There will be a one-week overlap between Spring Semester 2011 and May Session 2011. May Session begins on May 23, 2011 and Spring Semester does not end until May 29, 2011. This overlap may have scheduling and staffing implications for departments if they employ international graduate students.
Most graduate teaching assistants will be allowed to exceed 40 hours of work during the week of May 23-May 29, making it possible for them to hold both a Spring Semester 2011 appointment and a May Session 2011 appointment. However, foreign nationals (including F1 and J1 student visa status) cannot exceed 40 hours of work during this one-week overlap under any circumstances according to INS Regulations. We are requesting that departments review their Spring Semester 2011 and May Session 2011 instructional assignments to avoid any scheduling issues that may arise as a result of this policy. Please note that spring semester documents cannot be modified, due to the impact it would have on the student's tuition benefits.