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Welcome to the homepage for graduate student employees at American University. Graduate student employees are an important part of the university community, working with faculty on research projects and on courses, and in some cases teaching courses, discussion sections, and lab sections themselves. Others work in primarily administrative roles. In short, graduate student employees play a vital role in every department and program, in every school and college at the university.

Most graduate student employees at AU who are working for faculty members as teaching or research assistants are represented by Service Employees International Union Local 500. For more information on the collective bargaining agreement between AU and SEIU Local 500, see the FAQ on the agreement.

On this page, you will find links to a variety of information and resources for graduate student employees. If you do not see what you are looking for, check with your department chair or program director in your school or college, or contact the office of the Dean of Academic Affairs though the contact information below.