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Graduate Assistant Orientation

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Fall 2014 Orientation

  • Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
  • Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Location:Granite State Room, Memorial Union Building (MUB)

This is a mandatory program for all newly appointed graduate assistants and fellows (as well as those who hold an appointment but have not yet been able to attend an orientation). A Required Forms Session, during which time students may submit their I-9, W4, and other government forms, will immediately follow orientation.

The orientation program will provide the necessary tools to succeed in meeting the demands of a graduate assistantship. The orientation does not have all the answers, but we hope that it helps graduate assistants to ask the right questions. The most important resource to graduate assistants is their faculty adviser. The Graduate School, department staff, and fellow students can be helpful and offer additional assistance as well. Ultimately, graduate assistants will create their own path for negotiating the demands of study, work, and personal life.

Fall 2014 Required Forms Session

This session will immediately follow orientation and will allow time for students to submit their I-9, W4, and other government forms. Please have your driver's license AND social security card or passport ready. Criminal Background Checks are conducted for all graduate appointees who commence their duties after July 1, 2008.

  • Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
  • Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Location: Strafford Room, Memorial Union Building

Responsibilities & Resources

The role of a graduate assistant complements the student's academic program as well as makes additional demands. Assistantship responsibilities will bring graduate assistants into contact with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. It is expected that graduate assistants follow the advice of the faculty adviser and assistantship supervisor (not always the same person), respond to the demands of fellow graduate and undergraduate students, and meet the expectations and standards of the faculty within the program. There is a challenge to finding the right balance between academic studies, personal life, and assistantship obligations as a graduate assistant.

Graduate Assistant Documents

Graduate Assistant Community and Services Information

All documents and links have been provided by the respective organization, office or department. If you have any questions or concerns about these documents, and your responsibilities as a graduate assistant, please contact your department or the graduate school (grad.school@unh.edu).