Rutgers Grads United
Our core organizing group's focus is to craft a statement of values around a vision of equity for all grad communities at Rutgers, including PhD, fellows, masters, grad part-time lecturers (PTLs), professional students, etc. which has been presented to the Rutgers community in the form of a petition. The petition demands extension of contracts and timelines, credit remission for delayed timelines as a result of the pandemic, access to universal healthcare, and privacy. Our team is made up of and welcome to grads at all degree stages, all degree programs, and all employee categories. RGU works in parallel with the grad union
(AAUP-AFT) as well as graduate student organizations.
RGU came to fruition after weeks of organizing for extension of TA/GA contracts, program milestones, and the formation of an emergency fund for graduate students in need in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. This group composed the CARES Act Commission proposal that was widely supported by grads and faculty alike, our union, and endorsed by AFT National. Our team is made up of and welcome to grads at all degree stages, all degree programs, and all employee categories. RGU works in parallel with the grad union (AAUP-AFT) as well as graduate student organizations.
Our petition demands extension of contracts and timelines, credit
remission for delayed timelines as a result of the pandemic, access
to universal healthcare, and privacy - all of which are of primary
importance to international grad student workers.
Create sensible, universal timeline extension procedures that allow all graduate and professional students to overcome the diverse challenges they face and to make progress towards their degree.
Doctoral Funding Extension
Create a system by which all current Rutgers Doctoral students will be offered one year of additional funding at the pay scale of TAs and GAs. Doctoral students, like faculty who have received tenure clock extensions, need more time to complete their research. While we recognize the complicated structure and variability of graduate student funding, we believe it is not only possible, but necessary, for Rutgers to make funding extensions available to current Doctoral students.
Credit Remission for Delayed Program Timelines
Create a system by which the University would offer current graduate and professional students tuition remission for being forced to take on additional credits to complete degree requirements, such as research projects, due to COVID-19. This includes Master’s, Professional, and Doctoral students.
Ensure Universal Access to Healthcare
Cover health coverage costs for all graduate and professional students as they work to complete their degree objectives and work obligations. This includes Doctoral, Master’s, and Professional students.
Graduate Student Privacy
Enact these programs through anonymized and private systems. We recognize the diverse and deeply personal nature of many of the disruptions in timelines to completion caused by COVID and we call upon Rutgers University to establish a central system through which graduate and professional students will process their extensions, shielding information about their personal familial, financial, and health situations from faculty and departments.