If a student in a graduate assistantship becomes sick, they must not be expected to perform assistantship responsibilities during that time. If they are self-isolating or quarantining and are otherwise feeling healthy, they should work remotely if possible. Units and supervisors should have plans in place to continue classes, research activities, etc. in the student’s absence.
Graduate students and their faculty supervisors/mentors need to stay in routine contact so that assistantship expectations (and modified expectations) can be met.
Flexibility is necessary to adjust students’ responsibilities in case of self-isolation, caregiving, and if campus shifts to remote instruction and research ramp-downs.
If remote teaching, learning, and research become necessary, graduate assistantship contracts should be honored. Students should continue to receive their stipends, which is necessary in order for their health insurance coverage to continue to be subsidized by the University.
GTAs and GIs should have all information about pivoting face-to-face and hybrid classes online should that become necessary.
In case of a campus shift to remote teaching, learning, and research, GRAs/graduate fellows who have responsibilities for laboratories, studio spaces, other research/creative work spaces, and animal care; work as a graduate library assistant; or who work in an administrative unit (e.g., student affairs, Office of Research) should receive instructions from their PI and/or direct supervisor/mentor regarding expectations and responsibilities during this time.