Ethical and appropriate professional behavior is expected in all interactions with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
- Graduate Teaching Assistants should not meet with individual students privately except in their University office during normal office hours; private, individual meetings with a student off-campus are not acceptable.
- Caution should be used in meeting with groups of students for studying at off campus locations. A student may misinterpret your friendly behavior in off campus locations, so it is wise to ask the Office Supervisor for an on campus location for study groups.
- Social networking sites such as Facebook are common amongst students and faculty and are often used by students to communicate. Before accepting a ‘friend’ request from a student, graduate teaching assistants should discuss the matter with Department Chair. This ensures that a third-party can provide an objective opinion and prevent accusations of impropriety.
- Professional behavior is expected and required at all times. Students see Graduate Teaching Assistants as part of the faculty and your behavior should meet these high expectations.