Essential Policies for GSIs

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Categories: Pre-semester Preparation

Campuswide Policy Information

Graduate Council Policy on Appointments and Mentoring of Graduate Student Instructors (pdf)
This is the full-length version of Berkeley’s policies with regard to GSI preparation, oversight, and assessment.
GSIs may be most interested in the policy Excerpts Pertaining to GSI Preparation for Teaching.

What You Need to Know About Being a GSR, GSI, Reader, or Tutor (pdf)
This handout, updated regularly by the Graduate Division, provides vital information about the types of employment available to graduate students, relevant policies, and the qualifications and duties of each step in the GSI series.

Collective Bargaining Agreement
Agreement between the Regents of the University of California and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), AFL-CIO. This agreement applies to all GSI, Reader, and Tutor appointments.

Online Course on Professional Standards and Ethics in Teaching
This course introduces GSIs to policies, practices, and standards that all instructors need to know in order to perform their responsibilities professionally and ethically. All new GSIs are required to successfully complete this course by the end of the second week of teaching.

Policies related to topics such as working with students with disabilities, academic integrity, and sexual harassment are included in the online course.

Department Policies

The department in which a GSI teaches may have some department-specific policies, or at least protocols, that GSIs should be aware of. The faculty member you are working with, the Graduate Assistant, the Student Affairs Officer, the Faculty Advisor for GSI Affairs, or the 300-level pedagogy course instructor in the department are the best sources for this information.