GRADUATE ASSISTANT HANDBOOK 2016-2017 ASSISTANT PERFORMANCE/ GRADUATE ASSISTANT RESIGNATION ... Graduate Research Assistant) UNLV: University of Nevada Las Vegas . 1 ... administrative,

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  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT HANDBOOK 2016-2017

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    TABLE OF CONTENTS ...................................................................................................................................... i

    LIST OF TERMS .............................................................................................................................................. v

    DESCRIPTIONS OF GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP CATEGORIES ....................................................................... 1

    WHAT IS A GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP? .................................................................................................. 1

    GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP CATEGORIES AND DESCRIPTIONS ................................................................ 1

    GRADUATE COLLEGE POLICIES ON GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP DUTIES AND EXPECTATIONS .................... 3

    ELIGIBILITY ................................................................................................................................................. 3

    TERMS AND DATES OF APPOINTMENTS ................................................................................................... 3

    APPROPRIATE GA DUTIES ......................................................................................................................... 3

    WORKLOAD ............................................................................................................................................... 3

    ADDITIONAL EMPLOYMENT ...................................................................................................................... 3

    WORKING OVER WINTER, SPRING, AND SUMMER BREAKS ..................................................................... 4

    FALL, SPRING, AND SUMMER SEMESTER CREDIT LOADS ......................................................................... 4

    ADHERING TO POLICIES AND LAWS .......................................................................................................... 4

    APPLICATION & RENEWAL OF ASSISTANTSHIPS ....................................................................................... 5

    NOTIFICATION OF GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS ....................................................................................... 5

    FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES ....................................................................................................................... 5

    DEADLINES FOR APPOINTING A GRADUATE ASSISTANT .......................................................................... 5

    DEADLINES TO ACCEPT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OFFERS ................................................................... 5

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ............................................................................................................................... 6

    CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIP POLICY........................................................................................................ 6

    GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP BENEFITS .......................................................................................................... 8

    STIPEND ..................................................................................................................................................... 8

    OUT-OF-STATE TUITION/ FEES WAIVER .................................................................................................... 8

    GRADUATE COLLEGE STATE-FUNDED GA TUITION/ FEES WAIVER ........................................................... 8

    EXTRAMURALLY FUNDED GA TUITION/ FEES WAIVER ............................................................................. 8

    PROCESSING OF IN-STATE TUITION/ FEE WAIVERS .................................................................................. 8

    PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY .......................................................................................................................... 9

    WAIVER FOR PORTION OF MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE ................................................................ 9

    UNIVERSITY BENEFITS/LEAVE ................................................................................................................. 10

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    SUMMER REGISTRATION FEES ................................................................................................................ 10

    BOOKSTORE DISCOUNT .......................................................................................................................... 10

    FREE STUDENT TICKETS TO UNLV ATHLETIC EVENTS ............................................................................. 10

    IMPORTANT GA INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE ASSISTANTS ....................................... 11

    OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS ................................................................................................................... 11

    DEFINITION OF ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT .......................................................................................... 11

    WHAT IS CONSIDERED FULL-TIME CREDIT HOURS ................................................................................. 11

    EXPIRATION OF ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY ....................................................................... 11

    DOCUMENTS NECESSARY FOR A GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP ................................................................ 11

    SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ..................................................................................................................... 12

    U.S TAXES ................................................................................................................................................ 12

    ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE ASSISTANTS ............... 12

    GRADUATE COLLEGE POLICIES ON GRADUATE ASSISTANT PERFORMANCE .............................................. 14

    ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ..................................................................................................................... 14

    SETTING EXPECTATIONS BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT/HIRING UNIT/ FACULTY SUPERVISOR AND THE

    GRADUATE ASSISTANT ............................................................................................................................ 14

    THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT/ HIRING UNIT/ FACULTY SUPERVISOR ............................................... 14

    ADDRESSING PERFORMANCE ISSUES ..................................................................................................... 14

    TERMINATION POLICY INFORMATION & DIRECTIONS FOR FACULTY AND IMPACTED GA..................... 15

    GA RESIGNATION .................................................................................................................................... 15

    TUITION/FEES UPON TERMINATION OR RESIGNATION ......................................................................... 16

    TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS ...................................................................... 17

    MANDATORY NEW GA ORIENTATION .................................................................................................... 17

    MANDATORY TRAININGS ........................................................................................................................ 17

    TRAINING AND SUPPORT ........................................................................................................................ 17

    HOW TO FIND A GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP ............................................................................................. 19

    STEPS TO FOLLOW IF RECEIVED A GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP: FIRST TIME GRADUATE ASSISTANT ........ 20

    STEPS TO FOLLOW IF RETURNING GRADUATE ASSISTANT ......................................................................... 21

    SUMMER GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS ...................................................................................................... 22

    EXTRAMURALLY FUNDED GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS ............................................................................. 23

    HOW TO REQUEST A GRADUATE ASSISTANT .......................................................................................... 23

    BUDGETING FOR AN EXTRAMURALLY FUNDED GRADUATE ASSISTANT ................................................ 23

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    GRADUATE COLLEGE STATE-FUNDED GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP STIPEND INFORMATION .................... 25

    GA PAYCHECK INFORMATION ................................................................................................................. 25

    GA MINIMUM STIPEND AMOUNTS ........................................................................................................ 25

    FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS .................................................................... 27

    TAXABLE AND NON-TAXABLE ITEMS ...................................................................................................... 27

    GA LOANS ................................................................................................................................................ 27

    FEDERAL INCOME TAX ............................................................................................................................ 27

    FICA ......................................................................................................................................................... 27

    MAXIMUM TIME LIMITS FOR STATE GA FUNDING POLICY ........................................................................ 28

    EFFECTIVE FOR NEW STATE-FU