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Problems and Dispute Resolution

Dealing With Obstacles and Conflicts

Whether you're experiencing a gap in funding or a conflict with a professor, UC Davis Graduate Studies is here to help you navigate and overcome obstacles to your academic success. 

We are available to meet with all graduate students individually to discuss any problems or concerns you are experiencing. 

If you are in distress and in need of immediate counseling, mental health staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at (530) 752-2349. 

Your Support Team

Early action is key. If you are experiencing an issue and need help, please email us at and we will promptly refer to you to someone who can assist you.

Depending on the nature of the problem or concern, you may be referred to your senior academic advisor, our staff psychologist, coordinator of career and professional development services, or one of our diversity officers.

Contact Us

Should your situation require additional support, Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, the Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars, can act as an advisor and advocate for graduate students. The Graduate Studies leadership team takes a student-centered approach and can provide help problem solving, identifying resources, and taking formal action if requested by the student.

Additional Resources