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July 1, 2016

 TO:                 Vice Presidents, Directors, Deans, Chairpersons & Area Supervisors

FROM:           John D. Patterson, Vice President for Administration & Campus Life

SUBJECT:      Graduate Assistants

 All Graduate Assistants (GAs) shall be appointed using the GUS Electronic Appointment Process. GAs cannot begin working until the Budget Office has approved the appointment and the student has signed the contract available in GUS. First-time GAs must complete an I-9 form in Human Resource Services within three days of their start date.

 Instructional Graduate Assistants (GTAs)

 The academic salary will be $5,500 plus a 100% fee waiver of tuition charges for all full time appointments. Departments paying a different salary have obtained prior approval by the Provost. Students on less than full time appointments will pay the portion of the tuition not covered by the appointment at their assigned resident rate, pay appropriate campus privilege fees, and other instructional fees.

 Academic Year Appointment is August 15, 2016 through May 13, 2017 - $275 for 20 bi-weekly periods ($5,500) with checks beginning September 9, 2016 and ending June 2, 2017.

 Fall Semester Only Appointment is August 15, 2016 through December 17, 2016 - $305.55 for 9 bi-weekly periods ($2,750) with checks beginning September 9, 2016 and ending December 30, 2016.

 Spring Semester Only Appointment is January 17, 2017 through May 13, 2017 - $305.55 for 9 bi-weekly periods ($2,750) with checks beginning February 10, 2017 and ending June 2, 2017.

                                                                                                         

Non-Teaching/Administrative or Research Graduate Assistants

All non-instructional GAs employed full time, 20 hours per week, (.4 time), are not eligible for a tuition waiver but will have their tuition based on resident rates with no campus privilege fees assessed.  Their salary will include the cost of tuition. These appointments are paid the hourly rate of $14.65 during the academic year. Additional GAs may be appointed with restricted fee funding using an appropriate hourly rate. Students appointed for less than a full time position will pay their tuition based on the student’s assigned resident rate, pay appropriate campus privilege fees, and other instructional fees.

Research graduate assistants may or may not have their tuition paid by the granting agency. These appointments will have an appropriate hourly rate depending upon payment of tuition. If the student is paying for their tuition directly, the minimum hourly rate to be paid to the student is $14.65 during the academic year.

Non-instructional assistantships can be appointed for the academic year and/or individual semesters prior to the dates listed for GTAs but cannot begin prior to the end of the preceding semester. These appointments must end at the conclusion of the academic year or semester. Summer appointments can begin at the conclusion of the spring semester with appropriate funding (the hourly rate will be based on the student’s enrollment).