Section 9.1: General Information

Graduate assistantships are considered primarily as a form of financial aid to help students complete graduate school.  Assistantship duties should not interfere unduly with academic studies but rather contribute to them.  Graduate assistants should work on projects that contribute to their intellectual growth and degree goals, and should progress through their programs at a reasonable rate.  A full-time assistantship appointment is for a maximum of 50% time to allow students to make expeditious progress toward their degree.  Assistantships for more than 50% time, or two concurrent assistantships totaling more than 50% time, require the prior approval of the student’s advisor, the department chair/school director, the academic college dean and the dean of Graduate Studies.