Graduate Student Resources

Resources for Caregivers

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Graduate Assistants/Associates may be eligible. FMLA offers unpaid, job-protected leave to graduate students for one of the following reasons:

  • for the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee;
  • for placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
  • to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
  • to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition

For more information, see https://grad.arizona.edu/funding/ga/benefits-appointment#family-medical-leave and http://policy.arizona.edu/human-resources/federal-family-and-medical-leave.

Parental leave

Graduate Assistants/Associates (GAs) who meet certain criteria are eligible for parental leave for up to six weeks. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information, see https://grad.arizona.edu/funding/ga/benefits-appointment and https://grad.arizona.edu/forms/sites/default/files/uagc_page/graduateassistantparentalleaverequestform.pdf.

Day care

UA Childcare Choice is designed to help students pay for current, qualifying coursework-related childcare occurring in Arizona.

For more information, see https://lifework.arizona.edu/cc/childcare-choice-student, the GPSC website at https://gpsc.arizona.edu/resources-family, or https://grad.arizona.edu/funding/opportunities/graduate-college-financial-hardship-funds.   

 Sick child care

This service provides a caregiver at a subsidized rate to care for your child in your own home while you attend class.

  • Registration in the program is required prior to contracting for services
  • $5/hour; Incremental time is billed in five-minute increments; two-hour minimums

For more information see: https://lifework.arizona.edu/cc/sick_child_and_emergency_back_up_care_program/students.

Equal Opportunity Policies

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The goal of the DRC is “to ensure that disabled students, employees and visitors, have a similar, if not identical, experience to that of their non-disabled counterparts”. Whether you are a student with a disability or encounter an individual in your classroom that requests accommodations or modifications, the DRC can support you.

For more information see https://drc.arizona.edu/about.

Harassment and discrimination

Among the values upheld by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are trustworthiness, responsiveness, compassion, and respect. To be an inclusive campus, we must feel comfortable to responsibly call out behaviors that don’t adhere to our values.

Financial Management and Funding

Financial management

Community Activities

Multi-cultural centers

These centers are centered around specific identity groups and shared life experiences.

UA Clubs & Greek Life

Find your community among the Greek Fraternity and Sororities or in one of the 600+ clubs on campus.

For more information, see https://arizona.campuslabs.com/engage/Organizations.

Campus Recreation

Check out the rec center for working out, group classes, intramural sports, guided outdoor trips, and more.

For more information, see https://rec.arizona.edu.

Athletics

Check out high level collegiate sports and cheer on your Wildcats.

  • ZonaZoo - Student section and student-ticketing program for University of Arizona athletics

For more information, see https://arizonawildcats.com.

CALS Student Clubs

Participate in clubs around your academic passion.

For more information, see https://cals.arizona.edu/students/campus-life.

Medical and Health Services

Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS)

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Graduate Assistants/Associates may be eligible. FMLA offers unpaid, job-protected leave to graduate students for one of the following reasons:

  • for the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee;
  • for placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
  • to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
  • to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition

For more information, see https://grad.arizona.edu/funding/ga/benefits-appointment#family-medical-leave and http://policy.arizona.edu/human-resources/federal-family-and-medical-leave.

Food insecurity

Other Support Services

International students

The UA International Student Services connects students to a variety of resources to support your academic success.

For more information, see https://global.arizona.edu/international-students and https://grad.arizona.edu/international-students.

Compassionate Transfer of Leave (CTL)

See here for Eligibility Requirements for being able to apply for Compassionate Transfer of Leave.

  • GAs do not accrue vacation, and therefore are not eligible to apply for CTL
  • Some Fellowship Graduate Students may be employed as an Appointed Professional, and therefore may be eligible for this

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