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GA appointments complement formal instruction and give the student experience in teaching, research, or administrative activities.
GA responsibilities should not interfere with a student’s reasonable progress toward completion of the graduate degree.
A graduate student’s principal objective is to earn a graduate degree. The graduate school recognizes that paid apprentices for research, teaching or service activities at the university can form an enriching experience for graduate students. This section summarizes the major types of paid apprenticeships for graduate students, graduate associate (GA) appointments. In addition, during their program of study some graduate students can support themselves directly through external sources. These include federal aid and loans, sponsorships and scholarships provided by entities external to the university, (summarized in
Benefits for 50% (and greater) GA Appointments
All graduate associateships include the following benefits:
- Payment of a student’s
general/instructionaland learning technology fees, and resident or nonresident tuition
- Payment of 85% of
Student Health Insurance premium Summer Fee Authorization Time Off
- Short-Term Leaves and Leaves of
Absence Military Leave
- Access to "B" (staff)
parking permits Workers’ Compensation
- Access to the
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)
Graduate associates appointed for autumn semester will receive their first paycheck at the end of August. GAs on a nine-month appointment will receive one-half of a month’s paycheck in August and one-half in May.
Payroll deductions for student health benefits and other student service fees will occur in four installments for both autumn semester and spring semester. Deductions will be reflected in September through December paychecks for autumn semester and January through April paychecks for spring semester. For summer term, deductions will be reflected in June and July paychecks.
All graduate associates must receive clear, complete, and written information about the terms and conditions of their appointments. Continued regular, clear communication between graduate associates and their supervisors is critical to establishing and maintaining a positive and productive environment.
All GA-appointing units are required to use the Graduate School's standard GA Appointment Document for new and renewed GA appointments. Individualized offer letters are also an important part of the graduate student recruitment process. Offer letters should reflect the particular culture and values of the appointing unit and should refer to the GA Appointment Document.
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* Post-candidacy students typically enroll in three hours. Post-candidacy students who wish to take more than three hours should speak with their graduate program.
Appointment as a GA contributes to the overall objective of earning a graduate degree by providing an apprenticeship experience along with financial support. This apprenticeship complements formal instruction and gives the student practical and personal experience that can be gained only by performing instructional, research, or administrative activities. It is expected that GA responsibilities will not interfere with a student’s reasonable progress (
Petitions about GA appointments are considered by the Graduate Studies Committee, the Graduate School, or the head of the appointing unit, depending on the nature of the petition. The Graduate School considers eligibility petitions from students who wish to hold a GA appointment but who are on probation, not maintaining reasonable progress toward a degree, or need to take non-graduate courses. The GSCC or head of the appointing unit considers petitions concerning waiver of rules established by the appointing unit.
First Four-Week Summer Session
A typical graduate associate appointment is for autumn and spring semesters. However, work patterns are determined locally, and they may vary due to the first four-week summer session.
If the first four-week summer session is part of a GTA’s established teaching load, for example, no additional pay is required. Alternatively, GTAs who have fulfilled their teaching obligations during autumn and spring semesters may be hired on supplemental appointments to teach during that session.
Other Information About Appointments
All GAs must meet the following eligibility requirements: