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Graduate Assistant - Information for Students

Graduate Assistant Roles and Responsibilities

Graduate Assistants are expected to comply with policies governing student and employee conduct.

Student Conduct

University regulations which express expectations of behavior and provide for the protection of the rights of individuals are published yearly on-line and in the SCSU Student Handbook at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/studenthandbook/. Students who violate University or system regulations shall, after due process, will be subject to University sanctions.

Representing the University

All employees, including graduate assistants, are representatives of the University. To this end, it is expected that graduate assistants will conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate to the workplace. Any graduate assistant who conducts themselves inappropriately in the workplace will be subject to review including formal reprimand by their supervisor, the graduate dean, or termination of the graduate assistantship appointment.

Training

At any time during the appointment, a graduate assistant may be required to attend mandatory training sessions as a condition of continued employment.

Sexual Violence Policy

St. Cloud State University prohibits sexual violence as it is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual. St. Cloud State University is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms. St. Cloud State University will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal or civil law, or other board policies that may require separate proceedings. To further its commitment against sexual violence, St. Cloud State University provides reporting options, internal mechanisms and processes for dispute resolution, education and prevention training, and a variety of related services that are confidential, including advocacy and counseling. For information, counseling, referrals and advocacy services, contact the Gender Violence Prevention Program at 320-308-3995 or go to the Women’s Center website at: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/womenscenter/. If you need immediate assistance call the Central MN Sexual Assault Center’s 24 hour crisis line call (320) 251-4357.

Harassment and Discriminatory Conduct: MnSCU Policy 1B.1

Harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation is prohibited.  Harassment may occur in a variety of relationships, including faculty and student, supervisor and employee, student and student, staff and student, employee and employee, and other relationships with persons having business at, or visiting the educational or working environment.

Discrimination is defined as conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class and that subjects the individual to different treatment that interferes with or limits the ability of the individual to participate in, or benefit from, the services, activities, or privileges provided by the system or colleges and universities or otherwise adversely affects the individual's employment or education. Discriminatory harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class, and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment. Retaliation against any individual who makes a complaint under this policy is prohibited.

It is important to keep in mind that as a Graduate Assistant, you are an employee of the University and responsible for upholding University policies. As an employee, you are strongly encouraged to report any information about an incident or complaint to the Office of Affirmative Action, 320-308-5123 or e-mail affirmativeaction@stcloudstate.edu.

Any student who may be concerned about possible discrimination or harassment because of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion or any of the above, may contact the Office of Affirmative Action, 320-308-5123 or e-mail affirmativeaction@stcloudstate.edu.

Go to www.stcloudstate.edu/affirmativeaction for further information about your rights, to discuss conduct that is causing problems for you and what your options are or to access training resources to enable you to be your own advocate.

All MnSCU policies can be found at www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/ index.html. Every graduate assistant must complete a harassment and discrimination training workshop as a condition of their employment.

Consensual Relationships Policy

MnSCU policy prohibits consensual relationships between an employee and another employee or a student, over whom he or she exercises direct, or otherwise significant academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling, or extra-curricular authority or influence. If a relationship already exists, you must discuss this with your supervisor so that reassignments can occur if needed.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Drug and alcohol abuse affects health, safety, and the well-being of all employees and students, and restricts the University’s ability to carry out its mission. Please review and familiarize yourself with the Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Compliance document available on the St. Cloud State Human Resource Policies and Procedures homepage at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/humanresources/documents/drugandalcohol.pdf.

Data Privacy

Be aware of state and federal data privacy regulations and the associated policy at St. Cloud State University. http://www.stcloudstate.edu/registrar/records/data-privacy.aspx.

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