Duties are assigned by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and Assistant Chair in consultation with the involved Faculty. Faculty-graduate assistant conferences are scheduled at the beginning of each semester, at which time the faculty member in charge of the course carefully defines the responsibilities of the assistants. Appointments of Graduate Assistants are initiated by the Graduate Committee. Grant-supported Research Assistantship appointments are initiated by the research advisor. All such appointments must be authorized by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and the Department Chair. In the case of Research Assistantships, the Department Chair will certify that funds are available from the project director and that any future support by the Department has been planned in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.