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Title: Graduate School Student Employee Orientation

Graduate School Student Employee Orientation
Welcome to the Graduate School at The University
of Texas at El Paso and Student Orientation
On-line! This orientation provides important
information to help you during your student
employment as a Teaching Assistant, Research
Assistant, or Assistant Instructor. Please stop
by the Graduate School, Academic Services
Building Room 223, with any questions or concerns
you may have regarding your graduate studies.
Assistantships at UTEP
  • Eligibility
  • Admitted without conditions to a degree or
    certification program
  • Full-time enrollment in courses required for the
    degree or completion of the certification program
    (9 hrs Fall and Spring, 3 hrs Summer)
  • Good academic standing 3.0 or above
  • An approved Preliminary Degree Plan (PDP) on file
    at the Graduate School
  • TAs, RAs, GAs and stipend recipients must be
    registered for 9 credit hours a semester. Masters
    students are limited to two years of support as a
    TA, RA, or GA and may not work more than 50
  • Doctoral students are generally limited to
    four years of support and may not work more than
    50 time unless approved by the graduate school
  • International Students may not be appointed if
    they do not meet official TOEFL Score of 550 - 600

Job Responsibilities
  • The department or program will provide you with a
    clear statement of responsibilities and
  • A fundamental responsibility of the graduate
    assistant is to work closely with the faculty
    supervisor in carrying out any assigned duties
    while making progress toward completion of the
    degree program
  • Maintain standards of academic integrity and
    honesty in labs, classrooms, offices, etc and
    report violations to faculty supervisor
  • Stay informed of departmental, college, and
    institutional regulations and follow them
  • Keep careful records of any work assignments so
    that progress and problems are fully documented
  • Discuss expectations and assessments of the work
    experience with the faculty supervisor on a
    regular basis. Articulate goals early and work
    with the supervisor to achieve them

Defining Your Role
  • It is important to discuss with your supervising
    professor your role in the class as well as
  • relevant policies and procedures. Other matters
    to discuss include the following
  • Goals of the course
  • Methodology for the course
  • Additional materials to read to help assist the
  • Procedures for handling student complaints about
    grades, student difficulties with the course,
    handling instances of plagiarism or cheating
  • Exam and assignment types
  • Grading policies
  • Office hours
  • In your position as both teacher and student, you
    can help your
  • professor adjust his/her teaching techniques to
    meet student needs as
  • well as relate your professors goals of the
    class to the students.
  • For more information http//

Academic Integrity Welcome to the University of
Texas at El Paso! We're glad youve joined our
family and look forward to meeting you. Our
vision is to create an environment where everyone
flourishes and becomes an integral part of the
Presentation prepared by Catie
McCorry-Andalis, Assistant Vice President for
Student Life and Associate Dean of Students
Academic Integrity
  • Principles of Academic Integrity (McCabe
    Pavela, 2004)
  • Encourage student responsibility for academic
  • Clarify expectations for students
  • Develop fair and creative forms of assessment
  • Reduce opportunities to engage in academic
  • Help define and support campus-wide academic
    integrity standards

Academic Integrity
  • For more information about the academic
    dishonesty policy at UTEP
  • See the Handbook of Operating Procedures
  • See the University of Texas System Regents Rules
    and Regulations http//

  • Student Services
  • Direct Deposit
  • Student Health Services
  • Safety and Parking

Student Services
  • Direct Deposit Services
  • Employees may elect to have their paychecks
    credited directly to their bank account.  Direct
    Deposit Forms are available on-line in both
    English and Spanish formats, and at the payroll
    office.  Please attach an original deposit slip
    or voided check from your bank and return to the
    Payroll Office for processing.  Any questions can
    be addressed by email, or you may call us at
    (915) 747-5171
  • http//
  • http//

Student Services
  • Student Health Center
  • Services Available to all UTEP Students
  • Minor injury care
  • Mens Womens Health
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Lab Vaccinations
  • (915) 747-5624
  • http//
  • Student Health Center is across the street from
    the library

Student Services
  • Safety and Parking
  • Decal is necessary even after hours
  • Student Covered Parking (Sunbowl Garage) - 255
  • Student Deck Parking (Sunbowl Garage) - 205
  • Perimeter Lots Premium Parking - 180
  • Perimeter Lots - 130
  • Remote Lots - 80
  • Motorcycle Perimeter - 75
  • Motorcycle Remote - 75
  • Miner Village - 75
  • Campus Shuttle Service

Health Insurance 
Health Insurance
  • Benefits Eligibility
  • You work at least 20 hours per week and your
    appointment is expected to continue for at least
    4½ months
  • Basic Coverage/Supplemental Coverage
  • 31-Day Benefit Election Period (from initial date
    of benefit eligibility/Hire Date)
  • International students (excluding students from
    Mexico) are required to have health insurance.
  • Waivers must be submitted at the beginning of
    each semester, before census day.

Health Insurance
  • Health Plan Options
  • United Health Insurance
  • UT Select BCBS with Medco RX plan
  • Delta Dental
  • Term Life
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Superior Vision
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Care
  • Pay Flex

Health Insurance
  • United Health Care Insurance Co.
  • Employee 0.00
  • Dependents (rates available through carrier)
  • UT Select Monthly Premium Rates
  • Employee only 184.56
  • Employee Spouse 440.13
  • Employee Child(ren) 412.58
  • Employee Family 656.57

Health Insurance
  • United Health Care Medical Benefits
  • 300.00 deductible
  • Medical Health Sickness Injury
  • 80 upto 100,000 (in-network)
  • 60 (non-network providers)
  • RX plan pays upto 1,000.00

Health Insurance
  • UT Select BCBS Medical Benefits
  • 250.00 Deductible-Inpatient/Outpatient surgery
  • Physician Co-pay 25
  • Specialist Physician co-pay 30
  • Inpatient co-pay 100/day (500 maximum
    per occurrence)
  • Outpatient Surgical copayment 100
  • ER co-pay 100
  • 90-Day Supply Per Prescription
  • 20 Generic
  • 75 Preferred Drug
  • 112.50 Non-Preferred Drug
  • Medco RX Plan
  • Retail Pharmacy Co-Payment
  • 10 Generic
  • 30 Preferred Drug
  • 45 Non-Preferred Drug
  • Note See the Employee Group Benefits Guide for
    a complete plan outline at http//

Health Insurance
  • Delta Dental Monthly Premium Rates
  • Employee only 28.26
  • Employee Spouse 53.65
  • Employee Child(ren) 59.14
  • Employee Family 84.09

Health Insurance
  • Assurant Dental Monthly Premium Rates
  • Employee only 10.05
  • Employee Spouse 19.10
  • Employee Child(ren) 21.11
  • Employee Family 30.15

Health Insurance
  • Superior Vision Monthly Premium Rates
  • Employee only 7.36
  • Employee Spouse 11.48
  • Employee Child(ren) 11.74
  • Employee Family 18.90

Health Insurance
  • UT Flex
  • UT FLEX Accounts
  • Medical Reimbursement Account
  • Dependent Day Care Reimbursement Account
  • UT Flex provides tax saving on health and
    dependent care expenses
  • You save taxes on
  • FICA (Social Security Tax) 7.65
  • Federal Income Tax 10 to 35

Health Insurance
  • Helpful Hints
  • Schedule appointment by September 26, 2008 to
  • Health Plan information for UT-Select BCBS
  • Health Plan information for United Health Care
  • Contact the Office of Human Resource Services via
    e-mail at for information or
    questions regarding graduate student insurance.

Office of Institutional Compliance
Equal Opportunity Office (EO)
Equal Opportunity Office (EO)
    you must fully understand your rights and
    responsibilities under the Universitys Equal
    Opportunity and Sexual Harassment policies.
  • Contact EO office with questions or concerns
    about discrimination/harassment (including sexual
    harassment) in the academic or employment
  • Phone 747-5662
  • Email
  • Web
  • Complete the Compliance Training Module (issued
    by the Institutional Compliance Office) entitled
    Employment Discrimination Prevention Training
    by September 30th to meet state training
    requirements. (You will be notified in
    mid-September when the modules are assigned to

Graduate Student Professional Development Programs
Co-Sponsored by
Graduate School
Professional Development
  • It is critical that graduate students begin
    thinking about their professional
  • development while in graduate school
  • Choosing a Departmental Mentor
  • Developing a strong mentoring relationship with a
    faculty member in their field has been shown to
    have a positive influence on graduate students
    when it comes to meeting departmental
    expectations, completing their work, and
    successfully negotiating the job market. When
    choosing a mentor, (formally or informally), it
    is important to take into consideration a number
    of factors
  • Has shared research interests
  • Has time or interest in becoming a mentor and a
    history of effectively mentoring other graduate
  • Has a personality that is comfortable for your
    academic style and needs
  • Is current in the field and has an understanding
    of job opportunities for students in the field
  • The chosen professor should be someone who is
    planning to be at the University during the time
    you will be pursuing your degree

Professional Development
Wide Range of Graduate Student Professional
Development Topics
Open to all graduate students
Http// Email