KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
POLICY ON ROLE AND STATUS OF GRADUATE STUDENT APPOINTEES

This document is intended for the guidance of graduate appointees and the graduate unite in order to provide some uniformity in the role and status of these graduate students.

        I. GRADUATE APPOINTEE INVOLVEMENT IN GOVERNANCE

    Graduate appointees shall be represented at appropriate level of university governance in order to insure a healthy exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and admini- stration, and to utilize the valued counsel of graduate students. The principal guideline should be that graduate appointees participate in policy decisions and be excluded from personnel matters.
          A.       Departmental Level
              Curricular Committees
      Graduate appointees shall be represented on curriculum committee. Those who are responsible for teaching a section of a course shall be represented by mem- ber(s) on appropriate course committees. The number of representatives, their qualifications, and their mode of selection shall be determined by the depart- ment. The committee chair shall identify those meetings or parts thereof for which attendance by these persons is not expected.

      Department Meetings
      Graduate appointees shall be invited to and included in general departmental meetings. The department chair shall identify those meetings or parts thereof for which attendance by these persons is not expected.

      Graduate Studies Committee

      Graduate students shall be represented by voting member(s) on Graduate Stu- dies Committees. The number of such students and their qualifications shall be determined by the graduate faculty of the department. They shall be elected by the graduate students in the department. The committee chair shall identify those meetings or parts thereof for which attendance by these persons is not expected.

      All departmental policies affecting graduate appointees (to include grievance procedures, programmatic specifications, and all other policy matters) shall be made available to each graduate appointee at the time of the student's initial enrollment for graduate studies. Graduate appointees shall be notified of modi- fications in departmental policies which occur during the course of their appointment tenure.

          B.       Collegial and Independent-School Level
      Graduate appointees shall be invited to and included in college faculty and committee meetings which are concerned with graduate matters. The dean of the college shall identify those meetings or parts thereof for which attendance by these persons is not expected.
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          C.      University Level

      Faculty Meetings

      Graduate appointees shall be invited to and included in university faculty meet- ings. The President shall identify those meetings or parts thereof for which attendance by these persons is not expected.

      University Graduate Faculty Council

      There shall be voting graduate student members on the University Graduate Faculty Council, as determined by the Council By-Laws.

      II. CATEGORIES FOR SERVICE APPOINTMENTS IN THE GRADUATE SCHOOLS
 
    In order to be eligible for a graduate appointment a student must be enrolled in a specific degree program. A full-time graduate assistant or teaching fellow is expected to devote 49% of the university defined full-time work load per week (or equivalent assignment) in service and to enroll for a minimum of eight credit hours per semester (See Section VII). A half-time graduate assistant or teaching fellow is expected to devote half of the service commitment expected of a full-time appointee per week (or equivalent assignment in service and to enroll for a minimum of eight credit hours per semester. An appointee who has a tuition scholarship only does not have a service commitment. Such an appointee is expected to enroll for a minimum of eight credit hours per semester. An appointee who is in the combined baccalaureate and master's program will enroll for both graduate and undergraduate hours as determined by the student's advisor. Minimum stipends will be determined annually, based upon recom- mendations of the Vice Provost and Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, and the approval of the Provost .

    Appointments or reappointments, including tuition scholarships, are not automatic, but are contingent upon good degree progress and satisfactory performance of duties as determined by the grantor of the stipend.

    The graduate appointments outlined below are intended to provide minimal support to enable a student to spend the maximum amount of time in the pursuit of his/her grad- uate studies with the objective of completing the degree in the shortest amount of time. To this end, it is considered inappropriate for a full-time graduate appointee to be engaged in substantial additional employment other than in an incidental way. Except in unusual circumstances and with the approval of the Dean, a graduate appointee may not hold an additional formal appointment through which the total commitment of ser- vice at Rent State University thus exceeds 20 hours per week.

           A.      University Funded Graduate Appointments
      University funded graduate appointments are graduate assistantships, teaching fellowships, and tuition scholarships available in departmental and college/inde- pendent school graduate offices and may be awarded, competitively, to those students who have made application for an appointment and who are academi- cally eligible. An appointment is intended to provide partial financial support for graduate study

      University Fellowships and Provost's Fellowships are University level awards administered by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies .

      The previously defined service commitment for the graduate assistantship and the teaching fellowship is assigned by the

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