Academic and Student Life

Guideline for the Employment of Graduate Students

GUIDELINE FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

Revised February 1, 2017

Purpose

The purpose of this guideline is to clarify federal regulations, state law, and university policy pertinent to the employment of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. Units that seek to employ graduate students should be careful to use the appropriate employment mechanism considering the nature of the work and the tax implications for the student.

Existing Law and Policy

The University defines graduate assistants as graduate students “who provide teaching or research support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program,” and requires that all assistantships be administered through an academic department. (See https://grad.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2114/2016/05/Definitions-GA.pdf.)

This definition is intended to align with the federal Tax Code Section 117(c), which provides that scholarships and tuition reductions are taxable income to the student (and thus potentially subject to withholding like wages) when they represent “payment for teaching, research or other services by the student required as a condition for receiving” the scholarship or tuition reduction.

That statute also, however, provides a narrow and specific exception for a graduate student at a college or university “who is engaged in teaching or research activities for such organization” (§ 117(d)(5)). This provision allows the University to provide Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants their tuition waivers tax-free. In cases where Graduate Assistants are not engaged in teaching or research activities for the University, IRS guidance requires the University to withhold extra taxes from these Graduate Assistants’ paychecks as though they were paid the waiver in cash, less an allowable exclusion of $5,250 per calendar year.

In addition, state law requires the University to waive tuition for Graduate Assistants (Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 10a-105).

Employment of graduate students

There are several mechanisms by which units can employ graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The following chart illustrates the appropriate mechanism for hiring a graduate student, as described in more depth below, along with guidance about when each is appropriate.

 

 

Title Function Timeframe Payroll
Graduate Assistant (GEU-UAW) Graduate students who provide teaching or research support to the University as part of his/her academic program Academic Year Graduate Payroll
Graduate Special Payroll Lecturer (GEU-UAW) Graduate students who are serving as the instructor of record. Summer and Winter Intersession Special Payroll
Graduate Instructional Specialists (GEU-UAW) Graduate students who are appointed to work in an instructional support capacity Summer and Winter Intersession Special Payroll
Graduate Student Technician (GEU-UAW) Graduate students who are performing research activities for the University Summer and Winter Intersession Special Payroll
Student Labor Graduate students who are performing a wide-range of functions (administrative, social services, library, maintenance, etc) At any point Student Payroll
Work Study Graduate students who are participating in the federal need-based financial aid work program. At any point Student Payroll
Interns and Fellows Graduate students who perform work as part of their academic programs typically outside the University and typically for course credit in their program of study Academic Year Graduate Payroll

 

Graduate assistantships – Academic Year

During the academic year, Graduate Assistants receive a tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance in exchange for performing teaching, research, or other duties for the university. Graduate Assistants are members of the GEU-UAW bargaining unit and their employment is governed by the collective bargaining agreement effective July 1, 2015.

Graduate Assistants are expected to work an average of twenty hours per week (considered a “full GA,” or a 100% appointment). Occasionally, units may appoint a Graduate Assistant for less than twenty hours per week, typically fifteen hours (a 75% appointment) or ten hours (a 50% appointment). Under state law, these Graduate Assistants receive a full waiver of their tuition despite their reduced work hours, and thus the University expects units to use these partial appointments very judiciously only to meet special needs, such as to align with the timeline of a research grant or to cover an unexpected teaching need.

As a consequence of the University’s definition of a Graduate Assistant, it is the University’s expectation that all Graduate Assistants will have assignments that substantially involve work that supports the teaching or research missions of the University, or both. Thus, Graduate Assistants are usually assigned as Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants or a combination of the two. Since the University’s teaching mission involves a large array of activities beyond traditional classroom instruction, Graduate Assistants may also be assigned to support implementation of instructional technologies, advising programs, cultural programs, learning communities, and other co-curricular activities.

Graduate assistantships – Summer and Winter Intersession

Graduate students who perform teaching or research activities for the University as part of an academic program during the summer months or the winter intersession are also governed by the GEU-UAW collective bargaining agreement and are hired through special payroll. Graduate Assistants in the summer or intersession who serve as the instructor of record should be hired as Graduate Special Payroll Lecturers. Graduate Assistants who are providing various levels of instructional support should be hired as Graduate Instructional Specialists. Graduate Assistants who are providing research functions should be hired as Graduate Student Technicians. Detailed information about summer graduate student titles is available at: http://hr.uconn.edu/special-payroll-manual-offer-letters-forms.

Graduate assistantships – Not Substantially Related to Meeting Teaching and Research Missions

When a unit seeks to offer work to a graduate student that is not substantially related to meeting teaching or research needs, the University expects units to use one of the mechanisms described below (student labor, or work study,) to employ that student. In particular, work that is predominantly administrative in nature should be accomplished through these means.

There may be exceptional cases when a unit determines that a graduate assistantship is the best means to appoint a student even though the student’s work will not substantially involve teaching or research. While inconsistent with University definitions and expectations, Federal regulations do not prohibit Graduate Assistants from performing duties other than as Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants. If a unit seeks to employ a Graduate Assistant for work other than teaching or research, the unit must obtain permission to do so from the Dean of the Graduate School. Further, the unit must inform the student in the appointment offer letter that the tuition waiver they will receive is likely to be taxable, and thus their stipend will be subject to withholding. Units should also be aware that these Graduate Assistants will be members of the GEU-UAW bargaining unit and thus covered by the collective bargaining agreement.

Student labor

According to the University’s policies and procedures related to student employment, graduate students may be employed as temporary, non-exempt hourly workers. These graduate students are not considered Graduate Assistants, and should not be coded or compensated as GAs, RAS, or TAs, and are not covered by the collective bargaining agreement. They may fulfill positions requiring various levels of skill and experience, from trainee-level jobs to supervisory and highly technical jobs. These jobs may support a wide range of University functions, including research, administration, information technology, fiscal management, library, maintenance, recreation/athletics, social services, academic services, public services, and the arts. The job duties, work hours, and schedules of graduate students employed on the student labor payroll are set by the hiring department. Levels of pay follow a set schedule depending on job requirements. Students on student labor receive bi-weekly paychecks for hours worked. Generally, it is expected that full-time students work no more than twenty hours per week, except during breaks when it is expected they will work no more than forty hours per week. Detailed information about student employment is available at http://studentjobs.uconn.edu/employment-guide/.

Work-study

Work-study is a federal need-based financial aid work program that allows students (including graduate students) to earn money to meet educational expenses as temporary, non-exempt hourly workers. These graduate students are not considered Graduate Assistants, and should not be coded or compensated as GAs, RAS, or TAs, and are not covered by the collective bargaining agreement. The jobs and levels of pay are the same as those available through student labor, but these are funded 75 percent by financial aid awards made by Office of Student Financial Aid Services and 25 percent is centrally funded. Work hours and schedules depend on job requirements and are set by the hiring department, and work-study students receive bi-weekly paychecks for hours worked. The total number of hours a work-study student has available to work is dictated by the pay rate associated with their job and the amount of the student’s work-study award. Once the award is exhausted, a unit may continue to fund and employ the student in the same job on the student labor payroll. Detailed information about student employment is available at http://studentjobs.uconn.edu/employment-guide/.

Interns and fellows

As defined in University policy, an internship is an experiential job placement designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a student and enhance their employability. Interns perform work as part of their academic programs, typically in an entity outside the university and typically for course credit in their program of study. Graduate students appointed as interns are not Graduate Assistants, and should not be coded or compensated as GAs, RAs, or TAs. To aid graduate interns in the pursuit of their studies, the University may provide scholarships to cover their tuition and/or health insurance. Additionally, interns may occasionally receive compensation for services they perform for their host organization, which, when administered by the University, is paid through Payroll and subject to tax withholding.

A fellowship is awarded to a graduate student to pursue his or her academic program, but does not require the student to do work for the University. Graduate fellows may receive funding from the University or another source that may cover their tuition and provide stipends and health insurance.

Under certain conditions, scholarships (including health insurance subsidies) provided to interns and fellows may be taxable. In cases where a student is provided a scholarship or tuition waiver that is not connected to employment, however, the University is has no general obligation to report the scholarship income or withhold any tax, except in limited cases involving international students. For the majority of students, it is entirely up to the student to claim scholarship income on his or her tax return.

Academic Affairs Policies and Protocols, Policy on

Title: Academic Affairs Policies and Protocols, Policy On
Policy Owner: Office of the Provost
Applies to: All units that report to the Provost Office
Campus Applicability: UConn (Storrs & Regional Campuses) and UConn Health
Effective Date: June 13, 2022
For More Information, Contact Office of the Provost
Contact Information: (860) 486-4037, provost@uconn.edu
Official Website:  http://provost.uconn.edu/

BACKGROUND

The policy bolsters the University Policy on Policies, by setting standards for Academic Affairs units (i.e., school/college, campus, department, division, and other units therein) to develop policies. The aim is to ensure that:

  • each Academic Affairs unit has an established and documented process for developing, approving, revising, promulgating, decommissioning, and archiving policies.
  • the format and presentation of policies is consistent;
  • conflicts between policies are minimized;
  • all policies required by the UConn-AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement or the Provost’s Office are up to date and represent best practices;
  • a complete set of Academic Affairs policies exists; is reviewed regularly, and is accessible to the UConn, unit-specific, or campus-specific community;
  • policies are archived; and
  • practices used in all Academic Affairs units and UConn campuses are transparent.

PURPOSE

To establish standards for the development, approval, revision, decommissioning of Academic Affairs policies and protocols administered by units (e.g., schools/colleges, regional campuses, department, divisions, centers, and institutes) that report to the Provost Office.

DEFINITIONS

Policy Owner: The unit, unit head (e.g., Dean, Campus Director), and/or designee (e.g., Associate Dean, Department Head, director) responsible for authoring, implementing, maintaining and monitoring a policy. This may include more than one units. However, generally, it should not exceed two.

Academic Affairs Unit Policy: An Academic Affairs unit policy guides the decisions and actions of a unit that reports to the Provost Office. It may supplement a University Policy. It outlines requirements and restrictions and establish standards, rights, and responsibilities that generally apply to the members under its specific charge (e.g., school/college, campus, department, or division/unit). These policies meet the following criteria:

  • The unit head has sanctioned it;
  • It has broad application within the unit.
  • It is a governing principle for both established and future activities of the unit;
  • It references, adheres to, and does not conflict with policies established by the University or an upper-administrative level; and
  • It is published in an official university venue that is accessible to the members of the unit as well as members of upper-level administration.

Unit policies are developed in accordance with the University Policy Template.

Policy/Protocol Promulgation: To publish or officially announce the adoption of a particular policy or protocol to the community. A policy is promulgated by publication to the official venue for posting approved policies.

Protocol: Establishes standards methods for implementing approved policies.  If a policy is “what” the institution or unit does, its protocols are “how” it carries out a policy’s requirements.  Three types of protocols are defined below.

  • Guideline: Recommended guidance or additional information used to support policies and procedures, industry best practice, or intended to educate the workforce on how to achieve a desired outcome.
  • Process: A high-level overview that provides a road map for how a task will be accomplished.
  • Procedures: Operational processes established for the implementation of policies. If a policy is “what” the institution does, its procedures are “how” it carries out the requirements of a policy. Non-compliance with, or violation of, procedures may result in disciplinary action. Procedures
    • outline required actions by objective and/or job function;
    • state clearly and succinctly the step-by-step instructions that must be followed to implement policy effectively;
    • specify the structure to enforce the policy.

Revision, Editorial: Includes modifications related to spelling, grammar, format, and updates to hyperlinks or URLs, contact information, references, titles of individuals and organizations.

Revision, Non-substantive: Includes modifications intended to enhance clarity without changing the intent of the policy, such as adding or modifying definitions, rearranging or re-wording sentences without changing their meaning or the policy’s requirements for compliance.

Revision, Substantive: Includes significant modifications to the nature and/or scope of the policy that affect its requirements, principles, or intent.

Stakeholders: Member of the unit with the expertise in the subject matter of the policy, or whose operations will be significantly affected by the policy.

POLICY STATEMENT

All Academic Affairs units that report to the Provost Office shall establish a process to develop, maintain record of, revise, decommission, and archive unit-specific policies and protocols to guide the conduct of the unit and to promulgate policies to appropriate stakeholders. All policies must be in writing, utilizing the University’s Policy Template, and must be posted on the official venue for posting approved policies. All approved unit-specific policies are in effect until they are officially revised or decommissioned, and archived.

In rare circumstances, the Units may determine that it is appropriate to make exceptions to a policy on a case-by-case basis, in which event the Unit is not required to make the same exception again. However, records of exceptions, including their justification, must be maintained.

All concerns or questions regarding consistency of unit-specific policies with university-wide academic policies or conflicts between existing policies should be directed to the Office of University Compliance for clarification or resolution. Until such time that identified conflicts are resolved, the upper-level policy will govern.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Guideline and Provost’s Office Procedures for the Policy on Academic Affairs Policies and Protocols

REFERENCES

University Policy on Policies

Policy Template

POLICY HISTORY

Policy created:  June 13, 2022 [Approved by President’s Senior Policy Council]

Student Athlete Name, Image, Likeness, Policy On

Title: Student-Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness, Policy On
Policy Owner: University Athletics
Applies to: All Student-Athletes and University Employees
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: June 30, 2021
Last Review Date: May 2, 2022
For More Information, Contact Director of Athletics
Contact Information: (860) 486-2725
Official Website: https://uconnhuskies.com/sports/2021/7/14/uconn-nil-information

PURPOSE

To establish a policy pursuant to which University of Connecticut (“University”) student-athletes are permitted by the University to (1) earn compensation through an endorsement contract or employment in an activity unrelated to an intercollegiate athletic program; and (2) obtain legal or professional representation of an attorney or sports agent through a written agreement, provided that in each case, the student-athlete complies with the terms and conditions of this policy and applicable law.

APPLIES TO

All student-athletes and University Employees.

DEFINITIONS

Athletics booster means a person who directly contributes to a University athletic program.

Compensation means the receipt, whether directly or indirectly, of any cryptocurrency, money, goods, services, other items of value, in kind contributions and any other form of payment or remuneration.

Endorsement contract means a written agreement under which a student-athlete is employed or receives compensation for the use by another party of such student-athlete's person, name, image or likeness in the promotion of any product, service or event.

Intercollegiate athletic program means a program at the University for sports played at the collegiate level for which eligibility requirements for participation by a student-athlete are established by a national association for the promotion or regulation of college athletics.

NCAA means the National Collegiate Athletic Association or its successor.

Official team activities means all games, practices, exhibitions, scrimmages, team appearances, team photograph sessions, sports camps sponsored by the University and other team-organized activities, including, but not limited to, photograph sessions, news media interviews, and other related activities as specified by the University.

Prohibited endorsements means receipt of compensation by, or employment of, a student-athlete for use of the student-athlete's person, name, image or likeness (“NIL”) in association with any product, category of companies, brands, or types of endorsement contracts that are: (1) prohibited by law; (2) prohibited by this policy; or (3) prohibited under the applicable University procedures adopted in accordance with this policy.

Sports agent means a duly licensed person who negotiates or solicits a contract on behalf of a student-athlete in accordance with the Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act, 15 USC 7801, et seq., as amended from time to time.

Student-athlete means a student enrolled at the University who participates in an intercollegiate athletic program.

University marks means the name, logo, trademarks, mascot, unique colors, copyrights and other intellectual property or defining insignia of the University.

POLICY STATEMENT

The University shall permit its student-athletes to (1) earn compensation through an endorsement contract or employment in an activity unrelated to an intercollegiate athletic program and (2) obtain legal or professional representation of an attorney or sports agent through a written agreement, provided that the student-athlete complies with this policy and applicable law.

I. Agreements for Representation by a Sports Agent or an Attorney

    1. A student-athlete may only enter into an agreement for representation with a sports agent if the student-athlete submits a copy of the agreement to the University.
    2. A student-athlete may only enter into an agreement for representation with an attorney if the student-athlete submits a copy of the agreement to the University.

II. Endorsement Contracts and Agreements for Employment Activities

A student-athlete may only enter into an endorsement contract or agreement for other employment activities if:

    1. the student-athlete discloses the existence of the agreement to the University;
    2. the student-athlete submits a copy of the agreement to the University prior to the student-athlete performing any activity or service under the agreement;
    3. the agreement, or any portion thereof, does not conflict with the provisions of any agreement to which the University is a party. In the event that a potential conflict is identified, the University shall disclose to the student-athlete or the student-athlete's attorney or sports agent the provisions of the University agreement that are in conflict; and
    4. the student-athlete is not required to participate or engage in any activity prohibited by Section III of this policy.

 III. Prohibitions

    1. Student-athletes are prohibited from using or consenting to the use of any University marks when performing any services or activity associated with an endorsement contract or employment activity without prior written permission from the University or its authorized designee.[1]
    2. Student-athletes are prohibited from performing any service or activity associated with an endorsement contract or employment activity that interferes with any official team activities or academic obligations.
    3. University employees are prohibited, in their individual capacity, from entering into endorsement contracts with any student-athlete or otherwise providing compensation themselves to a student-athlete in return for NIL services.
    4. University employees, students, and athletic boosters are, to the extent required under NCAA rules, prohibited from creating or facilitating NIL compensation opportunities for prospective student-athletes as a recruiting inducement or current student-athletes as an inducement to remain enrolled at the University.
    5. Student-athletes are prohibited from receiving compensation from, entering into an endorsement contract with, and/or otherwise engaging in an employment activity with companies, brands, products, conduct, and/or entertainment prohibited under University procedures adopted in accordance with this policy.

IV. Procedures

University of Connecticut Student-Athlete’s Name, Image, and Likeness Procedures

ENFORCEMENT
Violations of this Policy or associated procedures may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with state law, University Laws and By-Laws, and Division of Athletics Student Athlete Handbook.

POLICY HISTORY

Policy created effective June 30, 2021 [Approved by the Board of Trustees]

Revisions: May 2, 2022 [Approved by President’s Senior Policy Council]

[1] In accordance with Connecticut law, the University is prohibited from providing any student with written permission until July 1, 2022.

[2] This prohibition extends to communication with family members and others affiliated with prospective students.

Recruitment of Students, Policy On

Title:  Recruitment of Students, Policy On 
Policy Owner: The Division of Enrollment Planning & Management 
Applies to: University Employees, Volunteers, Trainees and Others 
Campus Applicability: All Campuses 
Effective Date: August 23, 2021
For More Information, Contact Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Planning & Management 
Contact Information: (860) 486-1463 
Official Website: https://epm.uconn.edu/

PURPOSE

To ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations regarding ethical recruitment and enrollment activities conducted at the University. Specifically, Section 487(a)(20) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.14, as well as the University’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense.

APPLIES TO

Employees, volunteers, trainees, and other persons whose conduct, in the performance of work for UConn, is under the direct control of UConn, whether or not they are paid by UConn. 

DEFINITIONS

Commission, Bonus, Incentives means a sum of money or something of value, other than a fixed salary or wages, paid to or given to a person or an entity for services rendered.  

Securing enrollments or the award of financial aid means activities that a person or entity engages in at any point in time through completion of an educational program for the purpose of the admission or matriculation of students for any period of time or the award of financial aid to students.

These activities include contact in any form with a prospective student, such as, but not limited to – contact through preadmission or advising activities, scheduling an appointment to visit the enrollment office or any other office of the institution, attendance at such an appointment, or involvement in a prospective student’s signing of an enrollment agreement or financial aid application.

These activities do not include making a payment to a third party for the provision of student contact information for prospective students provided that such payment is not based on: (1) any additional conduct or action by the third party or the prospective students, such as participation in preadmission or advising activities, scheduling an appointment to visit the enrollment office or any other office of the institution or attendance at such an appointment, or the signing, or being involved in the signing, of a prospective student’s enrollment agreement or financial aid application; or (2) the number of students (calculated at any point in time of an educational program) who apply for enrollment, are awarded financial aid, or are enrolled for any period of time, including through completion of an educational program. 

“Entity or person engaged in any student recruitment or admission activity or in making decisions about the award of financial aid” means (1) with respect to an entity engaged in any student recruitment or admission activity or in making decisions about the award of financial aid, any institution or organization that undertakes the recruiting or the admitting of students or that makes decisions about and awards Title IV, HEA program funds; and (2) with respect to a person engaged in any student recruitment or admission activity or in making decisions about the award of financial aid, any employee who undertakes recruiting or admitting of students or who makes decisions about and awards Title IV, HEA program funds, and any higher level employee with responsibility for recruitment or admission of students, or making decisions about awarding Title IV, HEA program funds. 

Enrollment means the admission or matriculation of a student into an eligible institution. 

Inducement means any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item have a monetary value or more than a de minimis amount to any individual, entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing forms. 

Service Member means a current or former member of the uniformed services which includes (a) the armed forces; (b) the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric; and (c) the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service. 

POLICY STATEMENT

The University of Connecticut prohibits the award of any commission, bonus or other incentive payment based in any part, directly or indirectly, upon success in securing enrollments or the awarding of financial aid, to any person or entity who is engaged in any student recruitment, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the awarding of financial assistance.   In accordance with the HEA, this restriction does not apply to the recruitment of foreign students residing in foreign countries who are not eligible to receive Federal student assistance. 

In addition, in accordance with the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, the University will refrain from high-pressure recruitment tactics aimed at Service Members, which includes making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more) including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service Member enrollments. 

ENFORCEMENT
Violations of this policy or associated procedures may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

PROCEDURES/FORMS
Contact the Division of Enrollment Planning and Management with questions 

POLICY HISTORY

Policy created effective: August 23, 2021 [Approved by President’s Senior Team]

Revisions:  November 11, 2021 [Approved by the President]

 

COVID-19 Immunization Record Requirement for Students

Title: COVID-19 Immunization Record Requirement for Students
Policy Owner: Division of Student Affairs
Applies to: All University Students on any UConn Campus
Campus Applicability: All UConn campuses
Effective Date: June 4, 2021
For More Information, Contact Student Health and Wellness Services (SHaW)
Contact Information: https://studenthealth.uconn.edu/
Official Website: https://uconn.edu/

PURPOSE 

To promote the health and safety of the University community and to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among University students, consistent with federal, state and local efforts to minimize outbreaks of COVID-19.

APPLIES TO

All University students at the Storrs and regional campuses who participate in any on- campus activities in person for any reason.

POLICY STATEMENT

All UConn students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Students are required to report vaccination compliance to the University.

International students shall be considered in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement if they have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that has either been authorized for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or been authorized for use outside of the United States by the World Health Organization (WHO).  International students must  present proof of vaccination  in the form of a copy of the WHO Certificate of Vaccination (WHO Vaccine Booklet) or documentation to include a statement signed by a healthcare provider/organization authorized to administer the vaccination attesting to the dates and name of COVID-19 vaccination given.  All documentation must be submitted in English or accompanied by a certified translation at the student’s expense. International students who have received COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by the FDA or WHO will be managed on a case-by-case basis.

Students who receive an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement or who are not fully vaccinated prior to the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester will be required to comply with preventative measures as deemed necessary by the University.  Such measures may include, but not be limited to, a period of modified quarantine, surveillance testing, and mask-wearing.

Exemptions from this policy will be permitted under certain circumstances. To request an exemption, a student must complete the form found here for medical exemptions and here for non-medical exemptions.

The University is authorized to enact rules and/or procedures necessary to effectuate this policy.

ENFORCEMENT

Failure to comply with this policy may result in loss of privileges and/or sanctions.

This policy and any attendant procedures and/or rules may be amended as necessary based on factors such as the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.

POLICY HISTORY

Policy created:  06/04/2021 (Approved by the Board of Trustees)

By-Laws of the Graduate School

Title: By-Laws of the Graduate School
Policy Owner: The Graduate School
Applies to: All Certificate and Graduate Degree Programs
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: 11/16/2019
For More Information, Contact Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School
Contact Information: graduatedean@uconn.edu
Official Website: https://grad.uconn.edu

The Graduate Faculty Council By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations are available for download as a PDF

 

By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the Graduate Faculty Council

Title: By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the Graduate Faculty Council (GFC)
Policy Owner: The Graduate School
Applies to: All Certificate and Graduate Degree Programs
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: July 15, 2022
For More Information, Contact Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School
Contact Information: graduatedean@uconn.edu
Official Website: https://grad.uconn.edu

The Graduate Faculty Council By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations are available for download as a PDF.

Policy History:

Revised 07/15/2022; 06/08/2021; 06/25/2020

Academic Adjustments for General Education Competencies, Policy on

Title: Policy on Academic Adjustments for General Education Competencies: Quantitative Reasoning And/Or Second Language
Policy Owner: University Senate
Applies to: Undergraduate Students
Campus Applicability: All Undergraduate Programs at all Campuses
Effective Date: December 2006
For More Information, Contact:  Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD)
Contact Information:  (860) 486-2020
Official Website: https://csd.uconn.edu/academic-adjustments-for-q-or-second-language/

PURPOSE

The University Senate enacted General Education requirements to ensure that all University of Connecticut undergraduate students become articulate and acquire intellectual breadth and versatility, critical judgment, moral sensitivity, awareness of their era and society, consciousness of the diversity of human culture and experience, and a working understanding of the processes by which they can continue to acquire and use knowledge. A critical element of General Education is demonstrated competency in four fundamental areas –information literacy, quantitative skills, second language proficiency, and writing. The development of these competencies involves two thresholds: establishing entry-level expectations and meeting graduation expectations. In cases involving a significant disability, the graduation expectations for the quantitative skills and/or second language competency may be a barrier to degree completion. The University has established a policy for considering academic adjustments to the University General Education Requirements and individual school/college requirements in an effort to respond to the extraordinary circumstances of students while maintaining academic integrity. In all cases, justification of an academic adjustment requires evidence of the disability’s impact upon the student’s ability to learn the course material.

POLICY STATEMENT

The vast majority of students who experience difficulty in fulfilling the Quantitative Reasoning and/or Second Language Competency will experience success by employing any number of academic support and/or advising strategies. Academic adjustments are only considered for students with disabilities whose documentation and/or educational history provide compelling evidence of an inability to complete graduation expectations so that an academic adjustment is warranted. Each academic adjustment will be based on an individualized, case-by-case assessment and should not compromise the academic integrity of the requirements for a specific major or degree. Academic adjustments may include an exception to an academic rule, such as allowing a student to complete a required course(s) on a pass/fail basis or substituting an alternative course(s) for a required course(s).

The following rules will apply:

  • If quantitative or second language competency is deemed an essential element of a program or
    course of study, then a substitution is not permitted. The question of “essential element” will be
    decided by the Dean or designee of each school or college.
  • Academic adjustments will not reduce the number of courses/credits required to complete General
    Education requirements. Waivers of General Education requirements are never granted.
  • If the student changes his or her school or college of enrollment, academic adjustments will be
    reviewed by the appropriate Dean’s office in the new school or college of enrollment.
  • Academic adjustments will be subject to the eight-year rule.

Students who plan to continue their studies beyond the baccalaureate degree should be advised that approved adjustments may not meet the requirements for admission to a graduate/professional school (e.g., law, medicine, etc.).

Students requesting a course substitution based on disability should contact the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) and register through MyAccess. The CSD will review the student’s request and supporting documentation about the nature of and functional limitations imposed by the disability. if the student qualifies as a student with a disability, the CSD will then engage with them to determine if a substitution is warranted, using a deliberative, iterative process to establish appropriate academic adjustments on an individualized, case-by-case, course-by-course basis. The CSD will also engage with the Dean or designee from their school or college to determine if the requirements under consideration are deemed to be an essential part of the student’s program or course of study. As noted above, if this is the case, a substitution is not permitted. If a substitution is deemed appropriate, the CSD Disability Service Professional (DSP) will notify the student and the Dean or designee from their school or college to discuss appropriate course alternatives. The Dean or designee will be responsible for determining which course(s) will fulfill the degree requirement. The CSD will also notify the Registrar and the Provost of the adjustment at the end of each semester.

At the end of each academic year, the AAC will submit a report on its activities to GEOC. The report will contain the number of cases reviewed in each category, and the outcome of each review.

PROCEDURES

Please visit the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) website at https://csd.uconn.edu/academic-adjustments-for-q-or-second-language/ for the procedure to request an academic adjustment.

POLICY HISTORY

Effective: December 11, 2006
Revisions proposed by the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee October 2017 and Senate Scholastic Standards Committee November 2017 [Approved by the University Senate December 2017]; Revisions proposed by the Senate Scholastic Standards Committee December 2021 and by the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee January 2022 [Approved by University Senate February 7, 2022]

 

Alcoholic Beverage Sales and Service Policy

Title: Alcoholic Beverage Sales and Service, Policy on
Policy Owner: Department of Dining Services
Applies to: Students, Employees, Others
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: October 23, 2017
For More Information, Contact Department of Dining Services or
UConn Health
Contact Information: (860) 486-3128 (Storrs/Regional Campuses)
(860) 679-4177 (UConn Health)
Official Website: http://www.dining.uconn.edu

Purpose

To provide specific requirements for the sale and/or service of alcoholic beverages at University sponsored events.

Scope

This policy does not apply to non-University on-campus entities (such as the University of Connecticut Foundation and the Nathan Hale Inn) or off campus Athletic venues.

Definitions

University Sponsored Events: An official activity, function or meeting operated and/or financially supported by the University of Connecticut, whether on- or off-campus.

Permanent Installation: A permanent foodservice operated by the Department of Dining Services on a Regional Campus.

POLICY STATEMENT

Alcohol Service on University Campuses: The Department of Dining Services is the sole liquor permit-holder on University campuses with a Permanent Installation, and is solely responsible for ensuring the proper service of alcohol at any on-campus University Sponsored Event where a Permanent Installation exists. Campuses with a Permanent Installation must use the Department of Dining Services to serve alcohol. At campuses without a Permanent Installation (except UConn Health) departments must seek approval from the Department of Dining Services to use an alternate service. Requests must be approved in writing by the Department of Dining Services. At UConn Health, requests must be approved in writing by the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, or the Chief Administrative Officer, as appropriate.

Alcohol Service at Off-Campus University Sponsored Events:  If alcohol is to be served at an off-campus University Sponsored Event, the individuals responsible for event planning must ensure that the sale and/or service of alcohol complies with this policy.

Sales and Service of Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages may be possessed, served, sold or consumed at a University Sponsored Event or Permanent Installation only under the following conditions:

  • In no circumstances may alcohol be purchased with University funds or Trustee student organization fees, either directly or indirectly. For example, funds used to purchase food or cover facility fees may never subsidize the purchase of alcohol.
  • Service and sale of alcoholic beverages is covered by an appropriate liquor permit. At campuses with a Permanent Installation, this is the Department of Dining Services’ liquor permit. At campuses without a Permanent Installation, including UConn Health, this is an approved vendor or caterer’s liquor permit.
  • Alcohol servers are TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) certified.
  • Alcoholic beverages are served as a complement to a planned program or event with a legitimate University business purpose.
  • Alcoholic beverage service is accompanied by food service and non-alcoholic beverage alternatives in amounts sufficient for all attendees.

Additional restrictions include:

  • Alcohol service is prohibited in academic buildings while classes are in session in that building. At UConn Health, exceptions must be approved in writing by the appropriate Dean or the Chief Administrative Officer.
  • University employees may not host department meetings or gatherings on campus and supply their own alcohol.
  • At campuses with a Permanent Installation, all alcohol service must be arranged, purchased, and served by the Department of Dining Services. External caterers may not provide alcohol on these campuses.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be served for any group of students of the University, or for any function, where it is reasonable to expect consumption by persons under the age of twenty-one years.

Campuses without the Presence of the Department of Dining Services

If alcohol is to be served at a University Sponsored Event at a campus without a Permanent Installation (except UConn Health), the individuals responsible for event planning must first submit a request for approval to the Department of Dining Services. This form is located at https://dining.uconn.edu/alcohol-request-form/. At UConn Health, requests must be submitted using this form and approved by the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, or the Chief Administrative Officer, as appropriate.

Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the Office of the President. At all times, any entity serving alcohol on campus must have the appropriate liquor permit.

Enforcement

This policy is intended to complement existing University policy regarding alcohol, including but not limited to, the General Rules of Conduct, Student Code, and the University Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Violations of these policies may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.  Depending on the nature and severity of the violations, additional sanctions may be enacted.

Space Management Policy

Title: Space Management Policy
Policy Owner: University Planning, Design & Construction (UPDC)
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability: All campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: June 12, 2017
For More Information, Contact University Planning, Design & Construction (UPDC)
Contact Information: (860) 486-2776
Official Website: https://space.uconn.edu/

REASON FOR POLICY

The availability of facilities and space plays an important role in advancing the mission and goals of the University of Connecticut. It is in the University’s best interest to allocate space in an objective and consistent manner based on the University‘s mission and priorities.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to the Storrs and all regional campuses and designated affiliates or approved units of the University of Connecticut at those campuses. This policy does not apply to UConn Health.

POLICY STATEMENT

All space belongs to the University and is assigned to units, schools, departments or programs based on University’s priorities and the functional requirements of each user group.  The University may reallocate space at any time as needs and priorities change.

Decisions regarding the allocation of occupied and unoccupied space are based on campus and program priorities, Academic and Strategic Plans, the Master Plan for the campus, and overall need.

The President of the University has ultimate authority over space assignments. The Provost, Vice Presidents, and Division of Athletics Director are responsible for allocating and managing space occupied by activities under their control or within their divisions in accordance with the University’s Space Planning Guidelines.

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs has overall responsibility for the equitable and optimal use of academic and research space resources, with final authority over all UConn academic and research space assignments and designations in collaboration with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer has final jurisdiction over all UConn non-academic and non-research spaces in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs except for those spaces identified below.

All space occupied  by the Division of Student Affairs (e.g. Student Union, Recreation Center) will be the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Affairs in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

All space occupied  by the Division of Athletics will be the responsibility of the Director of Athletics in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

The University Planning office within University Planning, Design and Construction is responsible for reviewing space requests and making recommendations to the appropriate authority.

The four officers with authority over space will coordinate all significant space decisions with the Office of the President.   The President as the chief executive and administrative officer of the University has the authority and responsibility to make all final decisions regarding space.

PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES

For roles and responsibilities, Space Planning Procedures: https://space.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2636/2019/10/Space-Procedures-October-2019.pdf

For assigning space: Space is assigned in accordance with the Space Planning Guidelines: https://space.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2636/2019/10/Revised-Space-Guidelines-September-2019.pdf

Requesting additional space or making modifications to existing space is governed by Space Planning: https://forms.prod.uconn.edu/feb/secure/org/app/af50653f-b3fb-4e78-8550-1d7c19756cce/launch/index.html?form=F_Form1

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

POLICY HISTORY:

Policy created:  6/12/2017 (Approved by Cabinet)