A high proportion of graduate students under his/her supervision are listed as degree conferral review targets, the details of which are determined by the each School.

6. Failure to pay graduate students research assistantships and other allowances in accordance with SJTU regulations.

7. Other education-related issues determined by each School.

Article 24 For supervisors who violate teacher's ethical principles, in addition to the above punishments, they should also be given others according to the law and regulations.

Chapter Six: Supplementary Provisions

Article 25 Supervisors who are unable to perform their supervisory duties for various reasons should go through the corresponding procedures as required.

1. If the supervisor fails to perform duties for more than one month or less than six months, he/she should entrust other supervisors to take over his/her duties or ask the Discipline or School to assign a suitable one to be responsible for the supervision of graduate students.

2. If the supervisor is unable to perform his/her duties for more than half a year (including half a year), he/she should apply to the School (Department) in advance for a change of supervisor and supervisory group and go through the relevant procedures according to the regulations.

3. In special circumstances such as supervisors' poor performance of their duties or failure to fulfill their supervisory responsibilities for no reason, or serious teacher-student conflicts, the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of the school to which they belong shall bring about changes in supervisors or supervisory group of their graduate students, or designate the Discipline responsible for the supervision of their graduate students and file a record to the Graduate School.

Article 26 Supervisors should support the work related to graduate education, actively participate in the graduate education reform in the University and each School, and make timely suggestions on the problems that arise when training graduate students.

Article 27 These regulations are subject to interpretation by the Graduate School and come into effect since their release. The previous “SJTU Teaching Codes for Supervisors of Graduate Students” is abolished simultaneously.

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