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Dear SDSU Academic Student Employees,

Balancing graduate studies with the responsibilities of a Teaching Associate, Graduate Assistant, or Instructional Student Assistant position may be even more challenging given disruptions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Your dedication and flexibility has been essential to San Diego State University’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we thank you for your continuing good work.

We also understand that some of you may be concerned about job security in such an uncertain and ever-changing environment. We are writing to address job security questions and concerns directly.

SDSU will honor all contracts with Academic Student Employees. The nature of your work assignment has certainly changed with all instructional duties now being offered via virtual modalities, for example. Continue to consult with your supervisor for direction regarding duties and the appropriate mode for completing them. You may be reassigned duties and/or a supervisor to match the operational needs of the university; this will not lead to a change in compensation. However, promptly notify your supervisor if circumstances require you to resign the position or adjust your timebase.

Again, we thank you for the important role you hold in sustaining the university’s instructional mission.

Stephen C. Welter
Vice President for Research and Graduate Dean

Ed Balsdon
Associate Dean for Graduate and Research Affairs

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