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Meeting Obligations

There are two aspects to meeting obligations. One is meeting responsibilities as a student attending classes. This means attending classes, keeping up with course activities, completing required examinations and meeting assignment due dates, making up any missed work, etc. For Graduate Assistants (GAs), meeting obligations also includes meeting responsibilities of the assistantship. This means attending any required meetings, completing expected tasks on time, providing students in classes or labs with information and guidance, collaborating with research project partners, conducting research in a responsible manner, etc.

For any student, life events, both expected and unexpected, sometimes make meeting obligations difficult. When this happens it is important to talk with course instructors to examine options and make any necessary plans related to course obligations. For GAs, it is also important to talk with supervisors to examine options and make plans related to teaching, lab, or project obligations. Whenever possible, it is important to talk with instructors and supervisors in advance of an absence or missed assignment. When this isn’t possible, it is important to talk with instructors and supervisors as soon as possible after the absence or missed assignment. Note that a review of a course syllabus will usually provide information such as assignment due dates and course policies related to attendance and late or missed assignments. Related to course obligations, it’s important to note that a review of a course syllabus will usually provide information such as assignment due dates and course policies related to attendance and late or missed assignments.