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Note concerning Undergraduate Graders
Undergraduate graders should grade exams only under close supervision of a faculty member, and should not be required to grade exams during the final exam period.

Note concerning TA workload
Teaching Assistantships at the 50% level entail a maximum average workload of 20 hours per week over the course of a semester. It is to be expected that a TA's workload may be higher than the average at certain times in a semester as a result of exam grading and similar activities. Faculty and instructional staff supervisors are reminded that TAs have a primary responsibility to the completion of their degree programs, and thus such supervisors should exercise discretion in requiring temporarily-above-average teaching work of TAs. TAs are reminded that good teaching sometimes requires short-term time commitments substantially greater than the average time commitment, and that proper professional development includes developing the capacity to manage such variations in workload. Faculty and instructional staff should notify their TAs of temporarily-above-average time requirements as far in advance as possible.

A 12.5% grading appointment is to be interpreted as a maximum average of 4 hours per week of active grading work and one hour of preparation. This is to be adjusted proportionally for other levels of appointment (for example, a 50% appointment involves a maximum average 16 hours of active work and four hours of preparation). Faculty and instructional staff teaching supervisors bear substantial responsibility for ensuring that these maximums are not exceeded. Supervisors should be aware that their 25% and 12.5% TAs will likely have other TA and RA duties.

TAs who are having or expect difficulty meeting the expectations of their assignments should approach their teaching supervisors to explain issues and start working out appropriate solutions. A student who feels his/her concerns are not being appropriately addressed may ask the Director of Graduate Studies to help with resolving issues.