The Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts Amherst publishes the Graduate Student Handbook. It is an invaluable guide regarding the policies and procedures of the University Graduate School, containing key information regarding such topics as which forms to file, statutes of limitations, committee formation, deadlines, and timelines. It is provided to all students confirming admission to the University’s graduate programs.
Teaching Assistants are members of the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO), a union which publishes its own guide for members.
The Center for Teaching also organizes an annual Teaching Assistant Orientation every fall, which provides the opportunity to meet key administrators, senior TAs, and faculty to gain important skills and a sense of membership within the larger University community of scholars.