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GRA, GTA, and GA Appointments: General Guidelines and Eligibility

Policy
Purpose: 

To describe the principles and eligibility requirements that govern GRA, GTA, and GA appointments at KU.

Applies to: 

Graduate Research Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, Appointing Officers

Campus: 
Lawrence
Policy Statement: 

The following premises and eligibility requirements govern all Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), and Graduate Assistant (GA) appointments at the University of Kansas, Lawrence:

Principles:

  1. Individuals who enroll in graduate educational programs at the University of Kansas do so in order to attain specific educational goals. It is the University’s responsibility to help ensure that graduate students attain their academic goals in a reasonable amount of time and move on to the next stage in their careers, whether to another advanced degree program or to professional employment.
  2. When departments and schools offer GRA, GTA, or GA appointments, the assistantships must contribute to the training experience of the graduate student.
  3. GRA, GTA, and GA responsibilities should be in balance with the student’s responsibilities to the graduate program. For salaried appointments of 50% (0.5 FTE), the expectation is that the assigned duties will average no more than 20 hours per week during the semester. For hourly appointments of 50% (0.5 FTE), assigned duties should require 20 hours per week during the semester. For appointments at other percentages, the number of hours per week must be proportional to the appointment percentage.

Appointment Limits:

GTA appointments shall not normally exceed 50% (0.50 FTE). GTA appointments in excess of 0.50 FTE must be approved by Graduate Studies or by the Dean's Office of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in advance of an appointment offer and will be approved only in extraordinary circumstances. See the Memorandum of Agreement between The University of Kansas and the Board of Regents and the American Federation of Teachers - Kansas (Representing Graduate Teaching Assistants at the University of Kansas, Lawrence).

GRA appointments may be made up to 72.5% (0.725 FTE).

GA appointments shall not normally exceed 50% (0.50 FTE). GA appointments in excess of 50% (0.50 FTE) must be approved by Graduate Studies in advance of an appointment offer and will be approved only in special circumstances.

Although GRA, GTA, and GA appointments in excess of 50% (0.50 FTE) have the undesirable potential to extend time towards degree, GRA appointments and combined GRA/GTA or GRA/GA appointments of up to 72.5% (0.725 FTE) may be approved so long as the GTA or GA component of the appointment does not exceed 50% (0.50 FTE). (Please see exceptions/special circumstances section for more information.) Departments are expected to monitor appointments in excess of 50% (0.50 FTE) to ensure that the graduate students’ assistantship assignments enhance their academic preparation and do not interfere with progress towards degree.

Eligibility Requirements:

Graduate Teaching Assistant Appointment Eligibility

Graduate Research Assistant Appointment Eligibility

Graduate Assistant Appointment Eligibility

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

GTA, GRA or GA appointments above 72.5% (0.725 FTE), or combined appointments above 72.5%, must additionally be authorized by the appropriate dean(s) or vice provost(s) in accordance with the policy on Student Employee Eligibility Requirements and Appointment Limits. Exceptions for GTA appointment limits must comply with the provisions of the GTA Memorandum of Agreement.

Contact: 

Graduate Studies
213 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-8040
graduate@ku.edu

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Office
200 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-3662
coga@ku.edu

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Monday, June 1, 1998
Effective on: 
Monday, June 1, 1998
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Keywords: 
GTA Appointments, GRA Appointments, GA Appointments, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, Graduate Assistants
Review, Approval & Change History: 

June 1, 1998: These general guidelines were first promulgated in the “University of Kansas, Lawrence Policies and Guidelines for GTA and GRA Appointments”.
June 17, 2005 and May 23, 2007: These guidelines were updated by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor on.
August 11, 2011: These guidelines were updated by Graduate Studies and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.
January 13, 2014: Made technical edits to related document links.
July 2014: Minor edits were made to reflect appointment limits in the Student Employee Eligibility Requirements and Appointment Limits policy.
October 15, 2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
June 17 2016: Technical edits for process clarification; compliance with the gender neutralization initiative. - ARG
November 29 2016: Policy Revision approved 10/25/2016 by Stuart Day - ARG

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