- Departmental Office Space
Students funded by the Department will typically receive office space.
Office space should be kept neat and clean. Bicycles should not be parked
inside buildings or in your office. Each summer is a difficult time because
of the reallocation of office space required by the arrival of new graduate
students and faculty members, and students are expected to cooperate in
the moving process. Students who will be out of town during the summer
months should pack their belongings in labeled boxes so these can be
moved as necessary when new occupants arrive.
- Computers and Printers
Computers and printers are available in the Department’s Computer Lab.
Each student is allotted 800 pages
for printing in each Fall and Spring semester, and 500 pages in the
Summer. Those teaching in any given semester will have a quota of 1000
pages. The Department’s IT staff in Room 3108 can help with this.
Students may obtain additional pages for their printing quota if the
chair of their Advisory Committee or the Director of Graduate Programs
provides a letter supporting this request to the IT staff.
Students with school work (homework, research, teaching) have a higher
priority than internet or e-mail users, and students with a lower
priority should yield as necessary to students with a higher priority.
- Address/phone number/email address
Each student is required to furnish the department with a current phone
number, street address and email address in case of an emergency and for
routine announcements. The email address must be the university
email address (i.e,, not hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc). Please keep
this information current -- let the department staff know if there is
any change. Finally, students leaving town for 1 week or more
should let the department staff know of your absence, how you can be
reached, and when you expect to return.
- Mail Room/Email Account
Students are responsible for information conveyed to them via their
Department mail box and their University email account. The
Department considers a note left in your mailbox or an email to your
University email account to be an official notification to you.
Students must file a travel Travel and leave Leave form in advance of
any travel if they are traveling on university business and intend to
request reimbursement from the University for travel expenses.
Travel and leave requests must be approved by the Department Head.
Students are usually required to be on University funding in order to
receive travel reimbursement. Students are strongly advised to
check with the appropriate department staff before
making travel plans or incurring travel expenses. The University
has many regulations regarding expenses that can be reimbursed, and
students are responsible making sure that any expenses incurred are
eligible for reimbursement. The department has a policy document and
application form if you want to request departmental reimbursement of
your travel expenses. Remember: You must apply for reimbursement prior
to your travel.
- Dress Code
The Department recommends that teaching assistants exercise good
judgment and dress neatly when acting as classroom instructor. Ties and
similar formal attire are not required. However, teaching is a
profession and teaching assistants should dress accordingly. The
Department suggests an attire sometimes called ‘business casual.’
The Department believes the following attire is inappropriate for
teaching assistants: tank tops, T-shirts, shorts, sweat pants,
flip-flops, and bare feet. If you have questions in this context please
feel free to visit with the Director of Undergraduate Programs.
- Registration Information
- If you are graduating in August, you can register during the first
or second summer session. If you are graduating in December and lack only
your research hours, you do not have to register during the summer.
- You do not have to register for the summer to satisfy continuation
registration requirements. Continuation registration only applies to Fall
and Spring semesters.
- If your thesis/dissertation has been cleared by the Thesis Clerk
prior to the beginning of the semester, you do not have to register.
- To register for more than the maximum course load allowed i.e. 15
in Spring/Fall, 10 in the 10-week summer term, or 6 in each 5-week
summer term, you will have to obtain approval from the Office of
Graduate Studies by filing a petition.