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titleAbout This Policy

Effective Date: July 1984
Last Updated: May 1998 October 2021
Responsible University Office: President's Office
Responsible University Administrator: President

Policy Contact:

Office of the Provost


Graduate students who also serve as teaching assistants in funded roles perform valuable services for the University. Generally teaching assistants (TA's) are assigned to assist the faculty in their teaching. Assistants may be involved in most of the activities related to teaching but are not expected to serve as a replacement for faculty or other staff members. The duties of teaching assistants are normally related to specific work assignments agreed upon by the teaching assistant and his or her supervisor. The spectrum of activities will encompass many of the duties listed below:

  1. Teaching students in recitations or laboratories for no more than two different courses within the same session; 
  2. Grading and recording homework, laboratory reports, or exams; 
  3. Proctoring exams; 
  4. Holding office hours and help sessions for their students; 
  5. Preparing teaching material for their sections; 
  6. Setting up equipment and maintaining laboratories required for their TA assignments; 
  7. Performing administrative tasks to facilitate learning. 

Teaching assistants These roles include Teaching Assistants (TAs), Research Assistants (RAs), Professional Assistants (PAs), Fellows, and Graduate Athletic Assistants (GAAs). Students working in these roles are first and foremost graduate students. Therefore, teaching assistants they and their supervisors should negotiate work schedules that are consistent with the academic careers of the students and take into account the duties listed above. A full-time teaching assistant load (comprising all associated duties) is an average of twelve (12) hours per week for fifty (50) weeks. Students receiving less than full stipend (and appropriate tuition) will have their loads reduced correspondingly.Any other duties assigned require the approval of the appropriate department chair, school dean, and graduate school dean.their students. The duties are normally related to specific work assignments agreed upon by the student and their advisor. Duties that are in addition to those described below require the approval of the appropriate Department Chair, School Dean, and Graduate School Dean. Unless otherwise stated, (1) full tuition provides a maximum of 30 credit hours per academic year; (2) requirements of these roles, aside for the RA and Fellowshops, are up to 20 hours of service per week during the academic year, or 12 hours of service per week during the calendar year; and (3) stipends must be at least minimum wage. 

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Approved July 1984

Editorial Change May 1998

Revised October 2021

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