2:054 Employment of Graduate Assistants
|Austin Peay State
|Employment of Graduate Assistants
It is the policy of Austin Peay State University to employ graduate assistants based on the guidelines detailed below.
The purpose of this policy is to give guidance to the employment and use of graduate assistants at the University.
|Introduction||The University may employ graduate assistants according to the following guidelines
and descriptions. This policy is not intended to be prescriptive of the duties and
responsibilities of graduate assistants, but simply suggest common national practices.
|Workload||Full-time graduate assistants will work a maximum of twenty (20) clock hours per week
and whenever possible, fulfill duties that are in alignment with their education and/or
career aspirations. Duties and responsibilities for graduate assistants tend to differ
between academic departments and non-academic, University areas. It is expected that
graduate assistant supervisors will follow national best practices for their areas
and whenever possible, align the duties and responsibilities with the academic mission
of the chosen field of study of the graduate student. It is the responsibility of
each academic department to determine the best practices used to support student success
of graduate assistants. In general,graduate assistantships fall into three catergories.
As defined by Federal tax-code, graduate teaching assistants, GTAs, and graduate research assistants, GRAs, must adhere to specific duties and responsibilities that are directly linked to their education (Federal tax-code, IRS/ IRC 117(d)). It is the responsibility of the supervisor to ensure the duties and responsibilities adhere to the tax-code, IRS/ IRC 117(d), definitions, which can be found at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-lafa/103901f.pdf.
|Terms of Employment||The specific terms of the employment may be for an academic year, quarter, semester,
fiscal year, or based upon a percentage of full-time assistantship.
|Salary Schedule||The University shall have a salary schedule for graduate assistants that takes into
account the particular needs and priorities of the University.
|Payment||Salary payments should be made on a semi-monthly basis or at a regularly scheduled
time for salary payments to full-time personnel of the University.
APSU Policy 2:054 – Issued: April 20, 2017
President: signature on file