Getting Started as a Graduate Teaching Assistant
at Syracuse University
This list of links includes important items, policies, and procedures you might find helpful as an instructor (teaching assistant) at Syracuse University. For questions or concerns, please contact the TA Program at

I. Roles, Responsibilities, and Policies
II. Registration & Academics
III. Computing and Media
IV. Student Services

I. Roles, Responsibilities, and Policies

Academic Integrity: This office was established to implement Syracuse University’s Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures. It provides resources and support for both instructors and students and outlines what you should do if you suspect a student of academic dishonesty. For additional information on developing ways to cultivate a classroom of learning versus a policy-driven focus, see Pedagogy Not Policing.

Disability Services: The Office of Disability Services facilitates access to programs and activities, coordinates auxiliary aids and services, provides access to adaptive technology, and when necessary, advocates on behalf of students with members of the campus community.

Sexual Harassment Policies: This statement outlines the definitions and policies concerning sexual harassment and how one might avoid the suggestion of inappropriate behaviors. As a TA you are expected to adhere to the responsibilities of instructional staff and faculty regarding these issues.

NCAA/Athletic Compliance: This compliance statement outlines how Teaching Assistants, Instructors, and other staff should deal with student athletes and the special requirements that go along with have student athletes in your classroom. It also links to further clarification of the appropriate relationship between athlete and instructor.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Syracuse University fully complies with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and with procedures recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Religious Observance Policy: Syracuse University recognizes the diverse faith traditions represented among its campus community and supports the rights of faculty, staff, and students to observe according to these traditions.  All University offices are asked to be sensitive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students who are observing a religious holiday when scheduling meetings and events.


II. Registration & Academics
Registrar’s Office: This office provides services related to the creation and maintenance of academic records for faculty, staff, students, and the general University community. Use this link to access academic calendars and official registration details.

Registration, Class Schedules, & Personal Academic Information: My Slice is your portal to class schedules, registering for classes, and your personal academic & staff/TA information. In addition through this portal you will have access to various instructional services including class lists and basic information on enrollment.

Academic Rules and Regulations/Graduate Course Catalog: This online catalog outlines the various programs of study, degree requirements, as well as general and specific information about graduate and undergraduate education at SU.

Graduate School Programs: This resource organizes the new TA orientation, but also lots of useful information to aid you in developing your teaching. Check out the site for information on mid-semester student evaluations, teaching resources, the Future Professoriate Program, and leadership opportunities.

Blackboard link: This links you to the course management system used by the majority of the Syracuse University campus. You can access courses you teach as well as courses you are enrolled in as a student through this link.

III. Computing and Media

Information Technology Services (ITS): Syracuse University’s Information Technology and Services (ITS) provides students, faculty, and staff with technology resources and support, including NetID set-up, account management, various training programs, and the Blackboard system.

Learning Environments and Media Production: Learning Environments and Media Production (LEMP) provides academic technology services.


IV. Student Services

Counseling Center: This is Syracuse University’s primary place for students to talk through their personal problems and concerns. It is a resource for both referrals for your students and for you, as a student.

Tutoring and Study Center: The Tutoring & Study Center (TSC) provides tutoring workshops and academic assistance. TSC provides academic tutors for students seeking to do better in their courses. TAs can refer students struggling with courses to this program for additional help.

Psychological Services Center: The SU Psychology department specializes in the assessment and treatment of a variety of psychological problems in adults and adolescents, including mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, relationship problems, work stress, and academic difficulties.

Options Program and Services: The Options program provides education, counseling, and referral options for students and instructors.

Early Education & Child Care Center: offers families affiliated with the University a responsive educational, full day care program for their children. This program is open, dependent on space.

Career Services: Career Services offers programs and support for career development, planning, and securing employment opportunities both within academia and beyond.

Graduate Editing Center: Graduate students may make use of the Graduate Editing Center (GEC), which provides free editing and proofreading services. The editors work with a range of texts, from dissertations and master’s theses to articles, conference presentations, and grant proposals.

GSO Information: The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is the voice of graduate students at SU. The GSO secures funding for graduate student organizations, provides travel grants, offers various programs and events, and represents the graduate student body at SU.

Health Services: SU Health Services offers health advice, and treatment for students. Health Services also includes a pharmacy for your convenience.

Hendricks Chapel: Hendricks Chapel offers a diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural learning environment and seeks to generate a welcoming and caring community within Syracuse University. The Chapel offers a number of faith and inter-faith programs and services.

Legal Services: Student Legal Services are available for Syracuse University students. The services available under the program include advice and consultation on various legal problems and court appearances in certain situations by attorneys paid for by funds supplied from your student activity fee.

LGBT Issues: The Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center provides education, advocacy, support, and a safe communal space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and straight-allied students, staff, faculty, parents, and alumni of Syracuse University.

Multicultural Affairs: The office of Multicultural Affairs supports and promotes the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, civic engagement, and retention of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups at Syracuse University. Programs, information, and services are available through this office.

Off-Campus Programs: Students who opt for off-campus accommodations can visit this site to learn about educational and community services available to them. The office provides students with information on finding suitable housing, exercising their rights and upholding their responsibilities as tenants and as members of the community, and identifying resources that can assist with other off-campus housing questions.

On-Campus/Residence Life: The Office of Residence Life provides information useful to students who are living on the SU campus or wish to become an active part of our vibrant campus life. It includes information on student organizations, alumni programs, and a number of academic and student-centered initiatives.

Recreation Services: The SU Department of Recreation Services hosts a number of various recreation and wellness programs including intramural sports, fitness classes, and facility information/reservation.

Slutzker Center for International Services: The Lillian and Emmanuel Slutzker center for International Services provides information and support for all International students. The SCIS is the place to go on campus if you have questions regarding immigration regulations, passports, visas, insurance, employment, and travel. If you have personal, social, academic, health, housing, or financial problems, the SCIS staff offers advice and counseling.

Syracuse University Bookstore: The University Bookstore sells not only your necessary books, but also electronics, computers (hard and software), presentation materials, clothing, and other “necessities” of academic life. The site also provides information for ordering texts for the courses you are/will be teaching. All active Teaching Assistants are eligible to receive an employee discount from the SU Bookstore, please see the service desk for more information; bring your appointment letter.

University Area Bus Service: The Centro site provides schedules, fare information, and other pertinent transportation information for both University and greater Syracuse bus service.