Duties and Responsibilities Particular to Student Academic Appointees with Teaching Duties

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Teaching consists of the activities of lecturing, tutoring, instructing, laboratory assisting in an instructional role, and the like in the activity of imparting knowledge.

Student Academic Appointees who teach have many of the same professional duties as faculty. This is particularly true of the responsibilities they have towards their students, from whose perspective both the Student Academic Appointee and the faculty are teachers. For this reason, the faculty "Code of Academic Ethics" (Policy I-1 in the Bloomington Academic Guide, see: https://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/academicguide/index.php/Policy_I-1) applies in large part to Student Academic Appointees (SAA) who teach. Faculty and SAAs who teach are, above all, obligated to adhere to the stated goals and purposes of a course and to teach it at the scheduled time. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the department chairperson or the SAA’s supervisor.

Relations with Students

If faculty members (including graduate students with teaching responsibilities) engage in amorous or sexual relations with students for whom they have professional responsibility, even when both have consented to the relationship, it will be viewed as a violation of the “Code of Academic Ethics.”

Harassment

Indiana University does not tolerate harassment that targets an individual based upon race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or marital status. Students who believe they have been harassed are encouraged to report such incidents to one of the following offices: the dean, department chair or supervisor, Office of Affirmative Action, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, or the Dean of Students.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Indiana University does not tolerate sexual harassment (including sexual violence) of students and employees. Women and men who believe they are victims of sexual harassment, as well as non-victims, are encouraged to report such incidents. Indiana University will promptly investigate every sexual harassment complaint, respond, and take corrective action to stop the harassment.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s education.
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic decisions affecting the individual.
  3. Such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.

Sexual violence is defined as physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent. This includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion.

Student academic appointees who believe they have been sexually harassed are encouraged to report such incidents to one of the following offices: the dean, department chair or supervisor, Office of Affirmative Action, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, or the Dean of Students. (see also “Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure Guidelines for the Bloomington Campus,” available online at: https://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/academicguide/index.php/Policy_D-30).

Victims of sexual violence should report such incidents to any of the above offices as well as the Indiana University Police (855-4111). The Sexual Assault Crisis Line is also available at 855-8900.

Students with Disabilities

The University provides reasonable accommodation and services which facilitate the higher education of qualified students with temporary or permanent disabilities. The extent to which these services are supplied is based on individual student’s need and academic requirements. Students requesting assistance regarding a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services for Students.

Religion

Indiana University respects the right of all students to observe their religious holidays and will make reasonable accommodation, upon request, for such services. A list of dates for major religious holidays will be included each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Students wanting accommodations will contact their instructors. See complete policy at: https://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/academicguide/index.php/Policy_H-10.

Cultural Diversity

The Bloomington Faculty Council has recommended the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs ensure implementation of programs directed toward all new SAAs with teaching responsibilities which address standards of conduct—including those behaviors related to cultural diversity which include racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, sex, and gender identity discrimination. Therefore, each new SAA with teaching responsibilities is expected to attend the Cultural Diversity Issues Workshop during the Fall or Spring semester of the first year of academic appointment. Each SAA who teaches will be assigned to one of the scheduled workshops by his/her department. The purpose of the workshop is twofold:

  1. To assist SAAs who teach in developing effective strategies for addressing issues related to all of the aforementioned cultural diversity issues in the classroom.
  2. To review the enforcement procedures associated with the “Code of Academic Ethics”, and the consequences for violation.

Substance Free Workplace

The Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the federal Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1990, prohibits the unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs and alcohol, including controlled substances, on Indiana University’s premises, or while conducting university business off university premises. In addition to possible penalties under federal and state law, failure to comply with this policy may result in any of the following sanctions:

  1. Reprimand, suspension, or termination
  2. Required completion of substance abuse treatment or substance abuse education program

In addition, an employee must notify his/her dean or chair of his/her conviction for violations occurring on or off university premises while conducting university business. This must be done within 5 calendar days after the conviction.

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs increases the risk for a number of health related problems. In addition, alcohol and drug abuse can contribute to a number of social, behavioral and academic work performance problems. Indiana University encourages individuals with alcohol or other drug related problems to seek assistance through their health care provider or the Employee Assistance Program at 888-234-8327.

Dual Status of the SAA with Teaching Duties

An SAA who teaches is a student as well as a member of the teaching staff. In many situations, this distinction is clear and unambiguous, but at times it results in ambiguities and potential problems. As a graduate student, the SAA is subject to the “Code of Student Ethics” (available online at: http://www.iu.edu/~code/code/index.shtml) and holds full student status, including the right to vote for and hold office in Student Government. On the other hand, as a member of the teaching staff, the SAA who teaches has responsibilities in many ways identical with those of the faculty. Normally, however, SAAs teach under the supervision of one or more members of the faculty who have the responsibility for the course.

SAAs and the Faculty Council

SAAs elect three representatives to the Bloomington Faculty Council, on which they serve as full voting members. The Student Academic Appointee Affairs Committee is a standing committee of the Council; it reviews policies, recommends changes and new policies, conducts elections, and disseminates information about the status of SAAs (see also Grievance Procedures below).


The Bloomington Faculty Council has specified that SAAs shall: 1) be employed under a written agreement, 2) be provided copies of the Handbook for Student Academic Appointees (available online at: https://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/saahandbook/index.php/Main_Page) 3) be provided (by the supervisory faculty or departmental chairperson) a written set of guidelines detailing the teaching objectives and administrative responsibilities established by the supervisor for the course in which the SAA is to teach, 4) be terminated in mid-appointment only by the procedure specified by the Faculty Council (see Early Termination of Student Academic Appointees), and 5) be paid the established minimum stipend as defined by the FTE (see Terms of Student Academic Appointments#Stipend).

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