Departments are to be fair, equitable and consistent in terms of work load and demands on the GA(T)s. In assigning GA(T)s, the size of the class and the work load should be factors. The course instructor is required to prepare the GA(T) adequately for his or her duties.
Some instructors (particularly sessionals) often ask for more time and effort than what is fair of GA(T)s. Examples are setting problems for quizzes, assignments and major examinations; copying extensive notes and papers for classes; and being requested, in place of the absent instructor, to conduct office hours or extra tutorials for students. This is unacceptable.
The offer to do TA duties is to be made in writing and the graduate student, the head of the department (or designate) and the course instructor (or the supervisor) will sign the document. The instructor shall have the right to refuse a GA(T) on the basis of competency.
GA(T)s who do not perform or fulfill the reasonable expectations placed on them will be penalized by termination of the appointment or by not renewing the teaching offer. The need for termination of appointment is to be determined by the instructor and the department head.
Graduate students who have performed poorly will not be assigned additional teaching duties until they have shown improvements through special training sessions. The decision about whether a graduate student can resume GA(T) duties is made by the head of the department and reinstatement must be consistent with the eligibility criteria in part (b) above.
The GA(T) is to behave professionally and avoid emotional involvement with the students in his or her class.